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Without context, the Super Cup sticks out like a sore thumb

 

The Super Cup, which starts on Saturday evening with the first of the round of 16 matches between newly crowned Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC and former I-League champions Aizawl FC, in Bhubaneswar, could have been a tournament for the ages, with better context and a more viable scheduling of fixtures.

Instead, 16 teams from the two leagues, held concurrently for the first time in 2017-18 will be heading to Odisha perhaps wondering why they are going to play through the...

How the playoffs format of the ISL became a talking point

Gurpreet Sandhu and Miku express their disappointment at losing against Chennaiyin in the ISL final.
 

The Indian Super League (ISL) final saw Chennaiyin FC trump Bengaluru FC (BFC) 3-2 at their home in a dramatic final, one that saw the regular season table-toppers fail to win the league title for the fourth consecutive time.

BFC had finished the season with 40 points, eight ahead of second-placed Chennaiyin, and the post-match presentation had both BFC captain Sunil Chhetri and goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu allude to their disappointment at having "won the league" but lost the final. Sandhu...

Materazzi's 2015 or Gregory's 2018: Which Chennaiyin team was better?

Jeje Lalpekhlua, Raphael Augusto and two-goal hero of this season's Indian Super League final, Mailson Alves, were all pivotal in the Chennaiyin FC team that lifted their first ISL trophy in 2015 under Marco Materazzi. We compare the best players from both teams, other than these three, in major departments of the pitch. 

Which team was better you reckon? 

 




How Chennaiyin FC won their second Indian Super League title

Chennaiyin FC players reflect on winning the ISL for the second time.
 

They weren't the flashiest team of the tournament, but a well-drilled Chennaiyin FC stuck to their strengths and upset Bengaluru FC 3-2 in the ISL final on Saturday night, clinching their second title in the process. What did they do right? 

Smart recruitment 

Chennaiyin's intentions were clear the moment they retained Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh, Raphael Augusto, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Anirudh Thapa ahead of the season. They wanted familiarity within the team rather than big-money...

I have an offer from a Chinese club - BFC's Miku

BFC striker Miku on a possible move to China and being away from family.

After a stellar first season in the blue of Bengaluru FC, Venezuelan forward Miku is unsure if he is going to continue his Indian adventure.

"I have an offer from a China club," Miku told ESPN after Bengaluru were beaten 3-2 in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday. "The club (BFC) don't want to sell me. Two times, two different clubs from China (have approached me). I understand they want me here but I need to think of my family, of my future."

Miku has been a vital cog in Albert...