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Indian Super Cup (1997–2011)

Indian Super Cup
Founded1997; 21 years ago (1997)
Abolished2011
RegionIndia
Number of teams2
Last championsEast Bengal (3rd title)
Most successful club(s)East Bengal (3 titles)
2011 (last held)

The Indian Super Cup was Indian football's annual match contested between the champions of the previous I-League season and the holders of the Federation Cup, usually held at a neutral venue. If the I-League champions also won the Federation Cup then the league runners-up would provide the opposition. The fixture was usually considered the curtain raiser to the Indian football domestic season.

The fixture was last contested in 2011 when East Bengal won the cup for the third time, defeating Salgaocar 9–8 on penalties.

History

The Indian Super Cup was started in 1997 by the All India Football Federation as a playoff between the then National Football League champions and Federation Cup holders.[1] The first edition took place that year between the 1996–97 NFL (first season in league history) champions JCT Mills and 1996 Federation Cup holders East Bengal. After the match ended 0–0, East Bengal won the first Super Cup on penalties 4–2.[2] Salgaocar proceeded to win the next two editions of the Super Cup before the tournament was suspended for three seasons.[1] When the cup returned in 2003 Mahindra United defeated East Bengal on penalties 4–3 after drawing them 1–1.[1] The cup was then held seven more times before being suspended and hasn't been played since the 2011 fixture.[1]

Records

  • The most successful side in the Indian Super Cup is East Bengal. The club have won the annual fixture three times.
  • The biggest victory in the Super Cup was during the 2007 fixture when Mohun Bagan defeated Dempo 4–0 at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium.
  • Salgaocar have won the cup consecutively the most times (2) in 1998 and 1999.
  • Sporting Goa are the only side to have won the Super Cup, without winning the league or Federation Cup.

Results and winners

Results

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1997 East Bengal 0–0 (4–2p) JCT Mills Salt Lake Stadium
1998 Salgaocar 1–0 Mohun Bagan Salt Lake Stadium
1999 Salgaocar 1–0 Mohun Bagan Ambedkar Stadium
Tournament suspended between 2000 and 2002
2003 Mahindra United 1–1 (4–3p) East Bengal Salt Lake Stadium
2005 Sporting Goa 3–0 Dempo EMS Stadium
2006 East Bengal 2–1 Mahindra United Cooperage Ground
2007 Mohun Bagan 4–0 Dempo Tau Devi Lal Stadium
2008 Dempo 1–0 East Bengal Tau Devi Lal Stadium
2009 Mohun Bagan 2–1 Dempo Tau Devi Lal Stadium
2010 Dempo 3–1 East Bengal Tau Devi Lal Stadium
2011 East Bengal 0–0 (9–8p) Salgaocar Ambedkar Stadium

Winners

Club Wins Last match won Runners-up
East Bengal 3 2011 3
Dempo 2 2010 3
Mohun Bagan 2 2009 2
Salgaocar 2 1999 1
Mahindra United 1 2003 1
Sporting Goa 1 2005 0
JCT 0 1

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Indian Super Cup". RSSSF.
  2. ^ "1st Super Cup". RSSSF.