Chaitanya Lekhwani

  • EPL transfers: United cross 50 mn pound mark 06-07-2011 03:23 PM

    New Delhi: The European heavyweights have begun flexing their financial muscle in the 2011-12 transfer market to latch onto their targeted player's services. Unexpected early-spenders like Manchester United set the ball rolling in the transfer market taking up their spending spree beyond a whopping 50 million Pounds and still looming...
  • EPL: United vs Arsenal Aug 27, Chelsea Sept 17 21-06-2011 11:42 AM

    New Delhi: For all football addicts and EPL supporters who swear by their favourite English clubs, the new list of fixtures for the 2011/12 EPL season goes a long way in whetting the appetite of the EPL follower. Manchester United will kick off the defence of their record 19th Premier...
  • Football transfers: Of player ambitions, club aspirations and owner evaluations!

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    After the conclusion of the regular footballing season, you can safely say that the perennial transfer merry go-round has well and truly begun. With the...

  • Is Messi the only star in the Argentine team? 07-06-2011 10:35 PM

    New Delhi: Kolkata will play host to a friendly between Venezuela and a star-studded Argentine team on September 2. A star-studded team, a team which comprises of players like Carlos Tevez, who was the leading scorer for Premier League club Manchester City with 20 goals. Angel di Maria who has...
  • Will Carrington send another class of '92 to battle La Masia?

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    Demolition, capitulation or strangulation call it whatever you want, Barcelona's fourth triumph at the zenith of the European Stage most certainly deepened the wounds that...

  • United we watched, United we got kicked out! 30-05-2011 04:08 PM

    New Delhi: Located in the upmarket Basant Lok complex is a sight for sore eyes if you are a Manchester United fan, haven for all supporting the legendary Red club, the place to be to watch the final of the Champions League between Barcelona and Manchester United. As I walked...
  • Boxoffice Saturday for the Indian sports fan 28-05-2011 11:17 AM

    New Delhi: Get the beers chilled, place your loyalties on your favourite team and shout your heroes' name till you lose voice, because Saturday, 28th May offers a sporting spectacle unlike no other for the Indian sports enthusiast. High pressure and high drama will grip the masses all across the...
  • Will Guardiola make it the Fantastic Four? 27-05-2011 05:12 PM

    New Delhi: Ever since the Wembley triumph at 1992 against a star-studded Sampdoria side, Josep Guardiola has had a romance with the Champions League that grows with each triumph. Like two lovers in the infancy of their relationship, the two just can't part glances from each other. Such has been...
  • CL: What Rome promised, Wembley might fulfill 25-05-2011 03:14 PM

    New Delhi: The manager that Sir Alex Ferguson is, expect a prompt reply conceding his team did not turn up at the races if he saw the team had been outperformed. The 3-1 whipping at Anfield in the recently concluded 2010-11 season and the man from Govan was quick to...
  • Wily Fergie's signings turn it on for United 23-05-2011 12:22 PM

    New Delhi: With the record-breaking 19th title in the bag, and Champions League squad glory in sight, this Manchester Untied squad has come a long way in the due course of the season than what was expected of them. Cynics and followers feared the worst for United after high-profile departures...
  • Why Ronaldo won't be seen in sky blue 18-05-2011 04:25 PM

    New Delhi: After Manchester City gave Stoke an encore of their FA Cup triumph beating the Potters 3-0 and virtually guaranteeing themselves an automatic Champions League spot, the hardworkers at the rumour-mills heard of this grave news and knew that their work was cut out. An overtime shift to link...
  • Relegation ramble: Will Blackpool survive? 18-05-2011 12:41 PM

    New Delhi: With the ever-changing landscape of the top-half of the EPL table now having taken shape, it is the basement of the table which seems to be hotting up in the home stretch of the 2010-11 season. Every year pundits and book-makers have given the magic number i.e. the...
  • Bossy Barcelona have it their way.. Yet again!

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    Jose Mourinho was an outnumbered enemy, almost like an outcast shouting in the governing council for justice, but very conveniently he was denied! Convenience, ...

  • Red is the colour, United is the name!

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    In the 'Theatre of Dreams' that is Old Trafford, Stretford End is one of the more famous stands in world football. What is so special...

