The 132nd edition of the Durand Cup, the oldest football competition in Asia, will take place from August 3 to September 3.
The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) winners, Mohun Bagan Super Giant, will play Bangladesh Army FT in the tournament’s inaugural match on August 3. Three cities—Kokrahar, Guwahati, and Kolkata—will host the competition.
The Durand Cup thus will include 24 teams for the first time in its history, which will be split up into six groups of four teams each. This edition moreover will include 19 Indian clubs and five teams from the military forces of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This will however be the first time in 27 years that a foreign team will compete in the event.
The six group winners as well as the top two runner-up teams proceed to the elimination round. Bengaluru FC is the current champion after defeating Mumbai City FC 2-1 in the Durand Cup 2022 championship game.
2023 Durand Cup Groups:
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Group A includes the Punjab FC, East Bengal FC, Mohun Bagan Super Giants, and the Bangladesh Army Football Team.
Moreover, Group B includes Mumbai City FC, Jamshedpur FC, Mohammedan SC, and the Indian Navy Football Team.
Gokulam Kerala FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Bengaluru FC, and Indian Air Force Football Team make up Group C.
Shillong Lajong FC, Downtown Heroes FC, FC Goa, and NorthEast United FC make up Group D.
Chennaiyin FC, Delhi FC, Hyderabad FC, and Tribhuwan Army FC are in Group E.
Bodoland FC, Odisha FC, Rajasthan United FC, Indian Army Football Team, Group F
East Bengal Ground, Mohun Bagan Ground, Kishore Bharati Krirangan, and Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan are all in Kolkata.
Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (IGAS) in Guwahati
Sports Authority of India (SAI) Stadium in Kokrajhar
On Sony Sports Ten 2 and Sony Liv, you can watch every Durand Cup 2023 game.
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