Dec 12, 2020

A comeback for sports ISL 2020-21 in India

With the seventh season of the ISL in Goa, the league and the governors of Indian football have taken a step forward, and now it is for the clubs — the other stakeholders — to offer foresight to take the game to greater heights.

Briefing

Features

ISL 2020-21: Seven youngsters to watch in the seventh season

The seventh season of the Indian Super League is underway and here are seven Indian youngster to watch out for in the ongoing edition.

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ISL 2020-21: An English wave, via Australia

ISL 2020: Sportstar takes a look at the best foreign signings to look out for in the seventh edition of the country’s cash-rich premier division.

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The comeback: Athletes preparing for 2021

Now is the time to fight back, to get your body back in shape, to train on schedule and to eat with a plan.

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Stars from some surprising places

Wimbledon champion Jaroslav Drobny (also an international ice hockey player) tells the most fascinating story of a Czech-born sportsman when that country was falling behind the iron curtain.

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Cricket in Australia, a not-to-be-missed experience

Australia offers a cricket lover the best in terms of competition and infrastructure. For more than a 100 years, the game has come to establish itself as a major summer sport in Australia.

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ISL 2020-21, Kolkata Derby: We accept the ATK Mohun Bagan challenge, says SC East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler

ISL 2020: East Bengal’s first match in the ISL will be a huge challenge for Liverpool great Robbie Fowler: the Kolkata derby against traditional rival ATK-Mohun Bagan.

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India vs Australia: New faces, renewed hopes for Men In Blue

India vs Australia: Sanju Samson had almost forgotten the smell of the blue jersey, while T. Natarajan didn’t expect to wear one in the tour Down Under.

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A tough test Down Under: From one bio-bubble to another, game on

If in the distant past, a tour of the West Indies was supposed to identify the men from the boys, over the last three decades, a sojourn in Australia was the proven filter to appraise a cricketer’s skill. And unlike when India last toured Australia in 2018-19, this time the host is at full strength.

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Australia vs India: Head-to-head, stats and records in limited-overs

Australia is ahead in the ODI head-to-head count but Virat Kohli's side has a fantastic T20I record against

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India vs Australia: Stage set to steal the thunder, Down Under

With the players staying in a bio-bubble, it needs to be seen how they handle the pressure — both on and off the field.

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Sunil Gavaskar: Rahul, Iyer can attack Australian bowlers in Rohit's absence

There’s little to choose between the two sides as both have terrific batting and pace bowling and the one area where India has an advantage is in the spin department.

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ISL soldiers on in a year of uncertainties

The ISL and the governors of Indian football have taken a step forward, and now it is for the clubs — the other stakeholders — to offer foresight to take the game to greater heights.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton races to a record-equalling feat

Lewis Hamilton snatched victory at Istanbul Park from sixth on the starting grid as the drivers around him floundered on race strategy.

Interviews

ISL 2020-21: Fresh start for golden boy Valskis at Jamshedpur FC

ISL 2020: After winning the Golden Boot for Chennaiyin FC in the last ISL season, Nerijus Valskis says his target is to help Jamshedpur FC win matches this year.

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ISL 2020-21: Chennaiyin's history gives us motivation, says Anirudh Thapa

ISL 2020: But midfielder Anirudh Thapa stresses that Chennaiyin FC, which has previously overcome poor starts to win two ISL titles and reach one more final, needs a stronger beginning to the new season.

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ISL 2020-21: I’m here to win, says Odisha FC captain Steven Taylor

ISL 2020: “I’m here to win. There’s no point in playing football if you’re not going to come to win,” says Odisha FC captain Steven Taylor ahead of his maiden Indian Super League campaign.

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ISL 2020-21: Nikhil Poojari backs Hyderabad FC's chances for new season

ISL 2020: Forward Nikhil Poojari says Hyderabad FC has the right mix of Indian youngsters and experienced foreign players this year.

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ISL 2020-21 News, Odisha FC preview: Time for Baxter's boys to turn the tide

ISL 2020: Odisha FC had a busy transfer window and has roped in some strong reinforcements in key positions and signed a veteran coach for the 2020-21 Indian Super League season.

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ISL 2020-21: Onus is now on us to perform, says Bengaluru FC's Chhetri

ISL 2020: “For our team, topping the league is most important,” says Bengaluru FC and India skipper Sunil Chhetri. “The motivation of getting the AFC Champions League slot is a huge one. We would love to do that.”

