: Marking a departure from the regular beat of a soccer contest, Mohammedan Sporting has managed to bring together an event that seeks to explore more of the past than the present.
The ingredients that make up the Platinum Jubilee Cup tournament, which will be played over the weekend at the Salt Lake Stadium, contribute to creating a state where the glory of the past will come to rule over the blandness of the present. The city will come to witness a different game of football that has been blessed by the world governing body of the sport — FIFA — an event harbingering global brotherhood.
Celebrating 75 years
The tournament, though conceived belatedly, aims to celebrate 75 years of Mohammedan Sporting's Calcutta Football League triumph in 1934. Sporting, established in 1891, became the first native outfit to win the prestigious League and continued to win the title for the next five years.
However, the centre-piece of this celebration will be an English club, Sheffield FC, which boasts of an even bigger share of soccer history being named the oldest soccer club in the world by FIFA.
The Yorkshire-based team landed in the city on Monday to participate in the four-team tournament, which will have three city giants — East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and the host completing the line-up. Befittingly Mohun Bagan, the oldest club in Asia (established in 1889), will take on Sheffield FC (born in 1857) in the first of the two semifinals on Friday.
The second match, to be played the same evening, will have East Bengal taking on the host for a place in the final on Sunday. On their arrival the English side's chairman Richard Tims and manager Chirs Dolby, who again is of Asian origin, expressed to find a link with the city that will help the club have a longer association with the sport here.
Bayern All-Star visit
The theme song for the upcoming trip of the Bayern Munich All-Stars team to the city was launched here on Thursday.
The short duration song composed by a city-based group named Kaya, gets to invite the former footballers of the famous German club, who will play against the former stars of East Bengal on November 17. The funds raised from the charity match will be donated to Towards Life Foundation, an NGO working for the betterment of street children. — Principal Correspondent