Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Big Two Of Kolkata: Head To Head


The mere thought of a soccer hat would flip most people's attention towards Europe, South America and their violent ultras, companies and rival supporters. very little will the planet grasp, that right here, within the ancient land of India, dwells a soccer competition thus fierce, thus melodramatic, thus giant and then socio-economically vital, that it'd blow the devil out of your system.

Every year, the brilliant town of urban center stages the East Bengal - Mohun Bagan hat which might be termed in concert of the mightiest, heaviest and deadliest soccer rivalries in world soccer, coupled with Asia. If you've got a price tag for this game, take into account yourself blessed for the expertise of a time period this Sunday, twentieth November.

In 1997, this fixture, contend because the Federation Cup semi-final, clad to be one amongst the foremost unforgettable derbies written within the history books of this competition. A record group action of one,31,000 ( I repeat, 1,31,000!) created its method into the Salt Lake construction.

One will solely imagine the background level, magnitude of crowd pressure and excitement within the arena, however you've got to be physically gift at the YBK to FEEL the overflowing emotions, crowd sentiment and joy. supernatural striker Baichung Bhutia ran riot that happy night, smashing in his solely hat-trick within the urban center hat to secure an incredible 4-1 finish for East Bengal, and gain the all-important bragging rights for the red and gold brigade.


Traditionally, this hat dates back to 1920. similar to the recent firm hat in port oppose between Rangers and Celtic, that incorporates a bound Catholic-Protestant sentiment hooked up thereto, the urban center competition is fought on a broad based mostly socio-cultural platform.

The fans of Mohun Bagan ar called the 'Ghotis' whereas supporters of East Bengal are referred to as as 'Bangals'. The metropolis “bhadraloks” (gentlemen) who ran Mohun Bagan usually discriminated against athletes from the Bengali components of geographic region (now Bangladesh), whose preparation tastes, accents and modes of dressing were ridiculed by the additional “civilised” town elite. East Bengal was fashioned in 1920 once a bunch of Bengali officers and players stone-broke aloof from Mohun Bagan.


There ar several customs followed before and once the sport, relying upon the result. Mohun Bagan fanatics celebrate the hat win with prawn whereas the 'Bangals' like ‘Hilsa’ fish. In bound components of urban center, the favorite fish chosen by the winning team's supporters goes up available within the morning at extremely reasonable prices!

Quite sadly, violence is additionally a section of this fixture with fans incompatible repeatedly, and also the entire urban center force being needed to intervene. On a recent visit to urban center to witness the Lionel Messi spectacle occur at the YBK, I noticed  the fans of East Bengal holding up their "the real power" banners and also the Bagan fans countering them from varied components of the bottom holding their inexperienced and maroon flags high. It sounded like Messi too was being divided between the 2 sides of supporters.


Rockets, fireworks, crackers, flames and burnt torches usually accompany the emotional cries of 'Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal!' at the Salt Lake. In 1980, sixteen folks died at the Eden gardens as fights stone-broke get in the gang. Fans from either facet have usually suffered heart-attacks because of excitement. a major moment within the history of this deadly hat came once East Bengal razed Mohun Bagan 5-0 within the 1975 IFA defend. Such was the dishonor close the serious defeat that many Mohun Bagan players spent the night holed informed a ship on the Ganges River attempting to flee the wrath of shell-shocked supporters!

When searched on Youtube, you'll notice a video named 'the revenge of 1975' announce by the 'ghotis' once Mohun Bagan finally got an opportunity to carry their noses high once more once defeating East Bengal 5-3 in associate I-League encounter, claiming the a lot of anticipated revenge scoreline. it's currently thought-about truism to mention that 'football may be a method of life in Kolkata'. a mean Indian may not grasp what the I-League is, however he definetely would have detected concerning the EB-MB competition. soccer flows within the city's flesh and blood, the folks being quite romantically captivated with the native game, a attribute found obscurity within the nation (perhaps matched solely to a particular extent by Goa).

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