Despite being the most consistent player in the I-League, Mehtab Hussain was absent from the national team for the past few years. Finally given the opportunity by the new manager, he is already beginning to prove his worth.
Bob Houghton's tenure with Indian national team was majorly clouded by controversies and yet the team managed to scale new heights under him. TheHardTackle's FootBlog winner author Kumar Shivam assesses the era and finds what exactly went wrong between Bob and AIFF.
Indian Football was at crossroads when Bob Houghton started his reign. Five years down the line, Houghton era has finally ended. Opinion of fans have been divided about him - some say he was a messiah for Indian football while others are cynical about his achievements. TheHardTackle assesses Houghton's tenure at the helm of Indian team.
India face off against Chinese Taipei in the opening match of AFC Challenge Cup qualifier. On paper India is certainly the stronger team but Houghton's men cannot afford to take their opponents lightly.
India has been drawn against Chinese Taipei, Pakistan and Turkmenistan in group B of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. Here TheHardTackle will be slicing up Indian team by doing a SWOT analysis of the Bhangra Boys so as to figure out where they stand before the qualifiers.
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.
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.
India take on Australia in their Asian Cup campaign Opener on Monday. Do India have what it takes to put up a fight against the Asain numero uno or will they surrender meekly to them?
What impact will the surprise exclusion of some of the top performers of I league have on India's chances in the upcoming 2011 Asian cup? TheHardTackle analyzes the consequences of their omission.
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.