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Dhiman Sarkar is based in Kolkata and has been a sport journalist for over three decades. He writes mainly on football.

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How Owen Coyle revived Chennayin FC

If there is one player through whom part three of the Owen Coyle story of revival can be told, it is Ankit Mukherjee.

Owen Coyle (Source: Chennaiyin FC)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 01:53 PM IST
ByDhiman Sarkar

Raphinha shines in Mbappe’s Paris

Xavi’s changes help Barcelona overcome PSG’s second-half tweaks, erase lead and win 3-2

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Raphinha leaps in the air as he celebrates scoring Barcelona's second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)(AFP)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 05:22 PM IST
ByDhiman Sarkar

Advantage City after thrilling 3-3 draw against Real at Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid are Champions League’s most successful team but they have never won at City and will be without Tchouaméni who is suspended for the return leg.

Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates scoring their second goal with manager Pep Guardiola and Ruben Dias.(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:41 PM IST

Young ones shine but rot is deep at Manchester United

Mainoo, Kambwala and Garnacho bright spots but chaos not control is the new normal with Ten Hag’s team

Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo celebrates scoring their second goal with Alejandro Garnacho.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 12:29 PM IST

First I-League title for Mohammedan Sporting clears path to ISL

Kolkata giants champions after 2-1 win against Shillong Lajong with a round to spare

Mohammedan Sporting players celebrate after winning the I League(AIFF)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 10:44 PM IST

8 overs, 100 runs: Starc and the IPL top-buy curse

Matter of time before you see Starc in his element, says KKR bowling coach Arun.

KKR spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24.75 to sign Mitchell Starc in the IPL 2024 auction.(AFP)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:15 PM IST

IPL 2024: Against RCB, Sunil Narine turns clock back to 2017

The KKR star hit IPL’s fastest 50 then; on Friday, the opener made a whirlwind 47. In both games, he was adjudged Player-of-the-Match

Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Kolkata Knight Riders(PTI)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 08:43 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Does the Indian football team need an OCI spine?

It is common practice, can be a short-term boost and stave off complacency for Indian stars.

Sunil Chhetri fights for the ball with Afghanistan's Rahmat Akbari during the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 10:32 AM IST

AIFF technical committee unhappy with Stimac

Compensation could be the glitch in sacking the Croat now

India's head coach Igor Stimac(AP)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 12:24 AM IST

World Cup 2026 qualifiers: Afghanistan ride late goals to shock India 2-1

Chhetri scores in 150th game but Afghanistan hit back through Akbari and Mukhammad

Afghanistan's Sharif Mukhammad (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the 2026 FIFA World Cup AFC qualifiers football match between India and Afghanistan at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati(AFP)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 11:08 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Does India's drab draw against Afghanistan point to a deeper malaise?

Unless India produce a response on Tuesday or improve by June, a never-before third round in World Cup qualifiers could remain a dream

India's Nikhin Pujari in action against Afghanistan(AIFF)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 10:59 PM IST

Mohammedan Sporting’s tilt at I-League glory

Should Mohammedan Sporting Club make the ISL next term, the young league will have a third club that is over 100 years old.

Mohammedan Sporting coach Andrey Chernyshov (right) with India head coach Igor Stimac. (Source: Mohammedan Sporting Club)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Blunt India held 0-0 by Afghanistan

With four points, India are second in the group and on course for a historic third round berth in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

Sunil Chhetri reacts during the match.(AFP)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Kolkata

India vs Afghanistan: Chhetri may start behind striker Vikram Pratap

Sahal Abdul Samad ruled out with hamstring injury for the World Cup qualifier to be played at altitude in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

India's Sunil Chhetri controls the ball during the Asian Cup Group B match (AP)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Kolkata

After Tiger, no one, not even McIlroy had me raising an eyebrow: Atwal

India’s only PGA Tour winner rates Indian Open title at Royal over Wyndham win in 2010

File photo Arjun Atwal(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 08:08 PM IST

