Articles by Akarsh Sharma
Jan 06, 2019
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Lack of excitement towards India's participation at event down to cultural, operational challengesIndia’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.
Dec 16, 2018
I-League 2018-19: Chennai City’s clash with Minerva Punjab outweighs the Kolkata Derby in terms of relevance to current seasonFor 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.
Sep 26, 2018
ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC have the tools to continue trophy-winning streak, but will have to fight weight of expectationsBengaluru FC certainly have the processes in place to virtually guarantee a top-four finish. But can the club go the distance this season?
Aug 12, 2018
Premier League: Rare winds of optimism blow at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool make right noises on and off the pitchEvery 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.
Jun 14, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Strong performance by Russia imperative to fire host nation's imagination in showpiece eventRussia 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.
Jun 12, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexican Wave, Vuvuzela, VAR, a look at quadrennial event's gradual evolutionOnly 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.
May 02, 2018
Champions League: Liverpool need to be wary of momentum against Roma despite three-goal advantageOn 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.
Apr 11, 2018
Super Cup 2018: Recent results show I-League teams may have overcome off-field disparity to match ISL's statureThere'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.
Mar 12, 2018
I-League 2017-18: Minerva Punjab, NEROCA FC breathe life into dying competition; Indian coaches make a markIn an unprecedented season having two concurrent leagues, the 2017/18 I-League played second fiddle to the Indian Super League (ISL) — and this, greater than anything else, defined the dynamics of the season
Mar 10, 2018
I-League 2017-18: Kolkata giants East Bengal, Mohun Bagan steeped in mediocrity and fast losing relevanceIt is disheartening to reflect on what that says about the state of Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, the two giants of Indian football who demand respect from the football fraternity but fail to command it.