Mohun Bagan

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ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club
File:ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club.png
Full name ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mariners
Short nameATKMB
Founded1 June 2020; 23 months ago (1 June 2020)
GroundSalt Lake Stadium
Mohun Bagan Ground
Capacity85,000
22,000
Owner
ATK Mohun Bagan Private Limited
(Sanjiv Goenka (RPSG), Sourav Ganguly &
Utsav Parekh) (80%)
(Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Pvt. Ltd. &
Swapan Sadhan Bose) (20%)
DirectorDebashis Dutta
ManagerAntonio López Habas
LeagueIndian Super League
WebsiteClub website
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Kolkata, West Bengal. The club competes in the Indian Super League, the top flight of Indian football. This new merged club was formed as part of a merger between football section of multi-sport club Mohun Bagan and former ISL side ATK. The club will begin play from the 2020–21 season. The club's principal owner is RPSG Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka. Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Utsav Parekh also serve as co-owners, along with Mohun Bagan. Former ATK coach Antonio López Habas is the current head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan. The Salt Lake Stadium serves as the club's home stadium, with a capacity of 85,000.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

ATK Mohun Bagan was founded as part of a merger between Mohun Bagan and ATK.[1] Mohun Bagan were founded in 1889 as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club and are one of the oldest and most historic football clubs in India.[2] The club's most notable achievement came on 29 July 1911 when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield final. Mohun Bagan's victory was the first time an all-Indian football club had won the IFA Shield and became a symbol of nationalism during the Indian independence movement.[3] The club was a founding member of the National Football League (NFL), India's first domestic league, in 1996.[4] Since then, the club has gone on to win five league titles, three NFL and two in the I-League, becoming tied for most successful club in Indian football.[5] Mohun Bagan have also won the most Federation Cup titles (14) and second most Calcutta Football League titles (30).[6][7] ATK Football Club, founded on 7 May 2014 as Atlético de Kolkata, were a founding member of the Indian Super League.[8] The club was owned by a consortium consisting of RPSG Group founder Sanjiv Goenka, Harshavardhan Neotia, former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, Utsav Parekh, and Spanish football club Atlético Madrid.[9] The club would go on to win two of the first three Indian Super League finals in 2014 and 2016.[10] After three seasons, Atlético Madrid ended their partnership with the club and sold their ownership stake to Goenka.[11] The club was then rebranded as ATK.[11] In March 2020, ATK won their third and final championship, defeating Chennaiyin in the 2020 ISL final.[12]

Formation[edit]

Discussions to include Kolkata giants and I-League clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had been ongoing since 2018.[13] Discussions and rumors continued through 2019 before an announcement was made on 16 January 2020 that ATK owners RPSG Group bought an 80% stake in Mohun Bagan. As part of the purchase, it was announced that ATK would merge its brand with Mohun Bagan to create a new club for the 2020–21 Indian Super League season.[14][15] It was also announced that the new club would launch on 1 June 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] The club's name was officially announced on 10 July 2020 as ATK Mohun Bagan.[17] It was also revealed that the club would retain the main colours of Mohun Bagan – green and maroon – and the club's new logo was also unveiled.[17]

Club culture[edit]

Team colours and crest[edit]

During the team's official unveiling on 10 July 2020 it was announced that the club would use the colours of Mohun Bagan – green and maroon – as their official colours.[17] It was also revealed by principal owner Sanjiv Goenka that ATK Mohun Bagan's secondary colours would be white and red of ATK with green and maroon stripes in it.[18] The club's logo also remained almost unchanged from the logo used by Mohun Bagan, featuring the sailing boat but with the word "ATK" included.[19]

Ownership[edit]

The club is owned by a consortium known as ATK Mohun Bagan Private Limited.[20] RPSG Group founder Sanjiv Goenka is the principal owner of the organization while former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly and businessman Utsav Parekh are co-owners.[21] Mohun Bagan Football Club also acts a co-owner, owning 20% of the organization.[22]

Stadium[edit]

Salt Lake Stadium[edit]

ATK Mohun Bagan will be playing matches at the Salt Lake Stadium, located in the Kolkata suburb of Bidhannagar in West Bengal.[23] A multi-purpose stadium, the stadium is mainly used to host football matches. The stadium was the home stadium for both ATK and Mohun Bagan.[24]

Mohun Bagan Ground[edit]

The stadium is owned by Mohun Bagan who currently use the stadium as a training ground. ATK Mohun Bagan owners have a plan to renovate the stadium in near future so that they can use this stadium for their home matces in Indian Super League.

