From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.17 :: Apr. 28, 2011
In defying the conventional wisdom that governs modern soccer — the ostensible requirement of physical, athletic players; a balanced team and adaptability of style — Barcelona has brought about a paradigm shift in the way the game is perceived and played, writes Ayon Sengupta.
Rooney, Gazza and their kind
Alcoholism destroyed George Best, arguably the finest of all post War English players and also Paul Gascoigne. Wayne Rooney, equally talented and volatile, might probably keep his money and his sobriety, writes Brian Glanville.
Churchill dashes Bagan's title hopes
Banking on the strengths of its reserve bench, Churchill Brothers retained the IFA Shield in style as Mohun Bagan went down 2-1 in the final. Over to Amitabha Das Sharma.
Rooney and Amir deserve guidance
Wayne Rooney and Mohammad Amir have in common a misunderstanding of the way the world works. If they are to be the fine sportsmen their talent suggests they deserve help. By Ted Corbett.
India has the potential
“Lack of professionalism in South Asia's national football associations and their rigid attitude are the biggest hurdles in development of the game in the region,” says Manilal Fernando, FIFA Development Officer for South and Central Asia. By Ayon Sengupta.
IPL and unlikely heroes
This IPL edition is new in several respects and the inclusion of two new teams has provided some great opportunities for a few more aspiring cricketers in the country.
Valthaty vaults to fame
Paul Valthaty's blitzkrieg against Chennai Super Kings at Mohali was the talking point among the cricket fans. This talented Kings XI Punjab player has overcome a career-threatening eye-injury with aplomb. By S. Dinakar.
IPL DIARY I
The spectators cutting across venues revered the players who were part of the World Cup winning squad and city loyalties were forgotten. The IPL in that sense at least in the initial week became a sort of thanks-giving from the loyal fan to the ‘Men in Blue.' Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
IPL DIARY II
Since the 20-over format hardly affords space for strategic or even linear thought, segueing into a discussion on why Lasith Malinga wouldn't bowl a series of 24 yorkers in a match, seems only natural, writes Raakesh Natraj.
Dream comes true for Alok Kumar
After spending 25 years at the cue table, the 43-year-old Alok Kumar is still hungry for success. He has been practising eight hard hours a day for ages and still relishes every win like a success-hungry newcomer. His win at the Asian billiards championship is a reward for all those years of hard work. Over to Y. B. Sarangi.
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