Durand Cup is set to kick off after two years, but where can you watch the games?
After a gap of two years, the Durand Cup is set to enter into Indian football’s frame from August 2 once again. The 129th edition of Asia’s oldest competition will be held in Kolkata across five stadiums including the legendary Salt Lake Stadium, East Bengal Stadium, Mohun Bagan Stadium, Howrah Stadium, and Kalyani.
A total of 16 teams will compete for this prestigious trophy, which is reappearing after a gap of two years. Five Indian Super League teams (ISL), six I-League teams, one second-tier I-League side and four teams from Indian Army will go head-to-head in this competition.
The majority of success tasted in this tournament is shared by the historic two Indian Clubs, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Kolkata duo has won the trophy 16 times apiece since the inception of this tournament. Border Military Force are second in the list with seven titles, followed by JCT Mills, Black Watch, and Highland Light Infantry. Army Green, who clinched their debut Championship – beating NEROCA on penalties in 2016, will be the reigning Champions.
Army Red, Bengaluru FC, East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC
Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, ATK, Indian Navy
Chennai City FC, FC Goa, Real Kashmir FC, Army Green
Gokulam FC, Chennaiyin FC, TRAU FC, Indian Air Force
For full Durand Cup’s schedule and results, click here.
The first game will take place between Mohun Bagan and Mohammaden in the legendary Salt Lake Stadium. As Calcutta Premier League is running correspondently, managers of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mohammaden will find it tiring to rotate the players.
Each side from a group will enter into the last four of the competition. The Group ‘A’ winner will go head-to-head against Group ‘D’ winner, whereas, topper of Group ‘C’ will face leaders of Group ‘B’. The final will take place in Salt Lake Stadium on August 24th.
Knock out stages
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