Most teams have come into the tournament with a full-strength squad.
Asia’s oldest football tournament is up and running since August 16. This year’s edition is the 131st edition of the Durand Cup and is being played between 20 teams split into four groups.
The Durand Cup is being played as the season opener in the 2022-2023 Indian Football calendar. This year the championship includes all eleven ISL teams, five I-league teams and four teams from the armed forces.
Moreover, the tournament is following a multi-city format for the very first time, The matches of Group A & B will be played in Kolkata while the matches of Group C & D will be played in Imphal and Guwahati respectively.
ISL sides have begun their preparations with some announcing strong squads while others giving a chance to their reserve sides going into the tournament.
On that note, we take a look at the squads of all ISL teams.
ATK Mohun Bagan
The Mariners have announced a 27-member strong squad for the 2022 edition of the Durand Cup. This is the first time the Mariners will participate in the tournament since being merged with ATK FC to form a new entity. They are in Group B alongside arch-rivals East Bengal, Mumbai City FC, Rajasthan United and Indian Navy.
Goalkeepers: Vishal Kaith, Arsh Anwer Shaikh, Debnath Paul, Avilash Das
Defenders: Sumit Rathi, Brendan Hamill, Florentin Pogba, Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose, Asish Rai, Ravi Bahadur Rana, Deepak Tangri
Midfielders: Joni Kauko, Carl McHugh, Ningomba Engson Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Hugo Boumous, Pranoy Halder, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Abhishek Suryavanshi, Ricky Shabong
Forwards: Ashique Kuruniyan, Kiyan Nassiri, Md. Fardin Ali Molla, Dimitri Petratos, Manvir Singh, Liston Colaco
Last year’s semifinalists, Bengaluru FC have announced a 25-member squad for Durand Cup 2022. The Blues head into the tournament under new head coach Simon Grayson and as many as eight new signings. Bengaluru FC have been drawn alongside Jamshedpur FC, FC Goa, Indian Air Force and Mohammedan SC in Group A.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lara Sharma, Amrit Gope
Defenders: Alan Costa, Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Shrivas, Wungngayam Muirang, Prabir Das, Hira Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksandar Jovanovic
Midfielders: Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Wangjam, Danish Farooq, Rohit Kumar, Biswa Darjee, Javi Hernandez
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (C), Prince Ibara, Udanta Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Leon Augustine, Roy Krishna, Faisal Ali
Chennaiyin FC have named a 30-member squad for the 131st edition of the Durand Cup. Like the two teams above them, the Marina Machans have named a full-strength squad for the tournament. Their group (C) also consists of Hyderabad FC, TRAU FC, NEROCA and Army Red.
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Samik Mitra, Devansh Dabas
Defenders: Narayan Das, Aakash Sangwan, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Fallou Diagne, Gurmukh Singh, Md. Sajid Dhot, Ajith Kumar, Monotosh Chakladar, Md. Aqib, Reagan Singh, Salam Ranjan Singh.
Midfielders: Rafael Crivellaro, Jiteshwor Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Vanspaul, Julius Duker, Jockson Dhas, Sajal Bag, Chris White
Forwards: Ninthoi Meetei, Vincy Barretto, Rahim Ali, Suhail Pasha, Petar Sliskovic, Kwame Karikari, Senthamizh, Jobby Justin
The Red and Golds are yet to announce their squad for the tournament. They begin their Durand ACup 2022 campaign on August 22 (Monday) against the Indian Navy. They mark a return to the competition after missing the previous edition. East Bengal are in Group B alongside arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan, Mumbai City FC, Indian Navy and Rajasthan United. Here is their assembled squad so far:
Goalkeepers: Kamaljit Singh, Pawan Kumar
Defenders: Pritam Kumar Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Sarthak Golui, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Iván González, Charalambos Kyriakou, Lalchungnunga
Midfielders: Mobashir Rahman, Souvik Chakrabarti, Alex Lima, Amarjit Singh Kiyam
Forwards: Aniket Jadhav, Naorem Mahesh Singh, VP Suhair, Sumit Passi, Cleiton Silva, Eliandro
Note: East Bengal are yet to announce their squad for Durand Cup 2022
The defending champions have named a 26-men squad for the tournament. However, unlike last year, FC Goa will play with their reserve side in this edition. The Gaurs are in Group A which also comprises Mohammedan Sporting, Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur Fc, and Indian Air Force.
Goalkeepers: Hrithik Tiwari, Hansel Coelho, Bob Jackson
Defenders: Delzan Passanha, Rayan Roger Menezes, Lesly Rebello (captain), Aditya Salgaonkar, Mallikjan Kalegar, Deeshank Kunkalikar, Salman Faris
Midfielders: Lalremruata HP, Velroy Fernandes, Delton Colaco, Malsawmtluanga, Davis Fernandes, Rayan Menezes, Anthony Fernandes, Ayush Chhetri, Muhammed Nemil, Shannon Viegas
Forwards: Vasim Inamdar, Phrangki Buam, Mevan Dias, Jovial Dias, Salgeo Dias, Jordan Borges
Hyderabad FC have announced a 27-member squad for their Durand Cup campaign. They finished third in Group D last yea, winning just one game out of three. Unlike last year, this time HFC come into the tournament with a full-strength side.
