Fans outrage against new name ‘Mohun Bagan Super Giants’ after Owner Sanjeev Goenka’s announcement

Mohun Bagan Super Giants (MBSG) will replace the newly crowned Indian Super League’s (ISL) champions ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) as the franchise name for starting from the 2023-24 season. The decision was made by the franchise owner Sanjeev Goenka following their victory in the ISL Final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa on Sunday.

In a video, Sanjeev Goenka said, “It is a small announcement but a substantial one. Next month, ATK Mohun Bagan will be renamed Mohun Bagan Super Giants”. According to Goenka, the news was withheld until after the [ISL final] victory, which provided a perfect occasion to share it with the public. “This win offers an opportunity to publicise the information”, he said following the team’s inaugural title triumph.

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Despite the excitement among fans for the club’s revival, the recent announcement was met with disappointment. The merger of ATK with MB was not well-received by supporters who had been demanding the removal of ATK from the century-old club, which is India’s most successful one.

ATKMB has emerged victorious in the ISL for the first time by defeating the former champion Bengaluru FC (BFC) in a penalty shootout, following a 2-2 draw in both full-time and extra-time. The club, formerly known as Mohun Bagan (MB), joined the ISL as ATKMB after merging with former two-time champion ATK during the 2020-21 season.