Jun 26, 2021

Battle of Europe's best

Euro 2020 kicks off on June 11 and there is genuine excitement about fans congregating for a full-fledged international competition after more than a year of action in empty, soulless stadia. But will the standard of football reverberate with the same energy, especially with players mentally drained and physically jaded after a long, bruising season in the sequestered world of bio-bubbles?



Euro 2020: Europe’s young brigade

Here is a look at some of the likely top contenders for the Young Player of the Tournament honour at the European Championships.

Food For Thought

Tokyo Olympics: Food hacks for the athlete

Some nutrition hacks that Tokyo-bound athletes should consider to follow to enhance their performance and recovery.


World Test Championship (WTC) in numbers: leading run-scorers, most wickets, hat-tricks and more

Despite Covid-19 issues, 58 Test matches were played over 23 series, at the end of which India and New Zealand, with the highest points percentages of 72.2 and 70.0, have reached the final. A look at the performances of all the teams and players involved from August 2019 to May 2021.


WTC final preview: Kohli's well-balanced India takes on Williamson's spirited New Zealand

With the top two sides in the world about to cross swords, it’s time to savour Test cricket once again as it reclaims centre stage.


Lack of experience not a concern for Indian women ahead of England Test

India has featured in 36 Tests, the last of which came in 2014. Seven years later, India will play another Test, against England, in Bristol from June 16. India’s women cricketers are indeed delighted.


Copa America 2020: It’s samba time without spectators!

New host Brazil enters as the favourite. The powerhouse unit dominated the previous edition in 2019, going on an unbeaten run to win the title.


Copa America’s sure shots: Stars to watch out for

From Argentine legend Lionel Messi to Brazil's charismatic play-maker Neymar and Uruguay's workhorse Luis Suarez, here are the stars to watch out for at the Copa America.


Will Euro 2020 bring back the old thrill and excitement of international football?

International coaches have very limited time to define attacking structures and synchronise moves, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated this. Teams that have a strong core of players from one or two clubs and train together week in and week out may enjoy an edge, but it is easy for others to just slip into the throes of a safety-first approach.


Euro 2020, Group A preview: Advantage Italy, Turkey promises to deliver

EURO 2020: A new-look Italian team looks the favourite to top a fairly balanced Group A, which also has Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.


Euro 2020, Group B preview: Belgium’s time to shine

Belgium, the world's top-ranked men’s football team, is primed to go the distance at the European Championships (Euro 2020) this year. The nation is grouped alongside Demark, Russia and Finland in Group B.


The absentees: Ramos, Zlatan among players who will miss Euro 2020

Euro 2020 in 2021 will be a frustrating watch from their homes for several footballers. The Covid-19-hit tournament saw several key names miss out on the championship, which will be held across 11 host cities. Here are some of the biggest names who will sit out the 16th edition.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: An opportunity lost for Naomi Osaka

The media, whether electronic or print, is one of the pillars of every sport. The other three are the players, the fans and the administrators – and not necessarily in that order.


Euro 2020, Group C preview: Netherlands set to dominate, Ukraine a force

Had Euro 2020 gone ahead according to schedule last year, the Netherlands would have been among the clear favourites. A year on, the world has changed with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.


Bangladesh’s moment of history against Sri Lanka

The 2-1 triumph in the ODI series over Sri Lanka will hold Bangladesh in good stead as it prepares to compete against England and Australia later this year.


EURO 2020, Group D preview: England & Croatia in a group of dark horses

Euro 2020 has an entire group of dark horses – Group D, featuring England, Croatia, the Czech Republic (which won the title in 1976 as Czechoslovakia) and Scotland.


Euro 2020, Group E preview: Not so straightforward for Spain; Poland, Sweden, Slovakia in the mix

EURO 2020: The three-time champion Spain is grouped with Poland, Sweden and Slovenia in what could be a competitive setting for the teams involved.


Nineteen wins, six draws, five losses, one Champions League trophy: Thomas Tuchel leads Chelsea to first title

Chelsea was languishing in ninth spot in the Premier League when Thomas Tuchel took over. In a little over a hundred days, the German marshalled the club to its second Champions League title and his first less than a year after he lost last season’s final.


Panghal takes lessons from Zoirov loss

Though disappointed and aggrieved at being denied a gold medal at the recently concluded Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai, Amit Panghal has vowed to leave no stone unturned to ensure he never has to face such a situation again.


EURO 2020, Group F preview: France, Portugal, Germany and the group of death

EURO 2020: This is the European Championship’s group of death, with 2018 World Cup winner France, reigning Euro champion Portugal and heavyweight Germany put together with Hungary


Euro 2020: Ronaldo, Lewandowski & co... A last hurrah for these veteran stars?

EURO 2020: Here are a few veteran stars who could be playing in their final Euro campaigns.

Last Word

Naomi Osaka: The power balance has shifted between the athlete and the press

Earlier, the press and the athlete had a symbiotic relationship. It was believed that the athlete needed the press more than the press needed the athlete.


Aditi Ashok: Qualifying for Tokyo Olympics not on my mind

Aditi Ashok is currently ranked 165th in the world. She last competed at the Los Angeles Open in April where she finished tied for 39th place with a score of one under-par.