From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.37 :: Sep. 15, 2011
After the ‘Messi match' in Kolkata, the AIFF has received 10 more proposals to organise club and international friendlies. The fast growing Indian economy has made the country an attractive business market for the European clubs as well as national sides and the federation's aim should be to derive the maximum benefit out of these trips. The matches should not turn out to be just a profit-making exercise for the visiting sides and promoters, but stepping stones for the growth of the game in India, writes Ayon Sengupta.
Bengal & football — the honeymoon continues
Beginning with the iconic goalkeeper from the former Soviet Union, Lev Yashin, who visited the city in 1955, the guest list continued to swell over the years. With more names joining the list, Kolkata held on to its stature as a great host of international football stars, writes Amitabha Das Sharma.
The right time to look for sponsorship
The Messi factor clearly points to the need to conduct more such ventures (read friendlies) to strengthen the interest created in football. Inviting top teams or getting well known players to mingle with the Indians in the national league could be the next logical step, writes S.R. Suryanarayan.
Keepers in trouble
For most of the time against West Bromwich, Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea looked sadly vulnerable, not least with high crosses, which have often been known to trouble Continental goalkeepers when playing in England, writes Brian Glanville.
Back with more experience
It came as a surprise to everyone when Martin Jol, manager of Fulham, brought John Arne Riise to English top-flight football again this summer. By Joe Short.
Levy's stance may not be good for Spurs
According to manager Harry Redknapp, Tottenham turned down the best part of £40 million for Modric. That is serious cash for a player who is a tidy midfield attacking playmaker but who scored just four goals in 42 appearances for Tottenham last season. By Frank Malley.
City's new hit-man
Edin Dzeko has started the season in red hot form, scoring seven goals in four matches. The latest of those came when Dzeko scored four times in a match for the second time in his career on August 28, as he helped put Tottenham to the sword in a 5-1 thrashing at White Hart Lane.
Now, rain the spoiler
Signs of a revival were visible at rain-swept Chester-le-Street in Durham and the next few games would highlight whether they were a mirage or the pathway to redemption. K. C. Vijaya Kumar reports.
INDIA V ENGLAND/TWENTY20
India still in defeat mode
The Indian innings struggled with two tumbles — four wickets in 15 balls followed by the last five falling for just eight runs. In between Suresh Raina played a cameo, finding his peace in the shorter format against both pace and spin but his batting mates let him down and that proved costly against an England team high on self-belief while Dhoni later rued the lack of a specialist fifth bowler. From K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
As the nets conclude and as the Indian players troop out, Ajinkya Rahane (in pic) is in demand. Photographs are snapped, bats are offered for autographs and the young opener is all smiles. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
The slingshot kid
It is worthwhile remembering that while The Marylebone Mandarins may favour everyone bowling according to the textbook, history tells us that success in cricket quite often emanates from the unorthodox.
The Irish connection
When Eoin Morgan was named as captain of the England one-day side in Dublin the appointment slipped under the radar. It was seen as a sentimental gesture because he had played for Ireland and might do well against his old team and besides, so it slipped out, Alastair Cook needed a rest. By Ted Corbett.
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