articles by Samindra Kunti

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Bundesliga: 'Jack of all trades' Kai Havertz teases Europe's biggest clubs with his creativity and grit

A hybrid player, Havertz is both a number nine and a number 10. He is a player sui generis. Hence, the name Alleskonner, a player, who can do everything.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: COVID-19 crisis presents global football a chance at redemption

Football, like society, faces its biggest crisis since World War II. How the sport addresses this will go a long way in deciding its future

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LaLiga: 'Baby Galactico' Vinicius Junior shines in El Clasico to revive Real Madrid's title aspirations

In many ways, Vinicius is still a 'baby Galactico' finding his way in a depleted frontline in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, but his maturity, responsibility and precision finish show that he is taking it all into his stride

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Champions League: Heavyweights battle for Europe's most coveted cup as knockout stage begins

The storied heavyweights will decide who wins Europe’s most coveted cup. That is both the Champions League’s biggest strength and weakness.

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Premier League: A month in, Mikel Arteta's task at Arsenal is to control what can’t be controlled and lead Gunners back to glory

Arteta played at the base of Arsenal’s midfield and outwitted more physical opponents with his intelligence. His CV and real-life skill set are impeccable. But will it be enough to navigate his way through a complicated Arsenal?

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FIFA Club World Cup 2019 exposes 'soulless' Qatar as Gulf nation gears up for mega tournament in 2022

The 2022 World Cup hosts, Qatar, live in a different and very bleak universe, one that few would care to inhabit, not even when the global game supersedes everything — during the World Cup.

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FIFA Club World Cup 2019: Flamengo hope for a 1981 repeat against Liverpool in quest for third major title of the year

Flamengo want to conquer the world crown in the fine style of their predecessors from ’81. It’s audacious and brave - and it might work.

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Copa Libertadores Final Preview: River Plate vs Flamengo highlights the socio-economic fault lines that run through South American football

River Plate can become the first team to win two-in-a-row since 2001 and Flamengo want to emulate Zico’s team of the 80’s.

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Premier League: Ahead of Arsenal clash, Mauricio Pochettino aims to tackle new challenge at Tottenham — keeping club among elite

Against Arsenal, the Argentine wants to kickstart a new epoch that will focus on maintaining his club at the top of the English game

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Premier League: Rebranded Arsenal tread between revival and implosion as Anfield showdown beckons against Liverpool

Will Emery sacrifice Aubemayang’s goalscoring prowess and effectiveness in front of the goalmouth for a marginalised role out wide in a bid to shape a strike force that could reestablish Arsenal in the English elite? It is a fascinating puzzle and the solution will go a long way in deciding the fortune of this rebranded Arsenal, where the line between a renaissance and perpetual implosion remains very fine.

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Chelsea show glimpses of promising future under Frank Lampard after spirited display against Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup

The aggressive pressing and the numbers forward when in attack left the defense vulnerable and exposed, but Chelsea’s future, if complicated, shouldn’t be unmanageable.

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Neymar Jr is a corporate tool driven by market forces; forward must now focus on football or risk losing it all

In the hands of his father, Neymar seems to have become a marketing tool driven by market forces. Wherever he goes next, Neymar must lose that tag to restore his reputation and focus again on what he does best – playing football – or risk losing it all.

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Manchester City Season Preview: Pep Guardiola will look to define his legacy at club with large strides towards European glory

Ultimately, Pep Guardiola’s legacy at City will not be measured by the number of domestic trophies he wins, but by his record in Europe. Making strides in Europe could require Guardiola to relinquish total domination of the English game.

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Copa America 2019: Organised Brazil adhere to Tite's progressive philosophy to clinch continental title

This was Brazil's third Copa America win in 15 years and they were by far the best-organised and modern side in the tournament

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Copa America 2019: Brazil coach Tite strives to find right balance as uninspiring hosts aim to beat Peru in final

Brazil failed to ignite at this Copa America. They haven’t conceded a single goal, a testimony to their defensive solidity, but the team hasn’t played attractive football either.

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Copa America 2019: Argentina crash out but have a future to build on; Brazil still not getting the right balance

Copa America finally came to life with Brazil's 2-0 win over Argentina in the semi-finals. Despite the defeat, Argentina can take heart from progress made, something that cannot be said for Brazil.

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Copa America 2019: Tite's Brazil seek 2016 encore at Mineirao as they meet Lionel Messi's Argentina in semi-final

Brazil's Tite has been obsessed with the balance of his side since Kazan and he has enforced obvious corrections to allow his team more solidity and steel — lower positioning of the full backs, the pace of Marquinhos in defence and the extra man in front of the back line. The flip side is that Tite runs the risks of becoming overly cautious and defensive.

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Copa America 2019: Amid struggling defence, Argentina's quest for identity continues despite 2-0 win over Venezuela

Argentina have progressed to the last four after a disastrous defeat to Carlos Queiroz’s Colombia, but that mini recovery hasn’t concealed the profound identity crisis engulfing the team.

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Copa America 2019: From being whipping boys to cusp of landmark moment against Argentina, Venezuela have come long way

South American football has progressed so that the mere suggestion of a competitive Venezuela against Lionel Messi and Argentina can’t be ridiculed anymore.

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Copa America 2019: South American football and tournament loses identity as Brazil stays away

In a football mad Brazil, fans have stayed away from attending games owing to expensive tickets as saturation point hits with third Copa America in five years.