featurefootball11 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.
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featurefootball5 months ago

ISL 2019 | What Clicked and What Didn’t – Kerala Blasters

Another season gone by and it ends on a similar note for Kerala Blasters as the side succumbed to nine draws and seven defeats under two managers to finish at a meekly ninth position. With Nelo Vingada already revamping the side, he would first need to recognize and cut away the dead weight.
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featurefootball5 months ago

ISL 2019 | What every team has to do to qualify for playoffs this season

With three to four games remaining for every team and as many as seven sides still in contention for the playoff spots, this has definitely been the most competitive ISL season ever. We look at the possible scenarios and what each team needs to finish in the top four by the end of the league stage.
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featurefootball5 months ago

ISL 2019 | Carles Cuadrat’s ‘physicality’ concerns Bengaluru FC’s biggest barrier this season

The international break has seemingly changed things drastically for few sides in the Indian Super League with the severest blow evidently taken by Bengaluru FC. However, as far as their manager Carles Cuadrat is concerned, the Spaniard seems to have hit a mental block of sorts at this junction.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball6 months 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.
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featurefootball9 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.
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featurefootball9 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.
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featurefootball9 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.
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featurefootball9 months ago

ISL 2019 | Studs and Duds from Mumbai FC’s entertaining draw against Kerala Blasters

Though Mumbai returned from Kochi with a valuable point in what looked like a lost cause, their fans know well that they have to improve a lot if they are to compete for the title. Here are the studs and duds from the 1-1 draw, which could indicate what to expect from whom in the next few months.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball10 months ago

ISL Tactical Analysis | Steve Coppell's selection fiasco compounded by players' naivety costs ATK game against Kerala

While ATK’s ISL start has been the worst in the last five seasons, a closer look at their tactics hints at more team selection errors in the side than individual flaws. Steve Coppell needs to iron them out and find the right combination for the squad that has all elements to win the title.
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