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Indian men’s football team to participate in Merdeka cup after 22 years

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 06-11-2023
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The Indian men’s football team will take on the host Malaysia on 13 October 2023 to kickstart its 2023 Merdeka cup campaign . India's last appearance in the Merdeka cup was in 2001 where it lost all its matches and finished last.

Four teams, India, Palestine, Lebanon and Malaysia will participate in the 41st Merdeka cup to be played at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur from 13 -17 October 2023.

Merdeka Cup or Pestabola Merdeka started in 1957 as a friendly international tournament to celebrate Malaysia’s Independence.

The Merdeka Cup was once considered as a prestigious football tournament of Asia. It was nicknamed as the  ‘Grand Old lady of Asiabut over a period of time there has been a steady decline in the status of the tournament .

The tournament was held annually from 1957 to 1988  but between 1988 till 2013 ,it was held only nine times .

India have played 17 of the 41 editions of the Merdeka tournament played so far, last making an appearance in 2001.

India’s best performances at the Malaysian tournament are runners-up finishes in 1959 and 1964.

Important Football tournament and cup of India 


Name of the tournament 

Club/State level 

Organsied by 


Santosh Trophy 

Premier inter -state tournament 

All India Football Federation(AIFF)


Subroto Cup 

Inter -School level tournament 

All India Football Federation


Durand Cup

Inter -Club  tournament 

Indian Army and AIFF


Indian Super League 

Premier Professional Inter -Club tournament 

Football  Sports Development backed by AIFF



Second tier Professional Inter -Club  tournament 



IFA Shield 

Inter club tournament  played in West Bengal


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