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Debkalpa Banerjee


Debkalpa Banerjee spends his time delving into the realm of football, films and fabrications.

How Bhaichung Bhutia offered a helping hand to stranded migrants in Sikkim
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Apart from offering his four-storeyed shelter to the migrant workers near Gangtok, Bhaichung Bhutia has also taken part in AFC's coronavirus awareness programme, #BreakTheChain.

As ATK, Mohun Bagan reign supreme, what happens to India’s AFC slots?
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

With ATK becoming the ISL champions, Mohun Bagan winning the I-League, and their merger set to go through in June, a third orphaned continental slot is left open — an AFC Cup play-offs spot.

‘Allez Allez Allez’: How Liverpool balladeer Jamie Webster found his place in India
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

Just like any other Liverpool FC fan, Jamie Webster channelises the emotion of being part of a family into his words, and that's how he has gone global — to the pubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.

Emile Heskey, Jason McAteer on Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp and the ‘holy grail’
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

From bringing the Anfield experience at the doorstep of every Liverpool fan to the Premier League title challenge to Jürgen Klopp's man-management ability — the pair revelled in all.

FC Goa’s authority to Chennaiyin FC’s revival: The tale of ISL’s final four
Sat, Feb 29, 2020

How did FC Goa top the table? What drove ATK after a lacklustre sixth-placed finish last season? Where did Bengaluru FC go wrong? How did Chennaiyin FC manage to do the near-impossible?

Meet Rui Pinto: The whistleblower who exposed Manchester City to UEFA
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Rui Pinto, associated with the Football Leaks scandal of 2015, was instrumental in exposing the "serious breaches" in UEFA's FFP regulations that Manchester City is accused of.

Erling Haaland: The baby-faced Terminator lighting it up for Dortmund
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

At 19-years-old, Erling Haaland has gone beyond any level of comprehension by scoring a goal every 22.5 minutes for Borussia Dortmund ever since moving from RB Salzburg in January.

Liverpool’s 30-year-old itinerary and a multitude of records
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Liverpool, with 67 points from 69, have made the best-ever start to a Premier League season, but what records — unbeaten runs, most points, earliest title win — might they end up breaking come May?

I-League finds itself in new terrain as it hopes to survive reality check
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

With a new broadcaster and a production company, I-League goes into its 13th edition hoping for it to not be another false dawn, even though it has been demoted to a second-tier domestic competition.

Conor McGregor and controversies: A match made in UFC
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

From smashing a bus window to using a homophobic slur to assaulting men both inside and outside the octagon, controversies have always surrounded Conor McGregor and his career.

Despite the gloom, India’s World Cup qualifying run has a silver lining
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Although almost out of contention for World Cup after the 1-0 loss to Oman, Igor Stimac's India still have the Asian Cup to play for, and will hope to end their qualifying campaign on a high next year.

India’s trip to Tajikistan illumines evils of fixture congestion-induced fatigue
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Seven members of the squad that made the 2000 kilometres-plus trip were involved in an Indian Super League match between Bengaluru and Chennaiyin just four days before the World Cup qualifier.

Amidst domestic turmoil, ISL continues its search for identity
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

After the end of the struggle over league structure, the Indian Super League is set to be back for its sixth iteration, with familiar problems plaguing the competition and an unfamiliar face to bring order.

Weekend Roundup: Lionel Messi back with a goal, Manchester in distress, Juventus on top
Tue, Oct 08, 2019

As Lionel Messi hit a trademark freekick, the city of Manchester endured a painful Sunday, Juventus overtook Inter for the top spot, and Borussia Monchengladbach took a surprise lead in Germany.

Of Clive Rice and Neil Armstrong: South Africa’s homecoming at Eden Gardens
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

On November 10, 1991, an emotional South African captain Clive Rice had said, "I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he stood on the moon", in a post-match interview at Eden Gardens — because history was forged.

Weekend Roundup: Liverpool, Inter maintain perfect start, Real Madrid on top
Mon, Sep 30, 2019

As Liverpool extended their winning streak to 16 games, Real Madrid climbed to the top of the table after a goalless derby, and Antonio Conte established his dominance in Serie A with six wins in six.

Erling Håland to Ansu Fati: The young guns of UEFA Champions League
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

As the likes of Erling Håland, Ansu Fati, Mason Mount and others continue to impress in their domestic leagues, UEFA Champions League's return will provide the youngsters a superior challenge.

Weekend Roundup: Neymar booed, Manchester City shocked, Fati makes history
Tue, Sep 17, 2019

As Neymar scored a bicycle kick winner amidst boos, Manchester City slumped to their first defeat after a 15-match winning streak and Inter Milan took an early two-point lead over reigning champions Juventus.

With no Robin Hood to dethrone the rich, UEFA Champions League risks being predictable
Tue, Sep 17, 2019

UEFA Champions League will make its return soon, and with it, the financial inequivalence and the predictable group stages will be restored, where the European Goliaths continue to assert their dominance without defiance.

Daniil Medvedev: A pantomime Russian antagonist in New York
Mon, Sep 09, 2019

Daniil Medvedev's path to the US Open final has been full of antics, from flipping the finger at the umpire to WrestleMania-like interviews.