Dhiman Sarkar

Dhiman Sarkar is based in Kolkata with over two decades as a sports journalist. He writes mainly on football.

Articles by Dhiman Sarkar

I make better decisions now, says Lallianzuala Chhangte

Most effective Indian in ISL, says India head coach Igor Stimac of the Mumbai City FC player with nine goals and five assists.

File photo of Lallianzuala Chhangte(Twitter)
File photo of Lallianzuala Chhangte(Twitter)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 06:30 PM IST

Real looking to Benzema, again

The French forward has seven goals in seven games since missing the World Cup due to injury

Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Quarter Final - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - January 26, 2023 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after the match REUTERS/Susana Vera(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Quarter Final - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - January 26, 2023 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after the match REUTERS/Susana Vera(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 10:27 PM IST

More points home and away in Arsenal’s forward march

Best team in the league at halfway stage but City could still make it a fascinating title race between protégé and master.

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's third goal(AP)
Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's third goal(AP)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 09:47 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Focus on Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal host United

With four goals in five games, the forward has ensured Gabriel Jesus is not missed

In five games since the 2022-23 club season resumed, Nketiah, 23, has scored four goals in all competitions(AFP)
In five games since the 2022-23 club season resumed, Nketiah, 23, has scored four goals in all competitions(AFP)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 08:07 PM IST

Can Rashford 2.0 light up Manchester derby?

He has scored in United’s last six games continuing a good run from the World Cup.

Marcus Rashford(AP)
Marcus Rashford(AP)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 09:18 PM IST

AIFF earning 10 to 20% of what it could: Prabhakaran

The federation’s secretary general is confident of a 500% increase in revenue by 2026.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar meets All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Kalyan Chaubey at a community reception event, in Doha (ANI-Vice President of India Twitter)
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar meets All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Kalyan Chaubey at a community reception event, in Doha (ANI-Vice President of India Twitter)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Can Liverpool stop their slide?

Hit by injuries and poor form, defending champions meet Wolves in FA Cup on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp(AP)
Jurgen Klopp(AP)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Captain Odegaard driving young Gunners

After a series of loans, the attacking midfielder is feeling at home in north London

Arsenal v Newcastle United - January 3, 2023 Arsenal's Martin Odegaard reacts REUTERS/David Klein EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club /league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.(REUTERS)
Arsenal v Newcastle United - January 3, 2023 Arsenal's Martin Odegaard reacts REUTERS/David Klein EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club /league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 03:08 PM IST

Pele is dead, long live the king of football

After battling weeks of deteriorating health, the greatest footballer of the planet breathed his last in a Sao Paulo hospital at the age of 82

Pele(REUTERS)
Pele(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 04:23 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Goodbye Doha, hello leagues

Players need to erase happiness and disappointment of World Cup, says Igor Stimac as season resumes

 Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (AFP)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (AFP)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 07:15 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Why Argentina and France could have a good future

Both had young players who grew in the World Cup and no dearth of talent.

Argentina's captain and forward #10 Lionel Messi (2ndL) and France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappe (R) pose on stage with Argentina's midfielder #24 Enzo Fernandez (L) and Argentina's goalkeeper #23 Emiliano Martinez after being respectively awarded with Golden Ball and Boot, Best Young PLayer and Golden Glove player during the trophy ceremony after Argentina won the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)(AFP)
Argentina's captain and forward #10 Lionel Messi (2ndL) and France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappe (R) pose on stage with Argentina's midfielder #24 Enzo Fernandez (L) and Argentina's goalkeeper #23 Emiliano Martinez after being respectively awarded with Golden Ball and Boot, Best Young PLayer and Golden Glove player during the trophy ceremony after Argentina won the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 05:02 PM IST

Amid the exultation, a GOAT debate and where Messi stands

The Lionel Messi saga came full circle on a mad Sunday night in Doha, culminating in a swansong dreams are made of, as Argentina beat France (3-3 at the end of extra time, 4-2 on penalties) in arguably the greatest final of all time.

In this aerial view fans of Argentina celebrate winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup against France at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, on December 18, 2022. (AFP)
In this aerial view fans of Argentina celebrate winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup against France at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, on December 18, 2022. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 04:20 AM IST
By, Doha

Happy tears flow for Argentina

Since Lionel Messi's Argentina beat France to win the World Cup on Sunday night, there has been an outpouring of joy and emotion

Doha showed that it felt Messi and Argentina(REUTERS)
Doha showed that it felt Messi and Argentina(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 10:26 PM IST

FIFA World Cup: Messi’s Maradona moment

Sunday seemed a slow day, the build-up to the final usually is. 63 of the games were done and everybody needed to catch their breath before the big one. As it is, the World Cup has throbbed only in parts of Doha, never the whole

Argentina players celebrate after winning the Fifa World Cup final gainst France. (AFP)
Argentina players celebrate after winning the Fifa World Cup final gainst France. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 05:39 AM IST

Messi's wait for FIFA WC title ends as Argentina beat France in dramatic final

The South Americans ended a 36-year wait for a third World Cup title by winning the penalties 4-2.

