featurefootball2 years ago

Ashutosh Metha's 12-year slogging was worth the wait

Ashutosh Mehta was recently called-up for the national team ahead of India's international friendlies against Oman and UAE, following his brilliant run with Northeast United FC in the 2020-21 ISL. Having flourished under Khalid Jamil since his Mumbai FC days until now, his journey has been special.
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

The Kerala Blasters FC story - old wine in a new bottle

After a humiliating 0-4 defeat to Hyderabad FC last Tuesday evening, Kerala Blasters FC are out of the title race in the ongoing season. The management has walked down the same road once again by sacking head coach Kibu Vicuna after the Tuskers won three out of their 18 matches this season.
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

Khaild Jamil - the coach Indian football deserves

We might have had coaches with lofty achievements, but Khalid Jamil is special in his own unique way and arguably the best India has had in recent years, barring Armando Colaco. His desire to push above the rest with minimum resources have earned him an unparalleled reputation in Indian football.
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

Indian football is overlooking the bigger-picture for domestic pleasures

With the ISL observed as the main launchpad for the senior national team, there’s no better place for the rookies to impress than the glamorous league. But, are they getting enough opportunities to prove their potential, or the clubs are too involved in their own business to overlook young blood?
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

Why East Bengal should not rush to play in the Indian Super League

With arch-rivals Mohun Bagan already set to play in the Indian Super League, after merging with ATK, India awaits to see how East Bengal reacts to it. However, the ‘red and gold’ brigade are preoccupied with a lot of internal mishaps, which is why they should not rush to play in the top-tier league.
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

Presently identifying Sunil Chhetri’s successor is the biggest concern in Indian football

IM Vijayan, Joe Paul Ancheri, Bhaichung Bhutia and then Sunil Chhetri, India has produced a few top-notch strikers in the past couple of decades. With the Indian skipper at the dusk of his career, we are yet to identify a suitable successor and this might be the biggest concern in Indian football.
sounak mullick
featurefootball2 years ago

Why Kerala Blasters FC fans deserve better from its fickle-minded management

So close yet so far - it has been the tale of Kerala Blasters FC, with them losing two finals and then taking a huge dip as the years rolled on. For arguably one of the biggest clubs in India, they've struggled immensely on the domestic circuit and there are several reasons for their downfall.
sounak mullick
featurefootball3 years ago

ATK-Mohun Bagan merger came as a shock ahead of Kolkata Derby, recalls Gurjinder Kumar

Mohun Bagan merged with ISL outfit ATK midway through last season, which came in as a surprise for many of their footballers. Gurjinder Kumar, a member of Mohun Bagan's I-League winning squad, recollected his memories of the day when the news came crashing down a few days before the Kolkata Derby.
sounak mullick
featurefootball3 years ago

India’s third continental spot that AIFF isn’t talking about

The AIFF was supposed to send three teams to AFC tournaments this season, but as things stand, only two of them might make the cut. Even though the completion of I-League season could have solved the problem and given us the missing piece in the puzzle, AIFF called off the Indian Football season.
sounak mullick
featurefootball3 years ago

P.K. Banerjee - Kolkata’s first Dada

PK Banerjee, one of the finest footballers the country has ever produced, passed away at the age of 83. The dynamic footballer represented India in three Asian Games, two Olympic Games and was part of India's squad that finished as runners-up in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.
sounak mullick