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ISL 2020-21, news: Time is a luxury we don’t have, FC Goa's Edu Bedia

ISL 2020: Playing the entire tournament in its home state offers no advantage to FC Goa as most of the ISL teams, says Edu Bedia, the team’s captain.

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ISL 2020-21: NEUFC is here to compete, develop and improve - Gerard Nus

ISL 2020: “...there is no doubt in my mind that the results will come. It is our job to improve the results from last year. This club deserves better and we are working hard to create an exciting team to watch,” says NEUFC coach Gerard Nus.

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ISL 2020-21: Mandar Rao Dessai explains FC Goa exit for Mumbai City FC

ISL 2020: “Everyone wants to play competitive football and we can’t wait for the tournament to begin,” says Mandar Rao Dessai, who has joined Mumbai City from FC Goa.

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ISL 2020-21 news, Chennaiyin FC preview: Slow starter needs to hit right chord early

ISL 2020: Chennaiyin FC has replaced five of its seven overseas players, and its Indian contingent will need to come up to speed swiftly if it is to avoid playing catchup with the competition as it has in most of the ISL seasons it has played.

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ISL 2020-21: Kerala Blasters targeting the top four, says Kibu Vicuna

ISL 2020: “We have worked very hard to cumulate a good team for the season, which has the requisite balance between experienced players and quality young players,” says Kerala Blasters head coach Kibu Vicuna.

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ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan and Antonio Habas - Leading the hopes of millions

ATK-Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas feels his side will not feel the impact of the previous losses against Kerala Blasters in ISL 2020-21 opening match.

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ISL 2020-21, ATK Mohun Bagan preview: Bringing together the old and the new

ISL 2020: The new collaboration seeks to preserve Mohun Bagan’s classic emblem and colours to continue tradition, but the squad essentially remains that of the ATK side that lifted the ISL crown.

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ISL 2020-21 news, SC East Bengal preview: Debuting with a rich legacy

ISL 2020: Backed by a passionate support base running into the millions, East Bengal will look to make the most of its footballing pedigree as its embarks on a quest for the ISL crown.

IND v AUS

Josh Hazlewood: 'Bio-bubble life small price to pay for representing Australia'

Josh Hazlewood feels the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will help Australia bowlers maintain their intensity throughout the home series against India.

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ISL 2020-21 news, Mumbai City FC preview: Will the Lobera magic work?

ISL 2020: With Sergio Lobera taking charge as coach, Mumbai City has acquired quite a few key players from his former side FC Goa, while retaining consistent performers to ensure a well-balanced setup.

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ISL 2020-21 news, Hyderabad FC preview: Coach Marquez to focus on a rebuild

ISL 2020: For a team that scored just 21 goals last season, Hyderabad FC’s first objective is to not just shore up its defence, but also to score goals to put pressure on rivals.

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ISL 2020-21 news, Kerala Blasters preview: New season, new hope for Vicuna's men

ISL 2020: Kerala Blasters, a two-time finalist, has not made it to the playoffs in the last three seasons and its passionate fans are clearly running out of patience.

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ISL 2020-21 news, FC Goa preview: Juan Ferrando takes forward the Spanish era

ISL 2020: FC Goa finished top of the table and in the playoffs. Ahead of the new season, we analyse the Gaur's strengths, weakness, coach, foreign signings, best formation and more.

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ISL 2020-21 news, NorthEast United FC preview: Appiah, Nus look to inject fresh start for Highlanders

ISL 2020: NorthEast United FC finished ninth last season. Ahead of the new season, we analyse the Men of Steel's strengths, weakness, coach, foreign signings, best formation and more.

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ISL 2020-21, Jamshedpur FC preview: Can the Coyle-Valskis combo light the fuse?

ISL 2020: Jamshedpur FC finished eighth last season. Ahead of the new season, we analyse the Men of Steel's strengths, weakness, coach, foreign signings, best formation and more.

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ISL 2020-21, Bengaluru FC preview: Time for Chhetri and co. to set the record straight

ISL 2020: Bengaluru FC finished in the playoffs last season. Ahead of the new season, we analyse the Blues' strengths, weakness, coach, foreign signings, best formation and more.