East Bengal F.C.

Quess East Bengal Football Club (Bengali: ইস্ট বেঙ্গল ফুটবল ক্লাব) is a professional football Club based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It competes in the I-League under licence from the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club has won three National Football League (later named as I-League) titles, eight Federation Cups, and three Indian Super Cups, alongside other trophies.

East Bengal FC
Full nameQuess East Bengal Football Club
Nickname(s)Red & Gold Brigade (লাল-হলুদ বাহিনী)
Bangal Brigade (বাঙাল ব্রিগেড)
Short nameQEB
Founded1 August 1920; 99 years ago
GroundKalyani Stadium
Salt Lake Stadium
East Bengal Ground
Capacity20,000
85,000
23,500
OwnerQuess Corp (70%)
East Bengal Club Pvt Ltd. (30%)
ChairmanAjit Isaac
ManagerAlejandro Menendez
LeagueI-League
2019–20I-League, Currently 1st
WebsiteClub website

The club is mainly supported by the immigrant population (known as Bangal), who were forced to leave their home during the partition of 1947. It has a long-standing rivalry with its cross-town competitors Mohun Bagan, with whom it competes in the renowned Kolkata Derby, which is the Asia's biggest football rivalry.[1] East Bengal also shares a rivalry with another Kolkata club Mohammedan SC.

Currently the football team is owned by Quess Corp. In July 2018, it bought 70% shares, and took full control of the football team and thus forming Quess East Bengal FC Pvt. Ltd.[2] East Bengal and Quess Corp have four directors each and club representatives have control over the operations. Quess now has the full responsibility of building and managing the squad.

History

Formation

On 28 July 1920 Mohun Bagan were scheduled to play Jorabagan in the Coochbehar Cup.[3] Jorabagan sent out their starting eleven but with the notable exclusion of defender Sailesh Bose who was dropped from the squad for reasons not disclosed.[3] The vice-president of Jorabagan, Suresh Chandra Chaudhuri, asked for Bose to be included in the line-up but the club coaches did not listen.[3] Chaudhuri left the club due to this and along with Raja Manmatha Nath Chaudhuri, Ramesh Chandra Sen, and Aurobinda Ghosh, formed East Bengal, in Jorabagan home of Suresh Chandra on 1 August 1920; 99 years ago.[3]

1920-1930s

The club then participated in their first tournament in the same month of their formation in the Hercules Cup which was a 7-a-side tournament.[3] East Bengal won the tournament. After the tournament the club became affiliated with the Indian Football Association. The club then entered league play in the IFA Second Division.[3] The club finished in third place in the first season in the Second Division.[3] East Bengal first ever clashed against Mohun Bagan on 8 August 1921 in Cooch Behar Cup semi-final match which ended in a goalless draw. It was an unofficial derby that time.[4]

In 1924 the club won the Second Division to gain promotion to the IFA First Division after finishing in second place to Cameroons "B".[3] Due to Cameroons "A" being in the First Division already the "B" team could not gain promotion and thus East Bengal were next in line for promotion.[3] However more controversy arose after it was found out that the IFA only allowed two Indian based clubs in the IFA First Division (back then the IFA was British organization) and during the governing body meeting the nine British clubs approved of allowing East Bengal. After this the IFA removed the Indian club limit rule.[3]

1940s–1970s

It took the club till 1942 to win their first IFA First Division title.[5] Then in 1943 the club won their first IFA Shield. The club then achieved the double in 1945 by winning both the Calcutta Football League and IFA Shield.[5] The club then went on to win the 1949 Rovers Cup and the Durand Cup in 1951. Within that time the club also won three straight IFA Shields (1949, 1950, 1951).[5] The club then partook in a tour to the Soviet Union and Romania in 1953, where they were heavily defeated by Soviet side by a margin of 13–1.[5] Again the club won Rovers Cup several times during this era (1962, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975) as well as Durand Cup in (1952, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1978). The club stunned everyone by winning the 1970 IFA Shield against Pas Club of Iran by 1–0. Later the club gained more respect by winning 1973 IFA Shield against Pyongyang City SC of North Korea[6] The club then grew their reputation after winning the Calcutta Football League for six straight years from 1970 to 1975.[6] It is on record, that throughout the '70s decade, East Bengal humiliated their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan, many a times, including a massive 5–0 humiliation of Mohun Bagan in the hands of East Bengal. Legends have it, that the Mohun Bagan players escaped from the fury of their fans and spent an entire month, hidden from public view.

