Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Elsewhere and some 15 years before the final, Willy Meisl, a football writer, had written a book called the Soccer Revolution. Quite the football futurist’s letter to the world, he had argued through the book that the modern game would be a spectacle where the defenders would know how to attack and the attackers would know how to defend. This, to him, was the revolution to come in the world of football. Continue reading Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Did you go off to sleep after PSG scored?|Aakash Sivasubramaniam

Statistics and history was on the opposing side of Barcelona whilst a UEFA study on the Champions League predicted a win for Barcelona. PSG were just a step away from knocking out Barcelona out of the Champions league, Barcelona have previously been knocked out of the last 16 against Liverpool way back in the year 2006-07. Continue reading Did you go off to sleep after PSG scored?|Aakash Sivasubramaniam

Are Virat Kohli and Co. on the front foot?| Aakash Sivasubramaniam

Steve Smith, would like his side to go out and attack the Indian team from ball one to stand a chance to go up in the series. Kohli, on the other hand would want his team to stick to the basics and make more runs in tandem. Team India’s fielding must improve in the third test, failing which the Australian batsmen will have more shots on the cherry.

The concerns are definitely huge for Smith with Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc being ruled out of the series. Replacement Pat Cummins might come in and start the match in place of the injured Starc. It would be interesting to see how the teams change their tactics going in the crucial test of the Indian summer. Continue reading Are Virat Kohli and Co. on the front foot?| Aakash Sivasubramaniam

Federer’s Greatest Triumph? Roger That| Aakash Sivasubramaniam

Never has Federer hit his topspin backhand as well as he did against Nadal in the Final. The Swiss brought his A game in service – 20 aces compared to Nadal’s 4 – and kept attacking forward which saw him finish with a 73% success rate at the net. Federer’s all-out attacking strategy paid dividends against his nemesis who had managed to break down his game his entire career. Continue reading Federer’s Greatest Triumph? Roger That| Aakash Sivasubramaniam