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Exploring the Historic Journey of Mohun Bagan Super Giant: Unveiling Their Enduring Legacy

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Mohun Bagan Super Giant, often known as Mohun Bagan, is a West Bengal-based Indian association football team. It is among Asia’s oldest football teams, having been founded in 1889. The Indian Football League’s highest division, the Indian Super League (ISL), is where the team plays. Most famously, the club won the 1911 IFA Shield final, defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment. A pivotal occasion in India’s struggle for independence, this victory gave Mohun Bagan the first all-Indian team to defeat a British club in the championship.

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Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s Journey Through Time

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Source: Hindustan Times

With three wins in the National Football League, two in the I-League, and one in the Indian Super League, the team holds the record for most wins in the top-flight football league. With 14 competition victories, they rank among the most prosperous Indian clubs in Federation Cup history. The team has previously won the Calcutta Football League (30 times), the Durand Cup (17 times), the IFA Shield (22 times), and the Rovers Cup (14 times).

The team competes in Asia’s longest rivalry, the Kolkata Derby, on an annual basis against its long-time local rival East Bengal FC, with the inaugural derby match taking place on August 8, 1921. Mohun Bagan was a founding member of the National Football Division in 1996 and has never been demoted from the country’s top-tier division. On July 29, 2019, the club was admitted into the “Club of Pioneers,” a network of the world’s oldest extant football clubs, in its 130th year of existence.

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ATK Mohun Bagan have had a difficult start to their second season in the Indian Super League. They were unable to maintain their winning ways under former head coach Antonio Lopez Habas. consequently, the Spaniard left the team, making room for Juan Ferrando, a former head coach of FC Goa, to be appointed. The club observed a dramatic transformation in their playing style under Ferrando, complimenting the players available to the coach.


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ATK Mohun Bagan finished among the top four clubs in the ISL 2021–22 season before being eliminated by eventual champions Hyderabad FC in a two-leg semi-final play-off. To qualify for the AFC Cup group stage, the Green and Maroon Brigade had to go through two playoff rounds in April. Juan Ferrando’s team qualified for the competition’s Group D by defeating Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC and Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

ATK Mohun Bagan finished among the top four clubs in the ISL 2021–22 season before being eliminated by eventual champions Hyderabad FC in a two-leg semi-final play-off. To qualify for the AFC Cup group stage, the Green and Maroon Brigade had to go through two playoff rounds in April. Juan Ferrando’s team qualified for the competition’s Group D by defeating Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC and Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

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Asish Rai of Hyderabad FC and Ashique Kuruniyan of Bengaluru FC have both been attracted to the Kolkata giants. Brendan Hamill, an Australian defender, has also joined Juan Ferrando’s squad, as has Dimitrios Petratos, a member of Australia’s national football team that competed in the 2018 World Cup. For the 2022–23 campaign, the team has also recruited Florin Pogba, a former FC Sochaux defender.

The Historic Stadiums of Mohun Bagan Super Giant

Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan

Mohun Bagan Stadiums | KreedOn
Source: Hindustan Times

Mohun Bagan plays the majority of their home matches at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. It is often known as Salt Lake Stadium, which is located in the Kolkata suburb of Bidhannagar.

The VYBK is a multi-purpose stadium operated by the West Bengal government’s Youth Affairs and Sports Department that predominantly organizes football matches with occasional track and field events. The stadium was created in 1984, mostly to accommodate crowds too large for the grounds at Maidan, such as the Kolkata Derby.

It had a capacity of 120,000 before being renovated in 2011. It was the world’s largest football stadium before the building and opening of the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in 1989. In terms of capacity, it is now the fourth-largest sports stadium in Asia. The enormous stadium features nine entrance gates—including a VIP gate—three stories of concrete galleries, and thirty ramps that lead to the viewing blocks.

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Mohun Bagan Ground

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The Mohun Bagan Ground is a football stadium in downtown Kolkata’s Maidan district, directly across from the Eden Gardens. Mohun Bagan operates the stadium and uses it as a training facility. However, it was only used for a few I-League matches in 2017. The club tent and office are close to the stadium.

Calcutta Football League matches are mostly played on this ground. Galleries line three of the stadium’s sides, while a rampart line the fourth. The north side of the stadium, a modern gallery with bucket seats, is reserved for members. Floodlights were installed in Mohun Bagan’s stadium for the first time in 1977. On 25 February 2016, Mohun Bagan U19s vs DSK-Liverpool Academy played a match under the floodlights that had operated since the mid-1990’s. The floodlights were renovated and inaugurated with the IFA Shield match. The stadium was renovated by KGSPL in the Vivekananda yuba Bharati Krirangan style, complete with artificial grass and other facilities, so it can be utilized as needed for important tournaments, practice sessions, and home games for the Indian Super League.


