Salgaocar FC wins Durand Cup 2014

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Salgaocar FC is the new champion of the coveted football title 'Durand Cup 2014'.

The Goa based club defeated Pune FC in the final by 1-0 to claim their 3rd Durand title.  

They were Durand Cup champions in the year 1999 and 2003 as well. 

Achievements

  • Two time I-League (earlier National Football League) winners: the topmost club tournament in the country in 1998-99 & 2010-11
  • Have lifted 4 Federation Cup trophies in 1988, 1989, 1997, 2011.

The above tournament is high-octane knockout version of the I-League.

  • Indian Super Cup champions in 1998 & 1999

Played between the I-League winner and the Federation Cup champions.

Durand Cup: Introduction

  • Founded in 1888 Its the third oldest club cup competition in the world after the English and Scottish FA cups.
  • It is named after its founder Sir Mortimer Durand, a British India's Foreign Member of the time, the counterpart of the Foreign Secretary in London.
  • It was initially an exclusive military affair based in Shimla.
  • The venue was transferred to New Delhi from Shimla in 1940.
  • Its considered Indian counterpart to the FA Cup in England

Most successful teams 

  • East Bengal and Mohun Bagan: 16 titles each
  • Border Security Force: 7 titles
  • First winner from South: FC Kochin in 1997

Some Facts:

  • Its winners, unlike its European counterpart FA Cups, do not qualify for Asian Football Confederation tournaments. 
  • The I-League and Federation Cup are the only ways to qualify for the Asian cup.
  • The winning team is presented with three trophies: The President’s Cup, the Durand Cup and the Shimla Trophy
  • Previous winner: Mohammedan Sporting

Other notable Football Championships in India

  • I-League
  • Federation Cup
  • Santosh Trophy
  • IFA Shield
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