The Durand Cup 2019
The Durand Cup is all set to make a grand comeback this year, in the football loving state of West Bengal. Moving away from the Delhi, the nation’s capital, the Durand Cup is spread across the three venues of Howrah, Kalyani, and Kolkata. The stadiums that will become the battle fields for the teams are – the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan – better known as the Salt Lake Stadium, East Bengal Ground, Mohun Bagan Ground, Howrah Stadium and the Kalyani Stadium.
Durand Cup 2019 has football teams from the Indian Super League – ATK, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa; Hero I-league teams – Mohun Bagan AC, Quess East Bengal FC, Chennai City FC, Gokulam Kerala FC, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Real Kashmir FC and Armed Service Teams – Army Red, Army Green, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force, participating in the 129th edition of the Durand Cup. For the first time, the Tri-Services team will go up against the football teams from the ISL and the I-League, making it a perfect blend of sporting talent from almost every state across India.
In the last edition of the Durand Cup, the Army Green emerged victors after beating Neroca FC in penalties. This year they will look to retain the prestigious cup against veterans of the I-league and the ISL alike.
The Durand Cup has long been the most coveted platform for aspiring footballers of the country, giving them exposure to scouts in search of out standing potential.
The Indian Armed Forces are bringing back the tournament to countless football fans and in this noble endeavour, they are being supported wholeheartedly by the Government of West Bengal. The main mission is to restore the historic tournament to its original glory by bringing together the best football teams of the country in a display of skill and sportsmanship.