1980s–1990s

Then in 1984 Mr. Dipak Das came into the club and revamped it. He brought in professionalism and turned the club into a professionally ran company.[6] The club won Federation Cup in 1980 and again in 1985. They also became the first Indian club to play in the newly redone Asian Club Championship in 1985–86.[6] The club then won their first treble in 1990 by winning the IFA Shield, Rovers Cup, and Durand Cup in one season.[6] The club also won the "Stafford Cup" (1986), "McDowell's Cup" (1995, 1997). In 1993, East Bengal FC won its first-ever international title i.e. Wai Wai Cup in Nepal.[6] The club also won Federation Cup (India), IFA Shield, Calcutta Football League, Durand Cup and Rovers Cup, several times during this period. In 1996 the club became the founding members of the first nationwide football league in India, the National Football League.[7]

In 1998, "Das" signed with Vijay Mallya's United Breweries Group which then formed a new Private Limited Company called "United East Bengal Football Team Private Limited".[6] The club also renamed itself as Kingfisher East Bengal FC from then on.[6]

2000 to Present

The club then entered the 21st century in style winning the 2000–01 National Football League season.[8] Then they became the first club to win back to back titles after winning the 2002–03 and 2003–04 versions of the league and coming runners up in 2010–11 and 2011–12 in the I-League.[8] The club then went on to win the Federation Cup (India) again in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.[8] They also won the Indian Super Cup in 2006 and 2011.[8] The club had won another international trophy in 2003, ASEAN Club Championship, in Jakarta, Indonesia.[9]

The club went in the semi-finals of the reputed AFC Cup in 2013 where they lost against Kuwait SC of Kuwait.[10]

The club has the achievement of winning the Calcutta Football League title 8 consecutive times from 2010 to 2017. (Indian football record).

On 5 July 2018, Quess Corp Ltd signed an agreement with the East Bengal Club, a premier football club based in Kolkata, leading to the formation of a new entity named "Quess East Bengal FC Pvt. Ltd." (QEBFC)[11] In a media release, Quess[12] said this investment in a 98-year-old iconic football club will help it to develop its brand and also contribute to the development of football in the country.

Some first facts

  • Squad-
  1. Goalkeepers- Nagen Kali and M.Talukdar
  2. Backs- B.Sen, N.Gossain, Goshto Paul (On loan from Mohun Bagan)
  3. Halfbacks- P.Bardhan, S.Das, S.Tagore, J.Mukherjee
  4. Forwards- Ramesh Chandra (Nosha) Sen, S.Bose, C.Bose, A.Roy, A.Bannerjee
  5. Captain- Ramesh Chandra (Nosha) Sen[13]
  • Squad for I.F.A 2nd Div-
  1. Goalkeepers- Nagen Kali and M.Talukdar
  2. Backs- S.Sen, P.Chatterjee, M.Dutta Ray
  3. Halfbacks- P.Mitra, N.Gossain, S.Tagore, R.Chakravarty, S.Bose and B.Sen
  4. Forwards- Ramesh Chandra (Nasha) Sen, N.Chakravarty, A.Ghosh, S.Das, J.Sen, D.Mitra, N.Dey, J.Mukherjee, J.Talukdar, A.Bannerjee, N.Bose, D.Pal, N.Chatterjee, R.Ganguli, B.Roy, S.Chakravarty and D.Roy
  5. Captain- Ramesh Chandra (Nasha) Sen[13]
  • Match- 11 August 1920 against Metropolitan College, where East Bengal won 4-0.
  • Tournament- Hercules Cup (Six a side) in Shyam Park, Shyambazar, Kolkata and won it.
  • Ground- Kumartuli Park in north Kolkata.
  • Jersey- Red and Gold, bought from Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co. departmental store at Chowringhee, Kolkata.
  • Derby- 8 August 1921, in Coochbehar Cup semifinal (unofficial derby).[14]
  • CFL derby- May 1925 where East Bengal won 1-0 against Mohun Bagan. (Scorer: Nepal Chakraborty)[14]
  • Defeat a foreign team- Against China's Olympic team by 2-0 in 1948. Also it is the first Indian team to beat a foreign team on home soil.[14]
  • IFA Shield- 1943, by defeating Calcutta Police by 3-0.[14]
  • CFL title- 1942. Earned 43 points in 24 games.[14]
  • Treble- In 1949, by winning Calcutta League, IFA Shield, Rover's Cup.
  • AFC Cup- First Indian team to qualify in AFC Cup 4 times in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). In 2013, the club went to semifinals where they lost against Kuwait SC.[14]

