25 APRIL

Take up the challenge, AFC President to Indian clubs..

AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam has exhorted Indian club owners to come forward and take up the challenge of professionalising the game in the continent. Speaking to the AFC Ad-hoc Committee for Indian Professional Football, Bin Hammam was forthright in his views, saying that AFC would go all out to help Indian clubs, provided the clubs themselves believed in change and its benefits.

Attending the first meeting were All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Alberto Colaco, President of Churchill Brothers Joaquim Alemao, Kingfisher East Bengal President Pronab Das Gupta, Owner and Secretary of Shillong Lajong Larsing Sawyan, FIFA’s Director of Member Associations Thierry Regenass, and AFC Vice-President Manilal Fernando, who is also the FIFA Development Officer for South Asia.

“The timing of this meeting is significant,” said Bin Hammam. “Yesterday we all saw India taking part in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 Finals draw. I am sure it was a proud moment for you and millions of Indians back home and I congratulate you on India’s achievement.“But I would be failing in my duty if I don’t point out that both Indian and Asian fans had to wait for 26 long years for this moment. India last played in the Asian Cup in 1984,” added Bin Hammam.

“I as well as millions of Indians want to see India playing in each and every Asian Cup after this. However this can be guaranteed only when there is a solid and professional base of club football in the country. “AFC and FIFA want to listen to you as you are the owners and presidents of Indian clubs. We urge you to share your ideas for professionalising football in India.”The AFC President said this first meeting and more threadbare discussions would pave the way for the future.

“In addition to the artificial turfs being sponsored for some clubs under FIFA’s ‘Win in India with India’, AFC and FIFA can think about contributing to the clubs’ costs towards professionalising their administration.” In the meeting, AIFF General Secretary Colaco made a presentation to the members on the I-League. The committee then approved the new criteria for professional clubs in India to join the I-League. The deadline for the clubs to meet the conditions is December 31, 2010, already set by the AIFF Executive Committee. The conditions are the same as those that would apply to all clubs eligible to participate in the AFC Champions League in 2011.

Colaco asked AFC for support in certain key areas

1. Setting-up the league structure and regulations;

2. evaluating the capacity of existing clubs to meet AFC and FIFA Club Licensing criteria;

3. weeding out the clubs that cannot meet AFC criteria.

FIFA’s Regenass stressed the world governing body’s support in professionalizing Indian football.

Courtesy: www.the-afc.com

25 APRIL

(AIFF-APFRC) will conduct Hyderabad Football league from June 10..

Finally, there is some good news for the football lovers of Andhra Pradesh. The All India Football Federation-Andhra Pradesh Football Revival Committee (AIFF-APFRC) is conducting a league competition in Hyderabad from June 10.

C.R. Viswanathan, nominee, AIFF-APFRC, will be in charge of the entire tournament and the games will be played in accordance with the latest Fifa rules. The teams will be divided into two groups with the top-three from each group moving into the super league stage.

Teams that have already confirmed their participation include — Bharath Dynamics Limited, South Central Railway, City College Old Boys Football Club (CCOB), AGORC, State Bank Of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Sporting Club, Customs and Central Excise, DMRL, EME, APSRTC and AOC.

For Andhra Pradesh football, which was almost dying due to the infighting between the members allegedly running the AP Football Association, this league by the revival committee, comes as huge boost. “I am here to see AP football regain its old glory. I am here just for the love for this game. I will give my full support to all the club members and do everything possible from my part to revive football in AP,” said Viswanathan.

The former footballer also announced the possibility of bringing Santosh Trophy to the State this year, though things are in a nascent stage currently. “This year, Goa was supposed to conduct the Santosh Trophy but due to the monsoon they have backed off. The All India Football Federation has asked the other states, whoever is willing, to conduct the event. I will put forward the name of Andhra Pradesh. I have already approached the government for support regarding this,” Viswanathan said.

Viswanathan has written letters to Mukesh Kumar Meena, vice-chairman and managing director of A.P. Sports Association and A.K. Parida, principal secretary for youth affairs and sports. “I have got a positive response from them, They have asked me to submit the proposed budget and if things work out well I will try to convince the All India Football Federation to organise the event here,” said Viswanathan.

