Federation Cup (India)

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Federation Cup
Federation Cup.jpg
Founded 1977
Region  India
Number of teams 8 (2017)
Current champions Bengaluru FC (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Mohun Bagan (14 titles)
Television broadcasters TEN 2
Motto Where pride meets passion
Website AIFF

The Federation Cup, also known as Hero Federation Cup for sponsorship reasons, was an annual knockout style club football tournament in India that started in 1977. From its inception, until I-League was started in 1997 (then called NFL), it was the most prestigious national level club football tournament in India. Until 2017, it was the most important club tournament after the I-League, to which it became a de facto League Cup. The winning club of the Federation Cup gained a chance to compete in the continental level in AFC Cup.

The holders of the 2017 Federation Cup were Bengaluru FC who beat Mohun Bagan A.C. 2–0 in the 2017 final held in Cuttack, Odisha.[1]

In April 2015, All India Football Federation announced that Federation Cup will be put "on hold" for "2–3 years" to avoid scheduling conflict with Indian Super League and I-League.,[2] but after Asian Football Confederation mandated that a club must play 18 matches in the season, AIFF decided to revive the tournament.[3]

Venues[edit]

Matches during the Federation Cup were usually held at neutral venues around India. The Final is also held in a neutral venue.From 2015–16 season matches will be played as two legged (home and away)knockout format.Final will be in a neutral venue.

Results[edit]

Past winners and runners-up[edit]

Year Winners Runners-up Score
2016–17 Bengaluru FC Mohun Bagan 2–0 (a.e.t.)
2015–16 Mohun Bagan Aizawl 5–0
2014–15 Bengaluru FC Dempo 2–1
2013–14 Churchill Brothers Sporting Goa 3–1
2012 East Bengal Dempo 3–2 (a.e.t.)
2011 Salgaocar East Bengal 3–1
2010 East Bengal Mohun Bagan 1–0
2009–10 East Bengal Shillong Lajong 0–0 (a.e.t.), (3–0 pen.)
2008 Mohun Bagan Dempo 1–0
2007 East Bengal Mahindra United 2–1
2006 Mohun Bagan Sporting Goa 3–1
2005 Mahindra United Sporting Goa 2–1
2004 Dempo Mohun Bagan 2–0
2003 Mahindra United Mohammedan Sporting 1–0
2002 Not held
2001 Mohun Bagan Dempo 2–1
2000 Not held
1999 Not held
1998 Mohun Bagan East Bengal 2–1
1997 Salgaocar East Bengal 2–1
1996 East Bengal Dempo 2–1
1995–96 JCT Mills East Bengal 1–1 (a.e.t.), (5–3 (pen.)
1995 JCT East Bengal 1–1(a.e.t.), (7–6pen.)
1994 Mohun Bagan Salgaocar 0–0(a.e.t.), (3–0 pen.)
1993 Mohun Bagan Mahindra & Mahindra 1–0
1992 Mohun Bagan East Bengal 2–0
1991 Kerala Police Mahindra & Mahindra 2–0 (a.e.t.)
1990 Kerala Police Salgaocar 2–1
1989–90 Salgaocar Mohammedan Sporting 2–1 (a.e.t.)
1988–89 Salgaocar BSF 1–0
1987–88 Mohun Bagan Salgaocar 2–0
1986–87 Mohun Bagan East Bengal 0–0(a.e.t.), (5–4 pen.)
1985 East Bengal Mohun Bagan 1–0
1984–85 Mohammedan Sporting East Bengal 1–0
1983–84 Mohammedan Sporting Mohun Bagan 0–0,2–0
1982–83 Mohun Bagan Mafatlal Mills 1–0
1981–82 Mohun Bagan Mohammedan Sporting 2–0
1980–81 Mohun Bagan, East Bengal (joint winners) 1–1
1979–80 BSF Mafatlal Mills 2–2,3–0
1978–79 Mohun Bagan, East Bengal (joint winners) 0–0
1977–78 ITI Bangalore Mohun Bagan 1–0
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • pen.: score in penalty shootout

Teams reaching final[edit]

Club Final
Appearances
Winner Winning Years Runners-up Runners-up Years
Mohun Bagan 20 14 1979*, 1980*, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987
1992, 1993, 1994, 1998
2001, 2006, 2008, 2015–16
6 1977, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2010, 2016–17
East Bengal 16 8 1979*,1980*,1985, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 8 1984,1986,1992, 1995,

1996–97,1997,1998, 2011

Salgaocar S.C. 7 4 1988,1989,1997, 2011 3 1987,1990,1994
Dempo Sports Club 6 1 2004 5 1996#,2001,2008, 2012, 2014–15
Mohammedan S.C. 5 2 1983,1984 3 1981,1989,2003
Mahindra United 5 2 2003,2005 3 1991,1993,2007
Sporting Clube de Goa 3 0 - 3 2005,2006,2013–14
Bengaluru FC 2 2 2014–15, 2016–17 0 -
JCT Mills F.C. 2 2 1995,1996# 0 -
Kerala Police 2 2 1990, 1991[4] 0 -
BSF (Border Security Force) 2 1 1979 1 1988
ITI (Indian Telephone Industries) 1 1 1977 0 -
Churchill Brothers 1 1 2013–14 0 -
Lajong SSC 1 0 - 1 2009
Aizawl 1 0 - 1 2015–16
  • * : shared
  • # :There were two federation cups in 1996

Overall top goalscorers[edit]

As of 10 January 2015[5]
Rank Player Goals
1 Brazil Jose Ramirez Barreto 27
2 Nigeria Chima Okorie 26*
3 India Baichung Bhutia 25
4 Nigeria Chidi Edeh 23
5 Nigeria Ranti Martins 18
6 India IM Vijayan 17
Nigeria Odafa Okolie

(Note. * Includes 7 goals scored in Eastern Zone Qualifiers at Sibsagar – 1990 Federation Cup)

See also[edit]

References[edit]