Articles by Vaibhav Raghunandan
Nov 21, 2017
ISL 2017-18: From Dimitar Berbatov's drab debut to Laxmikant Kattimani's howlers, talking points from Week 1As the new season of Indian Super League (ISL) completes its first week, here are few talking points from the matches.
Nov 14, 2017
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy's failure to reach finals calls for reinvention of their youth structureThere is something inherently wrong with the Italy's system. Gifted young players are not emerging in sufficient quantities, or not being developed. Germany, France and England have all undergone awkward reassessments of their youth structures; Italy must undergo a similar reboot.
Nov 13, 2017
ISL 2017-18: Newbies Jamshedpur and Bengaluru's contrasting pedigree set to spice up the leagueISL Season 4 will have two new entrants: one, a modern club envisioned in a modern city with huge success in the I-League, and the other, a club from a city with a barely acknowledged footprint in Indian sport.
Aug 24, 2017
ISL 2017-18: Dimitar Berbatov's silk, Wes Brown's steel to be Kerala Blasters' big gains this seasonBerbatov is brilliant. And he is lazy. And a lazy genius is a joy to behold. A luxury. There is a languidness about his headers too.
Aug 22, 2017
Premier League: Wayne Rooney, the ultimate survivor who adapted to changing scenarios to achieve greatnessBut then this is reality too. Wayne Rooney, the all-time top scorer for Manchester United is now the second player ever to score 200 goals in the Premier League.
May 01, 2017
I-League: Aizawl fans never lost hope in their underdog team on topsy-turvy nightAizawl are trailing. It is half time. But their fans are still singing. News arrives that Mohun Bagan have equalised. The levelling of scores means Aizawl are still winning the title.
Apr 30, 2017
I-League: Aizawl FC will need to break the established order to win historical titleIn a stereotypical twist of ills that beset the underdog, Aizawl will have to do it without their captain, Alfred Jaryan, and the ever reliable full back Ashutosh Mehta. Jaryan has played every game of Aizawl’s unbelievable season.
Apr 29, 2017
I-League: Shillong Lajong, original high flyers from North East, could sour Aizawl FC's title dreamAizawl FC’s achievements this season are unparalled. But of the multiple clubs from the North East that have entered Indian football, Shillong Lajong have been quite easily the most consistent.
Apr 23, 2017
I-League: Aizawl's win over Mohun Bagan puts them on cusp of beating monumental oddsOne point is all Aizawl need now. One point to create history. To do a Leicester in Mizoram. A draw away to Shillong Lajong — their neighbours and closest derby rivals. A team they have already beaten at home.
Apr 13, 2017
Champions League: Atletico Madrid's combination of physicality and finesse gives them edge over LeicesterLeicester City couldn’t manage a single shot on target. or create anything of note against Atlettico Madrid. Yet, it took a dubious penalty call for them to fall to defeat.