Dark age for defenders?

……… This World Cup, the beautiful game has become the bountiful game. What about quality defenders? ………. By Sopan Joshi | Published in Sunday Times of India on June 29, 2014   If you have an extraordinary ability to dribble,… Read More ›

Catalonia: Game Theory

Go to Spain for the football. Especially when the footfalls are low Published in Outlook Traveller SOPAN JOSHI I’m sitting in the Turkish Airlines box in the Camp Nou, Europe’s largest football stadium, watching FC Barcelona take on Celtic FC… Read More ›

The Legend of Barça

TIKI TAKA A great football club comes off a dizzy high, a star footballer-coach moves on, and football aesthetes the world over join hands in a silent prayer By Sopan Joshi                [ Published in OPEN… Read More ›

The Socratic Method

A philosopher-footballer passes on By Sopan Joshi [ Published in OPEN magazine ] Socrates wasn’t the world’s greatest footballer. Nor the greatest in the national side he led. He wasn’t even the best midfielder in that team. Zico wore the… Read More ›