– Manan Bhavnani (@MananBhavnani) Eight years ago, Germany and England played out an intense match at the 2010 World Cup. Germany won 4-1 and went on to the quarterfinal. The highlight of that game, however, was a Lampard strike that was ruled out after the ball bounced off the ground and was caught by Manuel Neuer. When the incident happened, Germany were leading 2-1, and … Continue reading Changing the game: a look at technology in football
by Koustav Bhattacharyya There had been a number of tactical trends this World Cup and one of them was the general absence of two-man striker teams. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez constituted probably the only team of two pure strikers in the tournament. While 4-4-2 has made something of a comeback from its heyday as the standard tactic in football well into the 2000s, this … Continue reading Strikers in the 11? Well, How Many?
– Saswat Biswas (@ins0mni4c_VG) Seldom when an immensely decorated player leaves European football scenario , he is partly forgotten. Legends grace popular leagues in other continents leaving us a difficult task of following their new experiences. On that note, Football Dawn presents the 10 most popular players that have left the spotlight of huge clubs to grace clubs that are not so well known globally. … Continue reading Top 10 : Players you didn’t know still play professionally
– Manan Bhavnani (@MananBhavnani) Traditionally, international football for Europe has worked like this: a World Cup every four years (bar 1942 and 1946, which saw the tournament cancelled due to WW2), Euros between each World Cup (since 1960), and international qualification games for the aforementioned competitions, as well as friendlies around the season break. The UEFA Nations League, however, changes that. With its inaugural campaign … Continue reading UEFA Nations League: an insight
– Koustav Bhattacharyya (@theamateurpundit) It’s not coming home. Atleast not for the moment. Others, especially in the game of football, have caught up and sped past to the point where Croatia, with four million people and just 27 years since its own independence, came from behind and proved itself clearly the better side in a 2-1 extra-time win in Moscow. It is good enough to get … Continue reading England’s World Cup Pain – all for one and one for all
– Saswat Biswas (@ins0mni4c_VG) “Neymar is still on the floor and its taken the sting out of the game really…. What just happened ? Layun bent to retrieve the ball beside the fallen Neymar and touches his ankle in the process and Neymar spurs himself into an embarrassing row of deliberate painful facial expressions…The drama is really heating up here…” Brazil has come crashing out … Continue reading Neymar – The Fallen One?
– Ujjval Chopra (@ChopraUjjval) The final group of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will see Colombia, Poland, Senegal and Japan battle it out for the final two spots in the knockout stages. Colombia (CONMEBOL) Coming fourth in their qualifiers after securing 27 points, Colombia will be entering their sixth World Cup. The team consists of stars such as James Rodriguez, who goes into the tournament … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018: Group H Preview
– Koustav Bhattacharyya (@theamateurpundit) In the World Cup’s Group G, England will be out to silence critics over their dismal record at major international competitions despite a flurry of stars, while ‘dark horses’ Belgium will look to stamp their authority with a golden generation of stars represnting the nation. Meanwhile, Tunisia and debutants Panama will make this an exciting group. Belgium (UEFA) Eden Hazard, Kevin … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018: Group G Preview
– Manan Bhavnani (@MananBhavnani) Group F of the FIFA World Cup 2018 consists of 2014 victors Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. Germany (UEFA) One of the most successful nations on the international stage, Germany will hope to draw upon their 2014 triumph and march their way to another win. While Philip Lahm, who captained the side in Brazil has retired since, the … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018: Group F Preview
– Manan Bhavnani (@MananBhavnani) Group E brings together 2014 hosts Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia to round up an interesting set of fixtures. Brazil (CONMEBOL) 5-time World Cup winning side Brazil are back to their best attacking form going into this competition, after having struggled in South Africa and later, on home soil in their previous two outings. The side possess attacking options including … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018: Group E Preview