Bengaluru FC have been the trend setter in Indian Football for the last three years be it their focus on youth or the signing of players or the off-field activities.
League football has been prevalent in India for over two decades and yet it took a team instituted just three years ago to set out and challenge for unprecedented continental glory in the final of the AFC Cup in November. The Hard Tackle attempts to chart this remarkable growth of the new pride of Indian football, Bengaluru FC.
Bollywood actor and global icon Shah Rukh Khan is in talks to acquire I-League giants Mohun Bagan.
FC Pune City rope in Argentine midfielder Gustavo Oberman, while fellow ISL side Delhi Dynamos are unveiled at the Hawthorns. In other news, Mohun Bagan's boycott leads to fan protest.
The last match of Group A of the 2015 SAFF Championships sees hosts India take on Nepal in their fourth clash of 2015.
With the relegation race in the I League hotting, TheHardTackle analyses the remaining set of fixtures for the teams involved
Kitchee SC V Kingfisher East Bengal Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong 12th May 2015, 18:00IST ***** The Final game of the group stage sees Indian footballing giants Kingfisher East Bengal FC travel to Hong Kong to face Kitchee SC.Kingfisher East Bengal have managed just four points from their five fixtures and have no chance of qualifying for the Knockout stages of the AFC Cup. Meanwhile Kitchee SC have acumulated ten points and a win for them could take them at the top of the group if Johor Darul Tazim loose against Belestier Khalsa FC. Both teams had to share points in the reverse fixture, played at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan ,Kolkata. Team News and Tactical Brief: Kitchee SC Wang Zhenpeng will take his place in between the sticks as usual with Spanish Defender Fernando Recio partnering South Korean Kim Tae-Min in Central defence.Lo Kwan Yee will take up his position at right wingback with Cheung Kin Fung occupying the Left […]
The Hard Tackle previews the AFC Cup group F game between Kingfisher East Bengal and Balestier Khalsa.
The 10th Round of the I-League , will see two of the India’s biggest clubs go head to head for the 310th time,in all competitions. Mcdowells Mohun Bagan head into the 9th game of their I-League campaign and are currently unbeaten in the League and in pole position.Kingfisher East Bengal are however way off their next door neighbours and are lying in 5th position , having drawn half of their games so far. This game will be a good oppurtunity for both teams to get a grip on their current campaign , a win for Mcdowells Mohun Bagan will se them cement their place at the top and will certainly make them very close to that coveted I-League trophy. A win for Kingfisher East Bengal would however make the league wide open and would throw Kingfisher East Bengal right in the mix of title race.An interesting fact is that East Bengal have not failed to score in a single tie […]
NEPAL vs INDIA Dasarath Rangasala Stadium,Kathmandu Tuesday 17th March, 2015, 15:00 IST *** The second Leg of the World Cup Pre-Qualifiers sees Nepal play host to India. India go into the match having a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Sunil Chettri’s brace. Nepal will be looking forward to overturn the deficit and progress to the next stage, having the advantage of playing in their own backyard. However India will be adamant not to let the 2 goal advantage slip. Team News and Tactics Nepal Coached by Jack Stefanowski, Nepal will have to overturn the two goal deficit to have any chance of progressing to the next stage. Nepal were outdone by their opponent in the 1st Leg of the tie, but they only conceded two goals, which means the tie is still there to be won but Nepal will have to improve a lot on their Away performance if they want to keep their hopes of Qualifying for the World Cup […]