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2018/2019 Season

6 Hoffenheim 6 1 4 19
7 Bremen 5 2 4 17
8 Hertha 4 4 3 16
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What is holding champions Chennaiyin back?

John Gregory deserves plenty of credit for adapting his tactics.
Head coach John Gregory has some tough decisions to make over the coming weeks

Defending champions Chennaiyin FC picked up their first point of the ISL season, following a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos. It meant Chennaiyin have endured their worst start across all seasons with three defeats before the match in Delhi on Tuesday.

What have been the reasons behind this sluggish start, and what could they do to bring some momentum into their game?

Imbalance in defence

One of the key factors this season has been Chennaiyin's defensive frailty, and that has prompted...

Versatile Balwant Singh makes strong case for national recall

Balwant Singh's work rate sets him apart.

When Balwant Singh picked up a diagonal pass from Manuel Lanzarote, turned his marker and curled the ball in to score ATK's first goal of the season, his first professional coach Sukhwinder Singh was watching on television, admiring the strides made by his ward since his first season with JCT over a decade ago.

"Dekho kitna accha goal kiya abhi (look how well he scored that goal)," says Sukhwinder of Balwant, adjudged player of the match in ATK's 2-1 win against Delhi Dynamos that got them off the...

W2W4: ISL resumes with Maharashtra derby, Kochi party

Pune have been unbeaten in Mumbai since 2014

The Indian Super League (ISL) will resume on Wednesday after an international break, and the first nine matches have already produced their share of upsets and breakout performances at either end of the points table. 

What are the things to watch for when Delhi Dynamos host ATK to kick-start the next phase of matches?

The unlikely contenders for top of the table


Chennaiyin FC have long been known as slow starters, but even head coach John Gregory would be surprised at the poor output...

How can the AIFF resolve the Gourav Mukhi controversy?

Gourav Mukhi scores against Bengaluru FC on debut - and with it kicks off a controversy that is threatening to engulf his career.
Gourav Mukhi scores against Bengaluru FC on debut - and with it kicks off a controversy that is threatening to engulf his career.

Gourav Mukhi's goal for Jamshedpur FC, and the speculation over his actual age since, has brought the focus on Indian football's battle with age discrepancies into sharp focus.

Here's a simple solution for the young man -- and for the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which has made known its verbal opposition to age fraud. Have the player take an age-verification test like the Tanner-Whitehouse III (TW3) and clear his name. The alternative for him is to have his name linked with age fraud and...

AIFF scores an own-goal with Gourav Mukhi age mix-up

Gourav Mukhi, left, of Jamshedpur FC
Gourav Mukhi, left, of Jamshedpur FC

With the Bengaluru-Jamshedpur Indian Super League (ISL) clash on a knife-edge at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, substitute Gourav Mukhi pulled the visitors level with a quality goal. The broadcasters identified him as a 16-year-old, (the age also stated on the ISL website) making him the youngest goalscorer in ISL history.