Articles by Samindra Kunti
Jan 05, 2019
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Carlos Queiroz-led Iran bank on World Cup heroics; rejuvenated Japan, South Korea emerge top contendersIran's achievements have been superlative and the Asian Cup should be the crowning point of a few enthralling years, but any of Australia, South Korea, and Japan will pounce if Iran were to falter.
Dec 17, 2018
Premier League: Manchester United's season in limbo after humbling loss to title-chasing LiverpoolAgainst Liverpool, Manchester United seemed careless in possession, slow in positioning and unimaginative in passing. United were spineless yet again.
Dec 10, 2018
Copa Libertadores: After weeks of anxiety and mayhem, pulsating Boca Juniors-River Plate clash gave fans dramatic finalIn more ways than one, the Copa Libertadores final perhaps didn’t deserve a winner, but at long last South America had its champion.
Dec 09, 2018
Copa Libertadores: Hosting River Plate versus Boca Juniors final in Madrid feels like a road test for a dark futureIt remains a mystery why Madrid was chosen as the host city, but the choice has furthered the idea that greedy football administrators have been drooling over in recent years: auction games that can command a global audience off to the highest bidder
Nov 28, 2018
Champions League: Title holders Real Madrid put LaLiga misery aside to enter last-16, but their credentials are yet to be testedCome February and the business end of the Champions League, Real Madrid’s credentials will really be tested.
Oct 14, 2018
Ligue 1: Thierry Henry's coaching philosophy remains an enigma as he faces daunting task of resurrecting MonacoWithout a fixed identity as coach, Henry has the three-pronged spectrum of coaching attitudes to pick from when setting out to solve problems he will face: ideological, pragmatical and results-oriented.
Oct 08, 2018
Premier League: Attritional play, fluffed chances highlight Liverpool-Manchester City goalless stalemateBy half-time, Liverpool had registered no attempts on target. For the first time since the final game of last season against Southampton, City also failed to get a shot on target before the interval.
Oct 07, 2018
Premier League: Liverpool-Manchester City fixture more than just an ideological encounter between two masterful coachesLiverpool-Manchester City clash will not decide the Premier League’s outcome but is of vital importance in both teams' quest for supremacy.
Oct 04, 2018
Champions League: Barcelona's Lionel Messi turns three-in-one player to produce Wembley masterclass at Tottenham's expenseThe diminutive Argentinean, Lionel Messi, fit three players into one: an extraordinary midfielder, a great striker and a diligent first defender.
Oct 03, 2018
Champions League: Injury-scarred Tottenham Hotspur look to carry Premier League form against BarcelonaMessi remains front and centre of Barcelona’s set-up, but the 4-3-3 formation is delicate and this season Barcelona’s midfield has often been very porous. Spurs would look to exploit that.