It is the dream of every player to stand in the tunnel of their home stadium and listen to an atmosphere steadily reaching fever pitch, to walk out onto the pitch, and feel the support of their fans with every tackle, sprint, pass and goal. Football is a working-class sport;
Manchester United have had many a crunch game in their history. Some have won them titles, others have featured stellar comebacks. This was a much more sober occasion, when United had to win. Both to alleviate pressure on their beleaguered boss and to do justice to the undoubted talent in
As the final whistle blew, it seemed all too much for Jose Mourinho. Professional sport is a brutal environment, filled with pressures and expectations and much of the talk regarding its sheer toughness is attributed to solo arts. Tennis is a fine example of this, from a mental perspective because
It seemed so familiar- a homely English club, a small stadium generating a raucous atmosphere and a team with a blue-white top. Manchester United faltered for the first time in their last campaign at the John Smith Stadium to Huddersfield Town. United fans were nervous, and rightly so. Their team
The world’s most loved sporting league will return this weekend with a carnival like no other. The Premier League now has 20 mega wealthy football clubs, with players from 107 nations being represented. The league has evolved adapting tactical innovation throughout its history. Each year, gripping storylines and plot twists
39%, read France’s possession stats for the World Cup Final of 2018. Hardly the stat you’d expect from a team that would go on to win the biggest game in football by a scoreline of 4-2, but maybe not surprising against a duo of Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric. But
When this fixture was announced, it set pulses racing. A clash between two brilliant footballing countries. One with their finest generation, another a perennial favourite on this stage. A lot of the talk leading up to the game was about Roberto Martinez's inability to manage this group of players for
Ivan Rakitic stepped up, 12 yards away from writing the final lines of this incredible drama. The Croatian fans looked weary, almost expecting another twist in a penalty shootout with more twists and turns than a racing track. Calmly slotting it away, Rakitic redeemed Luka Modric, his country’s finest player.
Rojo: "My goal? Messi told everyone that it was either life or death. It would've gone badly. We could've conceded but Leo was stubborn. He told me to run forward. Even Masche. He told everyone to attack no matter what. He truly read the game & risks. He's a leader.
The winners of this game will be celebrating in a hotel room, far away from Volgograd. For now, Leo Messi and Argentina are alive. And it is all down to one Ahmed Musa and his Nigerian compatriots. Nigeria announced themselves in Russia with two moments of magic. Messi will also
Maybe, just maybe it was written in the stars. One could sense it when the Mexican team belted out their national anthem with a thunderous echo from the stadium in accompaniment. And as the 35-minute minute mark struck, Hirving Lozano skipped inside Mats Hummels to finish with aplomb and spark
For one, a bullet dodged. For another, one taken straight to the heart. Luis Suarez had spent the bulk of the game rueing missed chances and throwing his hands in the air in frustration. As Jose Gimenez rose highest, like a salmon with a minute left to plant a header past
Group A features some of football’s most intriguing storylines. A country increasingly isolated on a political front welcoming the world in its arms in the form of Russia features in it. They have a lot of incentive to do well, as do Uruguay. They play their football in a free-spirited,
By Anirudh Madhavan
Group E is a well-balanced mix of teams, comprising of France, Denmark, Peru and Australia. It features diverse styles of football, from the off the cuff brilliance of France to the solid tactical Australian approach. While France will aim to win the tournament, the likes of Peru and