Author: Kaustubh Pandey (Kaustubh Pandey)

Of Captaincy and Football
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Of Captaincy and Football

In a game of cricket, when the ball goes past the fence; the camera begins focusing on the expressions of the skipper, which clearly register worry and agitation. As soon as the game draws to a close, the presentation ceremony always consists of a chat involving the skipper of both the sides, well before the...

How Vincenzo Montella is forming the foundation at AC Milan
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How Vincenzo Montella is forming the foundation at AC Milan

Whenever AC Milan play these days, fans of the erstwhile era can’t help but hark back to the times when AC Milan were the European powerhouses of the world. It brings back memories of a time when very few teams could match the might of the Rossoneri, who had managed to capture of the imagination...

Glitch to glory: Reliving the Munich air disaster
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Glitch to glory: Reliving the Munich air disaster

In February 1958, Manchester United experienced one of the most agonizing tragedies ever to befall a sports team. Eight of United’s players perished in a wretched plane-crash at the Munich-Riems Airport in West Germany. The stadium of Old Trafford stands proudly above the surrounding buildings like a monument associated with commercialism, dominance and authority. More...

Column: What’s hurting Arsenal, again
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Column: What’s hurting Arsenal, again

Amidst the chaos that erupted at the away end of the Vitality Stadium late in the game, a cruel sense of realization lingered. Despite Olivier Giroud’s last ditch equalizer handing the Gunners one point, the fact of the matter was that they had lost out on two. The comeback was a commendable one indeed, but...

English clubs and their European eulogies
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English clubs and their European eulogies

Calling England a superpower in football seems to be a highly unjust statement, owing to their slump over the last decade. It’s like calling the West Indies a cricketing giant just because they used to be one, a few decades ago. (Unlike West Indies who seem to be excelling in the shortest format, England’s fortunes...

Mesut Ozil: Resurgence of the man who makes it look easy
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Mesut Ozil: Resurgence of the man who makes it look easy

With title hopes all but lost and all aspirations of retaining the FA Cup up in smoke, apart from their monotonous habit of going out of Europe lingering on, Arsenal hardly have anything to play for. In a season that promised so much during the initial and during the middle stages, Arsenal has shown that...

Analysing Tottenham Hotspurs and their title claim possibility
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Analysing Tottenham Hotspurs and their title claim possibility

The Barclays Premier League never shies away from forcing us into digesting one surprise after the other. And there’s yet to be a season in the recent past that hasn’t done so. Whether you talk of Manchester United finishing 7th or Harry Kane finishing as the League’s top scorer, it never fails to do what...

The game of gambles: Sign Harry Kane!
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The game of gambles: Sign Harry Kane!

“He’s one of our own, He’s one of our owwwnnn! He’s Harry Kane; He’s one of our own!” Was the chant which lifted the roof off White Hart Lane, after the bombarding Englishman leaped above Laurent Koscielny, meeting a Nabil Bentaleb cross, to score one of the picturesque goals of the 2014-15 Premier League season....

Why Jurgen Klopp will best suit West Ham United?
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Why Jurgen Klopp will best suit West Ham United?

They say all good things come to an end. And it’s one of the truest facts you will ever pay heed to in this world. Jurgen Klopp’s rollercoaster rein at Borussia Dortmund has drawn towards its end after 7 years in charge at the Signal Iduna Park. Since taking over from Mainz in 2008, Jurgen...