Four score and twenty years ago, the South American Football Championship was born. Now simply known as the Copa America, the world’s oldest continental football tournament celebrates its centenary. It was only last year when a Jorge Sampaoli inspired Chile lifted the Copa America on home soil. And yet to the chagrin of many… Read More Copa America Centenario Power Rankings: Who will win it?
In 1962, Josef Masopust won the Ballon d’Or. Masopust may not even be the most famous player from Czechoslovakia at a time before the country balkanised into what is now the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. That honour would probably be bestowed upon Antonin Panenka. The Czech midfielder is famously known for his… Read More Has the FIFA Ballon d’Or lost its prestige?
Such is the nature of football that even in a score-line as emphatic as 4-0, it is the slimmest of margins that illuminate. As such, it has been coming for some time now. Barcelona was bound to lose out someday. Dethroned they have been, but nobody thought it would come in this way. Of… Read More BAYERN DETHRONE MIGHTY BARCA
[This is a Champions League semi-final preview of Bayern vs Barcelona. For Dortmund vs Real Madrid, click here] The change of guard is probably here. As the players step onto the pitch and listen to that Champions League anthem, they will know that the shaking of hands that follows may very well symbolise the passing… Read More CHANGING TIMES FOR BARCELONA AND BAYERN
Sometimes, greatness is thrust upon human shoulders allowing superhuman feats to be achieved. Lionel Messi is titanium. Hamstrung and clearly unfit, he ensured Barcelona would not fall. Starting from the bench, it was his introduction that allowed Barcelona to rise above the solid resistance that
[ In relation to this article also, check out the follow up article – Who will Win the Champions League? ] Nobody in their wildest dreams would have imagined that it would be Chelsea, not Bayern Munich that would be climbing the steps of the Allianz Arena to accept the Champions League trophy from Michel… Read More NO SURPRISES IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
This time, it was neither the Eiffel Tower nor the Arc de Triomphe. The discussion was not about famous paintings at La Louvre or of how a city invoked romance. Paris, was the venue, but the main attraction was the football over at the Parc de Princes. This is what the Qatari aristocrats dreamed… Read More TWILIGHT IN PARIS