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Kolkata derby to start the Durand Cup on August 16

The 131st Durand Cup will begin on August 16 at Saltlake Stadium, where the season’s first Kolkata derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will take place. In the North 24-Parganas district, the Saltlake Stadium, Kishore Bharati Krirangan, and Naihati Stadium would be the three venues available to the city. Check out complete details about it below.

Kolkata derby to start the Durand Cup on August 16

Additionally, Guwahati and Imphal’s Khuman Lampak stadium will host matches for the event. All 10 games, including the opening derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and all seven elimination matches, will take place at the Saltlake Stadium, which will also host the summit match on September 18.

Ten games total will be played in one of the four groups, which will be hosted by Guwahati and Imphal. There are now 20 teams instead of 16 as before.

The Durand Cup, held between 16 elite Indian football clubs across divisions, is Asia’s and the world’s third-oldest football event and a representation of India’s football heritage and culture. The Durand Cup, which is run by the Indian Armed Forces, has historically produced some of India’s top football players.

The first competition took place in Shimla in 1888, and although it initially only allowed teams from the British Indian Army’s men stationed in India, it soon allowed teams from other professions as well. The renowned competition reached its 130th edition in 2021 and was named after its founder, Sir Mortimer Durand, who served as British India’s Foreign Secretary from 1884 to 1894. The most successful teams, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, have each won the competition 16 times.

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