The 130-year old football club, Mohun Bagan have agreed to merge with the three-time ISL Champions Atlético de Kolkata. The merger is focused to lead the way towards a more competitive platform for young Indian players, thus, benefitting the overall football ecosystem in the country.
Since the rumours of this merger in 2018, there have been several statements by the fans and the stakeholders regarding who is the actual winner if this deal becomes reality? Is it the 100+ years legacy and emotions of the die-hard Bagan fans or the 6 year ISL franchise who overshadowed I-League and built its own fan base.
Keeping history in mind, The newly formed board retained the iconic green and maroon colours of the Mohun Bagan jersey and marked the beginning of a new era by naming the club ‘ATK Mohun Bagan’. The logo retains its essence as the boatman along with the green and maroon sails continue to feature, or the iconic Pal Tola Nauka. These decisions depict that this merger is not just a business investment but also an emotional investment which will produce a larger fan base.
ATK Mohun Bagan will be coached by Antonio Lopes Habas and the merged entity will take part in the Calcutta Football League (CFL), ISL and their main focus will be to win the AFC Cup 2021 by using Mohun Bagan’s 2019-20 champions’ slot.
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