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

Thapa shines on poor night for Chhetri as India beat Myanmar

The midfielder scored in India’s 1-0 win against Myanmar in the opening game of the tri-nation football tournament.

Anirudh Thapa celebrates with his teammates(AIFF)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 09:16 PM IST

Sunil Chhetri likely the lone starter from ISL final against Myanmar

“You can definitely expect many from Manipur to start,” says India head coach Igor Stimac ahead of the tri-nation tournament opener

The Indian team at a training session in Imphal ahead of Wednesday's opening game against Myanmar in the tri-nation invitation football tournament
Published on Mar 21, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Sivasakthi, ATK Mohun Bagan’s strength in depth among key takeaways

It was a season where ATK Mohun Bagan coach Juan Ferrando traded the passing game for pragmatism and lifted the Indian Super League (ISL) title

ATK Mohun Bagan players celebrate after winning the final match of the Indian Super League 2022(PTI)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 10:49 PM IST
By, Kolkata

ISL final: ATK Mohun Bagan beat Bengaluru FC on penalties to lift title

Bagan fight back after trailing 1-2 before winning the shootout in the final played at Margao.

Goa: Dimitri Petratos of ATK Mohun Bagan celebrates his goal during the Final match of the Hero Indian Super League 2022 played between ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, Saturday, March 18, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_18_2023_000259B)(PTI)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 10:22 PM IST
By, Margao

Dropping Sunil hardest decision of my career: Bengaluru FC coach Grayson

Had a conversation and knew his head and heart was in the right place, says Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri in action for Bengaluru FC.(PTI)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 10:21 PM IST
By, Margao

Bengaluru FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: An old rivalry with a new flavour

The teams shared one-goal wins in the league phase and if ATK Mohun Bagan did good business in January, Bengaluru FC have got their confidence back

Goa: Pritam Kotal of ATK Mohun Bagan and Sunil Chhetri of Bengaluru FC pose for a picture with the trophy during the Hero Indian Super League 2022 -23 final pre - match Press conference of ATK Mohun Bagan, in Goa, Friday, March 17, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_17_2023_000217B)(PTI)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 07:16 PM IST
By, Margao

I would cry watching India play: Jeje

The former India striker lost his battle with a knee injury and retired at 32 last month

Jeje Lalpekhlua(ISL)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 08:10 AM IST
By, , Kolkata, New Delhi

Haaland show gives City genuine Europe hope

Guardiola's side, despite their riches and talent, haven't won the Champions League. Will this year be different thanks to a certain 22-year-old?

Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday.(AP)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 07:09 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Stimac omits ISL golden glove winner Kaith

Have seen Vishal for two years, want to see how Phurba fits in, says India head coach

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 08:47 PM IST

ATK Mohun Bagan book a place in the ISL final

The defending champions will go home because golden glove winner Vishal Kaith saved Javier Saviero’s effort and Bartholomew Ogbeche’s shot kissed the inside of the post and rolled out

ATK Mohun Bagan FC players jubilate after winning the tie breaker against Hyderabad FC (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Hyderabad FC, ATK Mohun Bagan play out goalless draw

The season’s two most stringent teams play out barren draw in the first leg of the ISL semi-final in Hyderabad

Playing every bit the away team, ATK Mohun Bagan sat deep and sought space behind Hyderabad FC full backs(PTI)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Choupo-Moting, Bayern’s unlikely hero

His 17th goal helped the German club enter the Champions League quarter-finals and made the Cameroon international the club’s top scorer in all competitions this season.

Bayern's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates a goal that was later dissallowed during the Champions League (AP)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 10:30 PM IST
By, Kolkata

ISL mum, Kerala Blasters return home to warm welcome

“We are with you,” fans chant as Blasters coach Vukomanovic and squad reach Kochi.

Still from the match between Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC(Kerala Blasters)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Blasters walk off to give Bengaluru semi-final ticket

The first play-off of the Indian Super League was abandoned after Sunil Chhetri struck the match’s only goal with a quick free-kick

Sunil Chhetri scored a controversial freekick goal.(Twitter)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 11:13 PM IST
By, Kolkata

ISL: Bagan prevail over East Bengal, seal third spot

Damjanovic, Petratos score for the 2-0 win in their final game of the league phase in the Indian Super League at Salt Lake Stadium

ATK Mohun Bagan players celebrate after scoring against East Bengal(Samir Jana/HT)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 11:07 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Santosh Trophy's move to Saudi Arabia should be investigated: Bhutia

Former India captain says president and secretary acted on their own to withdraw 2027 Asian Cup bid; AIFF denies charge.

Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia(Twitter)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 08:25 PM IST

A Real masterclass headlined by Vinicius Jr

The Brazilian scored twice, made an assist and Liverpool let in another goal from a free kick for a foul on him

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Liverpool v Real Madrid - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - February 21, 2023 Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Phil Noble(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 22, 2023 08:26 PM IST

Tulsidas Balaram, the last of India's golden trio, dies

The forward, along with Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee, once helped India rule the continent

Tulsidas Balaram, the last of the holy trinity of Indian footballers, is no more(Indian Football/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 09:44 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Not margin but manner of defeat should worry PSG

Mbappe fails to rescue another flop show as Coman, a former Paris player, wins it again for Bayern.

PSG's Kylian Mbappe reacts after scoring a disallowed goal (AP)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 09:05 PM IST
By, Kolkata

LaLiga schools’ team for Mumbai youth league

The best boys from the Spanish league’s programme in Maharashtra will take part in under-13 and under-15 competitions.

The players will be chosen from eight centres they have in Maharashtra | Image for representation (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 11:21 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Why have the goals dried up at star-studded ATK Mohun Bagan?

Liston Colaco and Manvir Singh’s dip in form are among the reasons why they are third from the bottom with 20 strikes

Manvir Singh in action for ATK Mohun Bagan.(PTI)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 11:14 PM IST

For City, a severe test of character awaits

It won't be easy and Guardiola will have to face press conferences where little will be held back

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 11:41 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Napoli eye a first since Diego Maradona

Argentina are world champions and Napoli have beaten Juventus 5-1. Just like it was in 1986-87 and 89-90 when they won their only league titles

Napoli beat Juventus 5-1 this term with Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia, who leads the league’s assists tally, running rings around a team that won nine Serie A titles between 2011-12 and 2019-20.(AP)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 10:57 PM IST

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 10:40 PM IST
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