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Santosh Trophy: Major Football Competition in India

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Santosh trophy is one of the major football competitions played in India. The competition is played under AIFF by the regional state associations and government institutions. Santosh trophy was considered as the top domestic football tournament before the beginning of the Hero I-League (National Football League) and  Indian Super League. Many players playing international football have also played in Santosh trophy. So, let us know in detail about the Santosh trophy.

History of Santosh Trophy

The tournament was inaugurated in the year of 1941 and was named after the president of the Indian Football Association (IFA) Mr. Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary, the Maharaja of Santosh. Mr. Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhury had a keen interest in the game and after his retirement from public services he became the president of Kolkata football League and Indian Football Association and was elected to the same position for six consecutive years. IFA donated the Santosh trophy, Ex IFA vice president S. K. Gupta donated the runner up trophy. Karnataka state football association donated the third-place trophy. At the time when Santosh trophy started the other main championships were Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, and the IFA shield (West Bengal) football association.

To spread the love of football throughout the country, Santosh trophy was organized as a U-23 tournament in 1990. The Trophy encourages young players in the country to play football and makes sure that a good football player gets trained and gets a fair chance at state-level as well as national tournaments.

Winners in Santosh Trophies

The tournament is held every year and it has 31 teams. All the teams are divided into respective groups and have to face tough competition in preliminary rounds in order to reach the qualifying matches. Here is the list of winners till now in Santosh trophy.

Year  HostWinnerScoreRunner up
1941-1942KolkataBengal5-1Delhi
1944-1945DelhiDelhi 2-0Bengal
1945-1946BombayBengal2-0Bombay
1946-1947BangaloreMysore0-0
(2-1)
West Bengal
1947-1948KolkataBengal0-0
(1-0)
Bombay
1949-1950KolkataBengal5-0Hyderabad
1950-1951KolkataBengal1-0Hyderabad
1951-1952BombayBengal1-0Bombay
1952-1953BangaloreMysore1-0Bengal
1953-1954KolkataBengal0-0
(3-1)
Mysore
1954-1955MadrasBombay2-1Services
1955-1956EmakulumBangalore1-0Mysore
1956-1957TrivendrumHyderabad1-1
(4-1)
Bombay
1957-1958HyderabadHyderabad3-1Bombay
1958-1959MadrasBengal1-0services
1959-1960NowgongBengal3-1Bombay
1960-1961KozhikodeServices0-0
(1-0)
Bengal
1961-1962BombayRailways3-0Bombay
1962-1963BangaloreBengal2-0Mysore
1963-1964MadrasMaharashtra1-0Andhrapradesh
1964-1965GuwahatiRailways2-1West Bengal
1965-1966Kollam Andhra Pradesh1-1
(1-0)
West Bengal
1966-1967HyderabadRailways0-0
(2-0)
Services
1967-1968CuttackMysore1-0West Bengal
1968-1969BangaloreMysore0-0
(1-0)
West Bengal
1969-1970NowgongWest Bengal6-1Services
1970-1971JalandharPunjab1-1
(3-1)
Mysore
1971-1972MaldivesWest Bengal4-1Railways
1972-1973GoaWest Bengal4-1Tamil Nadu
1973-1974ErnakulumKerala3-2Railways
1974-1975JalandharPunjab6-0West Bengal
1975-1976KozhikodeWest Bengal0-0
(3-1)
Karnataka
1976-1977PatnaWest Bengal1-0Maharashtra
1977-1978KolkataWest Bengal 1-1
(3-1)
Punjab
1978-1979SrinagarWest Bengal1-0Goa
1979-1980CoimbatoreWest Bengal1-0Punjab
1980-1981CuttackPunjab0-0
(2-0)
Railways
1981-1982ThrissurWest Bengal2-0Railways
1982-1983KolkataWest Bengal and Goa shared the trophy 0-0 draw
1983-1984MadrasGoa1-0Punjab
1984-1985KanpurPunjab3-0Maharashtra
1985-1986JabalpurPunjab0-0
(4-1)
West Bengal
1986-1987KolkataWest Bengal2-1Railways
1987-1988KollamPunjab0-0
(5-4)
Kerala
1988-1989GuwahatiWest Bengal1-1
(4-3)
Kerala
1989-1990MargaoGoa2-0Kerala
1990-1991PalakkadMaharashtra1-0Kerala
1991-1992CoimbatoreKerala3-0Goa
1992-1993KochiKerala2-0Maharashtra
1993-1994CuttackWest Bengal2-2
(5-3)
Kerala
1994-1995ChennaiWest Bengal 2-1Punjab
1995-1996MargaoWest Bengal1-0Goa
1996-1997JabalpurWest Bengal1-0Goa
1997-1998GuwahatiWest Bengal5-1Goa
1998-1999ChennaiWest Bengal1-0Goa
1999-2000ThrissurMaharashtra3-2Kerala
2000-2001MumbaiKerala3-2Goa
2002-2003ImphalManipur2-1Kerala
2004-2005DelhiKerala3-2Punjab
2005-2006KochiGoa3-1Maharashtra
2006-2007GurgaonPunjab0-0
(5-3)
West Bengal
2007-2008SrinagarPunjab1-0Services
2008-2009ChennaiGoa0-0
(4-2)
West Bengal
2009-2010KolkataWest Bengal2-1Punjab
2010-2011Assam West Bengal2-1Manipur
2011-2012OdishaServices3-2Tamil Nadu
2012-2013KeralaServices0-0
(4-3)
Kerala
2013-2014SiliguriMizoram3-0Railways
2014-2015LudhianaServices0-0
(5-4)
Punjab
2015-2016NagpurServices2-1Maharashtra
2016-2017GoaWest Bengal1-0Goa
2017-2018KolkataKerala2-2
(4-2)
West Bengal
2018-2019LudhianaServices1-0Punjab

Current teams and their top players

The current teams participating in Santosh trophy are as follows

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Bihar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chattisgarh
  • Daman & Diu
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Gujarat
  • Haryana
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Jammu Kashmir
  • Jharkhand
  • Karnataka
  • Kerala
  • Lakshadweep
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Manipur
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram
  • Odisha
  • Puducherry
  • Punjab
  • Rajasthan
  • Services
  • Sikkim
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Telangana
  • Tripura
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Uttarakhand
  • West Bengal

Apart from one, all the other are the state teams that represent their particular states in the Santosh Trophy. The one different team is the services team, which represents the Indian armed forces in the Santosh trophy. Most of the teams are managed by their own state football associations, which are affiliated to AIFF.

West Bengal holds the most titles in the Santosh Trophy where they have won the championship 32 times. The top goal scorer till now in the Santosh trophy is Inder Singh from Punjab with 45 goals. Another player N. Pagsley from West Bengal scored 7 goals in a single match against Rajputana and thus scored the maximum number of goals in a single match.

This is all you want to know about Santosh trophy. If you know of something else, do let us know in the comment section and we would be happy to include those points in our blog.

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