NEWS
Football School open for Girls
posted on 01.04.2019


East Bengal Club pleased to inform all that the enrollment for students for the Football School of Excellence is now open for Girls also from the age group of 5 to 16 years.

For Admission Procedure please visit the page by clicking the tab ADMISSION below:

ADMISSION
Paltu Das Death Anniversary
posted on 22.03.2019






Death Anniversary of Late Dipak (Paltu) Das, Ex General secretary of East Bengal was observed today. The program began with lighting of the Lamp at the Club Tent by ex East Bengal footballer & ex India International Shri Subhas Bhowmick.

Later in the day, fruits were distributed to the cancer patients of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute.

On this occasion Club Vice President Shri Ajit Banerjee, Club Executive Committee member Shri Debabrata Sarkar and ex footballer Shri Falguni Dutta distributed the fruit packets to the cancer patients on behalf of the Club.
COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAMME
posted on 19.03.2019


COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAMME TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY 22ND MARCH,2019 IN CONNECTION WITH 18TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE SHRI DIPAK (PALTU DAS) EX GENERAL SECRETARY, EAST BENGAL.

CLUB TENT


Morning Programme


10.00 A.M : Assembling at the Club Tent for Lighting of the Lamp by Coach Sri Subhas Bhowmik.

10.30 A.M : Distribution of Fruits at the Calcutta National Cancer Institute.

Evening Programme will be informed later
TOI Article on EB Fans
posted on 18.03.2019


Courtesy: Calcutta Times, Times of India, Kolkata

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE AN EAST BENGAL FAN?

Despite a valiant fight, East Bengal failed to lift the I-League this year. But why are the passionate red-yellow jersey followers still optimistic about the club’s future?


Bedabrata Pain

In 1975, the inimitable SD Burman passed away after he slipped into a prolonged coma while composing music for Mili. It is during this time that East Bengal won an unforgettable 5-0 victory over Mohun Bagan. Grapevine has it that the only time in this year-long coma that SD’s body responded was when RD Burman brought home of the news of this thumping victory. Apocryphal or not, it symbolises the intensity of emotions associated with the East Bengal club, one of the most popular clubs in the world, with some 40 million supporters. The father-son duo, SD and RD, were avid supporters of the club. As Anirudha Bhattacharjee recounts in SD Burman: The Prince Musician, Burman dada would not let East Bengal Players leave for a game until he had ritually touched every player’s shoulder. On the game-day, he was no longer the legendary music composer, but just a passionate fan.

The passion for East Bengal has its roots in the horrific events of the 1947 partition. Millions of traumatised refugees descended on Kolkata. For the immigrants, it was a battle for sheer existence. East Bengal club became a surrogate for their lost identity. Every victory on the field lent confidence that the marginalised can triumph against all odds. The symbols it conjured were those of grit, resilience, and tenacity. Nobody was immune to it — neither the players nor the fans.

My initiation to this passion came when I was just six years old: my father took me to the East Bengal ground for a league match. Three months later, East Bengal would lift the IFA Shield by beating the formidable Pas Club of Iran. For the first time in independent India, a foreign team would be felled in the finals. I still can’t forget the excitement in my father’s eyes as he recounted to me the last minute match-winning goal. Perhaps this is how one generation transmits a cultural heritage to the next.

Unlike my parents, I have no experience of the horrors of partition or the challenges of being a refugee. And this is true for most East Bengal fans today. Yet many of them wear their “undaunted refugee” ancestry as a badge of honor.

Year 2018-19 saw major changes in East Bengal. The team has reinvented itself. An infectious zeal has spread amongst the players and fans alike. Commitment and team-work of players both from inside and outside India, including a two-time world cupper from Costa Rica, have won the hearts of the fans. Jamuna Das, (fondly called Logenze Mashi), who earns her livelihood by selling sweetmeets at every East Bengal match, aptly captures the sentiment: “I have full confidence in our coach and team. If we hold on to this team, we’ll surely become champions next year.” Such a statement is all the more surprising, because these words came right after the team failed to lift the I-League. But in place of anger and despondency, there appears to be an excitement and a newfound passion. As Rabi Shankar Sen, the secretary of East Bengal the Real Power, one of the biggest fan groups, said: “I have seen signs of our club emulating the ways of those in the West. These are sure signs that East Bengal is on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Asia.”

But will a corporate management be able to strike a balance between passion and professionalisation? Will it be able to marry the quintessential “never-give-up” attitude of East Bengal with a modern management style? That time will tell. But the club appears be on the cusp of a great transformation.

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I avoid recordings or performances when a match is on: Monomoy

I’ve always been a diehard fan of East Bengal. I arrange my schedule according to the match timings. I avoid recordings or performances when a match is on. Once, in a Derby, East Bengal had to face a horrible defeat. I still remember that I had a show after that. I was in such a state of shock that I forgot the lyrics of the songs on stage. It was such a mess! In the current team, I like Johnny Acosta for his ability of game reading and cool-headed nature. — MONOMOY BHATTACHARYA, singer.

Since we used to live close to the stadium, we would get a true feel of the match: Abir

I’m an East Bengal fan and will always be one. As we used to live in Salt Lake near Yuva Bharati Stadium, we would get the true feel of a match. Whichever team won, there would always be a fight. It was fun. From the current team, my favourite is Jobby Justin for his game plan and playing style. — ABIR CHATTERJEE, actor

EB taught me to be friends and rivals simultaneously: Upal

The group of friends I used to hang around with was the first casualty of any East Bengal-Mohun Bagan match. Every time there was a match, we wouldn’t talk to each other for days! I think, our politicians should learn from this — how people can be friends and rivals at the same time. Currently, I like Jobby Justin for his never-ending hunger for goals. — UPAL SENGUPTA, singer

Compiled by Bishwabijoy.Mitra@timesgroup.com

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All-time Best XI of East Bengal

How would the team look like under the 4-3-3 system?

LEGENDARY EAST BENGAL PLAYER SURAJIT SEN GUPTA’S CHOICE

Goalkeeper: Bhaskar Ganguli Defenders: Sudhir Karmakar, Arun Ghosh, Syed Nayeemuddin and Shymal Banerjee Midfielders: Prasanta Sinha, Ram Bahadur and Samaresh Chaudhury Forwards: P Venkatesh, Ahmed Khan and Tulsidas Balaram

LEGENDARY EAST BENGAL PLAYER SUKUMAR SAMAJPATI’S CHOICE

Goalkeeper: Peter Thangaraj Defenders: Sudhir Karmakar, Arun Ghosh, Syed Nayeemuddin and Taj Mohammed Midfielders: Gautam Sarkar, Ahmed Khan and Tulsidas Balaram Forwards: Surajit Sen Gupta, Ashim Moulick and Parimal Dey

(Compiled by football historian and statistician Gautam Roy)

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