Priyanka Kumar

  • Dominant Spain in quest for history at Euros 04-06-2012 11:49 AM

    Four years ago, Spain made history at the Euros, finally ending 44 years of pain and misery as the perennial under-achievers of international football. Now they arrive at Euro 2012 as defending champions and World Cup winners, looking to become the first side to win three major international trophies in...
  • Italy look to draw strength from history 03-06-2012 11:35 AM

    If there was ever a list of 'What Not To Do Before A Major Tournament', Italy seem to have covered most of it. Heading into Euro 2012, the team " already hit by injuries " has suffered a loss of form that has seen them lose three consecutive games for...
  • Confident Croatia hope to upset the odds 03-06-2012 11:34 AM

    Their squad may lack in quality and depth as compared to their more formidable group opponents, but Croatia will certainly not be short of motivation at Euro 2012. The tournament will be the last for the coach Slaven Bilic, who has agreed to take over at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow...
  • Bayern, Chelsea eye glory, redemption in Munich 19-05-2012 08:46 AM

    It isnt the final anyone predicted, even when there was only one hurdle remaining. Yet, having defeated Spains, perhaps even the worlds, two best sides, Bayern Munich and Chelsea find themselves on the brink of glory, in the Champions League final in Munich on Saturday. It will also be a...
  • Chelsea revival a final act of the 'old guard' 28-04-2012 01:51 AM

    Among the many who watched in disbelief as Chelsea defied all odds and all logic to produce an incredulous victory over Barcelona, there would have been one man in particular who would have been considerably baffled, and most certainly aggrieved. It was a performance of immense character, discipline, desire and...
  • Tough task for India in AFC Challenge Cup 09-03-2012 11:40 AM

    It is a tournament that has provided the national team with their best moment in recent times, and India will be raring to taste similar success when they kick off their 2012 AFC Challenge Cup campaign in Kathmandu on Friday. Coincidentally, the team they are up against first is Tajikistan,...
  • MC Mary Kom: Boxer, mother, icon 08-03-2012 09:43 AM

    New Delhi: Boxing is associated with everything that women usually are not, a physical contest often decided by size, strength and the bruises and injuries it results in. For MC Mary Kom, however, it is the unconventional path she chose to achieve her unlikely dreams. Her rise from the humble...
  • Back to the 90s

    Off the Ball |  Priyanka Kumar
    Displaying remarkable prescience before the start of the match, MS Dhoni, with his usual sage-like demeanour and circumlocutory reasoning, had this to say about his...

  • 2011: Premier League Review, Part 2 06-01-2012 06:05 PM

    After a hectic festive period, we take stock of the year gone by and review the teams at the half-way mark of the season. In Part Two, we take a look at the teams outside the top six. In a year when the big clubs threatened a change of guard...
  • 2011: Premier League Review, Part 1 06-01-2012 03:55 PM

    After a hectic festive period, we take stock of the year gone by and review the teams at the half-way mark of the season. In Part One, we turn the focus on the top six. A New Year usually brings with it the hope of change. This time, so does...
  • 2011: International Football Review 31-12-2011 03:29 PM

    It was a year of drama in both Indian and International football; unfortunately, far too much of it took place off the pitch rather than on it. The affairs of the sports governing body drew more attention than should be necessary, with charges of wrongdoing, corruption and politicking carrying into...
  • 2011: European League Football Review 31-12-2011 03:16 PM

    The overwhelming dominance of one team rarely makes for an interesting story in a sport which thrives on rivalry and competition. Yet Barcelonas delightful game and their continued remarkable success got neither old nor tiring in 2011. There were plenty of surprises in the Serie A, but as far as...
  • 'Captain Controversial,' Terry takes centrestage yet again

    Off the Ball |  Priyanka Kumar
    It's a clichéd storyline - The 'hero,' in the face of extreme adversity, displays courage and determination to overcome the odds in a thrilling climax....

