The year of 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of India’s one of the most legendary clubs, East Bengal FC. What could be the best way to celebrate its century old establishment and rich history? An exhibition match with one of the most successful and influential clubs in the world- Manchester United!
According to reports from Debabrata Sarkar, an executive committee member of East Bengal, Allan Dawson, the Director of Football at Old Trafford along with a four personnel team had fixed a meeting with Aroop Biswas, the current Minister of Department of Youth Services and Sports in West Bengal today.
They also surveyed the Salt Lake Stadium, one of the three grounds of the Red & Gold Brigade, and are planning to fix a match with the club as part of United’s pre season tour of Asia before the commencement of 2020-21 Premier League.
Established on 1st August 1920, East Bengal has won three National Football League (currently known as the I-League) titles, eight Federation Cups, three Indian Super Cups, and numerous other titles. They share a historical rivalry with another legendary side Mohun Bagan.
However, the total cost of the match will skyrocket the expenses to a monumental 30 crore, 80% of which will be going to the EPL giants to make an appearance in Kolkata.