Vishnu Prasad

Drab draw fitting way to end Chennaiyin FC’s home campaign

Six defeats, two draws and a solitary win against Bengaluru FC — that’s what the JN Stadium has given Chennaiyin FC this season.

24 Feb 2019

Ambition Hockey 2024: A French kiss to start with and dreams of a long date 

Even in a practice game, France 3 Pakistan 0 looks like an anomaly, a typing error in a hastily compiled scorecard.

27 Nov 2018

The Class of 82 will remain unmatched in hockey: Hassan

But when the team does land in Bhubaneswar, they’ll bring not only their uninspiring present but glimpses of their glorious past.

21 Nov 2018

FIFA World Cup 2022: Ball in Qatar's court

32 or 48? Hosts of World Cup 2022 to assess infrastructure & arrangements before taking call on number of teams

17 Jul 2018

The day-after syndrome: Unbearable emptiness of being in Russia after FIFA World Cup

The numbers talk of a tournament where dullness was minimal — England-Belgium and France- Denmark in the group stages and England-Sweden in the quarters are exceptions.

17 Jul 2018

France defeat Croatia to lift FIFA World Cup for second time after 20 years

The scoreline — France scored four to Croatia’s two — might suggest a stroll for Le Bleus but it was anything but.

16 Jul 2018

Tension, relief, joy and excitement with a dash of sadness

You get the first inkling that something special is in the air when you land in one of the two metro stations that service the Luzhniki Stadium.

16 Jul 2018

French coast: Deschamps’ warriors prove too strong for Croatia in pulsating final

It was the ceremonial bath for the Frenchmen before their coronation as kings; the rain was meant to wash away their past sins and return them to the world, unblemished.

16 Jul 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain passes, Russia finishes

The roar that echoed through Moscow was one of jubilation and at the same time, a release of pent-up frustration.

02 Jul 2018

Doping capital Saransk hopes FIFA World Cup make-up covers tainted past

How did tiny, far-flung Saransk, with less than 300,000 people, come to be known in the international media as Russia’s doping capital?

29 Jun 2018

Blind it like Brazil

Coach Tite’s eagerness to take the best from different styles & evolve following needs of the modern game has rejuvenated the Selecao

29 Jun 2018

Champions’ curse ousts Germany

His players sat on the ground with their heads buried between their knees as if the world had ended. Joachim Low walked on to the pitch, the defeat accentuating the wrinkles on his face.

28 Jun 2018

Where the grass is greener on other side for Nigerian Super Eagles

Nigeria’s consistency at World Cups is a fitting reply to claims that Asian and African teams just make up the numbers.

27 Jun 2018

Queiroz to the occasion

As the Portuguese leaves his post after seven long years, his contribution to Iranian football is so much
more than just three good games in Russia.

27 Jun 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: Point to win, not to prove for Didier Deschamps' France

Under Deschamps, France focussed on utility football and getting the job done instead of grabbing eyeballs.

26 Jun 2018