The Indian domestic football calendar will start with the 131st edition of The Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament of Asia, which will start on August 16, 2022.
FC Goa will open the tournament against Mohammedan SC at 7 pm at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
Initially, Emami East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan were supposed to start the tournament, but their match was rescheduled after a request from the former club.
Which is the oldest football tournament in Asia?
The Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament is Asia and was started in 1888. Hence, it holds all the more importance in Indian Football, with the tournament being the first among three (Durand Cup, Indian Super League, Super Cup) in an extended football calendar.
It is named after its founder Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, who served as the foreign secretary of British India from 1884 to 1894. It first began as a football tournament for different departments and regiments of Armed forces (of British India and native India).
How many teams are playing in the Durand Cup now?
The 131st edition of the Durand Cup will feature 20 teams with all of them divided into four groups of five teams each.
All 11 Indian Super League clubs will be participating in this edition of the Durand Cup along with five teams from I-League and four teams from the Armed forces.
Indian Super League champion Hyderabad FC, which is in Group C, will start its campaign against TRAU FC on August 22 at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal.
Where is the Durand Cup happening?
West Bengal, Assam and Manipur will host the Durand Cup 2022, changing its single-location format to a multi-city format for the first time.
The designated stadiums for the tournament are Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata, West Bengal), Naihati Stadium (Naihati, West Bengal), Kishore Bharati Stadium (Kolkata, West Bengal), Khuman Lampak Stadium (Imphal, Manipur) and Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati, Assam)
The Kolkata derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and Emami East Bengal will be played on August 28 at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Which team won the Durand Cup 2021?
FC Goa won the previous edition of the Durand Cup, beating Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 in extra time, with Edu Bedia, Goa’s captain, scoring the winner.
Which team has won the Durand Cup most number of times?
East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are the joint-most successful teams in the tournament, having won it 16 times each. Mohun Bagan won its last in 2000, while East Bengal won two more titles since, in 2002 and 2004.
Where to watch Durand Cup 2022?
The 2022 edition of the Durand Cup will be live telecast on Sports18 and can be watched/streamed online through the OTT apps Voot and JioTV.
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