Bankrupt Mohammedan Sporting to 'Block' Soccer Activities; Hard Times for Big Three Ahead?

Financial crisis forces Kolkata's iconic Mohammedan Sporting Club to shut down football activities. The club, founded in 1891, was among the Big Three of Indian football for decades.

updated: October 20, 2014 18:23 IST
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File Photo: Mohammedan Sporting celebrate after winning the Durand Cup.


Mohammedan Sporting, one of three iconic football clubs of India, is shutting down football activities for this season due to financial crisis. The more than 100-year-old club has not been able to pay wages to its staff for the last three months. Effectively, the club will not play the upcoming Durand Cup in Goa and the I-League's second division. (Also Read: I-League Gets Priority Over Indian Super League From FIFA, AIFF)

Mohammedan Sporting was known as one of the Big Three of Indian football. Based in Kolkata Maidan, Mohammedan Sporting share a history only matched by the other two 'big' clubs of the city, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. But in recent times, the club's football reputation had taken a massive beating. It was unable to put together a decent team and were steadily overtaken by rival clubs. Unlike East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, sponsored by Vijay Mallya's United Breweries, Mohammedan Sporting doesn't have a major sponsor.

The governing body of football in West Bengal, the IFA, said Mohammedan Sporting were yet to inform that they were stopping football activities for this season. "So far, we have no information. If this happens, it will be unfortunate. Mohammedan Sporting is one club that has a pan-India support base and any decision like this is sad," said IFA president Subrata Dutta. (Grassroots not Indian Super League Should be Focus for India: FIFA)

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