Crest

In 1930, India was swept over by Gandhi's Satyagraha which had an effect on football. Indian clubs boycotted the ongoing Calcutta Football League midway through the season due to this. Amidst much confusion, Royal Regiment was declared winners in the first division. However, East Bengal was not allowed to be promoted to the First Division. Thousands of East Bengal fans and officials decided to hold a protest march at the East Bengal Ground. It was at this march that flaming torches were carried by the protestors. This gave the club officials the idea of a torch (known as 'Mashal' or 'মশাল' in Bengali) being the club emblem, which has stuck to this day.[15]

Colours

The colours of East Bengal FC are red and gold. So the home jersey consists of a red and gold jersey with black shorts while the colour of away jersey actually varies on every year.

The reason for these colours is because after the club was formed the founders debated over the choice of colours for the club jersey. They chose a red and golden colour shirt hanging impressively at the "Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co." departmental store at Chowringhee, Kolkata. These colours became permanently associated with the club.[3]

Stadiums

Historically, the club has used several stadiums at Kolkata, Howrah and Barasat, including the Eden Gardens, which has been reserved for cricket since Salt Lake Stadium opened in 1984.

Home grounds

Salt Lake Stadium

The Salt Lake Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kolkata, built in 1984. The stadium is the second largest non-auto racing stadium in the world and the largest in India. It is currently used for mainly football matches. The stadium includes a unique running track, long jump track, electronic scoreboard, natural turf, floodlighting arrangement, air-conditioned VIP restroom and Conference Hall along with Medical Room & Doping Control Room.[16]

The Salt Lake Stadium hosts the home games of East Bengal in I-League and AFC Cup.

Capacity 85,000

East Bengal Ground

The East Bengal Ground is located in Kolkata, India and is the home ground of the club. The stadium lies on the Maidan (Kolkata) area on the northern side of Fort William and near the Eden Gardens. This stadium is currently used mostly for matches of Calcutta Football League.[16]

Capacity 23,500

Other grounds

Barasat Stadium

Barasat Stadium is also a stadium used by East Bengal club to play some of its regional matches, especially in cases where the Salt Lake Stadium or East Bengal Ground cannot be used for any reason.[17]

This stadium has artificial grass turf and comes with proper floodlights to support night matches, too.

Capacity 22,000

Kanchenjunga Stadium

Kanchenjunga Stadium, a multipurpose stadium based in Siliguri. This stadium also has floodlights for night matches, bucket seats for VIPs. It has been used several times to host football matches for East Bengal Club.[18] It also hosted the 2012 Federation Cup.

Capacity 40,000

Kalyani Stadium

Kalyani Stadium is a stadium situated at Kalyani, a city 60 km away from Kolkata, and is used by East Bengal, whenever other stadiums are not available. The stadium was renovated in 2019, fitted with floodlights, upgraded dressing rooms and upgraded the pitch. The stadium also has drinking water facilities.

This stadium is hosting the home games of East Bengal in 2019–20 I-League .

Capacity 20,000

Supporters and rivalries

East Bengal is one of the most supported football clubs in Asia. Historically, East Bengal was supported by the migrant population from erstwhile Indian part of East Bengal, modern day Bangladesh. On the other hand, crosstown rivals Mohun Bagan were mainly supported by the native populace of current state West Bengal. The Kolkata Derby as its name taken from the Old Firm Derby between Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. dates back to 1920s.

