Club Day: Mohun Bagan - All Time Best XI

We present Mohun Bagan's all time best XI as a part of our Club Day programme...
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Shivaji Banerjee – GK – The man is considered by some to be the best ever Indian goalkeeper, and he was a Bagan great, remembered by many for famously denying Pele a certain goal in MB’s match against Cosmos in 1977. He was also well known for his ability to save many a spot kick.  

Gostho Pal – CB – The Padma Sri awardee is a legend of the game in the truest sense of the term. He was a Bagan lad through and through, and played for the club for 23 years between 1912 and 1935. Rechristened as the “Great Wall of China”, for the way he protected his goal in the center of defence, the center half is also remembered for the famous lie-down protest in 1935, the aftermath of which saw him quit football forever.  

Sailen Manna – CB – He is till date the only Indian footballer to be named among the ten best captains in the world. That was in 1953, by the England Football Association. He also captained the country to the Asian Games gold medal in 1951. The defender possessed natural leadership skills, which saw him lead the mariners for six years during his 18-year stay at the club.   Interestingly, he never took any money playing for Bagan, and was happy with the salary he received from his employers, the Geological Survey of India.  

Subroto Bhattacharya – CB – It’s astounding to even think that a man has won 78 major trophies with a single club. That man is Subroto Bhattacharya, the man who stood tall in the heart of the Bagan defence, and later took over as manager to increase his trophy tally to a staggering 78 as player and manager.  

Prasun Banerjee – CDM – The younger brother of the legendary P K Banerjee, Prasun was a distinguished footballer in his own right, playing the anchor man role to perfection, and was rewarded with an Arjuna Award as well.  

Prasanta Banerjee – CM –
The former East Bengal man was a technically gifted footballer, bisecting defenders perfectly with sublime left footed passes for forwards to feed on, and his six years at Mohun Bagan were probably the most successful years of his career.  

Manash Bhattacharya – CM –
The midfielder was an integral part of the “Triple Crown” Mohun Bagan side in the 1970’s, creating many a goal from central midfield, in consistently committed displays.  

Bidesh Bose – RM –
Another player for Bagan in the seventies, Bidesh Bose is considered to be one of the best footballers produced by India, and arguably the best winger. His knack of scoring goals despite his position on the wing helped both Bagan and India immensely throughout his career.  

Babu mani – LM –
Babu Mani, a Tamilian, was another one of the orthodox wingers who played for Bagan, often scoring goals himself through his electric pace and his famed left foot. He makes an easy entry into this side because of his scoring and creative abilities.  

Jose Ramirez Baretto – LF –
Regarded as the best foreigner to have played in the National league, the Brazilian is in his second stint with Mohun Bagan, with a spell at Penang FC and Mahindra United in the middle. He’s versatile enough to play in midfield or as a forward with equal measure, and his goalscoring record speaks for itself. He’s currently Bagan’s record scorer in the National League.  

Chuni Goswami – RF –
Arguably India’s greatest ever footballer, Subimal, or “Chuni” Goswami was a forward with immaculate ball control and dribbling skills. As well as scoring goals, he was equally good at creating them, with fellow forwards reaping the benefits, just like Baretto would in this team.

Atishay Agarwal