The Durand Cup, India’s annual domestic football competition, with a long and rich history, commenced on August 3, 2023. The ongoing 132nd edition of the Durand Cup features 24 teams from different leagues and regions of India. The matches are being played across four venues in Assam and West Bengal, namely Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Kolkata, and Siliguri. The roster includes teams from the Indian Super League, I-League and the Armed Forces. Army teams from Nepal and Bangladesh have also been included this season.
- Established in 1888 by Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, then the Foreign Secretary of India, the Durand Cup is the oldest club football tournament in Asia and the third oldest in the world.
- Initially, the tournament was exclusive to British India Army troops, but it later opened its doors to civilian teams as well.
- Over the years, the Durand Cup has hosted legendary players and witnessed many memorable moments, making it a prestigious event in Indian football.
- Beyond being a celebration of football, the Durand Cup also serves as a showcase of India’s diversity and culture.
Q: Which club football tournament is the oldest in Asia and the third oldest in the world?
A) Durand Cup
B) FA Cup
C) Copa Libertadores
D) AFC Champions League
Answer A) Durand Cup