featurefootball4 days ago

Indian football’s way ahead can only be paved through perseverance

All the goals, encouraging displays, and ranking hikes that the Indian team had boasted about when the AIFF decided to go on a war with the IOA after the team’s exclusion from the Asian Games, eventually amounted to nothing, for as far as “progress” in results matter, India seem to be stagnant.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball16 days ago

Is lack of generational fandom Indian football's biggest problem

“You can change your wife, change your politics, change your religion. But never, never can you change your favourite football team!” Ask any football lover in India and they would surely know this famous line said by Eric Cantona. But, how much of that is practiced in India is a different question.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball19 days ago

ISL 2018 | Studs and Duds after Phase 3 of Indian Super League

The Indian Super League has hit the final gear just before the final phase of the campaign with the big name signings finally coming into form. However, there are some of the veterans, who have also hit new lows as we chalked down the studs and duds after the third phase of the season.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball20 days ago

ISL 2018 | Best Indian Super League XI after Phase 3

After two long and enduring months of the Indian Super League, the struggling teams have now started gaining momentum while the consistent ones have fumbled occasionally. This could mainly be credited to some prolific solo displays who are featuring in our best combined eleven after phase three.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2018 | Where has the subtle art of speaking at press-conferences gone

It is strange how pre-match conferences have failed to evolve in the Indian Super League despite the Indian league borrowing a chunk of elements from the English Premier League. The pre-match talks overseas are full of deception and tomfoolery, highly contradicting with what ISL managers do today.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2018 | Have most sides got FC Goa totally wrong

The detailed Spanish elements in the ISL were introduced by FC Goa and no matter how effective Bengaluru FC and how flamboyant Jamshedpur FC seem at times, the way Sergio Lobera’s men play would make one sit up and watch in delight. But, who exactly has kept them ticking is still complicated.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2018 | Could changing priorities be key to FC Pune City’s self-discovery

With contention for title hardly an option now and Pune’s season nothing more than a lost cause, it would be the perfect time for Pradyum Reddy to get his priorities right. Pune play five games before ISL goes into a long break and it would be upon them to earn some of their credibility back.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2018 | Best Indian Super League XI after second phase

The Indian Super League has seen their heroes changing almost every game week with players getting in and out of form very quickly. Even amidst this madness, there have been some who were able to hold their form over a period of three-four games, and they feature in our best XI of the second phase.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball3 months ago

ISL 2018 | Can Bengaluru FC “suffer” their way to glory

Bengaluru FC became the third team to get a win in ATK’s backyard this season, but it wasn’t about the three points as much as it was about the manner in which they did it. Coppell has emerged as BFC’s biggest challenge in the last two seasons and Carles Cuadrat would be delighted to start atop.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball3 months ago

ISL 2018 | Is Indian Super League finally on its way up?

While most managers have been heard complaining about their leaky defence with ISL seeing 63 goals in the opening 22 games, for a neutral football watcher, it couldn’t get any better. ISL has got just one 0-0 so far, which leads to the question if the league is finally getting better.
Subhayan Dutta