featurefootball18 days 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
featurefootball20 days 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
featurefootball25 days 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
featurefootballa month 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
featurefootballa month 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
featurefootball2 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
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2018 | Best XI from Game Phase 2 so far

ISL has definitely had a major upgrade this season with the viewers seeing more teamwork and fluent passing play than ever. However, there are also players capable of influencing the game, and sometimes outcomes, singlehandedly and we bring the best eleven of that lot from game phase 2 so far.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2019 | Studs and Duds from Match Phase 2 so far

Indian Super League has thrown quite a few surprises so far this season with many expected stars flopping whereas some of the new imports already making a mark for themselves with scintillating displays. With seven matches played post the 10-day break, we look at the studs and duds from the matches.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2019 | Is Stephen Coppell the right man for the ATK job after all

Steve Coppell mightn’t have won a single trophy in the ISL despite three years of management, but franchises’ repeated faith in him goes onto prove that the 63-year-old has all the ingredients to achieve it. ATK could be Coppell’s best chance and the Delhi win has given us a lot to think about.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball2 months ago

ISL 2019 | Best XI from the 1st Gameweek

There is no doubt that the fifth season of ISL has seen more power-packed performance than most of the games combined in the first four seasons. With tactically superior managers marching in with their unknown talents, every match is eye-catching. Here is the best eleven from game week one.
Subhayan Dutta