Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup

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Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup
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Organising bodyPakistan Football Federation
Founded1979; 40 years ago (1979)
RegionPakistan
Number of teams15 (2019)
Current championsPakistan Army (3rd title)
Most successful club(s)Khan Research Laboratories (6 titles)
WebsiteNational Challenge Cup
2019 National Challenge Cup

The Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup (NFCC), is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic Pakistani football. It is organised by and named after Pakistan Football Federation. Pakistan Army are the current champions of the National Challenge Cup, winning the 2019 National Challenge Cup, thus winning the competition for a third time.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Although it is an annual competition, it has not been held on a few occasions. The competition was not held from (1980–83, 1986, 1988-89, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2006–07 and 2017). The tournament has seen various name changes throughout its establishment.

Names[edit]

Season Name
1979 Inter-Departmental Championship
1984-1985 Inter Provincial Championship
1987 President-PFF Cup
1990-1991 National Departmental Championship
1992-1994 Pakistan Inter-Departmental Championship
1996-2003 PFF President's Cup
2005-2015;
2018–present
National Challenge Cup
2016 PFF Cup

Finals[edit]

No. Year Champion Runner-up
1 1979 Sindh Government Press Muslim Commercial Bank
2 1984 Pakistan Airlines WAPDA
3 1985 Habib Bank Limited National Bank
4 1987 Crescent Textiles Mill Karachi Port Trust
5 1990 Karachi Port Trust Habib Bank
6 1991 Markers Club Karachi Port Trust
7 1992 Crescent Textiles Mill Markers Club
8 1993 National Bank Pakistan Steel
9 1994 General Fans Pakistan Airforce
10 1996 Allied Bank Limited Pakistan Army
11 1998 Allied Bank Limited Karachi Port Trust
12 1999 Allied Bank Limited Khan Research Laboratories
13 2000 Pakistan Army Allied Bank Limited
14 2001 Pakistan Army Khan Research Laboratories
No. Year Champion Runner-up
15 2002 Allied Bank Limited WAPDA
16 2003 PTCL Karachi Port Trust
17 2005 PTCL WAPDA
18 2008 Pakistan Navy Khan Research Laboratories
19 2009 Khan Research Laboratories Pakistan Airlines
20 2010 Khan Research Laboratories Pakistan Navy
21 2011 Khan Research Laboratories Karachi Electric Supply Corporation
22 2012 Khan Research Laboratories Karachi Electric Supply Corporation
23 2013 National Bank Karachi Electric Supply Corporation
24 2014 Pakistan Air Force K-Electric
25 2015 Khan Research Laboratories Pakistan Airlines
26 2016 Khan Research Laboratories National Bank
27 2018 Pakistan Air Force WAPDA
28 2019 Pakistan Army Sui Southern Gas
Wins by club
Club Wins Winning years
Khan Research Laboratories 6 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Allied Bank Limited 4 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002
Pakistan Army 3 2000, 2001, 2019
Crescent Textiles Mill 2 1987, 1992
National Bank 1993, 2013
Pakistan Airforce 2014, 2018
PTCL 2003, 2005
General Fans 1 1994
Habib Bank 1985
Karachi Port Trust 1987
Marker Club 1991
Pakistan Navy 2008
Pakistan Airlines 1984
Sindh Government Press 1979

Results by team[edit]

Since its establishment, the National Challenge Cup has been won by 14 different teams. Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.[3]

Results by team
Club Wins First final won Last final won Runners-up Last final lost Total final appearances
Khan Research Laboratories 6 2009 2016 3 2008 10
Allied Bank Limited 4 1996 2002 1 2000 5
Pakistan Army 3 2000 2019 1 1996 4
National Bank 2 1993 2013 2 2016 4
Pakistan Air Force 2 2014 2018 1 2010 3
Crescent Textiles Mill 2 1987 1992 0 2
PTCL 2 2003 2005 0 2
Karachi Port Trust 1 1987 1987 3 2003 4
Habib Bank 1 1985 1985 1 1990 2
Marker Club 1 1991 1991 1 1992 2
Pakistan Airlines 1 1984 1984 1 2015 3
Pakistan Navy 1 2008 2008 1 2010 2
General Fans 1 1994 1994 0 1
Sindh Government Press 1 1979 1979 0 1
K-Electric
0 4 2014 4
WAPDA 0 4 2018 4
Muslim Commercial Bank 0 1 1979 1
Pakistan Steel 0 1 1993 1
Sui Southern Gas 0 1 2019 1

Giant killings[edit]

The possibility of unlikely victories in the earlier rounds of the competition, where lower ranked teams beat higher placed opposition in what is known as a "giant killing", is much anticipated by the public. Such upsets are considered an integral part of the tradition and prestige of the competition, and the attention gained by giant-killing teams can be as great as that for winners of the cup. In 2009, non-league side, Sindh Government Press defeated top-flight National Bank 3–2 in group stages. In 2011, second-division club Ashraf Sugar Mills defeated Pakistan Premier League winners WAPDA 1–0 in group stages and they repeated the feat again in the group stages, defeating National Bank from Pakistan Premier League 2–0, as they finished top of the group. In 2012, second-division side Pakistan Public Work Department defeated Pakistan Air Force 2–0 in group stages. In 2013, Pak Afghan Clearing defeated league winners and defending champions Khan Research Laboratories 2–1]].

Records and statistics[edit]

Final[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

All rounds[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Army reclaim National Challenge Cup title [The News]". footballpakistan.com. Football Pakistan. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sui Southern Gas Company 2 : 3 Pakistan Army FC". globalsportsarchive.com. Global Sports Archive. August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pakistan - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  4. ^ Hai Naveed, Malik Riaz (14 February 2019). "Pakistan - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ Hai Naveed, Malik Riaz (17 August 2006). "Pakistan 2005 (National Tournaments)". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 April 2019.