Rivalries[edit]

Mohun Bagan's biggest rivalry is with city rivals SC East Bengal and is popularly known as the Kolkata Derby. Mohun Bagan also had an intense rivalry with Mohammedan SC but the importance of this match has fizzled out in past two decades due to the fact that the teams only meet once a year in the Calcutta Football League.

Kolkata Derby[edit]

Kolkata Derby or the Boro Match is a football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The two clubs currently meet at least 3 times a year, twice in Indian Super League and once in the Calcutta Football League. Till January 2020, 370 matches have been played between the two teams (327 competitive matches and 43 friendly or non-competitive exhibitions) out of which Mohun Bagan has won 119 matches and SC East Bengal have won 129 times[25] (including all competitive matches and friendlies) and rest of the matches ended in draws.[26] The first match between the sides was played on 8 August 1921 in the Coochbehar Cup and the semifinal match ended in a 0–0 draw. Mohun Bagan won the replayed semifinal 3–0. The first derby goal ever scored was scored in that match by Rabi Ganguly and the other two goals were scored by Poltu Dasgupta and Abhilash Ghosh. The first CFL match between the sides was played on 28 May 1925 in CFL where East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 1–0. Mohun Bagan holds the record of scoring the fastest goal in a derby (24 July 1976, a 17-second goal from Md Akbar of Mohun Bagan). They have the record of winning 2 consecutive derbies in 2 consecutive days (7 and 8 August 1935) and had the unique distinction of losing only 1 derby in a span of 7 years (1933 to 1939). A few notable victories include the Darbhanga Shield match on 5 September 1934, when Bagan won 4–1 (Amiyo Deb scored all the 4 goals, the only time a player scored 4 goals in this derby), and a 5–3 win in an I-League encounter on 25 October 2009 (Chidi Edeh scored 4 goals). They have won several derbies scoring 4 goals against East Bengal. One such instance was in Raja Memorial Shield final played on 6 August 1937 in the common ground of both the clubs (Salt Lake Stadium), where Bagan beat East Bengal 4–0 and Asit Ganguly scored 3 goals in that match.[27]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 1 November 2020[28]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Dheeraj Singh
2 India DF Sumit Rathi
5 India DF Sandesh Jhingan
6 India FW Manvir Singh
7 India MF Komal Thatal
8 Republic of Ireland MF Carl McHugh
9 Australia FW David Williams
10 Spain MF Edu García
11 Australia MF Brad Inman
12 India GK Avilash Paul
14 India MF Glan Martins
15 India DF Subhasish Bose
16 India MF Jayesh Rane
17 India MF Pronay Halder
18 India MF Sheikh Sahil
No. Position Player
19 Spain MF Javi Hernández
20 India DF Pritam Kotal
21 Fiji FW Roy Krishna (Captain)
22 India FW Jobby Justin
23 India FW Michael Soosairaj
24 India DF Salam Ranjan Singh
25 India MF Michael Regin
27 India DF Boris Singh
28 India DF Ankit Mukherjee
29 India GK Arindam Bhattacharya
30 India MF Ningombam Singh
31 India GK Arsh Shaikh
33 India DF Prabir Das
41 India GK Aryan Lamba
44 Spain DF Tiri
99 India FW Md. Fardin Molla

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Spain Antonio López Habas[29]
Assistant Coach Spain Manuel Cascallana[30]
India Sanjoy Sen[31]
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Ángel Pindado[32]
Physiotherapists Spain Luis Alfonso Martinez
India Noel Augustine
India Bhaskar Sengupta
Physical Trainer Spain Alvaro Ros Bernal
Team Manager India Avishek Bhattacharjee
Kit Manager India Anirban Biswas

Statistics and records[edit]

Seasons[edit]

As of 20 November 2020
Season Indian Super League Finals Super Cup AFC Cup Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA GD Pts Player Goals
2020–21 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6 TBD TBD TBD Roy Krishna 2

Head coaches record[edit]

As of 1 June 2020
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Antonio López Habas  Spain 1 June 2020 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 !

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