featurefootball4 days ago

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers | Igor Stimac’s uncertainty much more concerning than India team’s

If the end of King’s Cup had left the Indian football fans with a tinge of excitement then the Intercontinental Cup has seen them reeling in depression now, staring into an abyss of uncertainty. With the path forward looking pitch dark at best, it is the manager who has to hold the mast strong.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball15 days ago

Sahal Abdul Samad – A needle in Igor Stimac’s haystack

Before Ruben Neves became a household name in the West Midlands, he was a sensation with European giants FC Porto and his former manager, Julen Lopetegui, in one interview while praising the midfielder had said, “Being young is a condition, not a sin”. Igor Stimac had given us a familiar air.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball21 days ago

Intercontinental Cup 2019 | Know Your Opponent - North Korea

India would come against one of the most successful Asian teams in North Korea in the Intercontinental Cup and despite their poor run, the World Cup veterans enjoy an unbeaten record against India. Quite interestingly, North Korea would be posing a very different challenge to India than Tajikistan.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootballa month ago

Intercontinental Cup 2019 | Know Your Opponent – Tajikistan

Getting clubbed with DPR Korea and Syria might make Tajikistan look like a weak link, but the Persian Lions are a mysterious pack of cards to deal with. Dealing with concerns similar to India, Igor Stimac would need tweaking his tactics to beat a young Tajikistan side relaying mostly on work rate.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootballa month ago

Sergio Lobera’s good work with Indian players the reason I chose FC Goa, says Seiminlen Doungel

FC Goa’s new recruit Seiminlen Doungel has stated that Sergio Lobera’s brilliant work in developing and improving Indian players with his style was one of the reasons he chose the Gaurs. The former Kerala Blasters star also said that Lobera has given a different identity and philosophy to the club.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

King’s Cup | Predicted XI for India’s third place match against Thailand

With Igor Stimac already assuring that he would want to experiment the remaining players during India’s third-placed game against Thailand, India’s starting line-up would be the most interesting thing of the match on Saturday. Here’s what we think could be India’s field starting lineup.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

India against Thailand will determine how fast can Igor Stimac learn

India had a hearty show under new manager Igor Stimac against Curacao in the second half after the Blue Tigers were completely run over by Cuco Martina and co. in the first. While Stimac did show the presence of mind to recover fast, the match against Thailand will show what he has learnt from it.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

King’s Cup 2019 | India’s predicted XI against Curacao

More than the outcome of the match between India and Curacao, the kind of eleven Igor Stimac starts with would attract huge attention on Wednesday. Taking as many eight debutants with him in the 23-man squad, the Croatian coach has already made a statement about how he sees his side in the future.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

King’s Cup 2019 Preview | India vs Curacao

Igor Stimac is expecting a tough first assignment with the Indian national football team as he takes his freshly trimmed side against a better established side in Curacao in Thailand on Wednesday. India are playing the oldest tournament of Asia after a gap of 38 years with many desperate to impress.
SportsCafe Desk
featurefootball2 months ago

The only thing that stopped Eden Hazard from achieving his dream was Chelsea FC, all along

If gone by the noise that rumour mills are making, Thursday could be the last time Eden Hazard dons a blue shirt. If that’s the case, it would mean the end of an era for a player who could have easily matched the realms of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but his biggest limitation was his club.
Subhayan Dutta