AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey talks about the success of Kolkata’s Big Three

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AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

Kalyan Chaubey, the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has expressed his belief that the ‘Big Three’ clubs of Kolkata will have a significant impact on Indian football. These clubs, namely East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, and Mohammedan Sporting Club have a rich history and enjoy enormous fan support in West Bengal, India, and globally.

Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have already made their mark in the Indian Super League (ISL). These teams have collectively won four trophies in the last seven months with Mohun Bagan’s ISL shield triumph over Mumbai City FC being the latest. The recent addition of Mohammedan Sporting Club to the ISL, following their victory in the I-League, has further bolstered the presence of Kolkata’s clubs in the league.

Kalyan Chaubey reacts to ‘Big Three’

Chaubey is ecstatic about the prospect of all three Kolkata giants playing together in the ISL. He recalls a time when the ‘Teen Pradhan’ (Major Three) of Bengal football used to dominate Indian football, with Bengal teams winning trophies across the country. He believes that with the inclusion of the Mohammedan Sporting Club in the ISL, the ‘Teen Pradhan’ of Bengal Football will start to dominate Indian football again.

“Bringing home the ISL Shield, I-League Trophy, Super Cup, and Durand Cup to West Bengal is a sign of new-age football in the state, and adaptability of these clubs to the newer norms of football,” Chaubey told PTI.

“The three giants of Kolkata enjoy enormous fan support in West Bengal, India, and globally. I’m sure the success of MB and EB, along with Mohammedan Sporting joining the two in ISL next season, will have a massive impact on Indian football,” he added further.

“They are the ‘Big Three’ of Kolkata football. With historic milestones and to have ruled Indian football for decades, the three have centuries-old football culture and I’m just glad that they have all come around once again to help the city earn the bragging rights,” Kalyan Chaubey said.

The AIFF President also anticipates that the success of these clubs and their entry into the ISL will enhance the league’s value. He expects that fans will come in large numbers, which will not only boost the popularity of the league but also contribute to the overall development of Indian football.

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