articles by Akarsh Sharma

Sports

Aizawl FC's fairytale Federation Cup run shows their relegation will harm Indian football

Aizawl FC officials do not have any legal basis to appeal against I-League relegation. Like every other club, they knew before the start of the season that DSK had been granted immunity. They’re simply appealing to overturn it on sentimental grounds, especially after their fairytale run in the Federation Cup

Sports

From football to finance: Leicester City has opened a world of possibilities for the Premier League

While the Leicester City's remarkable win will surely leave an eternal legacy at the Midlands club, its effects will be felt beyond just the club’s blue walls.

Sports

Points penalty, ban and fine: What the threefold sanction means for FC Goa and ISL

While FC Goa fully deserved to be heavily sanctioned, was a three-fold punishment, so harsh on all three counts, necessary?

Sports

Talking points from I-League: From Mohun Bagan's costly gamble to emergence of travelling away fans

After another demanding season of the I-league,Bengaluru FC (BFC) were deservedly crowned champions while Aizawl FC were relegated back to division two. Mohun Bagan went from clear front-runners to runners up in a matter of days.

Sports

Bengaluru FC's I-League triumph bodes well for the future of football in India

Bengaluru's title triumph was one in which the young and experienced contributed in equal measure, one which bodes well for the future of the sport in India

Sports

Walking together, not alone: Liverpool vs Dortmund is how football was always meant to be

In one remarkable night in Dortmund, fans of both Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and Liverpool showed me what football can be. How football should always be. Not a sport that divides people and thrives on rivalries. But one that unites them and flourishes on mutual admiration.

Politics

Premier League: £30 cap on away ticket prices is the first victory, but the fight has only started for fans

“Working class game, business class prices” – these words, written on a banner unfurled by fans of Liverpool Football Club at a Premier League match in 2013, in protest against the exorbitant ticket prices, aptly sums up the state of football in England.

Sports

Keeping calm, marching on: Arsenal, Spurs' mental fragility shows why Leicester are clear title favourites

In a chaotic derby, when level-headedness was the need of the hour, a lack of mental fortitude proved to be the bane for Arsenal and Spurs.

Sports

Hold your horses! Rise in I-league attendance is a minuscule ripple against the ISL wave

Against the all-conquering wave of the ISL, the rise in attendance is merely a ripple that isn’t enough for the I-league to mount any sort of fightback to prominence.