After the Independence, the influx of the immigrant population from East Bengal made this rivalry a fierce one and the Kolkata Derby grew in popularity and reached its peak during 1960s and 1970s which still is very much popular today with almost 100 thousand spectators fill up the Salt Lake Stadium for the derbies.

East Bengal also has a rivalry with another Calcutta Club Mohammedan SC which is also known as the "Mini Derby".

East Bengal Ultras are the main Ultras group of East Bengal, a group of hardcore fans always behind the team and the ones who revolutionized the movement in Indian Football. There are several other fan-clubs which have been operative since 2007. They hosted the first and pyro show in any football match in India.[19]

Centenary Year

Lineup against Army Red in Durand Cup. The first match of centenary season.

In 1 August 2019 the club entered its 100th establishment year. A Centenary celebration logo was introduced. Rallies were taken out in Kolkata and surroundings, several functions were organised. Approximately 60,000 from across generations united to witness the beginning of the club’s centenary celebrations. Many personalities like Baichung Bhutia, Kapil Dev, Sunil Chhetri, Bhaskar Ganguly etc. were invited and felicitated. The club awarded Kapil Dev with its highest honour, Bharat Gaurav. Three former secretaries, Jyotish Chandra Guha, Nripen Das and Dipak (Paltu) Das, were honored posthumously.[20]

Just 3 days before entering the 100th year, the new jersey was unveiled, same as of earliest jersey of the club found, which was of 1925-26 season since the first jersey of the club (the 1920) couldn't be found.[21]

The first match played by the club was against Army Red, in Durand Cup.

Later on Majid Bishkar was invited to the ceremony and was presented as the best foreign footballer to play for the club.

Players

As of 6 August 2019[22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Lalthuammawia Ralte (on loan from FC Goa)
2 DF Asheer Akhtar
3 DF Borja Gómez Pérez (vice-captain)
5 DF Kamalpreet Singh
7 MF Abhijit Sarkar (on loan from Chennayin)
8 MF Jaime Santos Colado
9 MF Boithang Haokip
11 MF Pintu Mahata
14 MF Naorem Tondomba Singh
16 MF Kassim Aidara (interim captain[23])
18 FW Marcos de la Espada
19 FW Ronaldo Oliviera
20 MF Lalrindika Ralte (captain)
21 DF Martí Crespí
23 MF Juan Mera González
25 DF Samad Ali Mallick
26 FW Bidyashagar Singh
27 DF Abhishek Ambekar
No. Position Player
29 DF Mehtab Singh
30 MF Brandon Vanlalremdika
31 GK Ayan Roy
32 GK Mirshad Michu
38 MF Prakash Sarkar
40 GK Rakshit Dagar
41 DF Manoj Mohammed
42 MF Sanchayan Samaddar
43 MF P.C Rohlupuia
44 MF Deep Samanta
45 MF Dip Saha
46 MF Subhonil Ghosh
47 MF Srwaran Lama
48 FW Bijoy Mondol
49 FW Srikumar Karjee
DF Chandan Oraw

Under-18 squad

As of 31 May 2018.[24]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Ayan Roy
GK Bishal Chakraborty
GK Sourav Toppo
Amrit Pal Singh
Gurmukh Singh
Mohamad Esha
Rahul Dey
Jhantu Prasad
Loyangamba Singh
Meitalkeishangbam Roger
No. Position Player
Meitalkeishangbam Clinton
T. Suranjit Singh
Sourav Mondal
S. Bikash Singh
Subhonil Ghosh
Akash Mukherjee
Soumen Oraw
N. Naresh Singh
S.R. Lalruatkima

Current technical staff

As of 01 November 2019[25]
Position Name
Head Coach Alejandro Menéndez
Assistant Coach & Video Analyst Josep Ferré
Coaching Assistant Bastob Roy
Goalkeeping Coach Abhra Mondal
Physical and Gym Trainer Carlos Nodar Paz

