articles by Sreya Mazumder

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ISL 2019-20: Dedication, ambition and Antonio Habas' tactical acumen lace ATK's glory of winning third title

Footballers thrive off the energy of match-going fans, but even playing to empty stands, ATK created a buzz, dismantling Chennaiyin FC’s dream of writing a fairytale conclusion for their impressive turnaround midway through the season.

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ISL 2019-20, Bengaluru FC vs ATK 1st leg semi-final: Cautious approach from both sides could lead to cagey affair

ATK’s poor record at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium could act as a mental deterrent as well, for the Kolkata-based franchise has never won a game in Bengaluru.

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Mohun Bagan merger presents two-time ISL champions ATK with an opportunity to find a home in the heart of Bengalis

The merger will help relieve Mohun Bagan's financial burden, but it remains to be seen how much of their identity and age-old charm they manage to retain through this harrowing process

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ISL 2019-20: With momentum on their side, FC Goa look to turn tables on Bengaluru FC in clash of titans

It will be as much a test of temperament as it will be of tactical supremacy. While recent history may be on Bengaluru FC’s side, the onus lies on them as well, to turn the tables and put a halt to FC Goa’s unrelenting pursuit for the Indian Super League title.

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ISL 2019-20: ATK centre-forward Roy Krishna's calm and confident play inspires Kolkata side to bloom in crunch situations

Speaking to Firstpost following ATK’s Christmas day win over the reigning champions, Krishna elaborated on his observations six months into life in India

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Premier League: Young Chelsea have it in them to make things worse for Manchester City

Twelve games ago, when Chelsea were returning from Old Trafford after a 4-0 hammering, little would they have known that the next time they visit Manchester, they would have a realistic chance of beating defending champs City

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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Winless India must hold their nerve at crucial junctures to get something out of Oman game

In football, often moments win or lose matches. Against Oman, perhaps India's biggest challenge will be to take control of their own destiny and ensure they keep composure at those poignant moments which decide games.

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ISL 2019-20: Roy Krishna-David Williams' successful pairing stands out in ATK's win; Jamshedpur FC need to rethink strategy

Here are four takeaways from the 19th game of ISL 2019-20, in which hosts ATK came out on top with a 3-1 win over Jamshedpur FC

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ISL 2019-20: Jamshedpur FC's Aniket Jadhav continues to touch new heights on the back of hard work, belief and patience

From representing India in FIFA U-17 World Cup to impressing fans playing for Jamshedpur FC in ISL, 19-year-old Aniket Jadhav has already witnessed multiple highs in his young career.

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ISL 2019-20: Bengaluru FC's lack of attacking efficiency in final third, resolute Subrata Pal help complacent Jamshedpur FC escape with draw

Bengaluru FC finished the night with 14 shots, nine of them on target and yet, Cuadrat’s side will go back with nothing to show for their efforts. For all of Bengaluru’s tactical acumen and technical proficiency, they have been consistently second-best in the final third over 270 minutes of play.

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ISL 2019-20: Midfield mediocrity, poor offensive play take sheen off FC Goa-Bengaluru FC match as teams play scrappy draw

For two of the most technically astute teams in the league with a penchant for playing expansive, attractive football, it is surprising to see how both these clubs fail to showcase their best when they play each other.

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ISL 2019-20: Relentless ATK run through debutantes Hyderabad FC en route resounding win

ATK had suffered a close defeat in their opening fixture to Kerala Blasters FC, owing to a few officiating errors and defensive lapses, but the signs were promising. Against Hyderabad, they delivered.

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ISL 2019-20, Hyderabad FC Preview: All-round balance, defensive muscle ensure first-timers are no lightweights

Hyderabad FC will begin their maiden campaign at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata against a wounded ATK side which suffered a close defeat to Kerala Blasters in the opening fixture.

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ISL 2019-20, NorthEast United FC Preview: New-look Highlanders aim to repeat last season's high despite gaps in defence, midfield

Replicating the highs of the last edition will surely be difficult for the Highlanders – a lot depending on how quickly the new arrivals adapt. Gyan, in particular, will be everyone’s best bet and the Ghanaian superstar must succeed for NorthEast United to soar.

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ISL 2019-20, ATK Preview: With big spending and Antonio Habas returning, Kolkata club look set to make play-offs

A proven manager combined with a hoard of new arrivals to formulate an astute line-up should take ATK to the play-offs with relative ease, but only time will tell whether they manage to usurp the reigning champions Bengaluru FC from their throne.

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Premier League: Despite not hitting perfect notes, Manchester United expose Chelsea's worryingly porous defence

Chelsea were brilliant with the ball at their feet, constantly probing and prodding until the last minute but it was the dearth of compactness in their defensive system which facilitated their defeat

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: USA's 'Golden Girls' step up to clinch fourth title with unmatched charm and allure

The USA continue to be the Golden Girls, their charm and allure lending the collective voice of women in the sport a strong backbone.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: United States start as clear favourites , but underdog Netherlands will be no pushover in final

The Dutch may be years behind the transformation which the US women's national team has gone through over the last two decades, but they will be no pushovers.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Netherlands find inspiration from collective effort to beat Sweden and qualify for final

If Netherlands' trend of finding inspiration from the collective of their squad continues, winning a historic FIFA Women’s World Cup will not be beyond their reach.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Netherlands start favourites in semi-final, but Sweden capable of exploiting gaps in defence

Netherlands are the stronger side on paper, but their central defence has remained a cause of concern. The fact that their forwards have been on song have brushed over the fact that the Dutch have a backline prone to casual errors.