articles by Tanay Apte

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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022: India fizzle after bright start to play listless 1-1 draw against Afghanistan

There has been a lot of talk of the progress made by Indian football and unrealistic goals like qualifying for the World Cup in the next decade are commonly debated on social media. But as skipper Chhetri said a couple of years ago, regularly qualifying for the Asia Cup and doing well on the continental circuit is a must before dreaming of making it to the world stage.

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AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa ride luck but gain point over Al Wahda with hard work, organised defence

Up next for Goa are Persepolis of Iran, the runners-up of the previous edition of the AFC Champions League.

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AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa will take immense pride and belief from Al Rayyan draw despite tough road ahead

Coach Juan Ferrando had the unenviable task of dropping two of Goa’s six foreign players in accordance with the AFC Champions League rules and it was top scorer Igor Angulo and leading assist maker Alberto Noguera who faced the axe much to the surprise of many.

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ISL 2020-21: Sergio Lobera coaxes the best out of Mumbai City FC's Indian contingent to script fairy tale win

Mumbai’s title win makes them the fourth different team to win the Indian Super League title and within a currently closed league system, that is a good sign of competitive balance.

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ISL 2020-21: Bengaluru's blues to Spanish imprint, key takeaways from league stage

It has been a strange season in many ways, not least because of the COVID bio-bubble the players, staff, and officials were forced into. Here are some of the talking points that shaped the season.

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ISL 2020-21: Use of foreign players in key positions hurting India’s chances of producing spine of national team

While it would remain advisable for the Indian team to be pragmatic and not get caught up in every tactical trend used abroad, identifying and developing players in key positions with an eye towards the future must be prioritised considering the current dilemma.

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Sahil Tavora takes a leap of faith in Portugal's fourth-division with GDSC Alvarenga after two seasons in Indian Super League

Alvarenga, a town of about 1,200 people in northern Portugal, is probably the last place where you would find an Indian midfielder in the starting lineup of the local football team. But that is exactly where Sahil Tavora finds himself.