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10 things to know about the Federation Cup

10 things to know about the Federation Cup


With the Federation Cup upon us, 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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