With the FIFA World Cup fever gripping the football fans across the nation, TheHardTackle ponders upon the four year cycle of an Indian Football Fan
It is the tenth anniversary of the ASEAN Cup 2003 triumph of East Bengal, THT takes a look at what and who made it possible by reliving the euphoria.
TheHardTackle examines the stories of Chirag United and United Sikkim and analyzes what Chirag's relegation and Sikkim's promotion mean for I-League in general.
2011 was a good year for Indian football. The year began with India bowing out in group stages of AFC Asia Cup but ended with the team winning a record 6th SAFF Cup title. There were some notable performances in youth level. Indian football fans were exposed to a host of international names this year, including Lionel Messi. In club football, this year saw some of the most intriguing matches in recent times and the demise of one of India's most successful clubs.
[From the archives] Although Indian national team is lagging way behind against top Asian countries in terms of current FIFA rankings, India has achieved its fare share of success against foreign club sides. Kingfisher East Bengal is regarded as the most successful Indian club against foreign teams. TheHardTackle compiles the top five moments of glory for the Red-&-Gold brigade against their foreign counterparts.
Before the big Kolkata Derby, TheHardTackle analyzes the statistics to determine which club has been more successful over the years. If raw statistics are to be factored into this debate, then it's evident that East Bengal has dominated over their bitter city rivals Mohun Bagan in head-to-head clashes.
India was knocked out in group league of Asian Cup 2011. Although the team slumped to three heavy losses, there were some positives to take away from the campaign. TheHardTackle presents a report on the Indian team and its players.
TheHardTackle brings you the LIVE! min-by-min commentary and score updates for Team India’s AFC Asian Cup match against South Korea. Log on to TheHardTackle to catch the actions LIVE !
Keep yourself up-to-date with all the happenings surrounding AFC Asian Cup 2011. Here goes TheHardTackle's daily dose of news items from Doha.
After a long 26 years wait, Baichung Bhutia-led Indian football team once again made it to the final stage of the Asian Cup 2011. TheHardTackle's takes a look at Team India's Final-23 squad and analyzes their strengths and weaknesses.