Mohun Bagan Athletic Club is one of the most renowned national sports club. Based in Kolkata West Bengal, it is one of the oldest and prestigious football clubs not only in India but entire Asia. The rivalry of Mohan Bagan and East Bengal Club fill the folklores of the Indian football history. The football team has been hugely successful since its inception and has upheld the status of being India's most successful club with multiple trophies in its kitty. Mohun Bagan club has a well-known Football Academy in collaboration with Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at Durgapur. This football club has frenzy fan following throughout the country.
The Mohan Bagan Club was established on August 15, 1889 and was later declared as the National Club of India. The first President of the Mohan Bagan club was Bhupendra Nath Bose. In 1911, this football club became the first Indian football team to win the IFA Shield by defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment. In that era of pre-independence, the historic win over an English team came as a reason for immense celebrations and since then Mohan Bagan has become an become an inseparable part of Indian Football World. In 1989, during the club's centenary year, the Government of India even issued a postage stamp to celebrate the 1911 victory of the team.
Mohun Bagan has been the most successful teams in India even till date. The club now plays most of their CPL matches at its own home ground, the 22,000 capacity Mohun Bagan Ground which is within its club premise. Mohun Bagan is also the first club of India to have a mascot and a theme song. Baggu, the team mascot is a lovely tiger in green and maroon jersey of the club. The theme song for the Mohun Bagan club is prepared by Mr. Bappi Lahiri. Eminent players like Baichung Bhutia have been associated with the team for long.
Accolades and Achievements
The Mohun Bagan Club has innumerable awards in its credit. As it has been one of the most talented teams of the country, it has an exhaustive list of awards and accolades. In the domestic league, Mohun Bagan has been the winner of the Federation Cup (India), Rovers Cup, Durand Cup, IFA Shield and National & Domestic League to name a few. Apart from this, it would be a noteworthy fact that it has won the Kolkata Super Division 26 times, the Durand Cup 16 times, the IFA shield 21 times and Federation Cup 13 times, the recent in 2009.