Apart from this, the 75-year-old veteran is also willing to conduct a training session for the referees in the coming days as the state lacks good referees.

With so many positives it seems that football in AP is on its way to regain its lost glory.

Courtesy: www.deccanchronicle.com

25 APRIL

Mahindra United U-19 win the Super Division title in Mumbai Football League.

Staying focused and working tremendously hard, Mahindra United Under 19 team who turned out an impressive performance won the Super Division title in the Mumbai Football League after they came from behind to overcome the challenge of seasoned outfit Maharashtra State Police by a 3-2 margin in a keenly contested encounter played at the Cooperage ground here on Thursday.

Finding themselves in a must win situation to claim the honors, Mahindra United colts who have remained unbeaten in the play-off stage, overall looked more cohesive and purposeful with their work in the midfield as they defied the pre-match assumptions to emerge as the deserving winners and earn a berth in the Elite Division next season.

In their concluding match of the play-off stage, that witnessed fluctuating fortunes, Mahindra United colts unfazed by the enormity of the task that lied ahead staged a superb comeback with goals from wing-back Prathamesh Warang, striker Sagar Bedekar and substitute Shilton D’Silva, who netted the winner in the injury time. At half-time, the match was on even terms tied at one goal apiece.

Mahindra United colts who had performed extremely well also during the preliminary stage of the competition, by virtue of this hard-earned victory ended with eight points to claim the top spot while M.S. Police who just needed a draw from this fixture to clinch the title finished on seven points. The state cops who had taken a ninth minute lead but were unable to hold on to their advantage, got their goals through Azhar Shaikh and A. Qureshi.

Overall combining well as a unit, what was creditable about this victory for Mahindra United colts was the manner in which they came back strongly after the early setback and stuck to their task while been sustained in their efforts to put it across the state cops and thereby make amends for their last year’s disappointment of finishing second.

“I feel that the boys have put up an excellent show and they truly deserve to win the Super Division title and earn a place in the Elite Division next season. They fought hard and emerged out as the winners, which they were not able to do last year,” said Mahindra United U-19 coach Santosh Kashyap.

24 APRIL

ANTHONY PATRICK....---...A Tribute : By Novy Kapadia.

The last member of the all-conquering Hyderabad City Police team which in 1950 won both the Durand and Rovers Cup, Anthony Patrick, died following a heart attack, at his home in Secunderabad on March 23. The 82-year-old had been ailing for some time. Patrick played as right half back in the 2-3-5 system which Hyderabad Police adopted in the early 1950s. The other half backs were the brothers Jamal and Olympian Noor Mohammed both of whom had expired earlier.

Patrick first played for India in the 1953 Quadrangular tournament in Rangoon. In the 1953 Sait Nagjee tournament at Calicut, he had been selected as the best player of the tournament and this brought him into the limelight. In 1954 he toured Ceylon with the Hyderabad State Football Association team and played for India against the touring USSR team in Madras and Calcutta. In that same year he represented India in the 1954 Manila Asian Games.

Two years later he was unlucky to miss selection for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He had been surprisingly dropped from the Hyderabad squad for the 1956 National Championships for the Santosh trophy and hence was not included amongst the probables for the Olympics. A kind-hearted and generous person Patrick never bore grudges and used this setback to further improve his game and force the selectors to recall him for the state team which won the National Championships in 1957.

A calm and composed midfielder Patrick was renowned for his accurate passes, especially his push passes which bisected opposing defences and initiated moves for his own forwards. Patrick’s delectable through passes utilized the speed of right winger Moin to great effect and they formed a formidable combination. A consistent, stylish and popular player, he was a crowd favourite because he rarely committed any fouls whilst playing. Overall Patrick won the Rovers Cup six times, Durand Cup thrice and Santosh trophy twice.

Born on Christmas day in 1927, Patrick was initiated into the finer points of the game by K. John, the then Physical Instructor of the Government High School, Bolaram. Playing either as right back or right half, he captained the primary and middle school teams before joining the Mahbub College High School. He excelled for his new school and was captain for a year. While in this school, he also assisted the Lalita Pershad XI as also the Musheerabad XI in local tournaments.

