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.

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.

The 2011 Asian Cup will be India's third appearance in the tournament. Unlike Asian Games football, India's record in Asian Cup is pretty patchy. TheHardTackle takes a look at India's previous trysts with the Asian Cup.