Tag: Talking Tactics

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...

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...

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...