Chennaiyin FC and ATK play out another ISL Classic
When teams with pedigree come together, you’ve got to expect something good. It doesn’t always end up in fireworks though. Sometimes, that something good is just a very technical and tactical chess game. Other times, that something good is good ol’ fashioned punch counter-punch. When ATK visited Chennaiyin FC yesterday, it was neither. It was both! Continue reading
A Tale of Goalkeepers and a Brazilian
This post is going to be a compendium pack of four match reviews including the draw between KBFC and Jamshedpur, the Kattimani show where MCFC won 2 – 1 against Goa, and the maulings of ATK and Delhi Dynamos by FCPC and Bengaluru, respectively. But first, we have a message from our promoters. Continue reading
A Disappointment Writ Large
That match was a disappointment in 500 different ways. I felt so down and out after the game that I simply decided to crash for the day, although single malt whiskey may have something to do with it. But it says a lot about any game if you can’t enjoy it even with the crutch of alcohol. There was so much wrong yesterday that I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll try though. Continue reading
Best Chance in 3 Years for KBFC to Beat ATK
This is a big one, folks. It’s important for many reasons. The obvious is that it is the first match of this season. The next is that it is a repeat of the last year’s final in terms of teams and venue both. It is also important for Teddy and Meulee to start the season on the front foot. The most crucial reason though is the rivalry. Oh, the rivalry…
These two teams are possibly the most successful in the history of Indian Super League in terms of consistency. They’ve contested two of the three finals. However, the rivalry really came to a boil last season when ATK beat KBFC fifth time in 8 meetings at, you guessed it, the Tuskers’ home ground. That must’ve burned and KBFC fans must be itching for revenge. Continue reading
So, I will be dividing the review of foreign signings into two posts. There are 10 teams, after all and every one of them has made foreign signings (Yes, even NEUTD FC…).
In this post, I will focus on Amar, Tomar, Kolkata (remember to use sarcasm tone), Kerala Blasters FC, Delhi Dynamos (haha Vogliotti), Mumbai City FC, and Northeast United FC (get someone, FFS).
From the outset, let me say that I like the business done by the previous year’s finalists, ATK and KBFC. They’ve gotten in big names and more importantly, they’ve gotten in some very effective players. The dark horse in this group will be Delhi Dynamos. Even with the Vogliotti faux-glioti fiasco, their objective of playing the South American brand of football interests me. I want to see how it works in India particularly considering our climate. Let’s go then. Continue reading