Articles by Nevin Thomas
Jul 17, 2019
Intercontinental Cup 2019: India end tough campaign on positive note against Syria, but defence still a worry for teamThe 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.
Jul 16, 2019
Intercontinental Cup 2019: After trials and reality check, Igor Stimac must look to give his best India side a go against SyriaIt'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.
Jul 13, 2019
Intercontinental Cup 2019: India coach Igor Stimac remains unaware of best pick as hosts get ready for crucial encounter with DPR KoreaIt 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.
Jul 08, 2019
Intercontinental Cup 2019: Igor Stimac's experiment with tactics left India badly exposed against TajikistanIndia 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.
Jul 07, 2019
Intercontinental Cup 2019: Defensive instability, lack of back-ups for Sunil Chhetri concern India ahead of Tajikistan clashTajikistan 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.
Jun 27, 2019
Copa America 2019, league stage takeaways: Struggling Argentina, tournament's unpredictability and missing youngstersHere are four talking points from the league stages of the 46th edition of the Copa America.
Jun 14, 2019
Copa America 2019: Neymar's absence could be blessing in disguise for Brazil with Tite's younger core ready to fill voidDespite 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.
Jun 08, 2019
King's Cup 2019: New-look Indian side's performance reflects promising future under coach Igor Stimac despite chinks in defenceThe 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.
Jun 06, 2019
UEFA Nations League: Netherlands overcome directionless phase with newfound guile and revival of Total FootballThe 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?
Jun 05, 2019
Kings's Cup: Igor Stimac’s first match as India coach ends in defeat against Curacao, but Croat can take positives from displayIgor 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