On finishing school he joined the Hyderabad City Police “as a footballer.” Two other famous City Police footballers, inside forward Sussay (Sr) and goalkeeper Eraiah, were instrumental in getting him employed in the department. They took him to the authorities concerned and persuaded them to appoint Patrick as he was “a very able footballer.” When Patrick joined the police in 1948, it was Saifuddin Hadi who was playing right half.

However Saifuddin, retired pre-maturely to give Patrick a chance to play in the first team. Patrick seized this opportunity and was a member of the majestic Hyderabad City Police team for the next eleven years. From 1960 onwards he played for Central Police Lines (CPL) Hyderabad and excelled for them. He represented Hyderabad and later Andhra Pradesh in the Santosh trophy from 1948 till 1960.

Patrick was also a class II referee and also a qualified coach, having undergone training under S.A. Rahim. In 1959, he was deputed by the Andhra Pradesh Police to coach the Pondicherry Police team.

24 APRIL

Mohun Bagan-East Bengal Kolkata Derby match ended with a goalless Draw.

Today in Yuba Bharati Krirangan the big derby match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan ended with a goalless draw. Both the teams got numbers of opportunities to score goals but they failed to convert even a single opportunity and thus the match ended with a draw. Because of this the dream of Mohun Bagan to win this edition of the Premier Division Calcutta League came under certain threats as the second position team in the league table Chirag United reduced the point margin and came very close to the Maroon and Green Brigade. During the first half in number of occasions Bagan keeper Shilton Paul made some good saves to keep the scoreline unchanged.

Today East Bengal started the match with positive aspect and built a certain numbers of good attacks towards the Mohun Bagan goal. Man of the Match Sanju Pradhan was the architect behind the majority numbers of East Bengal attacks. But due to the series of chance misses East Bengal failed to capitalize even a single of those attacks. Whereas in the first half Mohun Bagan adopted completely defensive and thus could not cause any harm towards the East Bengal goal.

In the second half Mohun Bagan tried to fight back in the match and from this time Bagan players organised some well built attacks to return the pressure towards the Red and Gold Brigade. But East Bengal also answered them with well organised counters. But in the 73rd minute of the match Harmanjyot Khabra of East Bengal received a red card and thus the Red and Gold brigade came down to ten men. By taking the one man advantage Mohun Bagan got the complete hold of the match in rest of the time and during this span of time the Bagan players built up number of good moves towards East Bengal goal.

But the well organized East Bengal defence did not provide even any minor opportunities to the Bagan strikers. Towards the closing minutes Bagan got two great opportunities of scoring but in both the occasions East Bengal keeper Gurpreet Singh made two brilliant saves to deny Bagan from scoring goals. Thus finally the match ended with a goalless draw.

24 APRIL

10 men East Bengal hold Mohun Bagan in Kolkata Derby today

APR 24 : East Bengal   0 - 0   Mohun Bagan ( YBK - FT.. .. )

RED CARD : Khabra (KEB 76') :: M.O.M : Sanju Prodhan (KEB)

KEB: Gurpreet, Okpara, Saikat (Baichung 48'), Soumik, Sanju, Khabra, Bekhokhei, Mehraj, Mehtab, Nabi(C),Hammond.

MMB: Shilton, Biswajit, Azim, Deepak, Subhojit (Soumik), Surkumar, Mickey(Masih 68'), Snehasish (Isfaq 90'), Seuoka, Chidi, Barreto(C).

FT: Match end. No score. Last 17 minutes, 10 men East Bengal hold Mohun Bagan in Sahara CFL Derby. Sanju Prodhan of East Bengal has been declared man of the match today. Bagan got 33 points form 13 matches of CFL Premier League.

95': End of 145th Kolkta Derby. Scoreline 0 - 0.

94': 10 men East Bengal is fighting well. Gurpreet Singh the Keeper of East Bengal well saved some sure chances of Bagan.

93': Barreto got a chance to score. Souvik passed from right but his close ranger went away over the bar.

92': Unbeaten Gurpreet, the East Bengal custodian, who saved a nice header of Seuoka.

