East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and teams who have won the Calcutta Football League title most number of times

The Calcutta Football League (CFL), founded in 1898, is the oldest active football league in Asia and the second oldest competition in Indian football after the Durand Cup.

East Bengal have won the league title the most number of times in history, 39. They also hold the record of winning the league eight times in a row between 2010 to 2017.

The Red and Golds’ arch-rivals Mohun Bagan are the second most successful club in the league’s history with 30 titles. They had last won the league in the 2018-19 season. Peerless SC are the defending champions who had won the last edition of the league in the 2019-20 season.

Here, Goal takes a look at the most successful clubs in the history of the league.

East Bengal - 39 titles
East Bengal FC

#1 East Bengal – 39 titles

East Bengal have dominated the Calcutta Football League with 39 titles to their name. The club enjoyed a golden period from 2010 to 2017 as they bagged eight consecutive titles. Incidentally, 2016, turned out to be even more special as they won all the matches in the season.
Mohun Bagan - 30 titles

#2 Mohun Bagan – 30 titles

Mohun Bagan have won the CFL 30 times in their history. The last time they won it was back in 2018-19 under the tutelage of Sankarlal Chakraborty. In the last edition of the league, they finished second behind champions Peerless SC.

#3 Mohammedan Sporting- 11 titles

Mohammedan Sporting, one of the oldest clubs in India, have won the CFL title a total of 11 times in history. The last time they won the league title was 40 years back in 1981.
Calcutta Football Club

#4 Calcutta Football Club

Established in 1872, the Calcutta Football Club (CFC) had won the CFL title eight times. They are the fourth most successful club in the history of the league. In 1965, CFC merged with Calcutta Cricket Club Clippers to form Calcutta Cricket & Football Club (CCFC). The football division of the club which is still called as CFC, participated in the Premier ‘B’ Division of the CFL. They shared their home ground with giants Mohun Bagan in the maidan tent.

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