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Five surprise picks in India's probables for four-nation tournament

What do two near-rookies, one Spain-trained striker from Kerala, one of the best performers in domestic football over the past season, and a goalkeeper who has effectively just had 172 minutes of competitive football have in common?

They are five of the left-of-field picks by India coach Stephen Constantine, who announced a 30-member squad of probables for the four-nation international tournament -- featuring hosts India, Kenya, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei -- that Mumbai is likely to host in June,...

Without context, the Super Cup sticks out like a sore thumb


The Super Cup, which starts on Saturday evening with the first of the round of 16 matches between newly crowned Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC and former I-League champions Aizawl FC, in Bhubaneswar, could have been a tournament for the ages, with better context and a more viable scheduling of fixtures.

Instead, 16 teams from the two leagues, held concurrently for the first time in 2017-18 will be heading to Odisha perhaps wondering why they are going to play through the...

How the playoffs format of the ISL became a talking point

Gurpreet Sandhu and Miku express their disappointment at losing against Chennaiyin in the ISL final.

The Indian Super League (ISL) final saw Chennaiyin FC trump Bengaluru FC (BFC) 3-2 at their home in a dramatic final, one that saw the regular season table-toppers fail to win the league title for the fourth consecutive time.

BFC had finished the season with 40 points, eight ahead of second-placed Chennaiyin, and the post-match presentation had both BFC captain Sunil Chhetri and goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu allude to their disappointment at having "won the league" but lost the final. Sandhu...

Materazzi's 2015 or Gregory's 2018: Which Chennaiyin team was better?

Jeje Lalpekhlua, Raphael Augusto and two-goal hero of this season's Indian Super League final, Mailson Alves, were all pivotal in the Chennaiyin FC team that lifted their first ISL trophy in 2015 under Marco Materazzi. We compare the best players from both teams, other than these three, in major departments of the pitch. 

Which team was better you reckon? 


How Chennaiyin FC won their second Indian Super League title

Chennaiyin FC players reflect on winning the ISL for the second time.

They weren't the flashiest team of the tournament, but a well-drilled Chennaiyin FC stuck to their strengths and upset Bengaluru FC 3-2 in the ISL final on Saturday night, clinching their second title in the process. What did they do right? 

Smart recruitment 

Chennaiyin's intentions were clear the moment they retained Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh, Raphael Augusto, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Anirudh Thapa ahead of the season. They wanted familiarity within the team rather than big-money...