Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest soccer tournament is back after a gap of one year …
The 130th edition of the Durand Cup will be organized jointly by the Indian Army and the Government of West Bengal in Kolkata in September.
This is the second consecutive time that the iconic football game will be held in Kolkata after the previous issue in 2019, since it moved from its long time in Delhi.
Here’s how you can watch the Durand Cup 2021 soccer tournament in India.
- Durand Cup 2021: match schedule
- Which teams are in the Durand Cup in 2021?
- Matches and results for the Durand Cup group in 2021
- How to watch the Durand Cup in 2021 in India?
- Where will the Durand Cup take place in 2021?
- Who are the defending champions?
- What is the prize money?
The Durand Cup football tournament in 2021 started on 5 September 2021 in Kolkata, with the final on 3 October 2021.
|Group stage||5-19 September, 2021|
|Quarterfinals||23-25 September 2021|
|Semifinals||27-29 September 2021|
|Finale||3 October 2021|
The Durand Cup is named after its founder, Sir Mortimer Durand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of British India from 1884 to 1894, and is the oldest and the world’s third oldest soccer tournament in the world.
The Durand Cup, traditionally organized by the Indian Army, was first held in 1988 in Shimla as an Army Cup. It was initially only open to British Army troops in India, and has been open to civilian teams since 1940, as Mohammedan Sporting defeated the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2-1 to become the first civilian team to win the tournament. .
Among the 16 participating teams in the Durand Cup in 2021, five from the Indian Super League (ISL) will be from India’s top class. There are three and two teams representing the I-League and the I-League’s second division respectively, while the remaining six will be from the various Indian armies, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi.
|A||Bengaluru United||I-league second division|
|A||Indian Air Force||Indian Army|
|B||Army green||Indian Army|
|C||Delhi FC||I-league second division|
|C||Indian Navy||Indian Army|
|D||Assam Rifles||Indian Army|
|D||Army Green||Indian Army|
The group stage of the Durand Cup in 2021 will be held from 5 to 19 September 2021.
Two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages, consisting of two semi-finals and the final. If teams are tied, the classification rules are head-to-head points, head-to-head goal difference, number of goals and lots-in that order.
|3||Indian Air Force||2||0||0||2||-5||0|
Group A matches
|5 Sep||Indian Air Force 1-4 Mohammedan||16:15||Salt Lake Stadium|
|6 Sep||CRPF 0-1 Bengaluru United||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|9 Sep||Indian Air Force 2-4 Bengaluru United||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|10 Sep||CRPF 1-5 Mohammedaan||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|14 Sep||Mohammedan vs Bengaluru United||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|14 Sep||CRPF vs Indian Air Force||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
Group B matches
|6 Sep||Jamshedpur 1-0 Sudeva||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
|7 Sep||FC Goa 2-0 Army Green||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|10 Sep||Jamshedpur 1-3 Army Green||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
|13 Sep||FC Goa vs Sudeva||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|17 Sep||Jamshedpur vs FC Goa||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|17 Sep||Army Green vs Sudeva||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
Group C matches
|8 Sep||Delhi FC 1-2 Indian Navy||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
|11 Sep||Kerala Blasters 1-0 Indian Navy||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|15 Sep||Bengaluru vs Kerala Blasters||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|18 Sep||Delhi FC vs Bangalore||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
|21 Sep||Bengaluru vs Indian Navy||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|21 Sep||Delhi FC vs Kerala Blasters||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
Group D matches
|9 Sep||Assam Rifles 1-4 Army Red||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|12 Sep||Assam Rifles vs Hyderabad||15:00||Mohun Bagan Ground|
|12 Sep||Gokulam Kerala vs Army Red||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|16 Sep||Gokulam Kerala vs Hyderabad||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
|19 Sep||Army Red vs Hyderabad||15:00||Salt Lake Stadium|
|19 Sep||Assam Rifles vs Gokulam Kerala||15:00||Kalyani Stadium|
There are no TV broadcasts for the Durand Cup 2021 soccer tournament. Live streaming is available in the Addatimes app.
The Durand Cup in 2021 will be held at three venues, namely Kalyani Municipal Stadium Ground in Kalyani, the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) or the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata and the Mohun Bagan Club Ground in Kolkata.
|Kalyani Stadium||20 000|
|Salt Lake Stadium||85 000|
|Mohun Bagan Ground||20 000|
Gokulam Kerala is the defending champion of the Durand Cup after a 10-man Malabare defeated Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the 2019 Durand Cup final which was played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The Durand Cup is unique in the sense that the winners are awarded three trophies with two rolling (the Durand Cup and the Shimla Trophy) and the Presidential Cup for permanent detention.
|Runners-up||£ 20 lakh|
|Semi-finalists||£ 5 lakh|