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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil make best out of their last ‘home’ game
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

More than it was a Brazil game, or Brazil’s knockout game, it was merely about Brazil’s last game at the venue.

FIFA U-17 World Cup, Brazil vs Honduras: Honduras aim for the improbable
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

On paper, Brazil should get the better of the Central Americans but a match 16 years ago gives the underdogs hope for last 16 game

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Meet Alan, Brazil’s Iniesta-in-making
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to meet Alan’s buyout clause, which is $50 million, although he says he has heard nothing about it.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Eden Gardens is a must see for England coach, Esther Staubli makes history, France’s hunt for home support
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Like all cricket lovers, Steve Cooper is reverential toward India’s most storied cricket venue and wants to watch a match at Eden Gardens.

Meet ‘Mr Pele’: The war veteran who is trying to rally Niger behind football
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Djibrilla doesn’t believe in the Utopian assumption that the Nigerien youths would trade bullets for football one day, but is certain that the sport will slit open the avenues of a better livelihood.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Amidst False 9s, Abel Ruiz emerges a true blue forward
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

WIth football littered by wingers and playmakers, Spain have unearthed a rare talent in Abel Ruiz - a poacher as well as creator of goals.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Attacking Guineans defeated, deflated
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Guinea lost 3-1 to Germany in their last group stage match, where the Guineans had the Germans panicking for a majority of the match.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Biryani boost for Iran, Guinea skipper’s desire to play for Real Madrid
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Fandje Toure turned down an offer from Chelsea earlier this year as he dreams to play alongside his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Chile’s Kolkata tour, Niger’s emperor, Age no bar for Guinea and Brazil
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Down and almost out after back-to-back losses, the Chile U-17 team is enjoying their time in Kolkata.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A touch of indifference in the air as Germany touch down in Kochi
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Germans met with a vapid reception on their first practice day in Kochi, as opposed to the sustained fanfare extended to the Brazilians or Spaniards.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ignoring snakes to get the ball, Niger’s love for banana chips and much more
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Teams are not only impressed by the support they are getting at the stadiums but also the similarity of their cuisine.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Foreign teams’ shopping experiences, Jadon Sancho’s ‘Baganisation’ and more
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

'Wenger Out' banners, Sancho's comparisons with the greats of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal; with the world coming to play in India, our reporters keep an eye out for the unusual.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: North Koreans park bus, but Brazil find a way
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Despite North Korea dogged, rugged defensive approach, Brazil pull a win out of the bag in FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Indian colts’ nervous parents, Ghana’s Jama, Germany’s Lufthansa experiment set the pace in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Boris Singh's father's nervousness before his son plays, the grimness of the North Koreans and more from our reporters around the country.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Chile colts create emotional moment in Kolkata
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Chile's anthem, Himno Nacional de Chile, is about 120 seconds longs and even after FIFA cut off the music after 90 seconds, the Chile colts sang along in chorus.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil colts on song at second home
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Brazil, favourites and buoyed by a partisan crowd in Kochi, came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in a marquee Group D clash.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: What unusual is happening in India
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup brings the world to play in India, our reporters keep an eye out for the unusual.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: The world comes to play in India
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Guinea U-17 colts in Goa, ahead of their opener against Iran on Saturday, are not falling over themselves to claim Paul Pogba as one of their own.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Twinkle-toed get cold feet
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Getting behind a microphone while addressing the media doesn’t come naturally to most players.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A slice of life in India
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

From the buzz in the team to the shor in the street, our reporters present a slice of life of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Kerala’s Spanish fans, a product of La Liga on TV in the last decade
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The telecast of the Spanish La Liga and Champions League in the last decade turned the Malayali into a Spanish fan.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Pedigree hunting in Kerala
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

A passion for football and love for dogs unites midfielder Rahul’s family, Kerala’s lone representative in the U-17 World Cup team

FIFA U-17 World Cup: In Pele’s ‘own country’, pearls from Brazil feel at home
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

To football fans in Kochi, it doesn’t matter who’s playing or who’s not. Or whether they know their names or not. After all, a Brazilian footballer is a Brazilian footballer.

India vs Australia: In search of beginnings of Chepauk’s Walajah Road End
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

To dig the history of Walajah, you need to explore the mosques around the stadium. Even there, you should be lucky enough to stumble into someone elderly.

Caught on stump mic! How MS Dhoni continues to lead from behind
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

MS Dhoni’s instructions to bowlers from behind the stumps are invaluable. India's encounter with Australia on Sunday was a case in point. Keeper MS provided valuable inputs into wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.

India vs Australia 1st ODI: The day MS Dhoni — the son — returned home
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

MS Dhoni had not played in Chennai for 697 days and even though Hardik Pandya won the first ODI for India against Australia, the Chepauk crowd's hero of the day was the former India captain.

Dreams of Miandad
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

With international cricket returning to Pakistan, I can pick up the threads of an old fascination

India vs Australia 1st ODI: Tryst with wrist as Australia and Chennai set for spin reacquaintance
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The ‘knowledgeable’ Chennai crowd will come to the stadium armed with their VV Kumar yardstick when India face Australia in the first of the five ODI-series beginning at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday.

India vs Australia: An ODI series in pursuit of context
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

India-Australia face-off is devoid of frenzy, as both teams are preparing for bigger battles in the months ahead. None of the nervous suspense or edgy anticipation has brimmed over to the limited-over series.

India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon’s mysterious omission in coloured kits
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

For wrist-spinners, perceivably, pose more threat with their ability to turn on any surface, than an offie without the doosra or a flat, restrictive left-arm spinner, who were the fad before the wrist-spin resurgence.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Bigger fish to fry
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Leaving off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin out of ODI team that faces Australia in the upcoming limited overs series implies he is being prepared for India’s tilt at overseas glory.

Infrastructural incompetence, decades of geographical alienation stymies cricket in Jaffna
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

It's not just infrastructural incompetence or decades of geographical alienation that has stymied Jaffna cricket, in the pre-war days, Jaffna was a cricketing powerhouse, but also societal and class disparities.

India vs Sri Lanka: Teardrop island’s sob story
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Despite a deep-rooted cricket culture, Sri Lanka faces a severe crisis and rebuilding will begin by finding a stable captain-coach combination.

India vs Sri Lanka: Day 3 captures just how far Sri Lanka have fallen
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

With Chandimal ended Sri Lanka’s faintest of faint hopes of stretching the match to the fourth day, nay third session of the third day. It was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

India vs Sri Lanka: A happy India day for Virat Kohli’s men
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Virat Kohli and company ticked a few boxes as they whitewashed Sri Lanka with an innings-and-171-run victory at Pallekele.

Mohammed Shami softens Sri Lanka up, spinners benefit
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Mohammed Shami might, at times, looks chagrined, like when a fielders drops a sitter. But you seldom spot him scowling or stare at batsmen, let alone spew expletives, he doesn’t even stare back at them. So much so that he’s an anachronism.