Mihir Vasavda


FIFA World Cup 2018: The art and science of parking the bus
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Iceland's strong defensive set-up, which is the catalyst to their success in the 2016 Euros and the ongoing World Cup acts as a springboard to launch counter-attacks

Mummy returns: With Paolo Guerrero’s return, Peru on a high at FIFA World Cup
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

This is a story about a Peruvian legend Paolo Guerrero and his failed dope test, a country's beverage culture and three Inca mummies.

FIFA World Cup 2018: People vs Establishment – rivalry that plays out in Moscow
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

The rivalry between CSKA and Spartak dates back to the Soviet era, when the teams represented two different segments of the Russian society — the army and the civilians respectively.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Iranian rhapsody, 12 players in Europe, attacking verve and miserly backline
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Carlos Queiroz’s squad of 25 has 12 players who play in Europe, rare for an Asian team. Rarer it is to have not one but two players who have constantly been on the radar of top clubs.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia, the Rouble raisers
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Russian oligarchs have expended billions in acquiring football clubs in Europe and sponsoring marquee events. But they share a complex relationship with the Kremlin, with sport at the centre of it

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia, sparkling rainbow of Europe’s famous colours in Russia
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

The iconic red-and-white checkered Croatian jersey will be worn by some of the iconic footballers of this generation.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Egyptian football suffered after Arab Spring; only to rise miraculously and make it to Russia
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

Football played a significant role in the Egyptian Arab Spring but suffered in its aftermath. There were tragedies in the stands and failures on the pitch, but the team has risen miraculously to make it to Russia.

Under new hockey coach, India’s old guards get a fresh lease of life
Fri, Jun 01, 2018

The Indian hockey team management has ditched its philosophy of blooding in young players into the squad as veterans Sardar Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra returned for Champions Trophy.

Real Kashmir’s promotion gives Jammu and Kashmir flavour to I-League
Thu, May 31, 2018

Real Kashmir become 1st club from Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the I-League; 3-2 win over Hindustan FC paves way.

Important that women get a voice, says Sjoerd Marijne
Fri, May 25, 2018

Coach Sjoerd Marijne says his team can earn respect by producing results and be higher in world ranking than men.

Asian Games 2018: IOA submits list of 906 athletes, up to 300 face the axe
Wed, May 23, 2018

IOA and SAI decided that at least 250 to 300 out of the 900 names will be removed from the Asian Games 2018 contingent before June 30.

Saudi Arabia’s announcement of the SWAFF: Playing football with political map
Fri, May 18, 2018

The announcement of a breakaway Saudi Arabia-led federation has got FIFA and AFC worried.

Asian Cup 2019: Thai message for Indian football team
Mon, May 07, 2018

India seem to have a favourable Asian Cup draw, but resurgent Thailand could play spoilsport.

Axe, Y, Z of Indian Hockey: 18 years, 22 coaches, 1 Asian Games gold
Sun, May 06, 2018

A string of below-par performances, another medalless tournament and the predictable coach axing. Scratch the surface of Indian hockey and you find is a derelict system where the coach isn’t the real problem and his sacking certainly not a sustainable solution

Indian men’s hockey coach: The door that keeps swinging
Wed, May 02, 2018

With Sjoerd Marijne, another Indian men’s hockey coach bites the dust, the eighth in a decade, but the real loser is the women’s team

After dismal run, India swaps coaches of men, women hockey teams
Wed, May 02, 2018

Harendra, who led the junior men’s team to the World Cup title in 2016, had succeeded Marijne as the women’s team coach last October. Both have been given contracts till 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India shooters to take a break, for the better
Mon, Apr 30, 2018

After a middling outing at Changwon World Cup, shooters to skip USA edition to recover and remain fresh for busy second-half of the year.

Sans Sjoerd Marijne, Hockey India names new captain
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

A fortnight after the Commonwealth Games debacle, the men's hockey team reassembled in Bangalore with a new captain and sans coach, Sjoerd Marijne.

Bhaichung Bhutia launches new party Hamro Sikkim: ‘outsider tag was always there in TMC’
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

The 41-year-old floated the Hamro Sikkim Party, with the ambition of ending the 24-year rule of the Sikkim Democratic Front in the state. “I am here not to be the president of the party or the CM face,” Bhutia said. “But if my party wants me to do that, I will.”

CWG 2018 Postcard from Down Under: Updates on Tinder, Indian VIPs spitting inside Village
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Gold Coast resembled a ghost town days before the Commonwealth Games 2018 began, albeit a hauntingly beautiful one, as paranoid residents anticipating chaos left the place.