131st edition, Durand Cup 2022 began in Kolkata on Tuesday,16th August 2022, with one of the world's established footballing competitions now acting as the curtain-raiser to the Indian football season.
Durand Cup 2022: Founded in 1888 by the previous Foreign Secretary of British India, Mortimer Durand, the competition was first played exclusively among the armed services yet was subsequently opened for professional football clubs across the nation.
The 131st edition of the Durand Cup, the most established football competition in Asia, started on Tuesday with Mohammedan Sporting Club beating reigning champs FC Goa 3-1. The opposition additionally denotes the start of the Indian domestic football season.
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are the joint-best teams throughout the competition, with 16 titles each to their name. FC Goa won the cup last year after a tense 1-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting.
The number of teams increased from 16 to 20 in total, spread across four groups. Each of the 11 Indian Super League clubs will highlight in the competition. 20 teams will participate in the upcoming edition of the competition (11 ISL teams, five I-League teams and four teams from the Indian Armed Forces). However, the 2019 Durand Cup champs, Gokulam Kerala FC, won’t participate.
It was a memorable day indeed. This is how t𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐲 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫 of the 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝟏𝟑𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 got flagged off at 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 yesterday…
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Which are the teams participating in the Durand Cup 2022?
|ATK Mohun Bagan||Indian Super League|
|Bengaluru||Indian Super League|
|Chennaiyin||Indian Super League|
|East Bengal||Indian Super League|
|FC Goa||Indian Super League|
|Hyderabad||Indian Super League|
|Jamshedpur||Indian Super League|
|Kerala Blasters||Indian Super League|
|Mumbai City||Indian Super League|
|NorthEast United||Indian Super League|
|Odisha||Indian Super League|
|Army Green||Indian Armed Forces|
|Army Red||Indian Armed Forces|
|Indian Air Force||Indian Armed Forces|
|Indian Navy||Indian Armed Forces|
Group A Team
- FC Goa
- Mohammedan Sporting
- Bengaluru FC
- Jamshedpur FC
- Indian Air Force
Group A Table
|Indian Air Force||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Group A Fixtures
|Aug 16||Mohammedan 3-1 FC Goa||7pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 17||Jamshedpur vs Bengaluru||2:30pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 19||FC Goa vs Indian Air Force||3pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 21||Mohammedan vs Jamshedpur||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 23||Bengaluru vs Indian Air Force||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 26||Jamshedpur vs FC Goa||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 27||Mohammedan vs Indian Air Force||3pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 30||Bengaluru vs FC Goa||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Sep 1||Jamshedpur vs Indian Air Force||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Sep 2||Mohammedan vs Bengaluru||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
Group B Team
- East Bengal
- ATK Mohun Bagan
- Mumbai City FC
- Rajasthan United FC
- Indian Navy
Group B Table
|ATK Mohun Bagan||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Group B Fixtures
|Aug 18||Mumbai City vs Indian Navy||3pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 20||ATK Mohun Bagan vs Rajasthan United||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 22||East Bengal vs Indian Navy||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 24||ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 25||East Bengal vs Rajasthan United||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 28||East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan||6pm||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Aug 29||Mumbai City vs Rajasthan United||3pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Aug 31||ATK Mohun Bagan vs Indian Navy||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Sep 3||East Bengal vs Mumbai City||6pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
|Sep 5||Rajasthan United vs Indian Navy||3pm||Kishore Bharati Stadium|
Group C Team
- Neroca FC
- Trau FC
- Hyderabad FC
- Chennaiyin FC
- Army Red
Group C Table
Group C Fixtures
|Aug 18||NEROCA vs TRAU||6pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 20||Chennaiyin vs Army Red||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 22||TRAU vs Hyderabad||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 24||Army Red vs NEROCA||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 26||Hyderabad vs Chennaiyin||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 28||TRAU vs Army Red||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Aug 30||Hyderabad vs NEROCA||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Sep 1||TRAU vs Chennaiyin||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Sep 3||Army Red vs Hyderabad||3pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
|Sep 5||NEROCA vs Chennaiyin||6pm||Khuman Lampak Stadium|
Group D Team
- Odisha FC
- NorthEast United FC
- Kerala Blasters
- Sudeva Delhi FC
- Army Green
Group D Table
Group D Fixtures
|Aug 17||NorthEast United vs Odisha||5:30pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 19||Sudeva Delhi vs Kerala Blasters||6pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 21||NorthEast United vs Army Green||3pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 23||Odisha vs Kerala Blasters||3pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 25||Army Green vs Sudeva Delhi||3pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 27||NorthEast United vs Kerala Blasters||6pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 29||Odisha vs Sudeva Delhi||6pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Aug 31||Kerala Blasters vs Army Green||3pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Sep 2||NorthEast United vs Sudeva Delhi||3pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|Sep 4||Army Green vs Odisha||6pm||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
Where is Durand Cup 2022 being held?
