The Santosh Trophy was first introduced in 1941. The trophy was named after Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh (the location is currently in Bangladesh). At the time, he was the president of the Indian Football Association, the governing body of Bengal football, and also the person who donated the trophy. Check the name of the Santosh Trophy winners and the list of the most successful teams.
The Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, Kalinga Cup and many more were other trophies that clubs competed to take home. But the Santosh Trophy remained the most coveted of all. It was the award in which the states exhibited their best talent and the public placed them in their high expectations. States and teams had to organize camps for weeks, with the best coaches. The best players were chosen from the crowd.
Here is the list of the most successful teams from the Santosh Trophy
Bengal has won the title record 31 times, beating runner-up Punjab, who have been crowned eight times.
Name of Santosh Trophy Winners
Kerala and Goa are third with five titles each. The following list is the complete list of Santosh Trophy winners. The Santosh Trophy is the National State Trophy of India that was awarded during soccer tournaments that started in 1941.
The Santosh Trophy was named in honor of the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of the Santosh place, which is now Bangladesh. He was president of the Indian Football Association.
|1982-83||Bengal and Goa||(joint winners)|