From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.36 :: Sep. 08, 2011
In today's world of big money and fat transfers, players' loyalties are easily up for sale. At the surface level loyalty can be seen everywhere, the zealous support of a 10 something boy for his favourite player and club, and the crest his hero kisses after every success. But, over the years, though the boy has continued to grow up sharing the same unbridled pride and passion for his team, the same can hardly be said of his idols, writes Ayon Sengupta.
End of Albion's distress
After many frustrating years, Albion set their sights, and indeed their hearts, on the prospect of building a new stadium at Falmer. There was local opposition, a plethora of planning obstacles to be looked into, but, in the end, permission was granted and the result has been a highly modern new stadium named as the American Express Community ground, which has a decent capacity of 22,000. By Brian Glanville.
‘It is a massive achievement'
Local lad Danny Welbeck admits he is living the dream at Manchester United. By Simon Stone.
Baichung Bhutia was a player who could inspire a crop of footballers. Once the Uzbekistan coach Rustom Akramov shifted him from being a midfielder to a striker, Bhutia, combining with I. M. Vijayan, provided a sharpness that brought several good results for India, writes S.R. Suryanarayan.
‘We still have the mindset of the 60s…'
“I have no problem with Indian coaches. I just want the best and the most knowledgeable man for the job. We have to accept that Indian football is nowhere even in the Asian stage (forget the world). The players need to learn a lot to bridge that gap. The same applies for our coaches too,” says Baichung Bhutia in this interview with Ayon Sengupta.
United's young guns: bad news for the rest
If Manchester United's ritual slaying of Tottenham at Old Trafford earlier this fortnight was anything to go by then the rest of English football should be scared. Very scared. By Frank Malley.
Now, the one-day test
Team India has a lot riding on the one-dayers and a successful campaign will make them feel better as it would the fans.
England completes drubbing
At the end of the Test the English players sat for long, talking, joking, picking out their favourite moments of the series, reaffirming to themselves the results of the hard work they had put in. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Proving their mettle
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa make history by becoming the first Indian pair to win a medal at the World Championship. V. V. Subrahmanyam in conversation with the duo.
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