The moment of truth beckons for the Indian National football team as the squad gears up for the ultimate challenge which pops up every two years. SAFF Cup, earlier known as the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup and South Asian Gold Cup, will be hosted by Nepal for the second time since its inception. The name of the tournament might have evolved over the time but surely the bling hasn’t receded with some of the top ranked teams taking time out from their busy schedule to participate in this tournament. With so much to look forward to in this tournament, TheHardTackle lists down five major eyeball grabbing things/events to look out for during the biggest football bonanza in Asia. The New Indian Skin After the recent terrific display in national colors, the team kit sponsor Nike decided to take the Indian national kit to the next level. The hard work of many engineers at the firm was […]

2011 was a good year for Indian football. The year began with India bowing out in group stages of AFC Asia Cup but ended with the team winning a record 6th SAFF Cup title. There were some notable performances in youth level. Indian football fans were exposed to a host of international names this year, including Lionel Messi. In club football, this year saw some of the most intriguing matches in recent times and the demise of one of India's most successful clubs.