As one of the richest traditional clubs in Indian football, Kingfisher East Bengal is headquartered in Kolkata (capital of the state of West Bengal). Currently Kingfisher East Bengal uses two stadiums including: Salt Lake Stadium and East Bengal Ground. The Salt Lake Stadium with a capacity of 120,000 people was opened in 1984 is the largest assembly yard in Asia. This is the home ground for Kingfisher East Bengal in the Indian league, AFC Cup and League Cup. And the East Bengal Ground for the club plays in Calcutta Football League.
Kingfisher East Bengal’s most impressive achievement is the record 23 times winning the IFA Shields Indian Cup (this is one of the four tournaments with the oldest history, born in 1893, just after the FA Cup, Scotland National Cup and Durand Cup). Currently, Kingfisher East Bengal with rival Mohun Bagan A.C shares the record of three times the league and 18 times to win the Durand Cup.
Founded on August 1, 1920, East Bengan kicked off from the Indian Football Federation’s second division, and quickly caught the attention of finishing his first season in third place, simultaneously winning Hercules Cup in 1920.
The first prestigious cup to appear in the team’s traditional room in 1943 was the IFA Shield. Just two years later, East Bengan won the second IFA Shields and the Calcutta Football League champion. From 1970 to 1975, East Bengan set a record six consecutive times winning the Calcutta Football League tournament. In addition, the club also holds a record 23 times to win the cup of New Delhi capital, including 16 Durand cups and 7 DCM titles.
In 1970, East Bengal made history by defeating Iranian football representative – Pas Club with a score of 1- 0 in the IFA Shield final. That was the first time an Indian team had won against an overseas football representative since independence. Since then, East Bengal has maintained a good record against international teams. (won 2-0 Chinese Olympic Star in 1948, and 3-1 in 1956, surpassed Swedish FC Gothenburg 1-0 in 1951)
In July 2003, East Bengal took home the first international title for Indian football by defeating BEC Tero Sasana Thailand in the LG Asean Cup final held in Jakarta. Returning to the domestic arena, East Bengal was also the first club to successfully defend the league title in 2003 and 2004. In the 2010-2011 season, Kingfisher East Bengal finished runner-up with 51 points after 26. the match, scored 44 goals, conceded 21 goals.