Bitter rivals East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan will kickstart Durand Cup 2022 at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on August 16.
The 131st edition of the tournament will run until September 18 and will feature as many as 20 teams, including 11 teams from the Indian Super League, five from I-League and four from the Indian Armed Forces.
FC Goa, who are the defending champions, will begin their title defence against Mohammedan on August 19 in what will be a repeat of last year’s tournament final. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have the richest history in the competition having won the tournament 16 times each.
Unlike the last edition, which was marred by COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Durand Cup will be played across five venues and three different states, namely, Salt Lake Stadium, Naihati Stadium, Kishore Bharati Stadium (West Bengal), Khuman Lampak Stadium (Imphal, Manipur) and Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati, Assam).
Durand Cup 2022 teams and groups
Teams representing the Indian Super League are ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, East Bengal, FC Goa, Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City FC, North East United and Odisha FC.
I-League’s representation will be carried out by Mohammedan, NEROCA, Rajasthan United, TRAU and Sudeva Delhi while Army Green, Army Red, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy will represent the Indian Armed Forces.
All these teams have been divided into four groups of five sides each. The groups are as follows:
Group A: Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Indian Air Force, Jamshedpur FC and Mohammedan
Group B: ATK Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mumbai City, Indian Navy, Rajasthan United
Group C: Chennaiyin FC, Hyderabad FC, NEROCA, TRAU, Army Red
Group D: Kerala Blasters, Odisha FC, NorthEast United, Sudeva Delhi and Army Green
The Salt Lake Stadium, also known as the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan will host a total of 10 league matches across the tournament followed by seven knockout matches.
On the other hand, Guwahati and Imphal will host one of the four groups with 10 matches each to be played at the venues.
Durand Cup 2021 full schedule and fixtures
Group A Fixtures
August 17- Jamshedpur vs Indian Air Force
August 19- Mohammedan vs FC Goa
August 21- Jamshedpur vs Bengaluru
August 23- FC Goa vs Indian Air Force
August 25- Bengaluru vs Mohammedan
August 27- Jamshedpur vs FC Goa
August 29- Bengaluru vs Indian Air Force
August 31- Jamshedpur vs Mohammedan
September 2- Bengaluru vs FC Goa
September 4- Mohammedan vs Indian Air Force
Group B fixtures
August 16- East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan
August 18- Mumbai City vs Indian Navy
August 20- ATK Mohun Bagan vs Rajasthan United
August 22- East Bengal vs Mumbai City
August 24- ATK Mohun Bagan vs Indian Navy
August 26- East Bengal vs Rajasthan United
August 28- ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City
August 30- Rajasthan United vs Indian Navy
September 3- East Bengal vs Indian Navy
September 5- Mumbai City vs Rajasthan United
Group C fixtures
August 18- NEROCA vs TRAU
August 20- Chennaiyin vs Army Red
August 22- TRAU vs Hyderabad
August 24- Army Red vs NEROCA
August 26- Hyderabad vs Chennaiyin
August 28- TRAU vs Army Red
August 30- Hyderabad vs NEROCA
September 1- TRAU vs Chennaiyin
September 3- Army Red vs Hyderabad
September 5- NEROCA vs Chennaiyin
Group D fixtures
August 17- Odisha vs NorthEast United
August 19- Sudeva Delhi vs Kerala Blasters
August 21- NorthEast United vs Army Green
August 23- Odisha vs Kerala Blasters
August 25- Army Green vs Sudeva Delhi
August 27- NorthEast United vs Kerala Blasters
August 29- Odisha vs Sudeva Delhi
August 31- Kerala Blasters vs Army Green
September 2- NorthEast United vs Sudeva Delhi
September 4- Army Green vs Odisha
Where to watch Durand Cup 2022 live in India?
The live streaming of Durand Cup 2022 will be available on Sports18 on the Voot app.
Update on the live telecast of Durand Cup 2022 will be provided soon.
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