Let’s Welcome Tim Cahill – For his Last Great Geriatric Hurrah

It’s all about the money folks and you damn well know it. When you see franchises going for 38 year old outfielders, you know that they’re looking at monetising their marketing potential. When you see 38 year old geriatrics joining (let’s admit it, playing in ISL isn’t as glamorous as any of the other major European leagues) lesser known franchises, you definitely know that it’s for that one last grand payday. And yet, Tim Cahill will bring publicity to the Indian Super League and Jamshedpur FC. Continue reading

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Club Owners’ Public Spat; 6 Transfers – Matias Mirabaje, Jorge Costa, Miguel Palanca, Andrija Kaludjerovic, Andre Bikey, Everton Santos

Things are heating up with player transfers in the Indian Super League and it seems as if everyone is feeling that heat including club brass. The transfer of Mirabaje (we’ll talk about it later) to Mumbai City FC seems to have turned the Delhi Dynamos FC Director Rohan Sharma green with jealousy as he criticised the attacker’s fitness levels via a tweet. He even threw in Jorge Costa into the mix by claiming that the Dynamos had rejected him right away.

A single tweet, though, does not a spat make. You need the other side to return the shot across the bow. The CEO of Mumbai City FC, Indranil Das did exactly that albeit with dignity. He schooled Sharma, advising him not to talk trash about former work associates. Continue reading

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NorthEast United Finally Make Moves; Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur FC Up the Ante

It’s picking up, folks. No, I’m not talking about my weight. Neither am I talking about the collective IQ of our ministers. And, I’m definitely not talking about Arsenal’s position in the EPL. I’m talking about the transfer action in the Indian Super League. I’m seeing more signings now than I did last month. Even the perennially slumberous NorthEast United FC have got in on the act (even though their acquisitions hint at a massive shortage of funds). This uptick only natural, though. The season is expected to start next season after all. So, what’s the latest and is it worth the effort being put into it? Let’s see. Continue reading

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The Franco Accusation; The Miku Speculation; The Ferrando Initiation

I go through football news like all of you. Us bloggers need to do it much more than you guys. How else do you think we allow ourselves to pretend to know so much? That is our hubris – “that we read news”. Lame but true. So in the most recent of my trawls, three little titbits stood out – the Franco Accusation, the Miku Speculation, and the Ferrando Initiation. Continue reading

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World Cup Shocks; Habas the Henchman; “Nonsense” Trophy & a Couple of Signings

I was conflicted about this post. I was unsure whether I should write it before the beginning of the Round of 16 or after. For the record, I couldn’t make a decision. The decision was made for me simply because I dallied too long. I feel there’s a life-lesson somewhere here – something to do with how you can’t sit on the fence too long about anything and how stagnation is essentially a form of regression.

But, who cares about all, right? There are more important things to consider, like Argentina and Spain’s exit! That’s three world champions already out of the World Cup since Germany didn’t make it past the group stage. Continue reading

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