Cuttack: The historic Barabati Stadium here
is all set to host the 32nd Federation Cup football tournament
after a hiatus of 23 years with defending champions East
Bengal taking on Air India in the inaugural match on Tuesday.
While East Bengal face Air India in the first match, HAL,
Bangalore will lock horns with Pune Football Club in the
second encounter of the day.
Group A and Group D matches of the tournament were being
played here, while the venues of Group B and Group C games had
are Goa and Ludhiana respectively.
All the eight teams of Group A and D have already reached
the city, which had last hosted the Federation Cup way back in
Besides best of domestic footballers, the tournament
would also witness players from abroad as each team has been
allowed to field in three foreign players, including one of
Group A: East Bengal, HAL, Pune Football Club and Air
Group D: Mohan Bagan, Mumbai Football Club, Lajong of
Shillong and Salgocar Sports Club, Goa.