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  • Kochi tour diary: The Beautiful Game in 'God's own country' 6 days ago

    With tranquil backwaters, deep green meadows, vast national parks, breathtaking unblemished beaches with views that extend over the Arabian Sea, sacred Nilgiri hills, sprawling tea gardens and the picturesque Western Ghats, it is not surprising why Kerala - a state in India's deep south - is called 'God's own country'. Kerala...
  • ISL 2014 - the star performers so far November 14, 2014

    India is obsessed over a game, and for a change it isn't cricket. It's football. The ISL is in town. With people thronging to the stadiums to watch their favourite teams and fans coming up with innovative chants for their beloved players, the tournament has really struck a chord off the...
  • ISL: Delhi Dynamos hopeful of a comeback after FC Goa drubbing November 14, 2014

    Delhi Dynamos defence was seen as one of the best in the Indian Super League so far but on Thursday Goa FC reminded them of not being complacent as the tournament heads towards the business end. However, the Dynamos are not pressing the panic button just yet with assistant coach...
  • ISL: FC Goa thrash hosts Delhi Dynamos FC 4-1 November 13, 2014

    Brazilian legend Zico celebrated his second win of the inaugural season of Indian Super League when his team FC Goa thrashed the hosts Delhi Dynamos FC 4-1 on Thursday at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in a match where Delhi never showed real intent of getting the three points. A goal in...
  • ISL: We lack killer instinct, says FC Goa manager Zico November 13, 2014

    FC Goa manager Zico has said that his team needs to rediscover their killer instinct if they are to climb up the table and compete with other teams in the Indian Super League. Goa are currently bottom of the table and Zico also feels that the team has been a bit...
  • ISL: David James confident of Kerala Blasters' good run in upcoming games November 12, 2014

    Kerala Blasters' player-boss David James is determined to keep the team's decent run of form going and has asked his teammates to keep the pressure on the table-toppers. Kerala have lost three games, won two, drawn two and are currently sixth in the points table. But the good thing for...
  • ISL: Kerala Blasters' Trevor Morgan heaps praise on defence November 12, 2014

    Kerala Blasters haven't conceded a goal in the last two matches and are slowly gaining momentum climbing up the table, which has pleased assistant coach Trevor Morgan who is proud of his team's rock solid defence. "In last two home games, we have managed to keep clean sheets; we got...
  • ISL: Kerala Blasters looking for a home win against in-form Mumbai City November 12, 2014

    Kochi:<b> Kerala Blasters FC take on Mumbai City FC in what is expected to be a thrilling tie in the Indian Super League on Wednesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Both the teams come into the match after being held to goalless draws in their previous encounters. Kerala were drew...
  • No regrets for not playing Indian Super League: Sunil Chhetri November 10, 2014

    Imagine Indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar or the Indian Premier League with no Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hard to digest, isn't it? However, that's what has happened with India in football. At a time when Indian football, immensely popular at one point of time but now confined to a few...
  • Interview: I am playing ISL on Zico's advice, says Andre Santos November 8, 2014

    Until two months ago, Andre Santos was doing duty for Flamengo, rubbing shoulders with the best Brazilian players. But the former Arsenal left-back is happy the way his stint at Indian Super League (ISL) has taken off with FC Goa and is all praise for his team-mates and legendary coach...
  • ISL: Zico rues FC Goa's inability to convert chances into goals November 7, 2014

    Legendary Brazilian footballer and the manager of Indian Super League franchise FC Goa, Zico, said his players created some opportunities but eventually failed to convert them into goals in the match against Kerala Blasters FC on Thursday. After a rather uneventful first half at the Kochi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, substitute Milagres...
  • ISL 2014: Robert Pires returns as FC Goa visit Kerala Blasters November 6, 2014

    Kochi: Back on home turf after a loss in their last away tie, Kerala Blasters FC will look to turn it around when they take on FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in their first home game of the Indian Super League on Thursday. The return of Blasters' skipper...
  • ISL 2014: I have to keep scoring, says Chennaiyin FC star Elano November 4, 2014

    The Indian Super League has successfully created a sensation, a buzz that has never been witnessed in the football circuit of India - a predominantly cricket-crazy country. While most of the stadiums in eight cities, baring one or two, have been relatively packed, the tournament has generated encouraging television ratings as...
  • Success of ISL critical to Indian football's growth: Luis Garcia November 3, 2014

    Atletico de Kolkata's marquee signing and former Liverpool and Spanish international Luis Garcia is optimistic that the Indian Super League (ISL) will be a big hit in future as well and won't be a one season wonder, though the Kolkata captain, in an interview with IBNLive Sports, admits Indian...
  • We have the best support in terms of fan base: NorthEast United FC coach October 31, 2014

    NorthEast United FC manager Ricki Herbert has praised his team for their good start to the inaugural season of Indian Super League (ISL) - describing the team from the north-east part of India as the 'team for the neutrals' and having the best support in terms of fan base. The franchise...
  • Indian Super League: the early title contenders October 31, 2014