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Mohun Bagan Super Giant Fan Clubs and Supporter Groups

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The club, which the supporters, referred to as mariners, usually see as a mother figure in their life, has a reputation for being exceedingly loyal and reverent to it. Throughout the club’s time in the I-League, they have had the highest attendance. In various regions of India, there are multiple Mohun Bagan fan groups. According to AIFF statistics, Mohun Bagan had the highest average attendance with a home audience of 17,068 in the 2013–14 season. Their loud support in away matches in Pune, Mumbai, and Bengaluru during the 2014–15 I-League season was possibly unprecedented in Indian football. Lady Mariners, an all-female supporters’ group, was formed in 2015. The organization established India’s first all-female football supporters’ club. Mariners’ ultras, known as Mariners’ Base Camp, were created around 2016 with several wings scattered around India, to revolutionize the Indian football fan movement through tifos, chants, slogans, and fireworks.

During difficult times, Mohun Bagan fans have also contributed financially to the team. In the early 2000s, a Mohun Bagan supporter mortgaged his home to bankroll the acquisition of Brazilian legend Jose Ramirez Barreto. Another admirer gave the team his whole monthly income in 2013.

Rivalry Chronicles: Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s Intense Duels with Competitors

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Source: Deccan Herald

The Kolkata Derby is a renowned rivalry between Mohun Bagan and local rivals East Bengal FC. East Bengal FC is Mohun Bagan’s biggest rivalry, and it is commonly referred to as the Kolkata Derby. In the 21st century, Mohun Bagan’s rivalry with Mohammedan SC has faded since the teams only meet once a year in the Calcutta Football League. Till February 25, 2023, 384 matches were played between the two sides, with Mohun Bagan winning 127 times and East Bengal FC winning 132 times (including all competitive matches and exhibition games), with the remaining matches ending in draws.

The first encounter between the teams was contested in the Coochbehar Cup on August 8, 1921, and the semifinal match finished in a 0-0 tie. The replayed semifinal was won by Mohun Bagan 3-0. The game’s first-ever derby goal was scored by Rabi Ganguly, who also had goals from Poltu Dasgupta and Abhilash Ghosh. East Bengal FC defeated Mohun Bagan 1-0 in the inaugural CFL encounter between the two teams on May 28, 1925. The quickest goal in a derby is still held by Mohun Bagan, who scored a 17-second goal on July 24, 1976, through the efforts of MD Akbar. They held the unique distinction of only losing one derby in seven years (1933 to 1939) and won two straight derbies on two different days (7 and 8 August 1935).


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Mohun Bagan gained a 5-3 victory in an I-League match on October 25, 2009 (Chidi Edeh scored four goals), and a 4-1 victory in the Darbhanga Shield match on September 5, 1934 (Amiyo Deb scored all four goals, the only occasion a player scored four goals in this derby). They have won numerous derbies, including one in which they scored four goals against East Bengal FC. Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal FC 4-0 in the Raja Memorial Shield final on August 6, 1937, at the shared pitch of both teams (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan), with Asit Ganguly scoring three goals.

Transition from ATK Mohun Bagan to Super Giants

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On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, the Kolkata giants announced that the ATK Mohun Bagan board of directors has approved the club’s official renaming as Mohun Bagan Super Giant, effective June 1, 2023. Sanjiv Goenka, the Green and Maroon Brigade’s major owner, first announced the rechristening earlier this year, on the day of their Indian Super League (ISL) 2022–23 win.

Legacy Mohun Bagan fans have criticized the loss of the prefix ‘ATK’ from the club’s name in the years following the merger with Atletico de Kolkata. Those requests, however, have been rejected all along, infuriating green and maroon followers. To make their concerns heard, supporters of the club boycotted matches. Lastly, the announcement during the ISL 2022-23 coronation highlighted those celebrations as traditional fans voiced their pleas. Mohun Bagan Super Giant will become official within two weeks. There has been elation from the fanbase since the announcement was made. It is slated to bring harmony between the fans and management.

Players Who Define Mohun Bagan Super Giant

Player Names Position
Arsh Anwer Shaikh Goalkeepers
Syed Zahid Hussain Bukhari Goalkeepers
Vishal Kaith Goalkeepers
Anisa Anwar Ali Defenders
Asish Rai Defenders
Brendan Michael Hamill Defenders
Héctor Yuste Cantón Defenders
Ravi Bahadur Rana Defenders
Subhasish Prodyut Bose Defenders
Sumit Rathi Defenders
Abhishek Dhananjay Suryavanshi Midfielders
Anirudh Thapa Midfielders
Deepak Tangri Midfielders
Glan Peter Martins Midfielders
Lalrinliana Hnamte Midfielders
Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan Midfielders
Ningombam Engson Singh Midfielders
Sahal Abdul Samad Midfielders
Adnan Hugo Boumous Forwards
Armando Sadiku Forwards
Dimitrios Petratos Forwards
Jason Steven Cummings Forwards
Mohammad Fardin Ali Molla Forwards
Manvir Singh Forwards
Liston Colaço Forwards
Kiyan Nassiri Giri Forwards
Suhail Ahmad Bhat Forwards


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