In a recent interview one of the top AIFF officials expressed a desire to see India play "possession football" like Barcelona or Spain. Is it realistic to expect things like these from Indian players who have been used to play long ball game ? TheHardTackle takes a look at the tactical dilemma and unrealistic expectations that often surround Indian football team.

The 2011 Asian Cup will be India's third appearance in the tournament. Unlike Asian Games football, India's record in Asian Cup is pretty patchy. TheHardTackle takes a look at India's previous trysts with the Asian Cup.

In this series, TheHardTackle will cover some of the most legendary but often forgotten figures of Indian Football. There are players, coaches or administrators who have made a difference to Indian football in their lifetime but are not known to football fans in the current era. In Part-1, we pay homage to Syed Abdul Rahim, 'Rahim Saab' to his players, the architect of modern football in India.

Aryan Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia, just completed a one of the most memorable league campaigns in Indian football in recent times. For a club which was languishing in 3rd division 2 years ago, their transformation is remarkable. Raghu Nandi and his band of merry men has performed a mini-miracle.