May 24, 2014

Nietvelt defences

Briefing

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The one and only AB

Sportsmen such as AB De Villiers are pure entertainers who leave their fans yearning for more. What will sport be without such thoroughbreds? ...

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AXMAN!

Glenn Maxwell’s human, yes. But we have our doubts when he’s on song, writes Priyansh. Of all the Glenn Maxwell stats thrown at you ...

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In quest of a morale-boosting win

In spite of having a new team and a coach of the calibre of Gary Kirsten to guide the players, Delhi Daredevils has performed well below ...

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The Rocket disintegrates

Ronnie O’Sullivan was the odds-on favourite. But Mark Selby had other ideas. By Ted Corbett. Ronnie O’Sullivan was aiming for a sixth ...

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Hoping to forget the past

Colombia’s World Cup history is anything but colourful and the nation has nothing to show for its four appearances thus far. To a modern ...

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Coach with the Midas touch

A 250/1 rank outsider prior to the start of EURO 2004, Greece, which had lost five of its previous six matches in European (EURO 1980) and ...

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A soothing balm

The talismanic Didier Drogba — moments after leading his nation to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany — picked up a microphone in the ...

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Asian giant’s mediocre run

Though football came to this Asian country in the late 19th century, it was only after the Japanese team won the bronze medal in the 1968 ...

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Small nation, big feats

Uruguay has won two FIFA World Cups, but this unrelenting pursuit of success also caused the nation’s decline. Fourth place finishes in 1954 ...

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A roller coaster ride

Costa Rica stunned the football world in its very first match on the big stage, upsetting Scotland 1-0 in Italia 90. Though the team lost its ...

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Saluto Azzurri

Italy — the second most successful team in the World Cup, with four titles — brings an enigmatic essence to football’s premier event. Its ...

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Shoot-outs have been its Achilles heel

In 13 editions of the Cup, England has only one win, one semifinal and six quarterfinal finishes to boast of. Iconic players have come and ...

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The making and breaking of heroes

For the sheer pleasure and excitement it offers, very few sporting events in the world can match the FIFA World Cup. Though it is a fact that ...

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Democracy in football

The new UEFA rules, though they may obstruct the financial powers of less wealthy clubs, at least seem to be putting strong pressure on two of ...

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PAOLO ROSSI