FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Departure from conventions, acceptance of innovation made it the best football spectacle ever
The last time France won the World Cup, in 1998, they brought cross-culturalism, into the media spotlight. Winners again, they were one of three semi-finalists who had significant numbers of players with a mixed heritage, sons or grandsons of immigrants.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic win tactical battles to guide France, Croatia to final
The French coach Didier Deschamps got his tactics spot on. He knew Belgium would launch a blitzkrieg like they did against Brazil and try for early goals. Hence the French defence and midfield kept their shape, played deep and frustrated Belgium.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Belgium's success has showcased the triumph of tactics over individual flair
Football has changed and just possession and individual skills do not always provide a cutting edge. Belgium have adapted to the change and are reaping the rewards.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Explosive Round of 16 marks rise of new football superstar Kylian Mbappe
In the four-minute phase, from the 64th to the 68th minute, Mbappe's blistering pace, opportunism and sheer exuberance led to him scoring a brace and establishing himself as the new superstar of World football.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Germany's exit in group stage marks the end of an era under Joachim Low
Joachim Low did not see the writing on the wall when Germany struggled to score goals in Euro 2016 and in friendly matches.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: 'Intelligent' Luka Modric makes Croatia title contenders in Russia
The player of the tournament so far has been Croatia’s nippy and intelligent midfielder Luka Modric. His precise and nimble scheming is perhaps Croatia’s greatest weapon, a key part of what makes them genuine contenders.
the biggest surprise was the absence of the famed German mentality in the loss to Mexico. German coach Joachim Loew seems to have made the same mistake that Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque made in the 2014 World Cup, relying on an ageing team.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: European, South American teams set to dominate; Asian countries will struggle
The European and South American domination of the World Cup will continue in 2018 also. Teams from the other continents are still far behind.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Indian players have task cut out to sustain legacy; must steer clear of tempting offers
There are many positive legacies of the U-17 World Cup in India. However, the future of this talented group of players seems uncertain.
At present, India are a second-tier nation in Asian football. Six world class all-seater stadiums are ready and can transform India’s football destiny.