The forgotten story of almost champions Sevilla 2006-07

A lot can happen in a minute goes the aphorism. In Vijay Deenanath Chauhan style, 9 years, 4 months, 11 days ago, a lot happened in less than a minute. 18 seconds to be precise. Four braces from four strikers ensured that the two matches ended 2-2 leaving the two warring giants of Spain level on […]

Il Fenomeno

He didn’t come to France to compete with the players of his generation, but to seek a place amongst the best of the two millennia—this one and the coming. If Romário, his predecessor, was subtlety, Ronaldo is exuberance. If Romário’s habitat was the penalty area, Ronaldo’s home would need to measure half the size of the […]

Squandered genius of the Buck-toothed magician from the big river of south

The defender hits the long ball, partly because of the proximity of the opposing player, towards the penalty area. One centrehalf heads it out. Our man stretches his leg, desperately, to control the ball with his back to the goal. He fails to reach it but fortunately his mate from Fuentealbilla, future MotM award winner […]

ஏழு உருண்டை சோறு

First a story: ஏழு உருண்டை சோறு (7 balls of rice) There’s this family: A father, mother & their 5 kids. This family had some good in their last births, so God used to give them 1 ball of rice each for sustenance, 7 in all, every evening. One fine day the mother decided that 1 […]

Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona is the greatest ever footballer according to many erudite folks. He was a mad man on the pitch who would do anything to win. He says he had bronca, “anger, fury, hatred, resentment, bitter discontent … [it was] his motivator, his fuel, his driving force”. Just like there is the search for the […]

2015-16 FC Barcelona season review

After 62 matches out of a possible 65, Barcelona win the award for the most underwhelming domestic double of all time. Another season another opportunity missed. Ever since the blue elephant group’s founder became president of FC Barcelona, the Blaugrana have had 4 attempts at emulating Arrigo Sacchi’s seminal Rossoneros. Barring the first time versus […]

Favourite Player: Daniel Alves da Silva

By a strange turn of events, the Metronome found himself closest to the goal, about 35 yards away almost dead centre of the goal. He thought of going to his left but found no favourable runner. He turned right and spotted the Flea some 7 paces away to his south east. Ever the tiki taka […]