Kolkata, Mar 15 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Charu Chandra College team prevailed over Chittranjan College team to win the 2011 edition of Coca-Cola Elliot Shield Challenge Trophy- one of the oldest tournaments in the history of Indian Football-held here.
The winning team was felicitated by youth icon and India’s greatest footballers, Sunil Chetri and Baretto, along with Utpal Kumar Ganguli, Secretary of Indian Football Association (WB) (IFA) and representatives Coca-Cola India.
The tournament was played at four venues in Kolkata- Barasat stadium, Rabindra Sarovar Park, Makardah stadium and Bishwabharti Ashram Ground in Bholpur between March 2 and March 13.
Thirty-two colleges across the city competed in the country’s oldest football tournament which provides a platform to identify talent and promote grassroots football in the country.
A total of 31 matches were played on a knock out basis between 32 college teams of Kolkata involving participation from more than 640 footballers. All matches were played in 11-A-side format and had a roll on/roll off substitutes.
The final playoff saw Charu Chandra College team taking down Chittranjan Collge team with the final score line reading 2-1. Tanmoy Mandal from Charu Chandra College was named the player of the match.
Congratulating the winning team, Utpal Kumar Ganguli said, “Through this trophy, we aim to scout out the best players and build an excellent platform for young budding footballers to showcase their talent but it has also acted as a great tool for IFA to discover and identify talented footballers.”
The Elliot Shield is named after Colonel Elliot, British Administrator in Calcutta, an ardent football lover who donated the Elliot Shield Trophy to IFA. The tournament generated keen competition and great fanfare among colleges such as Presidency, St. Xaviers, Vidyasagar etc. Presidency College has won the Shield eight times during 1894-1914, information unknown to many sports lover and college students of the present day.
All the participating teams were divided into 4 groups, A, B, C and D and the tournament was based on the following format:
Round-I: Matches were played in knockout basis. Neutral referee would supervise each match. All matches were of 90 minutes duration with two halves of 45 minutes each and a 15 minute break. In the event of a draw, winners were decided basis penalty kicks.
Round- II: 2 Winning teams from each group who qualified for Round – II (Semi-Final Round), would then play against each other (Knock Out Basis) and eventually two teams entered the finals that was played at the Mohun bagan stadium.
South Asia Intelligence Review /IBNS