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...

  • Bayern can inspire Indian youngsters: Bhaichung 11-01-2012 09:14 PM

    New Delhi: Even as he donned the national colours for the final time, Bhaichung Bhutia was already thinking of how the exhibition match against Bayern Munich would benefit India. The hosts were brushed aside by their superior German opponents in the first half on Tuesday, going down 4-0, but recovered...
  • Bayern impressed with India's passion 11-01-2012 07:48 AM

    New Delhi: India were no match for Bayern Munich on the field, but the effort of the players and the noise of the fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday will be a part of the memories the Germans take back with them. Bayern came to India on the...
  • Indian football hero Bhaichung bids farewell 10-01-2012 10:29 AM

    New Delhi: He started his journey in Tinkitam, a small town in South Sikkim. His prodigious talent saw him make his debut for India as a 19-year-old, in 1995. A record 107 matches and 43 goals later, the story ends at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, in an exhibition...
  • 'We'll give our best, and hope for the best' 10-01-2012 09:06 AM

    New Delhi: A match against Bayern Munich is a double-edged sword, and India coach Savio Medeira is well aware of it. So, even as excitement grows ahead of the exhibition tie against the German giants at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, Medeira, perhaps anticipating a heavy defeat to the...
  • 'We have come to show what European football is' 10-01-2012 05:36 AM

    New Delhi: For India, a chance to play Bayern Munich is a rare privilege and opportunity, both for the team and the fans. However, just what an exhibition tie against the Indian national team - ranked 162nd in the world - means to the European powerhouses is another matter. It...
  • India and Bayern gear up for Bhaichung farewell 10-01-2012 04:25 AM

    New Delhi: I know you love your cricket, but for 90 minutes, we hope to show you quality football. That statement from Arjen Robben encapsulates perfectly what to expect when German giants Bayern Munich take on the Indian national team in an exhibition match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on...
  • 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 40 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...