With the Federation Cup upon us, Goal.com gives you a quick run through of the essentials of our country's League Cup equivalent
- The Federation Cup was started in 1977 as India's knockout club competition equivalent to the English Cup.
- The winner of the tournament gets a slot in the AFC's second tier continental tournament, the AFC Cup.
- Mohun Bagan have the most number of titles in the tournament with 13, although their last one was back in 2008.
|Mohun Bagan are the most successful side in the Federation Cup|
- Back in 1996, there were two Federation Cups held! East Bengal beat Dempo 2-1 in the final of first and then lost 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with JCT in the second!
- Salgaocar are the defending champions, having compehensively beaten East Bengal 3-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium last year.
- This will be the first time over 30 years that not a single side from Kerala shall take part in the Federation Cup
- In the 1978-79 & 1980-81 final, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were the joint winners after the scoreline was tied at 0-0 and 1-1 respectively, after the final whistle.
|But East Bengal have phenomenal recent history in the tournament|
- The dominant side of the I-League over the last decade, Dempo have won the Federation Cup only once, faltering on the final hurdle on three other attempts.
- The last team to 'do the Double' and win both the league and the Federation Cup was Mahindra United in 2005-06.
- East Bengal have a phenomenal record in the last three tournaments, having lost only one game out of 15, last year's final.
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