Samama Rahman

November 28, 2022
November 28, 2022

Desert fest: Masters of close control not welcome

After Neymar left the pitch injured against Serbia in Brazil’s opening World Cup game and shed tears on the bench, it reflected his helplessness more than anything else.

November 20, 2022
November 20, 2022

A riveting ride to Qatar

After winning the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010, it quickly became clear that Qatar would have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to successfully stage football’s showpiece event. The largest concern at the time was whether players could even perform in the searing summer as the Mi

July 30, 2022
July 30, 2022

Shackles finally fall off

After a tentative couple of years that saw major disruptions in streams of revenue caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, shadows cast over the balance sheets of football clubs started to disperse this season. Stadiums were finally filled almost to capacity for the entirety of the season after two years when that was simply not possible.

April 23, 2022
April 23, 2022

Four eyes on one prize

With the stage set for the Champions League semifinals, the destiny of the title has been split between four coaches.

April 2, 2022
April 2, 2022

Goals achieved, dreams shattered

“We collapsed. We put our lives on hold for this match and this success. For our country, our people. We only had this motivation in mind. It is much more than a personal disappointment.”

March 18, 2022
March 18, 2022

A chance to become the masters of their own fate

The celebrations among the Reds stood in stark contrast to the body language of Manchester City at the final whistle against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, which, coupled with Liverpool’s win, saw their lead at the top reduced to just one point.

November 28, 2021
November 28, 2021

A coach that merits the talent

While most Manchester United fans would have been well within their rights to feel sadness at the departure of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the dugout, there must have been a tinge of optimism.

September 13, 2021
September 13, 2021

A heightened demand for greatness

The moment Cristiano Ronaldo took his first touch on his second debut for Manchester United on Saturday, 12 years and 118 days since making his last appearance for the club, the ‘Viva Ronaldo’ chants around Old Trafford broke out.

June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021

The beauty of chaos

A frenetic night that featured 14 goals across just two games set the tone for the rest of Euro 2020 as both 2018 World Cup finalists, France and Croatia, joined reigning European champions Portugal by the wayside.

April 26, 2021
April 26, 2021

In the shadow of the Super League

Among sport, football perhaps has been used the most as an instrument to placate the masses while consolidating the power of the few.