Durand Cup 2023: Here is a compilation of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Durand, which will provide you with a better understanding of the subject.
The 132nd Durand Cup 2023 Football Tournament will take place from August 3 to September 3, 2023.
The tournament will be held in Kolkata, Guwahati, and Kokrajhar.
There are a total of 24 teams participating in the tournament.
The teams have been divided into six groups, with each group containing four teams.
The final match of the tournament will take place on September 3, 2023 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) in Kolkata.
The tournament will feature a total of 43 matches, including the final.
Two out of the four quarter-final matches will be held in Guwahati and Kokrajhar, while the remaining knockout games will take place in Kolkata.
The live coverage of all football matches in the Durand Cup 2023 will be aired in India on Sports18 (1), Sports18 (1HD), and Sports18 (Khel TV). Viewers can also watch the Durand Cup 2023 matches live online through the streaming platforms VOOT and JioTV.
The three unique trophies presented in the Durand Cup tournament are:
(i) The Durand Cup (the original tournament trophy)
(ii) The Shimla Trophy (donated by the residents of Shimla)
(iii) The President’s Cup (replacing the Viceroy’s Trophy post-independence).
The tournament is named after its founder, Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, who served as the foreign secretary of India from 1884 to 1894.
The Durand Cup tournament started in 1888 in Annadale, Shimla, making it the oldest existing club football tournament in Asia and the third oldest national football competition in the world.
The Durand Cup was invented by Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the founder of the tournament and the foreign secretary of India from 1884 to 1894.The Durand Football Tournament Society declared the Durand Cup as the original tournament trophy in 1965. It became a rolling trophy, with the winning team keeping it for a year before returning it for the next edition.
The Shimla Trophy was donated by the residents of Shimla in 1904 to show their passion and support for the tournament. It is one of the rolling trophies awarded to the winning team.
The President’s Cup is a rolling trophy that replaced the Viceroy’s Trophy after India gained independence. It was first presented by the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
The Durand Cup serves as the season-opener for India’s domestic football season.
The winning team in the Durand Cup receives three trophies: the Durand Cup, the Shimla Trophy, and the President’s Cup.
Yes, the Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament in India.
The 2023 Durand Cup is hosted by the Durand Football Tournament Society in cooperation with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Eastern Command of the Indian Armed Forces, and the Government of West Bengal. The governments of Assam and Meghalaya are also supporting the tournament.
All 12 clubs in the top tier Indian Super League (ISL) are to participate in the 2023 Durand Cup, along with the 5 clubs from the I-League, 3 teams representing the armed forces and 1 local team Bodoland FC from BTR.
Yes, the 132nd Durand Cup marks the return of foreign participation after a gap of 27 years – Bangladesh Service team, Bhutan Service and Tribhuwan Army Club from Nepal.
The official Broadcasting Partner for the 132nd Durand Cup Tournament is Sony LIV.
The first Durand Cup was won by the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1888 when they win over the Highland Light Infantry with a scoreline of 2-1.
Mohun Bagan Super Giant and East Bengal FC jointly hold the record for the most Durand Cup wins, with each team securing an impressive 16 titles, a remarkable achievement in the tournament’s history.
The Madras Regimental Centre was the first Indian Armed Forces team to win the prestigious Durand Cup in 1955. They secured a thrilling 3-2 victory against the Indian Air Force during Extra Time.