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Santosh Trophy


Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament which is contested by states and government institutions. The first winners were Bengal, who also lead the all-time winners list with 29 titles till date.
The tournament first began in 1941, and was the premier football competition in the country before the National Football League started in the year 1996. The trophy as named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh, which is now in Bangladesh, who had been the President of the Indian Football Association, the football organisation of Bengal and the donators of the trophy. The runners-up trophy, Kamla Gupta Trophy, was also donated by the IFA.

Format

The competition has seen a few changes in the format through the years. In the present format, there is a qualifying round involving eight clusters of three or four teams each. The eight winners from each cluster are then drawn along with four seeded teams, who do not have to come through qualifying, and these twelve teams are then divided into four groups of three each. This is the quarterfinal league stage, in which each of the three teams in the group play each other. The winners of each group then move to the semifinals. The semifinals and the final are single-legged fixtures, with extra time, golden goal and penalty shootout, if required.

Santosh Trophy Winners

Year Winners Runners-up Score
194142 Bengal Delhi 51
194243 No competition
194344 No competition
194445 Delhi Bengal 20
194546 Bengal Bombay 20
194647 Mysore Bengal 00; 20
194748 Bengal Bombay 00; 10
194849 No competition
194950 Bengal Hyderabad 50
195051 Bengal Hyderabad 10
195152 Bengal Bombay 10
195253 Mysore Bengal 10
195354 Bengal Mysore 00; 31
195455 Bombay Services 21
195556 Bengal Mysore 10
195657 Hyderabad Bombay 11; 41
195758 Hyderabad Bombay 31
195859 Bengal Services 10
195960 Bengal Bombay 31
196061 Services Bengal 00; 10
196162 Railway Bombay 30
196263 Bengal Mysore 20
196364 Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh 10
196465 Railways Bengal 21
196566 Andhra Pradesh Bengal 11; 10
196667 Railways Services 00; 20
196768 Mysore Bengal 10
196869 Mysore Bengal 00; 10
196970 Bengal Services 61
197071 Punjab Mysore 11; 31
197172 Bengal Railways 41
197273 Bengal Tamil Nadu 41
197374 Kerala Railways 32
197475 Punjab Bengal 60
197576 Bengal Karnataka 00; 31
197677 Bengal Maharashtra 10
197778 Bengal Punjab 11; 31
197879 Bengal Goa 10
197980 Bengal Punjab 10
198081 Punjab Railways 00; 20
198182 Bengal Railways 20
198283 Bengal and Goa (joint winners) 00; 00
198384 Goa Punjab 10
198485 Punjab Maharashtra 30
198586 Punjab Bengal 00; 41 (pen)
198687 Bengal Railways 20
198788 Punjab Kerala 00; 54 (pen)
198889 Bengal Kerala 43 (pen)
198990 Goa Kerala 20
199091 Maharashtra Kerala 10
199192 Kerala Goa 30
199293 Kerala Maharashtra 20
199394 Bengal Kerala 22; 75 (pen)
199495 Bengal Punjab 21 (golden goal)
199596 Bengal Goa 20
199697 Bengal Goa 10 (aet)
199798 Bengal Goa 10
199899 Bengal Goa 50
199900 Maharashtra Kerala 10
200001 Kerala Goa 32 (golden goal)
200102 No competition
200203 Manipur Kerala 21 (golden goal)
200304 Kerala Punjab 32 (golden goal)
200405 No competition
200506 Goa Maharashtra 11; 20 (aet)
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