Asia’s oldest football tournament the 129th edition of Durand Cup was inaugurated in style at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata on 02 August 2019. The Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Banerjee was the Chief Guest of the ceremony which was also graced by the presence of Lieutenant General MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command. A number of important Military and State Government officials and thousands of sports lovers thronged to witness the spectacular opening ceremony held in the ”Mecca of Football”. The inaugural match was played between the two local sporting giants, Mohunbagan Athletic Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club.
The Durand Cup, worlds third oldest and Asia’s oldest football tournament, returned after a short gap of 3 years to entertain the football lovers of the Nation. Royal Scouts Fusiliers won the inaugural edition of the Durand Cup way back in 1888. Mohammedan Sporting Club was the first Indian club to win the cup, in 1940. The “Army Greens” are the current defending champions, winning the last tournament played in 2016. This years edition will feature 16 teams including a number of top ranking ISL teams vying for the coveted cup.