articles by Samindra Kunti

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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.

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Copa America 2019: Qatar set for tough test in South America after establishing themselves as continental heavyweights in Asia

There is little doubt that Qatar have bridged the gap with the Asian top, but the Copa America will mark the first time the marauding Maroons play against world class opposition in a competitive setting.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 could be catalyst towards development of sport amid growing demand for equal pay, gender equality

This World Cup has been mired in issues of gender equality and the growth of the women’s game, but the tournament could be a catalyst and seminal moment in the sports’ development.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Amid collective revolt, gender discrimination and general indifference, 24-team event kicks off

Lyon will be the tournament’s epicenter, staging the last four and the final, but organisers think that smaller host cities will embrace the World Cup

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Gianni Infantino strengthens grip on 'new FIFA' with clearer picture of personal modus operandi at unopposed re-election

Gianni Infantino's re-election by acclamation – eased by a proposal, adopted last Monday, to change FIFA statutes – was a mere formality

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: From USA's Rose Lavelle to Australia's Sam Kerr, top players to watch out for in 24-nation tournament

Every World Cup has breakout players and established stars who light up the tournament and this summer won’t be any different when 24 teams compete for the global crown in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

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Champions League player ratings: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson shine while Harry Kane disappoints

Liverpool won a disappointing Champions League against Tottenham 2-0 with an early goal from Mohammed Salah and a late goal from Divock Origi.

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Europa League: Impotent Arsenal prolong identity crisis under coach Unai Emery after insipid display in final

Arsenal slinked off the field reflecting on a transitional season in which Emery and his players were never convincing in moving the club away from the enduring washouts of Wenger’s influence.

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Europa League final: Unai Emery's Arsenal can finally shrug off Arsene Wenger hangover by winning first European title

Winning a first European trophy would suggest that Arsenal have progressed under Unai Emery and will transform into a team that owns its future and identity.

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Champions League: Liverpool's high-tempo football faces off with extraordinary Barcelona in tie of endless possibilities

Klopp and Liverpool require another leap forward from their league form to overcome the Spanish giants and earn the right to perhaps play the one team that has toppled all of Europe.

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Premier League: Manchester City's win over United a logical consequence of total dominance of vastly superior team

The 2-0 scoreline was United’s seventh defeat in nine matches, the club’s worst streak since 1962, and a symptom of the general malaise that has enwrapped the club in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era

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Europa League: Arsenal's measured away win against Napoli demonstrates a sense of progression from Arsene Wenger era

Arsenal, accused of a wayward form away from home, delivered a perfect performance at a moment when their identity under Emery had been repeatedly questioned

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Champions League: Dominant Barcelona humiliate wasteful Manchester United on a night of Lionel Messi magic at Camp Nou

The entire Barcelona XI revelled in his presence and toyed with United to reaffirm what had been so glaringly obvious last week at Old Trafford - that the English were no match for this distinguished ensemble of artists.

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Champions League: Manchester United's misfiring attack needs fine-tuning to script another great comeback at Camp Nou

Manchester United face a 1-0 deficit and the knowledge that Barcelona possess a vastly superior team – and not the memories of their coach’s treble-winning strike or the glory that stemmed from that night

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Europa League: Vintage Arsenal show collective flair to suffocate lethargic Napoli in a contest of fascinating duels

A single goal in Italy next week should suffice for Arsenal to progress to the last four, that is discounting an unmistakable slapstick collapse from Emery’s eleven.

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Champions League: Barcelona cruise to victory in second gear as Manchester United fail to reproduce PSG heroics

A sedate Barcelona taunted Manchester United by restricting itself to an awkwardly conservative brand of football, but Solskjaer’s team had little response.