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Durand Cup 2022: Asia’s Oldest Football Tournament Begins

Durand Cup 2022

Asia’s Oldest Football Tournament Durand Cup has begun. The 131st edition of the Durand Cup 2022 has been kicked off, the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Army Staff General Manoj Pande will visit Manipur to be a spectator of the inaugural match. The inaugural match will be held at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal.

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Key points

  • West Bengal, Assam, and Manipur are hosting the Durand Cup 2022.
  • Out of 20 teams, 11 teams will be from various clubs that play Indian Super League, five teams from I-league, and four teams from Armed Forces.
  • In Kolkata the matches will be played in the Salt Lake Stadium, Naihati Stadium, and Kishore Bharati Stadium.
  • In Imphal, the match will take place in the Khuman Lampak Stadium.
  • In Assam the match will take place in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium at Guwahati.

Durand Cup: History

The former Foreign Secretary of British India, Mortimer Durand founded the Durand Cup in 1888. The Durand Cup was initially played only by the Armed services but in later years, the game was officially made open for the Professional Football Clubs. The Durand Cup is annually organized by the Durand Cup Football Tournament in association with the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The winner of the tournament is facilitated with three trophies, the Durand Cup, the President’s Cup, and the Shimla Trophy.

Durand Cup 2022: Groups

Group A

  1. FC Goa
  2. Jamshedpur FC
  3. Bengaluru FC
  4. Mohammedan sporting
  5. Indian Air Force

Group B

  1. Rajasthan FC
  2. East Bengal
  3. Mumbai City FC
  4. ATK Mohan Bagan
  5. Indian Navy

Group C

  1. Hyderabad FC Chennaiyin FC
  2. TRAU FC
  3. NEROCA FC
  4. Army Red

Group D

  1. Kerala Blasters
  2. Sudeva Delhi FC
  3. NorthEast United FC
  4. Odisha FC
  5. Army Green
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