Goalkeepers: Gurmeet Singh, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Laxmikant Kattimani, Amar Kumar Sahani
Defenders: Chinglensana Singh, Odei Onaindia, Nim Dorjee, Akash Mishra, Manoj Mohammad, Soyal Joshy, Alex Saji
Midfielders: Joao Victor, Mohammad Yasir, Sweden Fernandes, Sahil Tavora, Lalchungnunga Chhangte, Hitesh Sharma, Halicharan Narzary, Borja Herrera, Nikhil Poojary, Abdul Rabeeh, Mark Zothanpuia
Forwards: Joel Chianese, Aaren D’Silva, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Rohit Danu, Javier Siverio
Jamshedpur FC have named a 26-member squad for the Durand Cup. Like last year, they will be playing with their academy team in the tournament. The Men of Steel will be coached by Carlos Santamarina. They are placed in Group A with FC Goa, Mohammedan Sporting, Bengaluru FC, and Indian Air Force.
Goalkeepers: Arman Tamang, Mohit Singh Dhami, Vishal Yadav
Defenders: Rishi, Kojam Beyong, Piush Thakuri, Aryan Sonowal, Saphaba Singh Telem, Sandip Mandi, Raj Mukhi, Ankit Toppo, Gopal Hembrom
Midfielders: Sorokhaibam Nongpoknganba Meitei, Keisam Angelo Singh, Robin Das, Nayan Tamang, Phijam Vikash Singh, Kamlesh Singh Bist, Advait Sumbly, Anand Kumar, Deepak Hansda
Forwards: Nikhil Barla, Hijam Lenin Singh, Lalruatmawia, Tapan Haldar, Vilin Pujari
Kerala Blasters have announced a 21-member squad for Durand Cup 2022. With their first-team undergoing their pre-season in the UAE, the Blasters have send their reserve side to the tournament. They are in Group D alongside Odisha FC, NorthEast United FC, Sudeva Delhi FC and Army Green.
Goalkeepers: Sachin Suresh, Muhammed Murshid, Muhammed Jaseen
Defenders: Muhammed Basith, Tejas Krishna S, Adhil Ashraf, Sherin Salari, Muhammed Saheef, Marvaan Hussain, Abhiram K, Aritra Das
Midfielders: Muhammed Azhar, Muhammed Jasim, Vibin Mohanan, Alkesh AS, Gaurav Kankonkar, Roshan Gigi, Ebindas Yesudasan
Forwards: Muhammed Ajsal, Muhammed Aimen, Subha Ghosh
Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC have named a 26-men squad for the tournament. They arrive into the competition after a rigorous three-week camp in Dubai. Des Buckingham’s side are Group B with East Bengal, ATK Mohun Bagan, Rajasthan United FC and Indian Navy.
Goalkeepers: Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammad Nawaz, Bhaskar Roy
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mehtab Singh, Sanjeev Stalin, Mandar Rao Dessai, Rostyn Griffiths, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Serigne Mourtada Fall, Huidrom Naocha Singh
Midfielders: Alberto Noguera, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Greg Stewart, Asif Khan, PC Rohlupuia, Apuia Ralte
Forwards: Vikram Partap Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Gurkirat Singh, Ayush Chhikara, Bipin Singh Thounaojam, Jorge Pereyra Díaz
NorthEast United FC
NorthEast United are making their debut in the tournament. They have named a 28-member squad for the tournament. The Highlanders have named an all-Indian squad for the competition.
Goalkeeper: Nikhil Deka, Mirshad K, Jackson Singh
Defenders: Mashoor Shereef, Tondonba Singh, Joe Zoherliana, Joni Rabha, Sampow Rongmei, Bishnu Rabha, Jirjar Terang, Chiranjeet Gogoi, Bimol Singh, Maibam Lanchenba
Midfielders: Pragyan Gogoi, Gani Nigam, Binan Singh, Muktasana Sharma, Sandeep Thapa, Jianchun Rongmei, Basanta Boro, Denis Bodo, Anupom Borgohain, Dinesj Bhagat, Madhujya Borah
Forwards: Rochcharzela, Dipu Mirdha, Jwangbla Brahma, Alfred Lalruotsang
Like NorthEast United, Odisha FC are making their Durand Cup debut this year. The Juggernauts have named a 24-member squad for the tournament. With a new coach at the helm and an almost new squad after yet another summer overhaul, Odisha FC have announced a full-strength squad for the tournament.
Goalkeepers: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Dylan Da Silva
Defenders: Narender Gehlot, Nikhil Prabhu, Carlos Delgado, Osama Malik, Shubham Sarangi, Sebastian Zo, Denechandra YM, Sahil Panwar, Ruatthara
Midfielders: Paul Ramfangzauva, Raynier Fernandes, Saul Crespo, Thoiba Moirangthem, Victor Rodriguez, Isaac Vanmalsawma
Forwards: Pedro Martin, Diego Mauricio, Nandhakumar Sekar, Akshunna Tyagi, Jerry Mawia, Isak Ralte, Michael Soosairaj