  • Five reasons why Barca can repeat 2009 11-05-2011 09:51 AM

    New Delhi: With 18 days to go for the Champions League final at Wembley, both teams have what it takes to win the trophy at the spiritual home of English football. Here are five strong reasons why Barcelona can do an encore of the 2009 final which they won 2-0...
  • Man United, Barca fate at Wembley 11-05-2011 08:31 AM

    New Delhi: The Wembley has provided for many a classic encounter for World football and when Barcelona and Manchester United collide on the 28th May, the New Wembley will another exhibition to its long list of European showpieces. Although Manchester United have played far more matches than Barcelona due to...
  • Five reasons why Man Utd can beat Barca 07-05-2011 09:13 AM

    New Delhi: The grudge match between Manchester United and Barcelona on May 28 at the new Wembley promises to be a footballing spectacle. Ever since United breezed past Schalke, the war of words has already begun. Barcelona, in their own sly way have downplayed the 'favourites' tag and star medio...
  • Love em, or hate em, United are still top dogs of Europe!

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    If ever there was a warning signal that needed to be sounded, Manchester United did ring it and how! Inflicting the biggest semi-final defeat on...

  • Of Barcelona's play acting and the 'El-Farcico'

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    After Barcelona and Real Madrid played the fourth and the final installment of the El-Clasico in the semi-final second leg of the UEFA Champions League,...

  • EPL 2010-11 is disappointing yet intriguing

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    Upon the final whistle at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger was a man at a loss of words and in a turmoil of emotions after his...

  • Champs League: did Mourinho walk the talk? 28-04-2011 12:57 PM

    New Delhi: The third dose of the always absorbing, mind-boggling, and spilled with magic third installment of the El-Clasico was the first leg of the semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and by the events that transpired at the Santiago Bernabeu, it was anything but a 'classic'. After Barcelona winning...
  • Even without the flair, United motor on 28-04-2011 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: The demons of Gelsinkirschen 2006 were put to rest by Manchester United. All throughout their match against Schalke 04, United finally showed that they they did have gear-shift capability. Had the team exactly played the way the cynics would have expected United to play all season, Raul would...
  • Who is Jose Mourinho in the Champions League?

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    Ever since shooting to dizzying heights of footballing spotlight by famously knocking out a dominant Manchester United in the Champions League last-16 tie, Jose Mourinho...

  • This is why Cricket is called the batsman's game!

    Matter of Fact |  Chaitanya Lekhwani
    Since the advent of Cricket, Bowlers have always been its whipping boys. In a world where every kid growing up dreams of becoming a Sachin...

  • Strikers expected to fire United to Wembley 03-04-2011 03:47 PM

    New Delhi: Regardless of their checkered form leading upto the last 8 of the Champions League, no team would ever take the 2-time European crown winners for granted. Here is a look at the players who make Manchester United tough competitors to beat, home or away. Nemanja Vidic: Considered one...
  • Dogged Man United seek Champs League glory 03-04-2011 01:19 PM

    New Delhi: Manchester United have been one of the top European heavyweights for quite sometime and reaching the quarter-finals has almost been a foregone conclusion. But with a different look team and better known opponents, lets know more about the English giants. The English giants have been a shadow of...
  • Champs League QF: Will Raul rise to the occasion? 01-04-2011 10:10 AM

    New Delhi: With the German club surprising everyone by featuring in the last eight of the Champions League, here is a look at the players who have made the club a force to be reckoned with. Manuel Neuer: One of the most exciting goalkeeping prospects in all of Europe, Germany...
  • Young and old make Schalke bold 01-04-2011 09:33 AM

    New Delhi: Out of all the teams that have made the cut for the last eight in the UEFA Champions League, it is Schalke 04 who are the least experienced. But this year all that could be put to rest as they have the exact mix of youthful exuberance and...
  • Debutants Tottenham out to prove a point 29-03-2011 12:04 PM

    New Delhi: It is funny how when Peter Crouch netted the winner against Manchester City to seal the Spurs' qualification into the CHamopions Legaue in 2011, the wiry forward said he was ready to absorb the experience of European nights at picturesque stadiums like the Santiago Bernabeu at Madrid. How...