Bhargab Sarmah
I am a New Delhi-based football writer. Born and brought up in the beautiful northeast Indian state of Assam, I've been an avid follower of the beautiful game since childhood. A fan of Indian top division football club Shillong Lajong FC, I am quite passionate about Manchester United as well.

Entries by Bhargab Sarmah

A Non-Existent Professional Structure and an Insouciant Administration - State of Women's Football in India

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2015 | (21:37)

Rashmita Patra had lifted the Women's National Football Championship with Odisha in 2012 at the age of 21. Only a year prior to that, she had made her debut for the Indian women's national team. The young defender had a promising career ahead of her. Yet, barely two years after...

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Indian Super League - The Politics Behind The New Tournament

(7) Comments | Posted 7 September 2014 | (14:38)

In December 2010, IMG-Reliance signed a historic Rs. 700 crore deal with the All India Football Federation. It was hailed as a new beginning for the game in India. AIFF, which was in a financial abyss at that point of time, suddenly had the money flowing in from its new...

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Indian Super League - IMG-Reliance's Short-Sighted Endeavor Will Hamper I-League

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (19:58)

The Indian Super League has been making quite a buzz in the national media in recent weeks. A brainchild of IMG-Reliance, the marketing partners of the All India Football Federation, the new 'tournament' is set to kick off later this year with eight participants in its opening edition. IMG-R recently...

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Inept Ten Action; Unethical Star Sports - The State of Football Broadcasting in India

(1) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (19:37)

Indian football's biggest cup competition, the Federation Cup, kicked off on Tuesday. India's own version of the FA Cup, albeit with an altogether different format, the Federation Cup is one of the most followed footballing events in the country. One would expect the broadcasters of the event to...

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IPL-style Football League in India - A Grave Mistake!

(1) Comments | Posted 19 August 2013 | (17:48)

Come this January, Indian football will have its own IPL-style league. For a nation where the beautiful game has failed to gain any serious popularity in its 66 years since independence, this proposed event is being hailed as some sort of messiah for the game by a few quarters.

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Keeping the Flame Alive - The Forbidden Team's Story

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2013 | (00:05)

Not many places in the world can boast of the same beauty that as Tibet. Yet, this beautiful plateau region on the northeast of the great Himalayas is not the happiest of places in the world. Over the past few decades, Tibet has been a boiling pot of rebellions, crackdowns...

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War and Football: The Story of Football's Development in War-Torn Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2013 | (16:17)

Situated in the capital city of Kabul, Afghanistan's national stadium, the Ghazi Stadium, built in 1923 by King Amanullah Khan, perfectly portrays the changing face of Afghanistan. Used as a venue for public executions by the Taliban government in the late 90s, the Ghazi Stadium symbolized the horrific times endured...

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