The England squad failed to live up to their expectations in the World Cup, a very familiar sight for football fans the world over. TheHardTackle's Somnath Sengupta declares that fans have been been misguided by the English media into thinking that the Three Lions had a good team, while in reality England never had a chance.
With the World Cup poised to enter the quarter-final stage, and all the melting-pot related cliches exhausted; one might be forgiven for overlooking the influence global music has had on the tournament - and vice versa. The tournament, while serving obviously as an arena for those with gifted feet to showcase their talent, has also been a stage for an assorted array of global talents to take us on a Sony Music Entertainment-sponsored musical journey through the ages.
In Part-2 of the series, TheHardTackle's Somnath Sengupta analyzes how Brazilian football became more defensive in the 90s and how the new tactics have led Brazil to a successful return to the pinnacle of the beautiful game, and concludes his observations with a comparison of Brazil's changing formation and tactics in different World Cups.
This world cup was touted to be a giant leap forward for African football. Sadly, it didn't turn out that way. Five of the six African nations packed their bags in the very first round. Ghana, has slowly but steadily, crept into the last eight. THT's Somnath Sengupta anyalyzes there performance till now and evaluates their chances to reach semi-final.
TheHardTackle's Guest Author Arvind S Balasubramanian analyzes the root cause of the Azzurri debacle in this World Cup and evaluates the possible road ahead for the new La Nazionale boss Cesare Prandelli.
Brazil, the most successful nation has long been lauded as the team that plays most attractive football. But is this epithet completely correct in last two decades ? THT's Somnath Sengupta takes a cynical look at recent Brazilian teams, and compares them with the older teams. In Part-1 let us looks at the historical context of Brazil's association with Joga Bonito
A bizarre look back at the English season. The English Premier League threw up some wonderful, controversial and funny moments. TheHardTackle's Akarsh Sharma recaps the whole season by handing out awards through some innovative categories..
Transfer talk makes the involved player suffer more than anybody else. Nobody wants a transfer to happen this way in an ideal world. But this isn't an ideal world and we have to deal with it. Right now, it is not easy being Cesc Fabregas! THT's Sounak Mukherjee reflects on what a player goes through in tricky circumstances..
Exclusive news from behind the Premier League scenes. There is a lot more to the Premier League than just football. You may watch a lot of action, but you could miss out on the drama behind the scenes. Here are some of the headlines as THT's Sanish Fernandez brings to you EXCLUSIVE off-the-pitch news...
Does Cesc Fabregas fit in at Barcelona ? Ever since Francesc Fabregas decided to leave FC Barcelona for Arsenal FC as a starry eyed 16 year old, debate has raged on about the manner of his departure and his inevitable return. THT's Jayant Srivastava looks at the reasons why now might not be the right time to bring Cesc Fabregas to the Camp Nou.