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Gautam Viswanathan

Gautam Viswanathan has a very simple dream: he wants to commentate at the finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A die hard football fan, Gautam's love for the game borders on the fanatical. Give him a choice between an all-expenses paid trip to Europe and Champions League final tickets and he will choose the latter without the slightest flicker of hesitation.

Jul 3, 2013

Brazil find their finisher in Fred

The fox in the box is a position that is rapidly dying out and of the great predators that once lined up on pitches all across the world, few are currently active and those who are are in the twilight of their careers. #Brazil #FIFA Confederations Cup #football #Fred #KickingAround #Neymar #Sports

Jun 17, 2013

Brazil’s FIFA ranking of 22 is just a number

Brazil are ranked 22nd in the world. Yes, you heard me. Not second, not even a rather embarrassing twelfth, but twenty-second in the world. #Brazil #FIFA Confederations Cup #Japan #KickingAround #Neymar da Silva

Jun 10, 2013

Messi’s singularity and how Barcelona have evolved after Guardiola

For all we know, Guardiola knew what an overdependence on Messi would cost Barcelona. #Barcelona #Bayern Munich #football #KickingAround #Lionel Messi #Pep Guardiola #Sports

Jun 8, 2013

It will take a changed Mourinho to succeed at Chelsea again

Like Mourinho did at Chelsea, he delivered trophies in his two seasons at Inter Milan. But like he did at Chelsea, he also left a vacuum which the Italians are still struggling to plug. #Chelsea #English Premier League #José Mourinho #KickingAround #Soccer #Sports

Jun 3, 2013

The EPL Team of the Year… with a slight twist

With the Barclays Premier League having ended recently, our football blogger decided to put out a Team of the Year with a slightly different twist — only one player from every team makes the list. #English Premier League #EPL Team of the Year #football #KickingAround #Robin van Persie #Sports

May 22, 2013

Not Man Utd, not Chelsea, Swansea are the best EPL team

Swansea's remarkable performances this season convinces our blogger to pick them as the most impressive EPL team this season. #English Premier League #EPL #football #KickingAround #Manchester United #Sports #Swansea

May 11, 2013

Ferguson’s retirement offers hope to Man United’s rivals

Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as Manchester United manager will leave in his stead a vacuum the likes of which few have ever witnessed before in the world of football. #David Moyes #KickingAround #Manchester United #Sir Alex Ferguson #Soccer #Sports

May 9, 2013

The Good Scot: Here’s the Ferguson-Moyes connection

Scottish managers have a proven record in football. They are humble, determined, resilient, dish out tough love and are extremely confident. They're also man enough to wear skirts when the occasion demands it. #Alex Ferguson #English Premier League #Kenny Dalglish #KickingAround #Scottish managers

May 2, 2013

Real Madrid raise hopes but ultimately fall short against Dortmund

The plan from the start was simple: take an early lead and press Dortmund in an attempt to turn the tables. Three goals were after all enough to take Real to the final (provided the German side didn’t score) and they had done time and time again in La Liga. #Borussia Dortmund #KickingAround #Real Madrid #Soccer #Sports #UEFA Champions League

Apr 28, 2013

Van Persie has alienated himself from Arsenal fans forever

To convert an arrogant prodigy into a world-class talent over an investment period of eight years, only to see him join United is one of the reasons the fans have isolated themselves from van Persie. #Arsenal #football #KickingAround #Manchester United #Robin van Persie #Van Persie