Many doubted the talent of Joaquim Abranches when he arrived at Dempo from Churchill Brothers. TheHardTackle tells you how he has grown to be a worthy asset to Indian Football.
Not even Dempo’s staunchest fans would have pictured this after the humiliating loss to Nasaf. It will not be without a touch of irony that if Dempo win today in their final match against Al Ansar at Balewadi and Al Tilal don’t beat Nasaf- they will qualify for the knockout round of the AFC Cup for yet another season.
Here is our second installment of the series analyzing the individual performances dished out by the players in India's recently concluded AFC Challenge Cup qualification campaign. While Part-1 presented TheHardTackle's views on the Outstanding Performers, Part-2 of the performance report card deals with the other Valuable Contributors.
The giants are slayed! After 13 matches and 3 months, East Bengal’s unbeaten run finally ended. And in Trevor Morgan’s words, it wasn’t East Bengal that beat East Bengal, but lowly ONGC that scalped the giants. Salgaocar, with their victory against Viva Kerala are back at the top of the league. THT presents the weekly round up along with others.
India qualified for the knock out rounds of Asian Games for the first time since 1982. Blocking further progression is an Asian powerhouse - Japan. Will the boys be able to outwit the Blue Samurais ?
In a do or die battle in their last group league game, The Men in Blue thrashed Singapore by 4-1 margin to ensure a berth in the knock out stage as one of the best 3rd-placed teams. TheHardTackle takes a look at Team India's performance in the group league games.
India take on Singapore and would want to register a win. A win can propel them to the next round depending on results of other groups.
India U-23 face an uphill task against defending champions Qatar in the 2nd match of Asian Games 2010.
India's Under-23 team is all set to start their Asian Games campaign. Lets take a look at the young team before the games begin.