International action returned to Europe with all the teams facing off against each other in a bid for qualification. All of the big names lived up to their billing as we saw three exciting match days come to an end. Read on to find more.
Two years after he had collapsed on the pitch, Madrid sensation De La Red announced his retirement. TheHardTackle takes a look at what kind of a player he could've been.
On the eve of Juventus' crunch tie with Manchester City, the Old Lady's recent weakness against English teams is uncovered and analyzed.
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 a star studded side consisting of the likes of Rooney-Gerrard-Lampard, the Three Lions were clearly the favorites in this encounter; yet a resolute - although unglamorous - performance from Rabah Saadane's Desert Foxes did ensure England would have to be content with a goalless stalemate. THT's Karan Yadav relives all the action from Green Point Stadium, Cape Town.
A howler from Robert Green gave United States a share of the spoils in the Group C encounter, after England skipper Steven Gerrard gave his side an early lead.
Arnav Bose looks at footballers who had their dreams of playing in Africa, shattered. Controversies and debates on the exclusion of some of these players have taken place. TheHardTackle's guest writer Arnav Bose forms a team of casualties capable of challenging the world's best...
Every four years a FIFA World Cup is played. Every four years England are expected to be crowned champions. Every four years they return disappointed. What's in store for them this year? TheHardTackle's Nipun Malhotra analyses England along with the teams which are going to line up with them in Group C..