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

Seven uncapped Indians who could be on Igor Stimac’s radar

March friendlies chance for the Croatian Indian football head coach to check out new players who have done well in ISL 8
Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team(Getty Images/File)
Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team(Getty Images/File)
Published on Feb 09, 2022 06:10 PM IST
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In Canada, football emerges from the cold

Leading the CONCACAF standings, beating USA, the women winning the Olympics gold...there's a football revolution brewing in Canada
Canada men's football team celebrate after 2-0 win against USA(Twitter/CanadaSoccerEN)
Canada men's football team celebrate after 2-0 win against USA(Twitter/CanadaSoccerEN)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 05:46 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

With derby hattrick, Nassiri goes to where his famous father couldn’t

  • Coming from the bench, the 21-year-old stars in ATK Mohun Bagan’s 3-1 win.
Kiyan Nassiri of ATK Mohun Bagan celebrates after scoring a goal, during match 75 of season 8 of Indian Super League football tournament between ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal, at the Fatorda Stadium, in Goa.(PTI)
Kiyan Nassiri of ATK Mohun Bagan celebrates after scoring a goal, during match 75 of season 8 of Indian Super League football tournament between ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal, at the Fatorda Stadium, in Goa.(PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

The importance of Jorginho for Chelsea and Italy

From being one half of Tuchel's "double six" to being the lone deep midfielder, from a prolific goal scorer to prolific provider, to being able to "imagine what will happen two or three moves ahead", Jorginho's influence in the middle of the park is unique
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho celebrates after scoring 
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho celebrates after scoring 
Published on Jan 25, 2022 02:19 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Covid knocks India out of AFC Women’s Asian Cup

A number of positive tests in the team meant the hosts had to withdraw from their Group A match against Chinese Taipei, and from the tournament.
Indian football team(Twitter/@IndianFootball)
Indian football team(Twitter/@IndianFootball)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 12:23 PM IST
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Asian Games medallist and football coach Subhas Bhowmick dead

  • Member of the 1970 Asian Games bronze-winning team, he coached East Bengal to successive national league titles and made them champions of the 2003 ASEAN Cup.
Asian Games medallist and football coach Subhas Bhowmick dead(AIFF)
Asian Games medallist and football coach Subhas Bhowmick dead(AIFF)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 03:44 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Coutinho feeling at home in Gerrard's Villa 

  • This loan spell in the Premier League is crucial for the Brazilian in the World Cup year after his career went terribly off the rails at Barcelona.
Steven Gerrard, Manager of Aston Villa interacts with Philippe Coutinho. (Getty)
Steven Gerrard, Manager of Aston Villa interacts with Philippe Coutinho. (Getty)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 07:54 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

ISL: Another ATKMB game deferred, players speak up

  • FC Goa skipper Edu Bedia calls India's top football league “adulterated competition” after Saturday’s game is postponed.
ISL: Another ATKMB game deferred, players speak up(ISL)
ISL: Another ATKMB game deferred, players speak up(ISL)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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ISL: Covid scare puts ATKMB-Bengaluru tie in balance

  • Neither team trained on Thursday; SC East Bengal miss training too
ATKMB players David Joel Williams and Roy Krishna(ISL)
ATKMB players David Joel Williams and Roy Krishna(ISL)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 11:13 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

83 gets the cricket right and that's half the battle won

For a film on sports to work, it has to look authentic. Ranveer Singh's recreation of Kapi Dev is excellent.
Ranveer Singh in a still from the film 83. 
Ranveer Singh in a still from the film 83. 
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022

  • There’s a lot to follow in the year that begins with focus on Africa and ends with all eyes on Asia.
Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022(GETTY IMAGES)
Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022(GETTY IMAGES)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Covid-19 hits ISL; Saturday's ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC match deferred

  • ATK Mohun Bagan player has tested positive, club says in statement on Saturday.
Covid-19 hits ISL; Saturday's ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC match deferred(PTI)
Covid-19 hits ISL; Saturday's ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC match deferred(PTI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 03:04 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

In ISL, it is bend it like Liston

The inverted winger of ATK Mohun Bagan with an appetite for goals has won successive player of the match awards, the first Indian to do so this Indian Super League season
Liston Colaco (C) of ATK Mohun Bagan celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal(PTI)
Liston Colaco (C) of ATK Mohun Bagan celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal(PTI)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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Manchester City look set for the English title. Again

  • Chelsea is badly depleted with injuries and Covid-19, but it's not just about other teams' misfortunes or City's deep pockets. The blue team from Manchester also has incredible strength in depth and a host of fine players perfectly in sync with a brilliant manager.
Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola watches during the English Premier League soccer match between Brentford and Manchester City at the Brentford Community Stadium in London, Wednesday.(AP)
Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola watches during the English Premier League soccer match between Brentford and Manchester City at the Brentford Community Stadium in London, Wednesday.(AP)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:12 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

Think I am born for this, says FC Goa coach Derrick Pereira

  • For club or country, sudden difficult coaching assignments are not new for the former India defender.
FC Goa coach Derrick Pereira. (Twitter)
FC Goa coach Derrick Pereira. (Twitter)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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ISL: After ATK Mohun Bagan, SC East Bengal too remove coach

Former India midfielder and assitant-coach Renedy Singh to be in charge, says club 
Images used for representational purpose(HT Image)
Images used for representational purpose(HT Image)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 01:02 AM IST
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ATK Mohun Bagan name Ferrando as coach for the season

  • Club continues Kolkata tradition of making offers that players and coaches can’t refuse.
File image of Juan Ferrando. (Getty Images)
File image of Juan Ferrando. (Getty Images)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 12:03 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

Did Habas, ISL’s most successful coach, do enough to develop Indian players?

