Bhowmick has had three previous stints with East Bengal, as head coach, with his run from 2002 to 2005 including victory in the ASEAN championship.
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With no Bengaluru FC in the fray this season, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were expected to dominate the I-League. So, what went wrong?
With four teams in contention for the title until the last kick, the I-League's final day was not short on drama on the final day. Here's a recap.
Five current and former footballers tell ESPN who among Minerva, NEROCA, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are most likely to win the I-League.
I-League leaders Minerva FC have accused the goalkeeping coach of East Bengal of making improper approaches to members of his team.
March 8 is the final day of the I-League season and four teams still have a mathematical chance of winning the title.
Dudu led the charge with four goals as East Bengal hammered Chennai City 7-1 to keep their I-League title hopes alive.
As things stands, four teams - NEROCA, Minerva, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan -- are in with a shot at the title. Who has the most favourable odds?
The race for the I-League title, that could well have been sealed on Tuesday, will now have to be fought perhaps right until the final round.
Mohun Bagan can launch a genuine title challenge if they recreate Sunday's energy with more consistency, writes Debayan Sen.
Midfielder Mahmoud Al Amnah says the trip to Aizawl will be emotional, but his sole focus will be on helping East Bengal win.
A month into the new season, Debayan Sen picks his five best players from the 2017-18 I-League so far.
Mohun Bagan became the second club after East Bengal to complete a century of wins in the I-League after a 5-0 win against Churchill Brothers
After beating Shillong Lajong 5-1 on Saturday, East Bengal picked up their 100th win in the I-League, the first team to do so.
I-League's future might be uncertain, but the turnout for Sunday's derby proved there's plenty of life still left in the old Kolkata clubs.
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal may have lost several players to the ISL, but that hardly matters for die-hard fans of the Kolkata derby.
While the city's legacy clubs struggle with modern game's demands, Maji battles cancer & financial difficulties to follow his club across the country.
William Lalnunfela's star turn brought Aizawl back from the brink and helped hold East Bengal to a 2-2 draw in the season opener for both teams.
With two leagues running simultaneously, I-League will find it increasingly difficult to compete with ISL, but there's hope for younger players.
As the I-League completes 10 years, ESPN's writers pick their memories of matches or moments that they witnessed first-hand.
Defending champions Aizawl FC begin their title defence away to East Bengal, while the first Kolkata derby of the season will take place on Dec 2.