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

From Mancini’s Italy to Sousa’s Poland: The dark horses of UEFA Euro 2020
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

Ahead of UEFA Euro 2020, the usual suspects have all made the headlines in recent weeks but what about the ones hoping to spring a surprise this year's European Championship?

Liverpool in wait for a squad rebuild after surviving topsy-turvy, taxing season
Sat, May 29, 2021

After saving themselves from the blushes by securing UEFA Champions League qualification on the final matchday this season, Liverpool can't afford to be complacent in the summer transfer window.

Atletico to bank on their mentality to end title drought, opine former La Liga stars
Sat, May 22, 2021

As La Liga heads into its final matchday with the title still undecided, former players like Javier Mascherano, Diego Forlan and Luis Garcia weigh in with their thoughts on the riveting 2020/21 season.

FC Goa aim to fly the Indian flag high in AFC Champions League: Juan Ferrando
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Entering unchartered territory on the back of their ISL success last season, FC Goa will be up against Al-Rayyan, Persepolis, and Al Wahda during the AFC Champions League group stage.

‘Being Serena’: A superwoman’s tale of embracing weakness off the tennis court
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

"Being Serena", a five-part documentary series about the hurdles faced by Serena Williams during and after her childbirth in 2017, depicts a story about parenthood and the doubts surrounding it.

Meet Monchi: The master strategist behind Sevilla’s continued success in Europe
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, more popularly known as Monchi, has revolutionised what it means to be a sporting director ever since he swapped his goalkeeping kit for a suit two decades ago.

‘The End of the Storm’: How Liverpool earned a golden sky in a story for the ages
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

"The End of the Storm", a 99-minute documentary about Liverpool's title triumph in the 2019/20 season, aptly immortalises the sporting tale of excellence through themes of family and togetherness.

In need of a safe space: How Bengaluru FC aims to care about mental health
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

In line with the club's "Care Around the Corner" initiative, Bengaluru FC recently hired a mental health expert and she aims to free up the weighed-down minds of players in any way possible.

Bio-bubbles, online yoga, new format: I-League returns in a revamped avatar
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic still plaguing the country, the I-League 2020/21 season is set to be played behind closed doors in four venues in Kolkata and Kalyani, starting from January 9.

Mauricio Pochettino faces an uphill task at PSG after returning from sabbatical
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Mauricio Pochettino will doubtless be tasked with what his predecessor, Thomas Tuchel, had failed to achieve — win Paris Saint-Germain's first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy.

Luis Machado adds teeth to NorthEast United’s plans of vanquishing playoffs jinx
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

Luis Machado has made quick strides in acclimatising himself to Gerard Nus' plans at NorthEast United ever since his arrival from Liga NOS side Moreirense FC in late September.

Bayern Munich reach zenith, Liverpool end drought in the time of coronavirus
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Ranging from fanless stadiums to bio-security bubbles to virtually-generated crowd noises to exhaustive COVID-19 testing, 2020 pioneered in shattering the norms of football.

ATK Mohun Bagan lay down marker for ISL title challenge with resolute start
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Apart from an anomalous defeat at the hands of Jamshedpur, ATK Mohun Bagan have looked near-invincible this season owing to their air-tight defence and an unerring Roy Krishna upfront.

Super Overs, Shocks and Surprises: The five best matches of IPL 2020
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

Across three venues in the UAE, a number of high-octane IPL 2020 matches took place over seven weeks -- from a multitude of Super Overs to last ball finishes to comprehensive ten-wicket victories.

Sevilla to partner with unnamed club in India for long-term project soon: CEO
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Apart from the impending collaboration in India, Sevilla have also aligned themselves with their domestic league to contribute more to the La Liga India Football Schools.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool’s title defence under threat from bolstered rivals
Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Liverpool's hopes to retain their first Premier League title in three decades is set to have a rocky path as a vengeful City, a free-spending Chelsea, and a rejuvenated United will be out for blood.

Meet Saviour Gama, the marauding roadrunner aiming to impress at FC Goa
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

Possessing explosive pace, determination, and aggression, the ascension in the ranks of FC Goa's Saviour Gama has been an unsurprising tale considering his successes from a young age.

Lionel Messi vs Barcelona: The reluctant talisman ends a war without winners
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

Lionel Messi's love for Barcelona, and his adoring fans, means he is unlikely to go through the motions next season but new manager Ronald Koeman now has an unhappy player on his hands.

US Open returns with pullouts and restrictions at fanless Flushing Meadows
Tue, Sep 01, 2020

The US Open, which is set to take place from August 31 to September 13, promises to be a spectacle unlike any other considering the raging pandemic, the bio-bubble, and the lack of jeers and cheers.

From Bergamo to Lisbon: The rise and rise of Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Atalanta, a team of unusual suspects helmed by an unconventional tactician, have found themselves among the Goliaths of Europe after years of being doomed to mid-table indifference in the Serie A.

Robert Lewandowski: A Ballon d’Or worthy season with records in sight
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

With 53 goals and 8 assists in just 44 appearances this season, Robert Lewandowski has propelled Bayern Munich to a domestic double and now has his eyes on the elusive UEFA Champions League.

Meet Narender Gahlot, the man-mountain at the heart of Jamshedpur FC’s defence
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

From missing out on the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 because of an injury to becoming the second-youngest goalscorer for India, Narender Gahlot's journey has been an uphill trek but with its rewards.

‘I always fight until the final whistle’: Syed Shahid Hakim recovers from COVID-19
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Syed Shahid Hakim, who represented India in the 1960 Olympics and officiated as a referee in 33 international games later in his career, said that he will be discharged from care on Tuesday night.

European finals to domestic frailty: How London clubs faltered in the 2019/20 season
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

While Chelsea managed to clinch a top-four finish with a final day win, Tottenham Hotspur have to make peace with a UEFA Europa League spot, which is still better than Arsenal's empty-handed finish.

Real Madrid owe La Liga title to Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos’ age-defying antics
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

With their 34th league title win, Real Madrid laid down a marker of domestic dominance helped by the experience of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, and the safe hands of Thibaut Courtois.

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