Courtesy a 14inch black & white Sonodyne television and live coverage from Mexico, three decades ago, I got attracted to football thanks to one Diego Armando Maradona and his Argentinian team. They won the World Cup that year, 1986, and … Continue reading Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football
Happy New Year! It’s 2018. And a year Russia will proudly host the FIFA Football World Cup – the world’s biggest (sporting or non-sporting) extravaganza. The highlight of the year 2018, for sure. Less than five months to go. 148 … Continue reading Football: FIFA World Cup – Rewind down the memory lane
Golden Era 1986-1993 It’s been thirty years since I saw my beloved Argentina lift a trophy. Beloved I say, because my introduction and worship of the game of football started with one Diego Maradona in Summer of 1986. India’s … Continue reading Kya Mori Messi & Argentina Copa Champion Banega?
Philipp Lahm has never won the most prestigous individual award in football The world’s highest paid coach (by some margin) Pep Guardiola remarked once – “Philipp Lahm is perhaps the most intelligent player I have ever trained in my career. He … Continue reading Philipp Lahm the most deserving Ballon D’Or winner
Haradona (a.k.a Avijit Das Patnaik) reflects on his diary notes made during the WC 2010 Round three matches (Group Stages) Starters: How good is this world cup? From 1.6 goals per game in Round 1, to 2.7goals per game in … Continue reading Legend of El Diego – World Cup 2010
Haradona (a.k.a Avijit Das Patnaik) reflects on his diary notes made during the WC 2010 Round 1 matches (Group Stages) Starters: Tales of the Jabulani: Its faster, lighter, bounces more, dips lesser and doesn’t have ‘that’ extravagant swing. No goals … Continue reading Jabulani, Vuvuzela and South America – World Cup Diaries
My boss’s silence speaks volumes of his unhappiness with me. I come to the office yawning, yawn after lunch, after tea; but somehow as the clock nears 5:00pm my voice gets louder, energy levels higher, smiles break all over my … Continue reading I am down with fever – World Cup Fever!
Examining Holland’s recent history, key players, the draw and their world cup chances Which is the best footballing nation never to have won a World Cup? Holland. Which was the best footballing team never to have won a World Cup? Johan … Continue reading Netherlands or Neverlands – Can Holland win World Cup 2010
Spain need to defy history, expectations, tiring legs and tough route to win their first ever World Cup In this preview series, there has been considerable stress on history. Whilst there is always a first time for everything, we can’t … Continue reading Can Spain inflict real pain?
An examination of Argentina’s recent history, selection shockers, Diego’s intentions (read: ego) and their world cup chances Argentina mmmmm!… Messi, Millito, Magic, Mascherano, Maradona …. mmmmmm! Doesn’t Maradona’s name stick out like a sore thumb? Most experts believe so. Would … Continue reading In defence of God – Can Argentina win World Cup 2010?