90': Isfaq Ahmed came in place of Snehasish Chakrabartry for Bagan.

88': Nice saved by East Bengal Keeper Gurpreet Shing. Surkumar shoot well from top of the KEB box.

86': Chidi beat Mehraj in the KEB box but finally his shot well saved by Gurpreet.

84': Nabi from left well crossed but went direct to Shilton's hand. Baichung reached at the moment there but unable to do anything. 73': RED CARD.. Khabra of KEB shown Red card who fouled Snehasish badly. 10 men East Bengal will fight now against Bagan.

72': Collision between Snehasish and Khabra. Both are fallen in the gound. Match stopped. Both are in under treatment.

71': Free kick for Bagan. Khabra fouled Barreto. Seuoka kick well cleared by Gurpreet.

68': Player changed by Bagan. Rakesh Masih came in place of Mickey .

68': Yellow card to Snehasish of Bagan who fouled Baichung.

67': Free kick in favour of Bagan. Danger area. Bekhokhei fouled Surkumar. Seuoka kick cleared by Mehraj.

66': Nabi wanted to attack from left. Long cross but efortless. No East Bengal player in the Box.

64': Danger in East Bengal Box. Barreto- Chidi attack. Mehraj well cleared the ball.

62': Bagan is attacking from right. Chidi reached to KEB Box but offside.

61': Match started. Free kick for East Bengal. No damege done. Deepak cleared Khabra's shot.

59': Biswajit Saha fouled Okpara. Okpara is under treatment now.Match stopped.

57': Souvik of Bagan good effort form right but his cross went direct to Gurpreet's hand.

56': Mehtab, Okpara, Mehraj well played in the defence area of KEB.

55': Hammond got a ball in right side of Bagan box. Danger for Bagan. But he missed the target. He should cross the ball in the box where two players of East Bengal already reached there..

54':Free kick of Bagan. Seuoka shot Deflected and went away.

53':Bagan is attacking. Wrong pass of Barreto towads Seuoka. Seuoka was not in line.

51':Mehraj well tackeled and cleared an attack of Snehasish from left.

50': No dangerous movement by Chidi-Barreto duo of Bagan still now.

48': Baichung Bhutia came in place of Saikat Saha Roy of KEB.

47': Azim cleared an attack of Nabi by a header. Counter attacking by Mohun Bagan from right side.

47':Baichung Bhutia of East bengal is warming up in the side line.

46': 2nd half derby fight started. First half scoreline was goalless.

HT: It's half time now. The score line is 0 - 0. In EPL Match half time score is Manchester United 0 - 0 Tottenham.

45'+2': Hammond again attacked from left. Got a ball in their midfield from Mehtab. solo run towards Bagan box. Beat Azim in the box. But his shot finally missed the target.

45'+1': Mickey of Bagan fouled Okpara. Free kick for East Bengal.

45': Sanju well effort. His 25 yards punch saved by Shilton. Referee added 2 minutes injury time.

43': Hammond well moveed from right but his effort well blocked by Azim. corner for East Bengal.

42': Bagan got a free kick. Snehasish shot went away.

40': well attack by Bagan. Chidi header well saved by Gurpreet.

38': Soumik Chakrabarty of Bagan shown Yellow card who fouled Soumik Dey of East Bengal.

37': Good move of Nabi. Sanju passed him towards Bagan box but Shilton was alert, came forward to block the attack.

37': Nabi to Saikat in right side. But Saikat unable to cross the ball. Biswajit Saha cleared it.

36': Sur Kumar passed towards Barreto. Long pass but too difficult to received by Barreto in East Bengal Box. Gurpreet came and collectd the ball before reaching of Barreto.

34': wrong pass of Bekhokhei. Okpara cleared an attack of Barreto. Counter attack of East Bengal.

32': Again attacking by East Bengal. Sanju from rightflank passed to unmarked Hammond. But Hammond is offside.

31': Player changing by Bagan. Soumik Chakrabarty came in place of Subhojit Majumder.

30': Sanju's poor grounder went away from left. Bagan's Soumik chakrabarty is warming up in the side line.