Rudra Pratim Roy

Club Doctor Dr. Shambo Samrat Samajdar
Physio Karuna Kant,

Rajesh Basak,
Rabindranath Das,
Raju Bose

Head of Youth Development &

Project Head of EB Academy

Bastob Roy
Under 13 Team Coach Tarun Dey
Under 15 Team Coach Chandan Kumar Ray
Under 18 Team Coach Ranjan Chowdhury
Team Media Officer Arindam Mitra
Team Marketing Manager Nilanjan Chakraborty
Sports Advisor Tathagata Mukherjee

Management

Board of directors

As of 22 July 2019.[26]
Office Name
Chairman Ajit Issac
President Pronab Dasgupta
Chief executive officer Sanjit Sen
Chief operating officer Biswajit Chatterjee
Vice-Presidents Saroj Jhunjhunwala

Indrajit Roy

Ambarish Das Gupta

Rupak Saha

General secretary Kalyan Majumdar
Assistant General Secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta
Treasurer Debdas Samajdar
Accountant Tapan Kumar Das
Football Secretary Rajat Guha
Cricket Secretary Sadananda Mukherjee
Hockey Secretary Chanchal Banerjee
Athletic Secretary Siddhartha Sircar
Ground Secretary Dipankar Chakraborty
Tennis Secretary Manas Kumar Roy
Executive committee members Ajit Banerjee

Shankar Bagri

Molly Ganguly

Indranil Dey

Santosh Bhattacharjee

Gautam Sen

Debabrata Sarkar

Debraj Chowdhury

Manish Banerjee

Debasish Bose

Rana Dasgupta

Birendra Kumar Saha

Biplab Pal

Subir Gangully

Kamalendu Sinha Roy

Saikat Gangully

Special Invitee Bikash Dutta

Sulalit Biswas

Saroj Bhattacherjee

Celebrity Participants Sourav Ganguly

Subrata Dutta

Utpal Ganguli

Gurbaksh Singh

East Bengal FC Players at the FIFA World Cup

East Bengal FC recruited Majid Bishkar who became the first player to have played in India who have represented his country at the FIFA World Cup.[27] There were a few whom followed:

No. Nation Name Position World Cup Appearances
1 Iran Majid Bishkar MF 1978 FIFA World Cup, Argentina
2 Nigeria Emeka Ezeugo MF 1994 FIFA World Cup, USA
3 South Africa MacDonald Mukansi MF 2002 FIFA World Cup, South Korea and Japan
4 New Zealand Leo Bertos MF 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa
5 Costa Rica Jhonny Acosta DF 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil
2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia

Official sponsors/investors

As of 10 December 2019

Quess East Bengal FC's current sponsors

  • Owner- Quess Corp
  • Sponsor- Quess Corp
  • Kit Sponsor- Kaizen Sports
  • Merchandise Partner- Kaizen Sports
  • Co-Sponsors/Partners-
  1. Paragon Footwear (Brand Partner)
  2. Mio Amore (Celebration Partner)
  3. Paytm Insider (Ticketing Partner)
  4. 91.9 Friends FM (Radio Partner)
  5. Shuttl (Travel Partner)

East Bengal Club's official sponsors

  • Anjali Jewellers
  • Quess Corp
  • Sawansukha Jewellers
  • Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1920—1992 Self made None
1993—1994 Self made Verona
1996—1997 Self made Emami
1997—1998 Duta Sports Khadims
1998—2000 Adidas Kingfisher
2000—2002 Self made
2002—2005 Reebok
2005—2006 Pony
2006—2010 Reebok
2010—2014 Self made
2014—2017 Shiv Naresh
2017—2018 Perf
2018—2019 Quess Corp
2019—Present Kaizen Sports

Records

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Federation Cup/Super Cup CFL Durand Cup Continental
2014–15 I-League 11 4 Group stage 1 DNP AFC Cup Group stage
2015–16 I-League 9 3 Quarter-finals 1 DNP Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Runners-up
2016–17 I-League 10 3 9,726 Semi final 1 DNP DNP
2017–18 I-League 10 4 17,366 Runners-up 1 DNP DNP
2018–19 I-League 11 2 27,270 withdrew 3 DNP DNP
2019–20 I-League 11 - 3 Semi final DNP
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Record in NFL and I-League

