articles by Kaushal Shukla

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Premier League: Manchester United have suffered due to lack of steady defensive partnerships, says Wes Brown

Speaking to Firstpost ahead of the game, Wes Brown tried to assess what’s been ailing the United rearguard, and found the lack of steady defensive partnerships to be at the heart of the issues

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ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters’ gutless showing against Mumbai City leaves David James and Co with no hiding place

The 6-1 humbling on Sunday showed that Blasters' problems went far beyond poor refereeing decisions or a lack of good fortune

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Lothar Matthaus interview: Football fans won't accept creation of European Super League

German Football Legend Lothar Matthaus opens up on Germany's FIFA World Cup debacle, changing dynamics of modern-day football and spirit of the Bundesliga in an exclusive interview with Firstpost

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ISL 2018-19: Sloppy and lethargic Mumbai City FC, ATK show little promise in goalless draw

If in football, points were to be awarded on basis of performance and not the scoreline, Mumbai City FC and ATK would have perhaps returned empty-handed.

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ISL 2018-19: Form, defensive organisation give Mumbai City FC the upper hand against ATK in battle of pragmatist sides

In-form Mumbai City FC may have the edge over an inconsistent ATK side, but the real highlight would be the tactical battle between ISL's two most pragmatic coaches - Jorge Costa and Steve Coppell

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ISL 2018-19: Steve Coppell says AFC Cup slot should go to eventual winners, but league toppers must be acknowledged

ATK manager Steve Coppell differed from Sunil Chhetri’s view that the winners of the league phase of the Indian Super League (ISL) should be awarded the AFC Cup spot which is currently awarded to the eventual winners of the competition.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Cousins Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal add childhood tricks to Gujarat Fortune Giants’ arsenal

Sunil and Parvesh have certainly carved out a reputation of their own, they are looked up as role models back home in Bhainswal, but the tricks that they learnt in their backyard during their childhood are still awaiting the validation that only a major title can bring.

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European Super League and the dissimilarities in similarities with Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket

Despite similarities in the need to initiate the European Super League and the World Cricket Series, the dissimilarities in impact are likely to make the the masses view the two breakaway tournaments in different lights

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Playing for records won't earn you respect: Ajay Thakur on importance of team ethics, Pro Kabaddi's unpredictability and more

Ahead of his team’s double-header in the Mumbai leg, Ajay Thakur sat down for a chat with Firstpost, as he spoke about the Pro Kabaddi League’s growing unpredictability, the emergence of youngsters and what it takes to be a successful player for a long period of time.

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I have lost the joy of playing kabaddi: Captain Ajay Thakur on scars left behind by India’s Asian Games debacle

As he arrived for the interview, Thakur was as chirpy as ever, but the moment he unfolded and uncovered the emotions he has felt and has continued to feel ever since that day in Jakarta, you get a glimpse of what’s been haunting Indian kabaddi’s top man.

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Fitter, smarter, together: Fazel Atrachali, Gholamreza Mazandarani reveal the secrets of Iran’s Asian Games kabaddi triumph

Iran needed to take the next step in their progression in kabaddi. Beating India and claiming the Asian Games gold was that step. Coach Gholamreza Mazandarani and captain Fazel Atrachali narrate the tale of Iran kabaddi team's greatest triumph

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Pro Kabaddi League 2018: For Gholamreza Mazandarani, U Mumba’s baker turned coach, kabaddi is love, not a job

Gholamreza was destined to be a sportsman. Not just because he has a built of a wrestler, composure of a shooter and brain of a chess player, but simply because he doesn’t love anything else more.

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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 11 tips: Bank on Sergio Aguero's consistency; keep away from Liverpool defenders

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero would once again be the man that most FPL managers would look to hand the captain's armband

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ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City's hard-earned point of salvation piles frustration on 'unbeaten' Kerala Blasters

Friday's 1-1 draw between FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters was one generic footballing affair. But the end result could carry some significance for both sides in the season ahead.