THE CAPSULE: The World Cup Winner in India and Other Top-5 Indian Football Newsflashes of the Week

Atrayo Bhattacharya  |  The Capsule  |  2 Months Ago

Amongst all the cacophony of World football and Premier League, a lot is also cooking in Indian football as well. Jersey has taken a dig at encapsulating the important pointers which are raking the Indian roster with all its vehemence.


5. Teams from Kolkata are struggling at home 

The story of their struggle has been pretty evident as teams from I-League to Indian Super League are struggling to cheer up the crowd in the Football capital, Kolkata.  Two-time champions ATK have come up with a newly revamped squad but are yet to hit their top gear this season. At home, the only impressive performance from Coppell's men came recently against a high flying FC Goa where the hosts managed to hold the Gaurs to a goalless draw. With 6 home matches already over Coppell's men have managed only 2 wins and 2 draws, something which the English tactician would want to improve. However, ATK’s exploits outside their home have been laudable enough as they recently triumphed over Chennai in a nail-biting thriller, thanks to a brace from Manuel Lanzarote.


Mohun Bagan and East Bengal haven’t been their scintillating selves in the ongoing edition of I-League. Bagan has somehow managed to keep themselves afloat in the fifth position while their arch-rivals have been languishing at the 8th position in the league table. 


4. The ever consistent Bengaluru FC always manages a way to win

The Blues have been on a roll since the year they were founded. The south Indian club has bagged a trophy every year and even in the last year, they won against each and every side in the league phase at least once. This year again they are undefeated so far and Carles Cuadrat's men have shown a lot of character and passion along with the hunger to win each time they step on the field. In their latest match against wooden spooners, FC Pune City was certainly not their day. The Blues were creating a lot of chances but the final touch seemed ever absent. With the elapsing of time, the spectators thought it was over but a diagonal ball towards the right flank was acrobatically kept in play by Harmanjot Khabra, as his cross landed right into the path of Rahul Bheke who latched on to the ball tucking home the winner on the 88th minute. 

3. Sheikh Faiaz's homecoming

The Bengal born winger has seen it all in his life, from a poverty-stricken livelihood and struggles to enjoying the limelight at Mohun Bagan last season. Faiaz was undoubtedly one of the best wingers in the preceding season of I-League.  His impressive performances landed him at Indian Super League club, ATK. But life has not been easy since then for this strapping winger. Forget being in the game, the youngster failed to make it even to the bench on matchdays as Coppell preferred young Komal Thathal and Jayesh Rane ahead of the former Mohun Bagan star.  Deprived of proper game time the talented winger who was once in limelight in the I-league donning the Green and Maroon jersey was gradually fading away.  


The Mariners came to this youngster’s deliverance again as they have signed him on loan from the ISL side until the end of the season. Eternal rivals East Bengal were also keen to sign the winger but ATK who share a good relationship with Mohun Bagan thought of releasing Faiaz to his former club. Faiaz now is gearing up for the big game as the Kolkata Derby on 16th is pounding on the door already. 


2. Rejuvenated Chennai City FC is running away with the I-League title 

The Southerners were on the danger line last season and had to win a decisive game to avoid the drop, which they eventually did and it was Churchill Brothers who ended in their league campaign in a position of uncertainty. But this season the team looks totally different under Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas. The Spanish contingent of the club have all been standout performers, starting from Nestor Gordillo to Pedro Manzi and their main orchestrator in midfield, Sandro Rodriguez and also the leader of the backline Roberto Eslava have been in stunning touch. Even the Indian players have been brilliant with the aura of the foreign players disseminating amongst them and the side looks like they are going to run away with the league title. So it will take some catching up for the other sides to do now considering the massive point difference they have at the peak.

1. German football legend Lothar Matthaus comes to India to increase Bundesliga engagement 

Matthaus has been a footballing icon for Germany, having been the FIFA footballer of the year back in 1991 after his glorious World cup victory with Germany. He will visit several grassroots project across the country and will also attend ISL matches in Kochi and Mumbai on 4th and 6th respectively. 


The Bayern Munich legend will experience Kerala Blasters locking horns against Jamshedpur FC at Kochi in front of the noisy Manjappada. Then he will make his journey all the way to Mumbai where he will witness the Islanders taking on Chennaiyin FC. 


   The German legend will also pay his visit to the Borussia Dortmund soccer school at Cooperage. The visit of the Bundesliga icon will also result in increasing the engagement of the league in the Indian subcontinent. The fans in Indian will also witness the legendary Bundesliga trophy, ‘Meisterschale’ which will also be on show for the fans in both the cities. 


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