29': East Bengal got an another corner. this is the 4th corner of East Bengal. Bagan keeper Shiltol pal well collected the corner kick of Sanju from right.

28': Mehtab to Soumik .Soumik towards Nabi in the Bagan box but Azim cleared the ball.

26': Khabara crossed from left in Bagan box to Mehtaab. Mehtab's long ranger from there went away.

24': Brilliant attack of East Bengal by Sanju from right. speedy attack by Sanju. Brilliantly crossed the ball well but unmarked Hammond unable to touch the ball.

22': Still no score in the Derby match.

21': Surkumar's wrong pass towards Chidi in East Bengal Box but alert Okpara cleared the attack. Saikat stopped well Biswajit in the left.

19': Seuoka got a ball from Mickey but Okpara cleared the ball.

18': Depak injured but fit now.

15': Hamond missed a chance. His effort went away just out side the Bagan net.

14': Surkumar cleared a sanju effort from left. East bengal is in attacking mode.

13': Good free kick by Sanju. But Shilton saved it through corner. No damage done in the corner.

12': Sk. Azim fouled Hammond. free kick in favour of East bengal.

8': free kick for East bengal. Mehtab kicked the free kick but missed the target.

7': Biswajit Saha cleared the Sanju's corner. Mehtab got the ball but his poor shot went away.

6': Shilton well cleared an attack of Nabi. corner for East bengal

5':Saikat Saha Roy well Effort from right. Shilton well gripped his shot

5':Goal Kick of KEB. Long shot of Gurpreet. Hammond got the ball and shoot towards MMB goal.Shilton well collected the ball.

4': Bagan got a free Kick. No damage done.

2': Mickey to Seuoka in the right from their own midfield. Seuoka crossed but Saikat cleared the ball. Counter attack of KEB.

1': Foul of MMB . Referee awarded Free Kick in favour of KEB. Shot taken by Mehtab.Mickey well blocked Sanju in the right.

1': Match started. Khabra wanted to pass Nabi but failed. Nabi is playing in upfront with Hammond.

0': East Bengal will attack from right to left, while Mohun Bagan will from left to right.

0': East Bengal coach Ridder said Mohun Bagan is favourite but his team will fight for winning. Only 2 wins in last 19 matches, East Bengal wants to all out attack from the starting of the match.

0': Two teams has entered in the pitch. Warming up for fighting. Match Referee is Mriganka Bhattcharyya.

0': Still huge fans are standing in front of Ticket counters out side the Salt Lake Stadium.

0': More than 70,000 spectators has come to watch the most prestigious Kolkata Derby at Salt Lake Stadium. Currently 37.8°C to 38°C Temperature here.

23 APRIL

India in tough group of AFC Asian Cup 2011 at Doha

2011 AFC Asian Cup finals will be held in Qatar in January . It will be the 15th edition of this Tournment. Qtel, the leading telecom company of Qatar, will be the sponsor of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. The Matches will be half at four Stadiums of Doha (Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Gharafa Stadium, Qatar SC Stadium, Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium and Ahmed bin Ali Stadium of Ar Rayyan.

Group A: Qatar, Kuwait, China, Uzbekistan
Group B: Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Japan
Group C: South Korea, India, Bahrain, Australia
Group D: Iraq, North Korea, UAE, Iran

Today,the draw of the Final Round Matches held at the Aspire Dome in Doha where 16 teams will play in the tournament from April 7-29, 2011.

India were handed the worst possible draw for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals as they were clubbed with Australia, South Korea and Bahrain in Group C at Doha, Qatar on Friday.

India got a tough opponents in group 'C' featuring Australia, South Korea and Baharin. Australia and South Korea the two sides who have qualified for 2010 World Cup from Asia - and Bahrain, who just missed the World Cup via a play-off against New Zealand.

Australia, FIFA ranked side at 19th while South Korea at 49th where Bahrain are ranked 67th in the world. India were the lowest FIFA ranked side among the 16 teams at 132nd.

23 APRIL

Fans Club Vs Fan Club : Kolkata Derby tomorrow

EAST BENGAL FAN CLUB : LAAL HOLUD BISWA

Seldom has the situation arisen, when the fate of the match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan has nothing to do with the prospect of one of the teams. Currently, Mohun Bagan are six points ahead of East Bengal, after playing one match less than what East Bengal played and Chirag are four points ahead of East Bengal after playing one match less than what East Bengal played.

