This will be the 75th edition of the prestigious tournament.
The National Football Championship or Santosh Trophy is all set to kick-off a brand new edition in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Over the years, the tournament has been a great platform for young footballers to showcase their talent and will continue to do so come its 75th edition.
The tournament will kick off on April 16 with West Bengal taking on their Punjab. The final will take place on May 2 at the Manjeri Payyanaad. It will be a 17-day extravaganza and will be played across two venues in Kerala’s Malappuram, with logistical and infrastructural aid from the Government of Kerala.
As India gears up to witness a new chapter of the tournament, Khel Now takes a look at everything you need to know about the 75th Santosh Trophy.
About the League
Santosh Trophy is a prestigious interstate domestic competition played by the state teams of the country alongside some government institutions. It has been a part of the Indian football calendar ever since 1941 and has successfully hosted 84 editions prior to the upcoming one.
In 1990, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) converted the Santosh Trophy into an U-23 football tournament to give the young players more game time. However, it couldn’t last for long and the tournament was reversed back to a senior competition after three seasons.
West Bengal are the most successful team having won a record 32 titles, while Services are the defending champions after they secured their sixth title in the previous edition. This season, 10 teams have been divided into two groups of five each, with the top two teams from each group set to proceed to the semi-finals (April 28 and 29).
All the matches in the tournament will take place at two venues in Malappuram – the Manjeri Payyanaad Stadium, and the Kottappadi Stadium.
Santosh Trophy Groups & Fixtures
Group A: Meghalaya, Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala
Group B: Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Services, Manipur
Group A Fixtures
West Bengal 1-0 Punjab, Match Report
Kerala 5-0 Rajasthan, Match Report
Rajasthan 2-3 Meghalaya, Match Report
Kerala 2-0 West Bengal, Match Report
Punjab 4-0 Rajasthan, Match Report
Meghalaya 2-2 Kerala, Match Report
West Bengal 4-3 Meghalaya, Match Report
Punjab 1-2 Kerala, Match Report
Rajasthan 0-3 West Bengal, Match Report
Meghalaya 0-1 Punjab, Match Report
Group B Fixtures
Odisha 3-3 Karnataka
Manipur 3-0 Services
Services 3-1 Gujarat
Manipur 0-1 Odisha
Gujarat 0-2 Manipur, Match Report
Karnataka 1-0 Services, Match Report
Karnataka 0-3 Manipur, Match Report
Odisha 3-2 Gujarat, Match Report
Services 2-0 Odisha, Match Report
Gujarat 0-4 Karnataka, Match Report
Santosh Trophy Semi-Finals
Kerala 7-3 Karnataka, Match Report
Manipur 0-3 West Bengal
Santosh Trophy Final
Kerala 1-1 West Bengal (5-4), Match Report
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