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About Mohun Bagan
The amalgamation of the most successful ISL side Atletico de Kolkata and most iconic Indian club Mohun Bagan has created a strong force - ATK Mohun Bagan. While both clubs have been rather successful in their own individual right, the coming together of the clubs has a historic significance.
While ATK was founded more or less for the purposes of the Indian Super League, the Mariners have been around since 1889, thereby earning themselves the distinction of being one of the oldest clubs in the country. ATK have managed to claim the title on three occasions while Mohun Bagan have managed a total of 253 trophies in the 131 years that they have been in existence.
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In their second season of the Indian Super League, ATK Mohun Bagan has had a turbulent start with the side failing to keep up with their winning ways under former head coach Antonio Lopez Habas. This resulted in the Spaniard parting ways with the club and therefore making way for the appointment of former FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando. With Ferrando, the club witnessed a distinctive change in their playing style, complementing the players available to the gaffer.
ATK Mohun Bagan finished amongst the top 4 teams of the ISL 2021-22 season and was knocked out by eventual winners Hyderabad FC after a two-legged semi-final play-off.
The Green and Maroon Brigade were required to go through two playoff rounds in April to qualify for the AFC Cup group stage. Juan Ferrando’s side sealed a place in Group D of the competition by beating Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC and Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
ATK Mohun Bagan’s AFC campaign started off with a blow in their opening fixture when the side fell short of tricks in front of the recently crowned I-League champion Gokulam Kerala FC. However, two back-to-back wins against Basundhara Kings and Maziya S & RC confirmed their berth in the inter-zonal semi-finals.
In the build-up to the 2022-23 season, the Green and Maroon brigade have made some big-name signings to bolster their chances of winning silverware. Hyderabad FC full-back Asish Rai and Bengaluru FC’s Ashique Kuruniyan have been lured to the Kolkata giants. Australian defender Brendan Hamill has also joined Juan Ferrando’s side along with Dimitrios Petratos, who has been part of the Australian national football team that featured in the 2018 World Cup. Former FC Sochaux defender Florentin Pogba has also been added to the roster for the 2022-23 season.
As a club, ATK Mohun Bagan do not have any trophies as a club, but individually their trophy cabinets are filled with silverware. Mohun Bagan have a total of 253 trophies. Combining this tally with ATK’s three ISL titles, it is safe to say that the club has 256 titles in their trophy case.
It remains to be seen what happens in the upcoming season of the Indian Super League.
Positives going into the new season
ATK Mohun Bagan has built a strong team that will be competing for all honours in the upcoming season. The squad comprises a good mix of experienced names as well as some fresh faces. An experienced defender like Brendan Hamill, who has lifted the AFC Champions League will add to the defensive solidity of the side followed by another fellow Australian Dimitrios Petratos, who has featured for the Australian national team, bringing along his versatility and experience in the attacking department.
The addition of Florentin Pogba to the backline alongside Hamill makes the defence look unbreachable. The inclusion of Asish Rai and Ashique Kuruniyan adds more pace to the flanks.
Areas of concern ahead of the new season
Even though the club has acquired an experienced and versatile Petratos ahead of the new season, the lack of an out-and-out goalscorer can haunt the Mariners going into the new season.
Roy Krishna, David Williams and Prabir Das have been some of the big names in the ATK Mohun Bagan dressing room in the past.
With regards to the upcoming season, players like Dimitrios Petratos, Florentin Pogba, Hugo Boumous, Joni Kauko and Brendan Hamill can prove to be vital amongst the foreign contingent. Youngster Kiyan Nassiri, who rose to fame in the 2021-22 season, can prove to be an asset going forward.