Andrea Pirlo – Football’s Defiant Artist Hangs Up His Boots

Describe Andrea Pirlo in one quote. “I don’t feel pressure … I don’t give a toss about it. I spent the afternoon of Sunday, 9 July 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.” The ability to handle pressure like Pirlo can or could is…

UCL 2016-17 Final: A Tale of Two Myths: The Non-Tactical Preview

In 2003, saving penalties from Seedorf and Kaladze wasn’t enough for him. His Milan counterpart Dida went one better as Milan won the first all-Italian UCL final. Juventus had eliminated both Barca and Real en route to the final. 12 years later, it was MSN who breached his goal. In the semifinals, Juve had defeated…

Goodbye JOHN TERRY – Football’s Very Own Mortal Warrior

Football, in general, is a lot like war, obviously in a much less brutal way. Not just for the victories, defeats and occasional bloodshed but also for bearing an uncanny resemblance to the change from “Battle” to the more sophisticated “Art of Warfare”. When we study history, we study about Alexander the Great, Julius Ceasar,…

Chelsea 2016-17: The Story So Far

Have you ever come across the advertisements of those weight loss programs with a “before” and an “after” picture, portraying a fat-bellied man or woman in the left and a magically fitter version of the same on the right? Or maybe you have seen those promises of hair regrowth on a bald face which suddenly…

Diego Costa-The Devil Chelsea Deserve and The One They Need Too

Do you remember that bully at school? Yes, the one who used to do all the annoying things and threatened you not to tell the teacher anything and the consequence will be severe if that happens. And after all those, if you had the guts to complain to the teacher, he somehow used to turn…

Neymar the Redeemer as the Olympic Curse is Finally Lifted for Brazil

Football experts can breathe a bit easy now: one of the greatest riddles of football-world is now solved. Football’s greatest nation has finally won the elusive Olympic gold. The monkey is off the back. Football in Olympics is always a bit like that neglected middle child of the big family. First of all, it is…