  • The Spaniard struggled with foreign players being reduced in AFC Cup and ISL this year.
Antonio Habas. (ISL)
Antonio Habas. (ISL)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 11:41 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

ATK Mohun Bagan remove Habas as coach

  • Assistant coach Manuel Cascallana is appointed interim in charge.
File Photo of Antonio Lopez Habas. (ISL)
File Photo of Antonio Lopez Habas. (ISL)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 02:37 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Long throws a handy attacking option in ISL

  • They are almost like a corner-kick, says FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando
Nearly 10% of all goals in this ISL season have come from a restart move that involves the hand.(Twitter grab)
Nearly 10% of all goals in this ISL season have come from a restart move that involves the hand.(Twitter grab)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 10:46 PM IST
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Fiji duty for Krishna could deepen ATKMB worries

  • Quarantine and travel regulation restrictions could have the talismanic striker missing ISL games in January Fifa window.
Fiji duty for Krishna could deepen ATKMB worries(PTI)
Fiji duty for Krishna could deepen ATKMB worries(PTI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 04:55 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Magnus Carlsen stays king of chess after winning his fifth world title

  • Norwegian star wins 11th game against Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in 49 moves in the most lopsided world championship since Jose Raul Capablanca's victory 100 years ago.
Norway's World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, makes a move in game five against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, during the FIDE World Championship at the Dubai Expo, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.(AP)
Norway's World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, makes a move in game five against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, during the FIDE World Championship at the Dubai Expo, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.(AP)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:01 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

I see myself at Chennaiyin for many years: Anirudh Thapa

  • Six years at the club, the India midfielder says being named captain means he can’t be "naughty" anymore
Goa: Anirudh Thapa of Chennaiyin FC scores a goal during match 20 of season 8 of Indian Super League played between Northeast United FC and Chennaiyin FC, at Fatorda Stadium in Goa, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI11_29_2021_000366B)(PTI)
Goa: Anirudh Thapa of Chennaiyin FC scores a goal during match 20 of season 8 of Indian Super League played between Northeast United FC and Chennaiyin FC, at Fatorda Stadium in Goa, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI11_29_2021_000366B)(PTI)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 07:19 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

11 goals, two losses mean testing times for the Kolkata giants

  • ATKMB’s big defeat to Mumbai City comes in a season where SC East Bengal are again struggling.
Goa: Roy Krishna (L) of ATK Mohun Bagan and Mohammad Rafique of SC East Bengal in action during match 9 of season 8 of Indian Super League football tournament between ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, in Goa.(PTI)
Goa: Roy Krishna (L) of ATK Mohun Bagan and Mohammad Rafique of SC East Bengal in action during match 9 of season 8 of Indian Super League football tournament between ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, in Goa.(PTI)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 04:22 PM IST
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AFC changes foreigners’ rule; India sticks to 3+1

  • From 2022, there will be no bar on the number of foreign players clubs can register but it won’t be implemented in ISL and I-League, says AIFF.
ATK Mohun Bagan players during 2021-22 Indian Super League.(ISL)
ATK Mohun Bagan players during 2021-22 Indian Super League.(ISL)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 09:07 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams

  • What better for the Red Devils to be taught the press by the man who birthed it in the nether regions of the German league?
Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams(AP)
Ralf Rangnick, the modern master tasked with re-igniting Man United’s dreams(AP)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Manisha: The girl who scored a solo goal against Brazil

The Indian women's team lost their opening match 6-1 against the powerful Brazilians on their tour of South America, but the 19-year-old from Punjab offered a moment of brilliance
Manisha
Manisha
Published on Nov 26, 2021 07:05 PM IST
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Jadeja has got better as batsman but his bowling has come down: Kapil Dev

Need to judge Dravid's performance only after three years, says the former India captain
India's Ravindra Jadeja gestures after scoring fifty runs during the day one of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur, India, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.(AP)
India's Ravindra Jadeja gestures after scoring fifty runs during the day one of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur, India, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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No motivation issues, says Magnus Carlsen ahead of title defence 

Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi says he can’t wait for the contest to begin 
File image of Magnus Carlsen(REUTERS)
File image of Magnus Carlsen(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 11:23 PM IST
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India complete whitewash with convincing win over New Zealand

  • Big hitting by Indian batsmen in powerplay and death overs make the difference as visitors lose by 73 runs; lose three-match 3-0.
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell during the Third T20 International match between India and New Zealand, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.(ANI)
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell during the Third T20 International match between India and New Zealand, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 11:22 PM IST
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