From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.01 :: Jan. 06, 2011
In a way, all these Barcelona players deserve the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Two in a row for Lionel Messi would be apt recognition of his genius. A vote for Xavi Hernandez is a vote for the best midfielder in the world and one of the best of all time, and the fulcrum of two genuinely great teams. A vote for Andres Iniesta would echo the deafening applause that has greeted the little man all over Spain this season, gratitude overwhelming the bitterest of rivalries, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini did very well indeed at Inter earlier, winning three championships, but he tends to be an abrasive figure who makes somewhat contentious decisions, writes Brian Glanville.
Take me to your leader
Sir Dave Richards, the one Briton on the FIFA Executive Committee had a senior foot in both the FA and the Premiership, yet seemed to make little impact in either as indeed he had in his years as Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday. Right now, the FA seems largely in the hands of obscure anonymities. Over to Brian Glanville.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Villa shooting for the stars
The stage is now set for Barcelona's new signing David Villa to enhance his iconic status over what could be a monumental 2011. By Alfonso Torr.
Following his disagreement with Man City officials a move to the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid has been mooted, although it remains to be seen who could afford either the transfer fee or Carlos Tevez's wage demands. Whatever happens it is a safe bet to expect the unexpected where Tevez is concerned. By Alfonso Torr.
Host's dominant show
Jacques Kallis scored his first Test double century and his team-mates showed how highly they value their champion all-rounder in the victory celebrations. A positive aspect for India was Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test century, a quality innings under pressure. S. Ram Mahesh reports.
Bigger events await in 2011
Regardless of the outcome in South Africa, the New Year will pose Dhoni and his team a few challenges and it remains to be seen how well the captain responds to the challenges ahead of him.
Don't expect the world to be much changed in 2011
There is no such thing as New Soccer. Believe me they are happy, the ignorant people who run the game, to see it continue in its age-old way. By Ted Corbett.
The big Indian flop show
The Grand Prix provided India's reserve players the best chance to showcase their talent, but they largely disappointed. Over to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Tamil Nadu's future looks bright
Tamil Nadu's volleyball team looks formidable. The State will dominate the game, at the national-level, for quite sometime. By K. Keerthivasan.
Man of rules
The passion that the FIVB Referees Instructor, Parthasarathi Margalingam, has for his job is unmatched. “I really love reading the rules and applying them,” he says in a chat with K. Keerthivasan.
The balance sheet
Big money was spent on hosting the Commonwealth Games. There were big scandals, too. Kamesh Srinivasan wonders whether the nation gained or lost.
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