ISL awards Mumbai City full points, 3-0 win against Jamshedpur

Mumbai City move to 41 points from 19 games; Jamshedpur FC apologise to fans

File photo of Mumbai City FC players celebrating(PTI)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 01:33 PM IST

Learnt a lot from Russell, Narine and Ten Doeschate: Gambhir

This is your franchise. Make it or break it, KKR mentor recalls Shah Rukh Khan as saying in 2011 and again last year

Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Gautam Gambhir and officials unveil a jersey.(PTI)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 11:06 PM IST
By, Kolkata

A Manchester United comeback in 'Fergie Time'

The FA Cup quarter-final win turned the clock back, if only for one rainy Sunday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United beat Liverpool in extra time to reach the FA Cup semis.
Published on Mar 18, 2024 02:51 PM IST

HT Kick Off: ISL's agonising 17-day break and AIFF's massive own goal

If the race to the top in Indian Super League is exciting, so is the fight for the remaining places in the top six.

Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s Dimitri Petratos celebrates after scoring from a penalty against East Bengal at Salt Lake stadium on Sunday (Source: ISL Media)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 09:24 AM IST

I-League set for hit as AIFF cuts 20 crore from competitions' budget

Surplus of ₹30 lakh for 2024-25 but expenditure reduced for tournaments

AIFF Football House in Delhi(AIFF)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 11:57 PM IST

No chartered flight for Indian football team to Saudi Arabia for WC qualifier

Cost and unavailability of aircraft that could carry the contingent of 40-odd including staff were why a chartered flight could not be arranged

India's players pose for the group picture before the start of the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group B football match vs Syria(AFP)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 11:03 PM IST

Barcelona show the kids are all right

Teenagers Yamal, Cubarsi lead charge into first Champions League quarter-finals after 2020

Napoli's Juan Jesus, left, tries to block a shot by Barcelona's Lamine Yamal during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg(AP)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 06:18 PM IST

When you want more money, you have to play more games: Luis Figo

From 2024-25, Champions League will be played in a different format with the group league being scrapped and the 36 teams playing eight games each

Portuguese former footballer Luis Figo(AFP)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 09:32 AM IST
ByDhiman Sarkar

Mohun Bagan’s first half fizz wins Kolkata derby

Goals from Cummings, Colaco and Petratos quell East Bengal’s fightback after the interval.

Mohun Bagan Super Giants and East Bengal FC(Red-Yellow) players vie for the ball (PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 12:14 AM IST
By, Kolkata

AIFF report card: More misses than hits after SAFF high

Between the last AGM in July and the one on Sunday, India hosted Wenger but went to Asian Games and Asian Cup without adequate preparation.

After winning SAFF, India were 99th; after no goals and no points in the 2024 Asian Cup, they are 117.(AFP/Getty Images)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 08:28 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Jamshedpur FC play an Indian less, may lose points

They finished Friday’s 1-1 draw against Mumbai City FC with six Indians instead of seven

With three games to go, they are in pole position with 36 points from 18 rounds. Odisha FC are second on 35 points after 18 games.
Published on Mar 08, 2024 11:11 PM IST
By, Kolkata

I am not a selfish footballer: Aitana Bonmati

Maybe there will come a time when boys and girls will idolize women footballer, says the world’s best player.

Aitana Bonmati reminds Xavi of himself, the Barcelona coach, legend and World Cup winner has said(FC Barcelona)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 10:03 PM IST

Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane light up European night

Two goals each from them took PSG and Bayern to Champions League quarter-finals. Those strikes also summed up what makes them so efficient.

Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane helped PSG and Bayern Munich enter the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League.
Published on Mar 06, 2024 07:29 PM IST

ISL 10: Lack of game time for India players worry for Igor Stimac

Sandesh Jhingan and Ashqiue Kuruniyan are injured for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan.

India coach Igor Stimac reacts during a game(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 10:24 PM IST

Once a starlet, Phil Foden has risen to 'another level'

City’s homegrown hero has got better every season since he was eased into the first team by Guardiola.

Manchester City's English midfielder #47 Phil Foden celebrates after scoring(AFP)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 10:47 PM IST
By, Kolkata
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