Guwahati: India’s iconic football club Mohun Bagan went global on Wednesday as it was featured on the NASDAQ billboards in New York’s Times Square. It also became the country’s first-ever sport’s entity to do so.
This was on the occasion of Mohun Bagan Day on Wednesday. July 29 has been celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day since 2001, to commemorate the club’s historic victory over East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield Final in 1911. The club defeated East Yorkshire Regiment in 2-1 to become the first Indian club to end the hold of the British in the tournament. This event was seen as a huge moment at the time of India’s freedom movement when the barefooted Indian team won.
The official handle of Mohun Bagan tweeted, “The pictures from NASDAQ is a testimony to the fact that Mohun Bagan belongs to a different league. Huge day for all the Mariners!! Happy Mohun Bagan Day Mariners !!”
The club was founded in 1889 and has no dearth of supporters from across the world. However, the American stock exchange paying tribute by displaying the logo and colors on the billboard holds a great significance.
Mohun Bagan also managed to win the National Football League three times and also the I-League twice including the present year of 2020. Additionally, earlier this year the name of the club was changed to ATK-Mohun Bagan after it announced its merger with the Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK. The club will also be a part of the next season of ISL. However, the games will be held behind closed doors from November 2020 to March 2021.