From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.27 :: Jul. 08, 2010
The German FA's youth development programme is one of the best in the world, as proved by the fact that the country is the reigning European champion at the under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. And thus, every player on the pitch displayed outstanding technique and composure. Having grown up accustomed to playing under a variety of tactical systems, the players revelled even in unfamiliar roles, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Lack of ingenuity
England's abysmal opening displays in the World Cup were surely attributable in substantial part to the lack, call him what you please, of a playmaker, a midfield general.
Goals have been few and far between
FIFA ought to take a close look at their product with a view to brightening it up, writes Peter Roebuck.
Lost in Veldt
Capello's men qualified for South Africa so comfortably that the media — partly to whip up an audience, partly because it was a logical forecast — made such optimistic noises that thousands bought plane tickets and headed for the high veldt. Why — and everyone from my barber to the Royal Princes William and Harry want to know — did it all go haywire? Over to Ted Corbett.
Victory brings hope and belief
Hurt by the loss against Sri Lanka in the last league match, India turned on the heat in the summit clash. A few twists of fate also helped India's progress to the victor's podium as skipper M. S. Dhoni called correctly at the toss, a factor that often determines results in Sri Lanka, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
LANKAN TOUR DIARY
The issue of scheduling and poor floodlights
The FIFA World Cup is a cause of concern. TV commentator and former India player Ravi Shastri raises a valid point regarding the timings of the Asia Cup matches. “We have the FIFA World Cup and it makes better sense to, may be, schedule the matches here for a 12.30 start so that when football pops up on prime time, the game here is already over,” he says. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Yuvraj has to prove his worth
The Asia Cup triumph should provide the fillip that Team India needs, and with a middle order slot still available, the coming Test series against Sri Lanka will be the best chance for Yuvraj Singh to make his bid.
Saina Nehwal demonstrated her growing stature in world badminton with a brilliant display in crunch time to down a fighting Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 and successfully defend her title at the Indonesian Open Super Series ...
INTERVIEW/JWALA GUTTA & V. DIJU
Gunning for the top slot
Jwala Gutta and V. Diju attribute their success to their long friendship. “We have been very good friends for the last 10 years, that can be seen in our attitude on court, ” says Jwala. By K. Keerthivasan.
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