Left Menu
Development News Edition

Mohun Bagan merges with ATK; to play as ATK-Mohun Bagan in next ISL


Mohun Bagan merges with ATK; to play as ATK-Mohun Bagan in next ISL

Mohun Bagan will be rechristened ATK-Mohun Bagan from next season after the iconic club merged with ATK FC on Thursday by selling the majority stake to the owner of the two-time Indian Super League winners. The merged club will come into existence in June and will compete in the ISL 2020-21. The two sides will, however, play separately in the current I-League and ISL seasons.

As per the deal, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, who are the principal owners of ATK, will acquire majority shareholding of 80 per cent in Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited. Talking exclusively to PTI after the merger, RPSG Group Chairman Sanjiv Goenka said the merged club will be named ATK-Mohun Bagan and he would ensure that the identities of both Mohun Bagan and ATK remained intact.

"The name of the new club would be ATK-Mohun Bagan. Identities of both Mohun Bagan and ATK will remain intact," Goenka said. "Mohun Bagan now belongs to me. For me, what's the difference between Mohun Bagan and ATK? We will see what's the best and then take a call. I've always said Mohun Bagan is a Dada club for us (big brother)," he said when asked what would be the jersey colour and logo.

"It's not my call. It's a call that the operating management will take. Let the Board take a call, I will be happy with anything. Both are my jerseys today. It does not matter to me whether it's this or that." He, however, hinted that merged club may keep both the jersey colours of green-and-maroon (Mohun Bagan) and red-and-white (ATK) for home and away matches.

"We have not decided the colours of jersey. It's not relevant right now. The operating team will take a call on all this. As it is, we have two jerseys -- one for home and one away. Is it a point even worth fighting over?" he asked. All India Football Federation hailed the merger as one of the most historic developments in the country's football history.

"I congratulate the fans of legendary Mohun Bagan club and Hero ISL club ATK on the merger. I am sure officials of both clubs have kept the best interests of fans and larger interest of Indian football in mind while arriving at a well thought out decision. When tradition and legacy is backed by corporate backing, magic can be created," AIFF President Praful Patel said. "I am certain this is going to be one of the most historic developments in the annals of Indian footballing history. I commend the authorities of both clubs for displaying vision, I congratulate both sets of fans and wish them a happy and prosperous 'marriage'," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.

Asked what would be the team management of the merged club, Goenka said the current ATK coach Antonio Habas, under whom they won the inaugural ISL title in 2014, has a contract for two seasons running till 2020-21. "Of course, Habas is coach for two years. We have not yet discussed all this. But (ATK's youth development head) Sanjoy Sen was also Mohun Bagan coach. We will see how it goes," he said when asked whether current Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna will part ways.

The merger announcement came three days before Sunday's much-anticipated Kolkata derby against East Bengal. "This (derby) is on Sunday. We are all looking forward to it," he said.

"Mohun Bagan is a legacy club, it has got history and tradition. And we are a group that used to dealing with legacies like Saregama, HMV, Spencers, CESC -- all 100-year-old companies. With folded hands and open arms, we welcome Mohun Bagan into the RPSG family. We are honoured that they are a part of the family," he said. Announcing the merger, Goenka said: "Personally, it's an emotional reunion for me as my father late R P Goenka was a member of Mohun Bagan.

"The new football club will have brand names of ATK and Mohun Bagan. This move will see the two football clubs coming together into a new merged identity to compete in the rapidly growing professional Indian football landscape." He said the merger of two powerhouses from West Bengal holds an immense potential to take forward the rich football legacy of the state.

"Kolkata, popularly known as the mecca of Indian football, has ruled the sport for decades. The deal further promises to deliver a new and exciting element of football to the Indian fans," Goenka said in a statement issued by the ISL.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

Videos

Latest News

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Ilicic scores from halfway line in Atalanta rout

Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic scored a freekick from near the halfway line, one of the most remarkable Serie A goals of the season, to cap a hat-trick as they won 7-0 away to a sorry Torino side who finished with nine men on Saturday.Free-s...

Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30: official

Belo Horizonte Brazil Jan 26 AFP At least 30 people have been killed by intense storms in southeastern Brazil, the Civil Defense office in Minas Gerais state said Saturday. The toll was a jump from the 11 reported by the same office earlier...

Golf-Proposed Premier Golf League to feature 48 players and 18 tournaments

The British-based World Golf Group WGG has finally publicly unveiled its plan for a new global tour that would comprise 18 yearly tournaments featuring 48 of the games top players. Nearly two years after Reuters first reported the groups pl...

Britain advises against all travel to China's Hubei province

Britain said on Saturday it was advising against all travel to Hubei province in China due to the outbreak of coronavirus.In new travel advice, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office told people to leave Hubei province. The city of Wuh...

Give Feedback