An illustrious history and long legacy in Indian football can be found in the Durand Cup, one of the oldest football competitions in the world. For more than a century, this illustrious event has served as a stage for exhibiting talent, encouraging sportsmanship, and producing footballing legends. Football fans are excitedly anticipating another fantastic on-field show of ability and passion as they create excitement for the forthcoming 2023 edition.
Origins and Founding:-
The Durand Cup dates back to 1888, when Sir Mortimer Durand, the country’s Foreign Secretary at the time, proposed holding a football competition to promote unity and brotherhood among the British Indian Army’s battalions. The Durand Cup, which was named in his honor, immediately gained popularity among players and spectators and was made an annual event.
Durand Cup 2023 results
|August 3, Thursday||Mohun Bagan SG 5-0 Bangladesh Army FT||A||VYBK|
|August 4, Friday||Northeast United FC 4-0 Shillong Lajong||D||IGAS|
|August 5, Saturday||Bodoland FC 0-1 Rajasthan United FC||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 5, Saturday||Mohammedan SC 1-3 Mumbai City FC||B||KBK|
|August 6, Sunday||Delhi FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC||E||IGAS|
|August 6, Sunday||East Bengal 2-2 Bangladesh Army FT||A||VYBK|
|August 7, Monday||Odisha FC 0-1 Indian Army FT||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 7, Monday||Mohun Bagan SG 2-0 Punjab FC||A||KBK|
|August 8, Tuesday||FC Goa 6-0 Shillong Lajong||D||IGAS|
|August 8, Tuesday||Mumbai City FC 5-0 Jamshedpur FC||B||VYBK|
|August 9, Wednesday||Delhi FC 1-1 Tribhuwan Army||E||SAI Stadium|
|August 9, Wednesday||Gokulam Kerala FC 2-0 Indian Air Force FT||C||KBK|
|August 10, Thursday||Hyderabad FC 1-3 Chennaiyin FC||E||IGAS|
|August 10, Thursday||Punjab FC 0-0 Bangladesh Army FT||A||VYBK|
|August 11, Friday||Mohammedan SC 2-1 Indian Navy FT||B||KBK|
|August 11, Friday||Odisha FC 2-1 Rajasthan United FC||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 12, Saturday||Northeast United FC 2-2 FC Goa||D||IGAS|
|August 12, Saturday||Mohun Bagan SG 0-1 East Bengal FC||A||VYBK|
|August 13, Sunday||Kerala Blasters 3-4 Gokulam Kerala FC||C||MBG|
|August 13, Sunday||Downtown Heroes 1-2 Shillong Lajong||D||SAI Stadium|
|August 14, Monday||Chennaiyin FC 3-0 Tribhuwan Army||E||IGAS|
|August 14, Monday||Bengaluru FC 1-1 Indian Air Force FT||C||KBK|
|August 16, Wednesday||FC Goa 3-0 Downtown Heroes||D||IGAS|
|August 16, Wednesday||East Bengal FC 1-0 Punjab FC||A||KBK|
|August 17, Thursday||Jamshedpur FC 1-0 Indian Navy FT||B||MBG|
|August 17, Thursday||Bodoland FC 1-2 Indian Army FT||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 18, Friday||Delhi FC 1-2 Chennaiyin FC||E||IGAS|
|August 18, Friday||Bengaluru FC 2-2 Kerala Blasters||C||KBK|
|August 19, Saturday||Mumbai City FC 4-0 Indian Navy FT||B||VYBK|
|August 19, Saturday||Bodoland FC 2-1 Odisha FC||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 20, Sunday||Northeast United FC 3-1 Downtown Heroes||D||IGAS|
|August 20, Sunday||Mohammedan SC 6-0 Jamshedpur FC||B||KBK|
|August 21, Monday||Kerala Blasters 5-0 Indian Air Force FT||C||EBG|
|August 21, Monday||Rajasthan United FC 0-0 Indian Army FT||F||SAI Stadium|
|August 22, Tuesday||Hyderabad FC 3-0 Tribhuwan Army||E||IGAS|
|August 22, Tuesday||Bengaluru FC 2-0 Gokulam Kerala FC||C||KBK|
|August 24, Thursday||Quarter-final 1: NorthEast United FC 1-0 Indian Army FT||QF||IGAS|
|August 25, Friday||Quarter-final 2: East Bengal FC 2-1 Gokulam Kerala FC||QF||VYBK|
|August 26, Saturday||Quarter-final 3: FC Goa 4-1 Chennaiyin FC||QF||IGAS|
|August 27, Sunday||Quarter-final 4: Mohun Bagan 3-1 Mumbai City FC||QF||VYBK|
|August 29, Tuesday||Semi-finals: NorthEast United FC 2 (3) – 2 (5) East Bengal||SF||VYBK|
|August 31, Thursday||Semi-finals: FC Goa vs Mohun Bagan||SF||VYBK|
|September 3, Sunday||Final: East Bengal vs Winner of SF 2||F||VYBK|
The Durand Cup has seen a number of momentous events over the years that have permanently shaped Indian football. The competition has fostered footballing prodigies and saw the emergence of famous players who eventually became pillars of the national squad. Additionally, teams from both local and foreign countries have participated in the Cup, promoting the spirit of sportsmanship and cross-cultural interaction.
The Journey Through the Decades:-
The Durand Cup developed over the decades, according to shifting societal norms and football industry developments. It changed from being a British Indian Army event to including civilian clubs and teams from other states and regions, increasing its appeal and competition. The tournament’s standing increased as Indian clubs earned acceptance in the world of international football.
Modernity and Restoration:-
In the contemporary age, the Durand Cup saw its fair share of difficulties, such as periods of discontinuity and organizational problems. However, the rebirth of this legendary competition was made possible by the tireless efforts of football officials and supporters. With its resurrection as one of India’s premier football tournaments, the competition attracted fresh attention from supporters, sponsors, and football teams.
Edition 2023 and Later:-
The Durand Cup 2023 promises to be a lavish celebration of footballing brilliance. Fans can anticipate a show of talent, cooperation, and tenacity on the field as premier teams and up-and-coming players compete for the prized title. Beyond the actual tournament, the Durand Cup continues to motivate young players, inspiring them to pursue their love of football and aspirations of representing their country abroad.
Football fans excitedly anticipate the start of this historic competition as the countdown to the 2023 Durand Cup begins. Due to its long history and capacity to endure across generations, the Durand Cup is a well-liked and esteemed institution in Indian football. The Cup serves as a representation of togetherness, sportsmanship, and the unifying force of the beautiful game beyond the results and triumphs.