Nehru Cup

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Nehru Cup
Nehru Cup 2012 Logo.jpg
2012 Nehru Cup official logo
Founded 1982
Region International
Current champions  India
(3rd title)
Most successful team(s)  Soviet Union
(4 titles)
2012 Nehru Cup

The Nehru Cup was an international association football tournament organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It was launched in 1982, but was not held from 1998 to 2006. After the trophy was won by Iraq in 1997, it was reinstated only in 2007 before officially being held last in 2012.

The 2007 Nehru Cup took place from August 17–29, 2007 with Syria, Kyrgyzstan, India, Cambodia and Bangladesh when India won their first title after hosting it for the last couple of decades.

2009 Nehru Cup took place in New Delhi from August 19 to August 31, 2009. After the participation of Palestine was cancelled by the AIFF, the tournament was changed into a round-robin format with five teams playing each other and the top two clashing in the final.[1] India defeated Syria by 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final on August 31, 2009.

The 2012 Nehru Cup was the 15th edition of the Nehru Cup and 3rd Nehru Cup since it was revived in 2007. It was held from August 22 to September 2.[2] The tournament was hosted in New Delhi, India. A total of 5 teams participated in the tournament through being invited by the All India Football Federation. The final match happened between India and Cameroon B and India won the match in penalty shoot out 5-4 after the match ended 2-2 after 120 minutes of play.[3]

AIFF revealed on May 17, 2016 that it plans to replace Nehru Cup with a new Champions Cup.[4]

TV Coverage[edit]

1st Nehru Cup was covered by Prabir Roy with 5 on-line camera operation. This was long before Doordarshan started the same during the Delhi Asian Games in November 1982. This was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi. This was apparently the first Colour T.V. coverage.

Absence and revival[edit]

The tournament was shelved after 1997 due to lack of sponsorship and other reasons. It was revived in 2007 mainly due to persuasion by the former coach of India national football team Bob Houghton. The original rolling trophy could not be recovered from Iraq, and a new trophy was designed.

The tournament held during 2007 was called the ONGC Nehru Cup, to acknowledge sponsorship from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. India won the tournament defeating the much higher ranked Syria in the final by a 1-0 margin, on a goal scored by N. P. Pradeep in the 44th minute on a back pass from Baichung Bhutia.[5]

Hopes to have another tournament in 2014 were shelved in August 2014 due to the AIFF not being able to pursue capital investment.[6]

List of finals[edit]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1982
Details
Kolkata, India Uruguay
Uruguay
2 – 0 China
China
1983
Details
Kochi, India Hungary
Hungary Olympic
2 – 1
China
China
1984
Details
Kolkata, India Poland
Poland
1 – 0 China
China
1985
Details
Kochi, India Soviet Union
Soviet Union
2 – 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
1986
Details
Thiruvananthapuram, India Soviet Union
Soviet Union XI
1 – 0 China
China
1987
Details
Kozhikode, India Soviet Union
Soviet Union XI
2 – 0 Bulgaria
Bulgaria Olympic
1988
Details
Siliguri, India Soviet Union
Soviet Union Olympic
2 – 0 Poland
Poland Olympic
1989
Details
Margao, India Hungary
Hungary XI
2 – 1 Soviet Union
Soviet Union XI
1991
Details
Thiruvananthapuram, India Romania
Romania B
3 – 1 Hungary
Hungary
1993
Details
Chennai, India North Korea
North Korea
2 – 0 Romania
Romania B
1995
Details
Kolkata, India Iraq
Iraq
1 – 0 Russia
Russia U-20
1997
Details
Kochi, India Iraq
Iraq
3 – 1 Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan U-19
2007
Details
New Delhi, India India
India
1 – 0 Syria
Syria
2009
Details
New Delhi, India India
India
1 – 1 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p) Syria
Syria
2012
Details
New Delhi, India India
India
2 – 2 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p) Cameroon
Cameroon B

Performance[edit]

Performance by nation[edit]

Nations Winners Runners-up Winning years
Soviet Union Soviet Union/Soviet Union XI/Soviet Union Olympic
4
2 dagger
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
India India
3
2007, 2009, 2012
Hungary Hungary Olympic/Hungary XI
2
1
1983, 1989
Iraq Iraq
2
1995, 1997
Poland Poland/Poland Olympic
1
1
1984
Romania Romania B
1
1
1991
Uruguay Uruguay
1
1982
North Korea North Korea
1
1993
China China
4
Syria Syria
2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1
Bulgaria Bulgaria Olympic
1
 Uzbekistan U-19
1
Cameroon Cameroon B
1

Notes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palestine not part of Nehru Cup". The Indian Express. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wim Koevermans named as new Senior Team Coach". The All India Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "India beat Cameroon to win third successive Nehru Cup title". Times Of India. Retrieved 2 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Blue Tigers will be in action next August as the Indian FA plan to replace the Nehru Cup with the Champions Cup.". goal.com. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.kolkatafootballs.com/ongc_nehru_2007.html
  6. ^ "India could host inaugural BRICS tourney". Goal. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

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