Durand Cup 2022 will be held in three states across five venues. Naihati Stadium, Salt Lake Stadium, Kishore Bharati Stadium (West Bengal), Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati, Assam) and Khuman Lampak Stadium (Imphal, Manipur)are the designated venues.
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The Sports18 network in India will broadcast all Durand Cup 2022 matches.
Matches in the Durand Cup 2022 will be accessible for live streaming on Voot Select and JioTV.
What is the history of The Durand Cup?
First played in 1888, the Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest-ever at any-point club contest. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are the joint-best groups throughout the Durand Cup, with both groups having won it 16 times.
Be that as it may, the two Kolkata goliaths have not won this trophy in that frame of mind, with East Bengal last winning it in 2004 and Mohun Bagan in 2000.
What happened a year ago in Duran Cup 2021?
FC Goa was the main ISL club to enlist their first-team crew for the competition last year, and they brought the trophy back home after a tense 1-0 win in the last against Mohammedan Sporting.
The objective came in additional time, kindness skipper Edu Bedia. As it turns out, the initial round of the competition this year will be a rematch of last year’s final.
When is the 2022 Durap Cup happening?
The Duran Cup 2022 starts off from August 16, with the finals booked for September 18 2022.
Where is Duran Cup 2022 happening?
Three cities will have the Durand Cup 2022 – Kolkata, Imphal, and Guwahati. The initial game and the finals will occur at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) in Kolkata.
The Kishore Bharati Krirangan (Kolkata), Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, and the Khuman Lampak Stadium (Imphal) will likewise have Durand Cup matches this year.
What's different in Duran Cup 2022?
First, the number of participating teams groups has increased from 16 to 20. Each of the 11 ISL clubs will show up at the current year’s competition. This will be their first Durand Cup appearance for Mumbai City FC, NorthEast United, and Odisha FC. In addition, the 11 ISL clubs, five I-League clubs, and four groups from the Armed Forces will participate.
However, 2019 heroes Gokulam Kerala FC are not among the participants. Instead, Mohammedan Sporting, TRAU, NEROCA, Rajasthan United, and Sudeva Delhi will address the I-League in the opposition this year.
What is the Durand Cup 2022 format?
The 20 groups have been parted into four groups of five groups each. Groups A and B will see games played in Kolkata, though Imphal will facilitate matches in Group C and D by Guwahati. The best two from each group then progress to the quarterfinals.
Here are the groups
Bunch A – FC Goa, Mohammedan Sporting, Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC, Indian Air Force
Bunch B – ATK Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mumbai City FC, Rajasthan United, Indian Navy
Bunch C – Chennaiyin FC, Hyderabad FC, NEROCA, TRAU, Army Red
Bunch D – Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United, Odisha FC, Sudeva Delhi FC, Army Green
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Not all clubs have reported the players position for the opposition yet, however reigning champs FC Goa have declared a young band, with their second-string attempting to defend the title.
Unfortunately, Kerala Blasters are also not handling their best option lineup in this competition.
Be that as it may, Mumbai City FC and Odisha FC have proactively declared their particular crew, complete with six outsiders.
At the same time, any semblance of Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, and ATK Mohun Bagan to are expected to follow suit in naming full-strength squads.
What the matches to look out for in Durand Cup 2022?
The top is the Kolkata Derby, where ATK Mohun Bagan takes on East Bengal on August 28. Moreover, Group A sees rehashes of last year’s Durand Cup elimination round, semifinal, and final, with FC Goa playing Bengaluru FC on August 30 and Mohammedan in the opener on August 16 separately.
Another religious conflict is in Group C, where NEROCA takes on TRAU on August 18 in an Imphal Derby, planned to be played before a loud group at the Khuman Lampak Stadium.