articles by Nevin Thomas

India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Forced displacement takes toll on mental health of Kerala tribals; community-led initiatives may hold solution

Some officials believe mental health issues resulting in suicides, alcoholism, drug abuse and a sudden change in food habits might have resulted in the early deaths of many tribal men.

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Intercontinental Cup 2019: India end tough campaign on positive note against Syria, but defence still a worry for team

The best outcome for India from the Syria match, apart from the compact structure that the team was able to keep for most of 90 minutes, was perhaps that starting XI.

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Intercontinental Cup 2019: After trials and reality check, Igor Stimac must look to give his best India side a go against Syria

It's strange what form can do to even the best of players and it will be important for India to sign off with a win ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

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Intercontinental Cup 2019: India coach Igor Stimac remains unaware of best pick as hosts get ready for crucial encounter with DPR Korea

It is clear from Igor Stimac’s team selections in India’s last three outings that the new boss is still looking to find a stable solution to his side, which could hurt their chances to reach the Intercontinental Cup final.

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Intercontinental Cup 2019: Igor Stimac's experiment with tactics left India badly exposed against Tajikistan

India huffed and puffed for most of the match after securing a two-goal lead and the Tajikistan players executed a game plan to precision to beat the Blue Tigers 4-2 and throw the tournament wide open.

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Intercontinental Cup 2019: Defensive instability, lack of back-ups for Sunil Chhetri concern India ahead of Tajikistan clash

Tajikistan have lost their last five matches in a row but with India still just finding their feet in a new, possession-based approach, there is a chance of an upset.

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Copa America 2019, league stage takeaways: Struggling Argentina, tournament's unpredictability and missing youngsters

Here are four talking points from the league stages of the 46th edition of the Copa America.

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Copa America 2019: Neymar's absence could be blessing in disguise for Brazil with Tite's younger core ready to fill void

Despite the loss of their talisman, the hosts go into the tournament as favourites to win it along with Lionel Messi-led Argentina, and are on a 10-match unbeaten run since losing to Belgium in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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King's Cup 2019: New-look Indian side's performance reflects promising future under coach Igor Stimac despite chinks in defence

The coach also got to see almost his entire squad in action which will be the biggest positive of the King’s Cup. The current batch of Indian footballers are playing with a sense of belief that was absent for so many years in the national team, passing their way out of difficult situations and showing a never-say-die grit whenever required.

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UEFA Nations League: Netherlands overcome directionless phase with newfound guile and revival of Total Football

The Netherlands are favourites to win, despite facing an England team who reached the semi-finals of the World Cup last year in Russia. So what has brought about this massive transformation?

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Kings's Cup: Igor Stimac’s first match as India coach ends in defeat against Curacao, but Croat can take positives from display

Igor Stimac’s first match as the Indian football team coach didn’t go fully to the script, but there were silver linings to the cloudy display though and plenty of the positives to take forward to their final match in the tournament

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King's Cup 2019: First big test for Igor Stimac as new India coach aims to find right attacking balance

The Indian football team is all set to play in the 47th edition of the prestigious King’s Cup in Thailand, starting from the 5th of June, in what will be Igor Stimac’s first big test as the national team coach.

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Europa League: Maurizio Sarri well on course to build new dynasty at Chelsea without outgoing Eden Hazard

Chelsea’s success has been built on instability and the constant shuffling of managers if they fail to reach the targets but they will now need someone to steady the ship

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Europa League final: Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea seek European trophy to salvage season before summer of uncertainties

Chelsea are a club in turmoil as they prepare themselves for the final match of the season – a European title-deciding match against London rivals Arsenal

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European football talking points: Bayern Munich give Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery perfect send off; Ajax clinch Eredivisie title

Bayern Munich produced a trademark swashbuckling display of football to ensure the title remained in Munich on Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery's final match for the Bavarians.

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FA Cup: Peerless Manchester City complete historic treble as Pep Guardiola lays foundation for future domination

Manchester City now have the domestic treble, but the FA Cup final will, unfortunately, be remembered for Watford's PlayStation-like football.

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FA Cup 2018-19: Domestic treble-chasing Manchester City start as favourites against defensively porous Watford

Manchester City are on the brink of a domestic treble while their opponents Watford are on a downward slope after a positive start to the campaign.

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How a little-known Kerala amateur footballer PR Jacob's recommendation gave birth to the 'back-pass rule'

Jacob’s suggestion to improve the game, by introducing a 'back-pass rule', post a low-scoring 1990 World Cup where defenders played it safe by passing the ball to their goalkeeper, was going to be tested out.

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European football talking points: Manchester City pip Liverpool in epic title showdown, Bundesliga drama continues and more

Here are four talking points from a Gameweek that showed Manchester City's domination and the enormity of task Zinedine Zidane has in his hands at Real Madrid.

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Champions League: Lucas Moura repays Mauricio Pochettino's faith to fire Tottenham Hotspur into first final

Under Mauricio Pochettino's tutelage, Lucas has been given the opportunity to play to his strengths and now reach the Champions League final — a feat PSG are still trying to achieve.