Therefore it may be very much difficult for East Bengal to finish in the 2nd. spot in the table even after coming out victorious in the match of 24th. The matter may worsen, if Mohammedan SC are somehow able to overtake East Bengal to pull us down to the 4th. spot in the table.

Overall performance of East Bengal throughout this year is not only disappointing but also awful. Supporters had to see our team starting the season with four consecutive losses in a row and many a downfall thereafter. But after that our team lifted the Federation Cup on 3rd. January of this year, and the triumph was beyond the expectations of even the most optimistic supporters.

During the course of becoming the champion team of India, we defeated our arch-rival by a brace on the last day of the previous year . But eventually our team again came in the frustrating track with a no-win-run of 14 matches and exhibited dismal performance in the AFC Cup and I-League.

But as fer as the match against Mohun Bagan is concerned, statistics, seasonal form etc. do not count. Red and Gold jerseys always flash and gear up seeing the Green and Maroon jerseys as the oppositions. Many a times, East Bengal turned the table beating Mohun Bagan with a weak line-up. Our regular staff Alvito will have to miss the derby due to his suspension by IFA but we think the players taking their places will do no less good to provide a scope to our supporters lighting torch in the gallery in the evening summer of Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

Our coach Ridder may get the dividend, fielding the players in their known and used places rather than swapping the positions of the players and experimenting too much witch them. And we will like to see Bhaichung along with Sanju Pradhan in the field right from the word ‘go’. My heart waits for the moment, when we will light torch in the gallery of YBK, relishing the pale faces of the supporters of Mohun Bagan.

Let us hope for a high-quality and exciting derby tomorrow from 17.00 hrs.at Salt Lake Stadium Kolkata.

MOHUN BAGAN FAN CLUB : SOBUJ MAROON SWAPNO

Tomorrow, “Our Live, Our Pride” Mohun Bagan is going to face our so-called arch rival East Bengal in the IFA organised Sahara CFL - Premier League 2009-10 campaign. This particular derby has already been registered among the top 50 “clash of Titans” in the whole world and before the match; adrenaline secretion starts to rise among the supporters of both the sides. It’s not only a mere football match, but a match with which lots of emotions are associated. One group of the supporters will return to their homes with smiling face and another group with a depressed mind. But at the end of the day, the winner will be of football.

But what will be the result of tomorrow’s match, mates?? Will it be the repetition of another 25th October?? Yes what you are thinking, my heart is saying the same thing friends, and tomorrow we are surely going to thumb our authority again on the Red and Gold brigade. This is a vital match for us as we are now just two points ahead of Chirag United in the league table and after that two matches will be left there for us, one against West Bengal Police and another one against Chirag United. So, we will have to get three important points from this match to keep ourselves tension free for the rest of the two matches.

Now what is the possibility of Mohun Bagan to win the match?? It’s even more than 100% and the main reason behind it is the current form of the total team. The team is really playing well in the last match and just demolished the Mumbai Red Devils in front of the home crowd. So this will provide a huge confidence boost up to the total team before this derby. Sangram Mukherjee and Shilton Paul, who ever will be there under the bar, will surely deliver their best in reference to their performances in last couple of matches.

The central defense looked rock solid in the last match with the Manju-Deepak combination, but here in this match, we will not get the service of Manju as he has not been registered for KPL, 2009. So, in place of him most probably Seikh Azim (most probably Rakesh Masih will miss the match as he has just recovered from fever) will accompany Deepak Mondal. Azim delivered some brilliant performance in couple of matches this season and along with Deepak Mondal, he surely will be able to make the defense a rock solid one.