As of matches played 14 December 2019
East Bengal FC - Record in NFL/I-League
Season Played Won Draw Loss GF GA GD Points Position
1996–975[lower-alpha 1]32062+411Qualify for Championship stage
147431911+8253rd
1997–98188731810+831 2nd
1998–9910[lower-alpha 2]820192+1726Qualify for Second Stage
10541148+619 2nd
1999–00228862521+4327th
2000–01221372309+2146Champions
2001–022211383123+8365th
2002–032215434422+2249Champions
2003–042215433713+2449Champions
2004–052213453416+18433rd
2005–06179442516+931 2nd
2006–071875629290265th
2007–08185491723-6196th
2008–09227783126+5286th
2009–102671092731-4319th
2010–112615654421+2351 2nd
2011–122615654622+2451 2nd
2012–132613854418+26473rd
2013–142412753923+1643 2nd
2014–15208573028+2294th
2015–16167452218+4253rd
2016–171810353315+18333rd
2017–18188733219+13314th
2018–192013343720+1742 2nd
2019–20422084+48Currently 1st
TOTAL488244130114741450+291862
  1. Group Stages
  2. First Stage

Continental record

Competition No. of Appearances Seasons Best Result
Asian Club Championship [a] 2 1985–86, 1998–99 Group stages
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 5 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995, 1997–98 Quarter-finals (1991–92)
ASEAN Club Championship 1 2003 Champions
AFC Cup 8 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Semi-finals (2013)

[a] Known as AFC Champions League from 2003

Honours

International

Champions (1): 2003
  • Wai Wai Cup
Champions (1): 1993
  • San Miguel International Cup
Champions (1): 2004

National

Champions (3): 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04
Champions (8): 1978, 1980, 1985, 1996, 2007, 2009–10, 2010, 2012
Champions (3): 1997, 2006, 2011
Champions (39): 1942, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Champions (29): 1943, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2018
Champions (16): 1951, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972,1978, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004
Champions (10): 1949, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1990, 1994
  • D.C.M Trophy
Champions (7): 1950, 1952, 1957, 1960, 1973, 1974, 1983
Champions (5): 1968, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1992
Champions (7): 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001

Trophy Count

Tournament No. of times Won
International
ASEAN Club Championship 1
Wai Wai Cup 1993 1
San Miguel International Cup 2004 1
Domestic
National Football League (renamed as I-League from 2007) 3
Federation Cup 8
Indian Super Cup 3
Calcutta Football League 39
IFA Shield 29
Durand Cup 16
Rovers Cup 10
Bordoloi Trophy 5
DCM Trophy 7
All Airlines Gold Cup 7
Total 130

Quadruples and Quintuples

Honours Season Titles
Quadruples 1990–91 IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, All Airlines Gold Cup
1995–96 Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, All Airlines Gold Cup
Quintuples 1972–73 Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, Bordoloi Trophy
1973–74 Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield, Rovers Cup, DCM Trophy, Bordoloi Trophy
2002–03 National Football League, Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Independence Day Cup

Special achievements

  • East Bengal was adjudged to be the best club in Asia by English FA in their Almanac 1951–52.[28]
  • East Bengal was invited by Soviet Union and Romania for Bucharest Football Festival in 1953, after then President of India late Dr. Rajendra Prasad recommended East Bengal as the best club in India.
  • East Bengal was the first Indian club after Independence to defeat a foreign opponent to win a Major Trophy

East Bengal 1–0 PAS Club of Iran in the 1970 IFA Shield Final at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Parimal Dey scored the winner.

  • East Bengal twice won the Calcutta Football League without conceding a single goal: 1972 & 1991
  • East Bengal won the 2009 Federation cup without conceeding a single goal.
  • East Bengal was the first and still the only Indian football team to win any Major Trophy at a Foreign Soil:

East Bengal 3–1 BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand, 2003 ASEAN Club Championship, held at Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • East Bengal holds the record for the most number of appearances by an Indian football team in AFC competitions: 81 Matches.

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