    The ISL is well underway now and the competition seems to have struck a chord with people all over the country. People are now regularly checking out the goals scored and contemplating the league table, making calculations over as to how their favorite team can claim the prize. So who is...
  • ISL: Delhi Dynamos coach rues dropping points in third draw October 30, 2014

    Expressing concern and disappointment after Delhi Dynamos were held to a draw for the third time in four matches, coach Harm van Veldhoven said they need to improve quickly if they are to finish among the top four sides in the Indian Super League. "We are a bit disappointed with three...
  • ISL: Denied a penalty but I'm happy, says NorthEast United coach October 30, 2014

    NorthEast United FC boss Ricki Herbert expressed happiness over his team's performance in their 0-0 draw against Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League on Wednesday. "I am pleased with the performance of my team. We have continued to progress. We missed certain key players but did everything well tonight [Wednesday]....
  • Indian Super League: Fan base critical to clubs' survival and success October 30, 2014

    When Robin van Persie scored the equalising goal for Manchester United against Chelsea on Sunday evening, I jumped up from my bed in exultation, punching the air and whooping in primal joy. Two days earlier, when Felipe de Castro scored deep into injury time for NorthEast United FC, consigning Mumbai...
  • ISL: Delhi Dynamos coach wants more goals, warns against complacency October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of their clash on Wednesday, Delhi Dynamos coach Harm van Veldhoven sounded warning bells to NorthEast United FC, saying he wants more goals to continue the momentum. Coming off a terrific 4-1 victory against Chennaiyin FC, Veldhoven warned his players against complacency. "I would want my players to continue...
  • ISL: Mind the referee, Atletico de Kolkata! October 29, 2014

    Atletico de Kolkata are doing most things right in this Indian Super League, except one. Sitting pretty atop the leaderboard with W W D W D in their five games so far, the table toppers are in urgent need of channelizing their aggression and not let it drool over into referee's...
  • Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC look the best in ISL, says Baichung Bhutia October 28, 2014

    The Indian Super League (ISL) has successfully completed its first two weeks and the country's football fans have been witness to some gruelling and mouth-watering encounters. Talking about how the teams have fared so far in the tournament, former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia believes Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin...
  • ISL: Kerala Blasters' skipper Orji hails assistant coach influence October 26, 2014

    Kerala Blasters FC playmaker and captain Penn Orji hopes his team will right its wrongs, fight back and come good in the matches coming up next after the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned franchise lost both its matches to start their Indian Super League (ISL) campaign on a sorry note. Speaking to IBNLive...
  • ISL: Gouramangi Singh wants Chennaiyin FC to keep the momentum going October 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Chennaiyin FC defender Gouramangi Singh has stressed that previous win against Kerala Blasters FC was vital in keeping the team's early-season winning momentum going and he is hopeful that his franchise can continue its victory march against the Delhi Dynamos here on Saturday. Chennai are visiting Delhi for Match...
  • ISL: Winless Delhi Dynamos face high-flying Chennaiyin test October 25, 2014

    Delhi: After an impressive start to their Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, Chennaiyin FC take on crowd favourites Delhi Dynamos in the 12th match of the ISL on Saturday here at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Chennai have won both their previous matches against Goa FC and Kerala Blasters FC. Delhi...
  • Indian Super League: Don't rule out Delhi Dynamos yet October 25, 2014

    Owned by India's leading cable TV distribution company DEN Network and in possession of perhaps the biggest player in the Indian Super League (ISL) in Alessandro Del Piero, Delhi Dynamos may not have set the field on fire yet but it will be foolhardy to consider them as pushovers. Delhi...
  • ISL Tour Diary: Chennai, the land of many hues October 24, 2014

    "Vanakkam, Sir! Your driver Balu is at your service!" These were the first words I heard upon my arrival in Chennai from Delhi. Draped in a white half-sleeve shirt and cream-colour dhoti or veshti - as it is known here, a man in his late 50s holding my name plate...
  • ISL: Goa FC ready for Atletico de Kolkata test, says Andre Santos October 23, 2014

    Former Arsenal and Brazil left-back Andre Santos is happy with the way his stint at Indian Super League has taken off with Goa FC and hopes to leave an impact in the inaugural season of the league. Goa take on table toppers Atletico de Kolkata on Thursday and Santos said before...
  • ISL: Kerala Blasters' player-manager David James rues lack of training October 23, 2014

    Chennai: Disappointed and frustrated after losing two games on the trot, player-manager of Kerala Blasters FC, David James, believes his team lacked the killer instinct. Kerala are languishing at the bottom of the table having lost both their games so far in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. They...
  • ISL 2014: Mendy's goal one of the best I've seen, says Marco Materazzi October 22, 2014

    Chennai: Former Hull City wing-back Bernard Mendy scored what's being talked about as the best goal in the Indian Super League (ISL) so far, with his team-mate cum manager at Chennaiyin FC, Marco Materazzi, calling it one of the best he has ever seen. Watched by the legends of Bollywood and...