Surkumar Singh will be an automatic choice in the right back position and who knows tomorrow we may see another dashing run from Sur from where Barreto or Chiddi will find the net?? Some question are there regarding the left back position, Biswajit Saha is in nice shape, but with out any experience for the derby match at all, rather N. Moharnraj has his caps in couple of such high pressure matches. But who ever will play in this position will obviously deliver his best; there is no doubt about it. Our midfield strength is quite superior to our opponent- James Singh most probably will carry on the attack from the right flank and his in swing crosses will be crucial for tomorrow’s match, while Snehasish or Ishfaq (as he has been recovered from hamstring injury) who ever will play in the left flank will be a serious threat to East Bengal defense due to their deadly run, most importantly Snehasish with his late crosses.

In the central midfield position, the trump card from our side will surely be the Japanese sensation Ryuji Sueoka, the man who is taking a huge load in the midfield, running every places of the ground, his quality of ball distribution and scoring ability is really appreciable. But who will be the other one in central midfield? Marcos who scored a brilliant goal from free kick in Air India match, also delivered a memorable performance in the last match against Mahindra United, will not be there in the squad as he has not been registered for KPL in foreign quota, so Souvik Chakraborty, Kalia Kuluthungan or Micky Fernandez who ever will play in this position will have to take huge responsibility for tomorrow’s match.

Mean while, Brazilian talisman, our beloved “Sabuj Tota” is back in form and will surely try to score some goals in this match, as good players always try to deliver against all odds on big stages. But the question is “how many goals are there in Chiddi’s pocket??” In the last encounter in YBK, we got 4 from him, now in total we are looking another one more from his side, yes if he scores 4 then why we can’t expect 5 from him, right friends? The Barreto-Chiddi -Sueoka trio is the deadliest combo in Indian football and we can hope that tomorrow they will just demolish East Bengal defense to make the score sheet 2-1 for Mohun Bagan in this season.

So, the stage is ready, the performers are geared up but what about the “twelfth man” of the ground?? Yes I am saying about the supporters, hopefully YBK will again be witnessed a good crowd on the last day of the week. Before the match there will be the wave of flags, the roaring of the supporters, but at the end of the match the colour of the sky will surely be “Green and Maroon” and only one slogan will be there “Sune ja sune ja re khola rekhe kan, Sabuj Maroon Patoka batashe tan tan, chirokal relay ache thakbe Mohun Bagan, chirokal math kapiye khelchhe Mohun Bagan….”

Last 30 years Kolkata Football League Derby Results

IFA CFL :( Total Match - 144) : E.B Won - 46 :: M.B Won - 42:: Match Drawn - 56 :: E.B Scored - 112 :: M.B Scored - 114

1980 East Bengal F.C 0 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
1981 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
1982 East Bengal F.c 1 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
1983 Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
1984 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
1985 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 1 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
Return EB Got Walk Over
1986 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C -Drawn
1987 East Bengal F.C 0 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return East Bengal F.C 2 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
1988 East Bengal F.C 2 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C -Drawn
1989 Mohun Bagan A.C 2 - 1 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C -Drawn
1990 Mohun Bagan A.C 2 - 0 East bengal F.C
Return East Bengal F.C 2 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C
1991 East Bengal F.C 0 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C -Drawn
1992 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
1993 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return East Bengal F.C 1 - 0 Mohun bagan A.C
1994 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
1995 East Bengal F.C 2 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 3 - 1 East Bengal F.C
1996 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C -Drawn
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
1997 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 0 - 0 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
1998 Mohun Bagan A.C 2 - 1 East Bengal FC
Return East Bengal F.C 1 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
Play off East Bengal F.C 1 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
1999 East Bengal F.C 2 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
Return East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
2000 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 1 East Bengal F.C - Drawn
Return East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
2001 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal FC
Return East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
2002 East Bengal F.C 2 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
2003 East Bengal F.C 3 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C
Return East Bengal F.C 0 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
Play off East Bengal F.C 1 -1
6-5(Pen)
Mohun Bagan A.C
2004-05 East Bengal F.C 1 - 1 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
Return East Bengal F.C 0 - 0 Mohun Bagan A.C - Drawn
2005-06 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
2006-07 Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 0 East Bengal F.C
2007-08 Mohun Bagan A.C 4 - 3 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 2 - 0 East Bengal F.C
2008-09 Mohun Bagan A.C 2 - 1 East Bengal F.C
Return Mohun Bagan A.C 1 - 1 East Bengal F.C