A quick look into why the CFL and IFA Shield are losing their charm and are considered more of a hindrance than triumph.
Mohammedan Sporting's 2013/14 season has been a mixed bag as Durand Cup and IFA Shield victories were overshadowed by I-League relegation.
The 118th edition of the IFA Shield kicks off with eight teams vying for the coveted trophy.
Prayag United defeated East Bengal in the final of an edition of IFA Shield plagued by poor organization and mismanagement.
IFA Shield 2013's Kolkata Kalyani phase sees star attraction Deportivo Saprissa square off against Mohun Bagan and Pune FC.
IFA Shield 2013 sees Siliguri host group league matches and East Bengal are favourites to progress from this phase.
[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.
It is said that cricket is a religion in India. Popularity of cricket has completely overshadowed other sports in India. Is it fair to blame cricket for the current condition of Indian football ? In first part of this series, we take a look at the parallel history of Indian football and cricket.
TheHardTackle previews the Churchill Brothers-Shillong Lajong and Mohun Bagan-Southern Samity semifinal clashes in the prestigious IFA Shield.
TheHardTackle travels down memory lane to bring you the five most memorable and significant encounters in the history of IFA Shield.