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 EXCLUSIVE:

  BHUBANESWAR STAGES SUPER CUP FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT  
 
Football Association of Odisha (FAO) and State Sports & Youth Services Department (DSYS) jointly hosted the first two editions of Super Cup, the premier inter-club tournament of All India Football Federation (AIFF) at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar in 2018 and 2019. Each edition featured four qualifying matches and 16 knock-out games. Here is a pictorial round-up of the tournament.
 
 
 
Romanian mid-fielder Andrei Ionescu receives the Hero of the Match prize from the hands of former Odisha Sports Minister Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo for scoring a brace for Aizawl FC in the first pre- quarterfinal match against Chennaiyin FC in Bhubaneswar on March 31, 2018.
 
 
 
Players of Churchill Brothers FC pose before their Super Cup pre-quarterfinal match against Muhun Bagan in Bhubaneswar on April 1, 2018.
 
 
 
Players of Minerva Punjab FC pose before their Super Cup pre-quarterfinal match against Jamshedpur FC in Bhubaneswar on April 2, 2018.
 
 
 
Players of Pune City FC pose before their pre-quarterfinal match against Shillong Lajong FC Goa in Bbubaneswar on April 4, 2018.
 
 
 
Players of Mumbai City FC pose before their Super Cup pre-quarterfinal match against East Bengal Club in Bhubaneswar on April 5, 2018.
 
 
 
Jean Michel Joachim of NEROCA FC speaks to TV anchor after bagging the man of the match prize in their pre-quarterfinal match against Kerala Blasters FC in Bhubaneswar on April 6, 2018.
 
 
 
Odisha State Development Commissioner R Balakrishanan hands over the man of the first quarterfinal match prize to Laldanmawia Ralte of East Bengal in Bhubaneswar on April 8, 2018.
 
 
 
Mohun Bagan forward Sk Faiaz receives the man of the match prize from Odisha Assembly Opposition Leader Narasingha Mishra in Bhubaneswar on April 11, 2018.
 
 
 
Tata Steel Chief Resident Executive (Bhubaneswawr) Manikanta Naik hands over the man of the match award to Hugo Boumous of FC Goa in Bhubaneswar on April 12, 2018.
 
 
 
India and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri receives the Hero of the Match prize from Biju Janta Dal Rajya Sabha Member Soumya Ranjan Patnaik for registering a hat-trick in their quarterfinal match against NEROCA FC on April 13, 2018.
 
 
 
FC Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani receives the man of the first semifinal match from Parliament Member Rabindra Kumar Jena in Bhubaneswar on April 16, 2018.
 
 
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with the football versions of state sports mascot Olly at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on April 20, 2018.
 
 
 
ATK FC team poses before their pre-quarterfinal against Real Kashmir FC in the 2nd Super Cup at Kalinga Stadium on 1st April, 2019.
 
 
 
Chennai City FC captain Pedro Manzi (19) scored the first hat-trick of the 2nd Super Cup against FC Pune City in their pre-quarter contest at Kalinga Stadium on 31 March, 2019.
 
 
 
Players of Chennai City FC pose before their Super Cup pre-quarterfinal match against FC Pune City on 31 March, 2019.
 
 
 
Chennai City FC custodian Mauro Boerchio and his counterpart Gurpreet Singh Sandhu of Bengaluru FC pose after their Hero Super Cup quarterfinal match on 4th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Carlos Calvo of Jamshedpur FC receives the Hero of the Match award from former Odisha Assistant Sports Director Ashok Mohanty on 6th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Chennaiyin FC mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa jubillates after being named Hero of the Match against North East United FC in the last quarterfinal on 7th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Bollywood star and Chennaiyin co-owner Abhishek Bachchan encourages players during Super Cup final at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Players and support staff of FG Goa lift the trophy after emerging 2nd Hero Super Cup Champions at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Players of ATK (Kolkata) pose before their pre-quarterfinal match against FC Goa in Bbubaneswar on April 3, 2018.
 
 
 
East Bengal winger Katsumi Yusa was one of the very popular players of the Super Cup Final Round. The Japanese drew attention not only with his attacking play but also with his hairdo and aggression.
 
 
 
India football icon Sunil Chhetri with a TV anchor at the prize presentation ceremony of the last quarterfinal match between Bengaluru FC and NEROCA FC on April 13, 2018.
 
 
 
India and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri poses with volunteers after their semifinal win over Muhun Bagan at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on April 17, 2018.
 
 
 
ATK striker Balwant Singh after achieving a hat-trick against Delhi Dynamos FC in their Super Cup quarterfinal match on 5th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Chennaiyin FC captain Mailson Alves receives the Hero Super Cup runners-up prize from Odisha Sports Director R Vineel Krishna at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Chennaiyin mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa receives the prize as Hero of the 2nd semifinal match from Odisha woman football international Lochana Munda on 10th April, 2019.
 
 
 
Players of FC Pune City pose before their Super Cup pre-quarterfinal match against Chennai City FC on 31 March, 2019.
 
 
 
Guests (L to R) Odisha woman football legends Sradhanjali Samantaray, Sasmita Mallik, State Sports Director R Vineel Krishna and AIFF Senior vice-president Subrata Dutta at the presentation ceremony of the 2nd Hero Super Cup Tournament at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13th April, 2019.
 
 
 
FG Goa goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz receives the prize as Hero of the final match at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13th April, 2019.
 
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