  • Chhetri leaves his mark as India's new hero 16-12-2011 03:40 PM

    New Delhi: Yes, 5-6 years back. In the middle of an answer, he suddenly stopped and repeated the number to himself, as if finding it hard to believe that it had been that long. In fact, its been a little more than seven years since Sunil Chhetri made his debut...
  • Next target, the AFC Challenge Cup: Medeira 13-12-2011 10:43 PM

    New Delhi: Savio Medeira began his customary post-match conference by pointing out that he had achieved double success in the SAFF Cup. It feels great, he said after Indias 4-0 victory over Afghanistan in the final on Sunday. I am even more happy and proud because I have now won...
  • Biased ref cost us SAFF Cup, rues Afghan coach 13-12-2011 01:41 PM

    New Delhi: At the final whistle, the players sunk to the ground, the disappointment showing clearly on their dejected faces. They continued to look forlorn and despondent at the post-match ceremony, until the match officials were called onto the stage. The moment referee Sukhbir Singh came to collect his medal,...
  • India beat Afghanistan 4-0 to lift SAFF Cup 11-12-2011 07:58 PM

    New Delhi: India successfully retained the SAFF Championships title, coming through 4-0 against ten-man Afghanistan after a feisty final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. The defending champions needed a controversial penalty from Sunil Chhetri to break the deadlock in the second half, which also saw Afghanistan goalkeeper Hameedullah...
  • More than just a final for Afghanistan football 11-12-2011 04:16 PM

    New Delhi: There was very little known about the Afghanistan football team when the eight-nation SAFF Cup began. One week later, all eyes are on the Afghans as they gear up for a title clash with defending champions India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. Afghanistan are indeed the...
  • Future bright for India and rising star Jeje 11-12-2011 02:49 PM

    New Delhi: The limelight in the SAFF Cup has been on Sunil Chhetri, but his young strike partner Jeje Lalpekhula is quietly building a reputation for himself. The young star from Mizoram has found plenty of support among the 1,000-odd spectators for Indias matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Maybe...
  • To not win now will be disappointing: Medeira 11-12-2011 02:43 PM

    New Delhi: With the tournament drawing to a close, India find themselves back where they started. Having played Afghanistan in their opening match of the SAFF Cup, they must overcome the same opponents in the final on Sunday if they are to successfully defend their crown. Many considered the 1-1...
  • India will learn from their mistakes: Medeira 10-12-2011 11:50 AM

    New Delhi: The contrast in mood was evident after the match. While the Maldives coach seemed angry and combative, a calm Savio Medeira could barely keep the smile off his face. But given that India had just defeated the Maldives 3-1 to enter the SAFF Cup final, it was to...
  • Chhetri stars as India enter SAFF Cup final 09-12-2011 05:32 PM

    New Delhi: Defending champions India made it to the final of the SAFF Cup after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Maldives in an intriguing semi-final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday. Syed Rahim Nabi gave India the lead in a first half which the hosts dominated against their more...
  • Chhetri, Miranda star as India thrash Bhutan 05-12-2011 09:51 PM

    New Delhi: India brought their SAFF Cup campaign emphatically back on track with a 5-0 drubbing of minnows Bhutan at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday, moving themselves to the top of Group A. The impressive Syed Rahim Nabi opened the scoring at the half-hour mark after India were denied...
  • Spirited Afghanistan hold India in SAFF Cup 03-12-2011 07:33 PM

    New Delhi: Defending champions India made a disappointing start to their SAFF Cup campaign, being held to a 1-1 draw by Afghanistan, the second lowest-ranked team in the competition, in their opening match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday. India coach Savio Medeira had warned before the match that...
  • No instant fix for Chelsea and Villas-Boas 24-11-2011 01:34 PM

    New Delhi: It might be absurd for other clubs to have to answer questions about their manager's future after just 19 games, but at a club like Chelsea - who are on their seventh manager in eight years - it seems almost par for the course. Admittedly, the statistics do...
  • Shoaib Akhtar's memoirs fall short on controversy 10-11-2011 11:19 AM

    After the storm and hype that surrounded its release, Shoaib Akhtar's 'Controversially Yours' falls short in delivering what it promised, ironically just as its subject himself did throughout his mercurial career. Perhaps unintentionally emulating Shoaib's time in cricket, the book is short, enjoyable and at times even amusing; yet it...
  • Hassled but happy: A day at the Kotla

    Off the Ball |  Priyanka Kumar
    It was a tough call this morning - to go to bed (at 6 AM) after a late shift at work (flexible timings take a...

  • 25 years at United: Ferguson's biggest achievement

    Off the Ball |  Priyanka Kumar
    "It has all been a fairytale dream - give or take the occasional nightmare." On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 ...

  • Terry slips up as Chelsea fall behind

    Off the Ball |  Priyanka Kumar
    John Terry would have thought he had suffered his share of 'slip-ups' on the football field, after the nightmare in Moscow when he missed a...