From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.23 :: Jun. 10, 2010
Diego Maradona's squad brims with talent, to the extent that three out of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito and Gonzalo Higuain are likely to start from the bench, giving Argentina a wealth of fresh match-winners to bring on in the second half of tight games, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Mexican burden on Blanco
Thirty two teams are in the fray for the 19th World Cup. In this second part of team analysis, A. Vinod takes a look at 12 of them, including host South Africa.
Down memory lane
Every edition of the World Cup has had its moments to remember. Here's the third and final part, covering the period from 1986 to 2006, by Ayon Sengupta.
As much as sport would like to regard itself as an insulated bubble, the insidious influence that events outside the cloister exert on the happenings on the field, lend to the spectacle an especial case of vanity, of transposed glory and delayed reparations. Over to Raakesh Natraj.
Their absence will be felt
Kunal Diwan takes a look at some of the top teams that failed to make this World Cup finals.
Missing gems in the crown
Stan Rayan lists some of the finest footballers who never got to play on the game's biggest stage.
The role of friendlies
The friendlies that began last fortnight have had some shock verdicts and nothing exemplified this better than USA losing 2-4 to non-qualifier Czech Republic and Republic of Ireland putting it across qualifier Paraguay 2-1. Host Portugal's goalless draw with minnow Cape Verde, too, was a surprise outcome. Over to K. Keerthivasan.
Blackpool are back
Blackpool are there again because they won the final of the so called Championship playoffs, in 107 degree heat and on Wembley's dangerous apology for a pitch against a Cardiff City team which had finished half a dozen points ahead of them.
England's wins and woes
Whenever an England team gets near success in a World Cup, trouble is just around the corner, writes Ted Corbett.
The victory against the Lankans notwithstanding, the Indian team management needs to get its categorisation of the players in the squad right, as this will have a big impact on the final combination. Any and every captain would love to have an all-rounder in his side, but it is fairly obvious that India does not have a genuine all-rounder.
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