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Durand Cup 2021 a.k.a Asia’s Oldest tournament to be held at Kolkata

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Durand Cup 2021 to be held on Kolkata in the first weeks of September. The 130th edition of the prestigious tournament was postponed last year due to Global Pandemic. But the authorities of Durand Cup announced that the tournament will be held at Kolkata. And it may kick-start before ISL and I-League.

History of Durand Cup

Durand Cup is the oldest tournament in Asia .And third oldest competition in the World. It was found at 1888 by Mortimer Durand. The tournament usually played in Shimla but shifted to Delhi in 1940.  It was hosted by Indian Army and Durand Football Association . And the most successful teams are SC East Bengal and Mohun Bagan with 16 titles to each.

2021 Edition of Durand Cup

The top four teams form ISL Competition . And along with Kolkata Gaints SC East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting also been invited. Mumbai City FC, ATK Mohun Bagan, Northeast United FC and FC Goa may participate in Prestigious Tournament this year.

The remaining spots will be filled by I-League Champions and Runners-up. Additionally the remaining two spots will be filled by two teams from Indian Army. This year’s tournament likely to held at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

The I-League Qualifiers are also scheduled at the beginning of September. However the teams which plays in I-League Qualifiers will not play in Durand Cup.

The previous edition of the competition in held at Kolkata instead of regular Venues in New Delhi.Gokulam FC are the current Champions. They beated Mohun Bagan SC at Salt Lake during the 2019 campaign.To be the first team from Kerala to win the Durand Cup after 22 Years.

Additionally the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to conduct the eighth edition of Indian Super Cup before ISL and I-League. So the coming weeks will be full of Football Actions of the Indian Fans.

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