articles by Akarsh Sharma

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Premier League: Jurgen Klopp's maddening levels of positivity the key to Liverpool's record-breaking success

Klopp is the biggest influence at Liverpool in the last three decades. He has transformed the club into a happy place and a desirable destination for players.

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I-League 2019-20: Recruitment to playing style, Kibu Vicuna's Mohun Bagan corrected multiple wrongs to clinch title in style

I-League may have lost its prestige over the years, but this Bagan team should go down as one of the all-time great teams of the modern Indian football era.

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ISL 2019-20: After season plagued by injuries and mismanagement, Eelco Schattorie deserves second chance at Kerala Blasters

Schattorie took NorthEast United FC to the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history in the 2018/19 season, an achievement that earned him the position at Kerala Blasters

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I-League 2019-20: How Mohun Bagan plugged gaps to overcome slow start, transform into title favourites in swansong season

Mohun Bagan currently are a team that can keep possession and carve you open beautifully, or hit you on the counter attack when you think you have the upper hand or even punish you decisively through a set piece

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I-League 2019-20: Mohun Bagan start favourites in Kolkata derby as baggage of history and uncertain future loom

The Kolkata derby comes at the end of a week in which Mohun Bagan, the Goliath of Indian football, succumbed to the perils of modern era.

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I-League 2019-20: Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers the frontrunners, Chennai City struggle and other talking points after two months of football

Two months into the 2019/20 season of the I-League, it's a good time to take stock of what's going on in the league. It's a competition that struggles to be broadcasted, craves for a watchable online stream and begs for more media coverage.

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ISL 2019-20: Bengaluru FC stay in race for top spot with win over FC Goa, but are no longer the favourites they once were

It has not been a productive season for BFC so far. The team has struggled for fluency and a cutting edge — which is often matched and bettered by opponents.

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Premier League: Liverpool need to lay down the marker for good against old foes Manchester United

Liverpool have won 17 league matches in a row. One short of Manchester City's record of 18. It is fitting that the club's record-equaling challenge comes at Old Trafford, which remains Klopp's final frontier.

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ISL 2019/20, Kerala Blasters Preview: KBFC off to yet another 'fresh' start in search for identity

For five years now, Kerala Blasters fans in Kochi have been called the '12th man'. This is a hollow phrase. When the team's performances have never instilled fear in opponents, the fans barely have a role to play.

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Premier League: 'Resilient' Liverpool's unprecedented spree of wins gives mileage to early dreams of title victory

Klopp's men were worthy of three points. This wasn't Liverpool grinding out a win after the team had not played well. This was the Reds marching on in the face of disappointment and grabbing a win they fully deserved.

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I-League 2018-19: Tiki-taka technicians Chennai City FC exuded aura of champions in dominant run to clinch title

Under Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas, Chennai City produced the sumptuous short-passing style of football that has long been on the wishlist of football fans

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I-League: Chennai City FC, East Bengal in fray to be crowned champions as intriguing season heads for dramatic finale

It will be a day of great romance in the I-League. We will either have a young and stylish champion or an old one that will send the game into nostalgic overdrive.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Lack of excitement towards India's participation at event down to cultural, operational challenges

India’s participation in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup should be the biggest highlight of the football calendar here, but there is little excitement towards it among the masses.

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I-League 2018-19: Chennai City’s clash with Minerva Punjab outweighs the Kolkata Derby in terms of relevance to current season

For unbeaten I-League leaders Chennai City FC, it will be a matter of regaining their momentum. For the rest, it will be about getting their act together.

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ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC have the tools to continue trophy-winning streak, but will have to fight weight of expectations

Bengaluru FC certainly have the processes in place to virtually guarantee a top-four finish. But can the club go the distance this season?

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Premier League: Rare winds of optimism blow at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool make right noises on and off the pitch

Every Liverpool supporter, familiar with misery, is looking forward to this campaign like they have rarely, or never, done before. Seldom has any Liverpool team in their lifetime given them as much joy as watching Klopp’s death-metal Reds.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Strong performance by Russia imperative to fire host nation's imagination in showpiece event

Russia will kick things off in Moscow against Saudi Arabia. It is a must-win game against a team ranked only three places above them. It could ignite a nation’s dreams, or extinguish whatever is left of them.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexican Wave, Vuvuzela, VAR, a look at quadrennial event's gradual evolution

Only time will tell how the VAR will be received at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Either way, the game will move forward, as it always does.

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Champions League: Liverpool need to be wary of momentum against Roma despite three-goal advantage

On Wednesday, Liverpool need to stop Roma from scoring three goals. Or score a few of their own to bury the contest. Opting for the latter will certainly be their safest bet.

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Super Cup 2018: Recent results show I-League teams may have overcome off-field disparity to match ISL's stature

There's little doubt that the ISL is India's go-to football league. Off the field, the gap remains wide — the finances, the scale of operation, the worth of stakeholders and the professional outlook of ISL dwarfs that of the I-League. On the field, though? The Super Cup has proven to be a battle of equals.