On Saturday, the I-League could get its first taste of the EPL if Rohan Ricketts runs out in a Dempo shirt against Churchill Brothers. Amoy Ghoshal
reports. East West Duel
The All India Football Federation, it seems, named Ranchi as one of the venues for the Federation Cup without verifying whether the grounds there were fit for football. And this despite being forewarned by one of the participating clubs. Amoy Ghoshal
and Prabhash C Jha
Completing a hattrick of Nehru Cup titles by beating Cameroon was laudable for the character India (ranked 168) showed in Sunday's final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. But in terms of improving their Fifa rankings though, that win won't count for anything.
Substituting the goalkeeper during a penalty shootout is unheard of in world football but the 125th final of the world's third oldest competition, the Durand Cup, was witness to this in Saturday's final. In fact, both finalists Air India and Dodsal FC changed their custodians midway through the shootout.
In this email interview to HT, Zesh Rehman spoke on racism, the betting culture in English football and India-Pakistan ties among other things.
Visit the Sports Authority of India's Eastern Centre now and you will get another example of gender inequality. The India woman's football squad is training there under coach Shahid Jabar for the SAFF Cup in Sri Lanka next September.
East Bengal's official Facebook page has more than 4 lakh likes. That's a staggering statistic considering the poor turnouts in even their home matches of the I-League. Only three in Asia had more in the list of the top 100 clubs as released by futebolfinance.com last April. Amoy Ghoshal
reports. Social science
What seems like a cost-cutting measure from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which ended the last fiscal at least R5 crore in the red, could impact the senior national team.
As if the disappointment of relegation from the I-League wasn’t enough, the United Kerala squad is now dealing with the frustration of not receiving payments for the last two months.
On Saturday, Pep Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona for the last time at Camp Nou. A day later, Mohun Bagan bid farewell to one of their greatest players — Jose Barreto. Amoy Ghoshal
Dempo’s Armando Colaco is without doubt Indian football’s most successful coach and general secretary. After his fifth national league title in eight years Colaco, who took charge in 2000 when Dempo were in the second division, spoke to HT.
Last season, Dempo's Ranty Martins became the first player to reach the 30-goal mark in four editions of the I-League. This time too, Martins is likely to finish highest scorer. Amoy Ghoshal
reports. Ranty factfile
Six months after resigning from Mohun Bagan, a club he felt had stone-age administration, football coach Steve Darby has another India connection. He is working in Karan Johar's upcoming film 'Student of the Year'. Amoy Ghoshal reports.
Football in Bangalore made headlines for all the wrong reasons last month as 27-year-old striker D Venkatesh of first division side Bangalore Mars suffered a cardiac arrest while playing and died on arrival at the hospital.
'War could not kill football' read one of the banners at Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 29, 2007, when Iraq became Asia's best climaxing a fairytale run by winning the Asian Cup beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final.
As his father watched horror-stricken, D Venkatesh died during a game in the Bangalore District Football Association (BDFA) first division on Wednesday. He was 27. Amoy Ghoshal reports. Other on-pitch deaths in India