Argentina ended a 36-year wait for a third World Cup title by winning the penalties 4-2 on Sunday.(Getty)
Argentina ended a 36-year wait for a third World Cup title by winning the penalties 4-2 on Sunday.(Getty)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 04:55 AM IST
By, Doha

Messi hunts World Cup glory as Mbappe stands in his way

Doha: Arab World Cup

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Dec 17, 2022 10:53 PM IST

Efficiency in front needed for tiki-taka to stay alive: Klinsmann

Teams completing attacking sequences in seconds have done well in this World Cup, says TSG head.

Jurgen Klinsmann(Getty Images)
Jurgen Klinsmann(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 08:24 PM IST

Third-place contest shows why World Cups are difficult to predict

Morocco and Croatia have led the charge. Others have followed

Regragui said he would give squad players a chance to experience the World Cup.(REUTERS)
Regragui said he would give squad players a chance to experience the World Cup.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 16, 2022 11:15 PM IST

For Messi, a win will be a perfect tribute to Maradona

There is no perfect end to a World Cup

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HT Image
Published on Dec 16, 2022 09:31 PM IST
By, Doha

Dream ends, but sets up a final dreams are made of

Defeats are an integral part of sport; over time, professional sportspersons and hardened fans get used to them. But still, some losses feel personal. Just ask the gladiators from Morocco, and legions of fans across the globe, and particularly in North Africa and the Arab world, who pinned their hopes on the unforgettable surprise package of the 2022 World Cup.

France's Raphael Varane jumps for a header during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP)
France's Raphael Varane jumps for a header during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2022 12:11 AM IST
By, Doha

Morocco will now support France, says coach Regragui

Didier Deschamps praises semi-finalists after defending champions set up final against Argentina

The Al Bayt Stadium whose architecture is a hat-tip to the nomads of Qatar had Moroccans temporarily take over the plac(AP)
The Al Bayt Stadium whose architecture is a hat-tip to the nomads of Qatar had Moroccans temporarily take over the plac(AP)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 11:40 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022: France set up final date with Argentina

Goals from Hernandez and Kolu Muani help defending champions end Morocco’s fairytale.

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with team mates after the World Cup semifinal match (AP)
France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with team mates after the World Cup semifinal match (AP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 10:40 PM IST
By, Doha

With run for the ages, Messi gets shot at a dream farewell

The last tango is on Sunday. All seats have been taken, and most of humanity will be watching whether Lionel Messi can bend a game to his wishes. One more time. Or, in the context of a World Cup final, at long last.

Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina's forward #09 Julian Alvarez scored his team's third goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 13, 2022. (AFP)
Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina's forward #09 Julian Alvarez scored his team's third goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 13, 2022. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 04:41 AM IST
By, Doha

Argentina rise on Messi's shoulders

The Argentina captain is key to the team but manager Scaloni has also made it stronger in defence and taught it to suffer.

Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Lusail Stadium (AP)
Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Lusail Stadium (AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 10:07 PM IST
By, Doha

Alvarez icing on another Messi masterclass takes Argentina to final

Croatia beaten 3-0 after a goal and assist by Messi and a brace by Alvarez.

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates defeating Croatia 3-0 in the World Cup semifinal match(AP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates defeating Croatia 3-0 in the World Cup semifinal match(AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 03:05 AM IST
By, Doha

French dominance or Moroccan resistance?

Kylian Mbappe against Yassine Bounou. Their paths don’t cross at clubs and when PSG did meet Sevilla in a friendly last year, Mbappe didn’t play. And since France and Morocco, coloniser and colonised; defending champions against wannabes, haven’t met after 2007, Saturday’s World Cup semi-final will be the first time speed and smile will be on opposing sides.

Women hold flags from France, Morocco and Qatar at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP)
Women hold flags from France, Morocco and Qatar at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 05:13 AM IST
By, Doha

It smells of team spirit

Morocco's doggedness will run into France's flair in a semi-final no one would have dared predict

Morocco; France
Morocco; France
Published on Dec 13, 2022 10:47 PM IST
By, Doha

Teams rested and ready, for penalties too

Argentina and Croatia have recovered from winning quarter-finals in tie-breaker says coaches. They also have goalies who are shootout stars.

Argentina's Lionel Messi with Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Di Maria with teammates during training(REUTERS)
Argentina's Lionel Messi with Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Di Maria with teammates during training(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 11:31 PM IST
By, Doha

Croatia, Argentina and the four-year itch

Memories of their last encounter in 2018 abound but this match promises to be very different.

A lot has changed since Argentina’s campaign ended in disarray in Russia(AP)
A lot has changed since Argentina’s campaign ended in disarray in Russia(AP)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 11:05 PM IST
By, Doha

What’s not to like about Olivier Giroud?

Ever the team player, he has also scored four goals in France’s march to semi-finals

France's forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after he scored during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at the Al-Janoub Stadium
France's forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after he scored during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at the Al-Janoub Stadium
Published on Dec 12, 2022 07:45 AM IST
By, Doha
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