One of the natural traits a ‘Kolkatan’ inherits from his beloved City is an unbridled passion for football, which in its purest forms makes you forget space, time and everything. Be it the acrimonious rivalry of ‘Ghoti-Bangal’ duel or playing in a muddy turf dotted with puddles of water, it’s the passion for the beautiful game that stands apart. But what irks and hurts at the same time is the city doesn’t have proper means and media tools to channelize the passion. Football fans are awestruck with the copious amount of journalistic works devoted to football in European nations. Football that itself has found a new shape, identity and meaning amidst the burgeoning growth of new media. All readers could do is helplessly admire their works and yearn that someday the city might develop its own fan base with its own footy-culture. But, for a City, for a country blessed with ravenous football fans who want  to read and learn […]

The Indian version of FA Cup is all set to kick-off on 17th September simultaneously at Pune and Kolkata. While the teams drawn in Group A and Group B will entertain the crowd at Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune; the Group C and Group D matches will be played at the colossal Yuvabharati Krirangan in Kolkata. TheHardTackle brings here an in-depth preview of Group C and Group D to be held in kolkata.

After the International friendly between Argentina and Venezuela at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata captured the imagination of Indian Football fans, numerous kids across the country will be gearing up for the road less traversed to rewrite the football history of the nation once again. TheHardTackle's guest author Arindam Banerjee reflects on the significance of hosting such a match in India.

It's a question that needs to be asked, now more than ever. It's the proverbial elephant in the room that many fans from Kolkata and India's eastern states, are loath to acknowledge. Kolkata, long considered India's bastion of literature, fine arts, exquisite sea food and football finally looks like it has surrendered the mantle of being prime purveyors of the beautiful game, to that southern sunny paradise and tourist magnet Goa