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Samindra Kunti

Samindra Kunti

    Olympic white elephants haunt Sochi
    Olympic white elephants haunt Sochi
    A stone's throw from the Black Sea is a cemetery, filled with old believers, a purist sect of the Orthodox Church. It sits between the Iceberg...
    Qatar's invisible hosts miss the fun
    Qatar's invisible hosts miss the fun
    Deep into the second half, Zarko Markovic was enjoying another fine spell: first he beat Brazilian goalkeeper Cesar Almeida on a fast break and then...
    Seleo clock up the air miles
    Seleo clock up the air miles
    On the busy avenue in front of the swanky Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina Hotel in the Asian part of Istanbul this week, a black car pulled over....
    Champagne campaign lacks fizz
    Champagne campaign lacks fizz
    Early in 2000, Fifa president Sepp Blatter was scratching the few hairs that were left on his head. Fifa was to decide the host country for the 2006...
    German fitness flair fails to cure Arsenal
    German fitness flair fails to cure Arsenal
    From the touchline, Shad Forsythe and Benjamin Kugel had an excellent vantage point to observe the fruits of their work. Mark Verstegen and Darcy...
    Brazil's shattered football hopes mirror society's failings
    Brazil's shattered football hopes mirror society's failings
    "Football is the vehicle for a series of dramatisations of our society," wrote Roberto DaMatta, a prominent Brazilian anthropologist.
    God is still Brazilian
    God is still Brazilian
    For 90 minutes and seven goals, in the semifinals in Belo Horizonte, God abandoned Brazil. But last Sunday, at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium,...
    World Cup: It's Messi vs The Machine
    World Cup: It's Messi vs The Machine
    Deep into extra time at the 2010 World Cup final, Andrés Iniesta thumped a half-volley, with mundane finality, past Dutch goalkeeper Maarten...
    Brasilia, a football cultural wasteland
    Brasilia, a football cultural wasteland
    It was half-time and Carlos Alberto Torres, who won the World Cup in 1970 with Brazil, was visibly displeased.
    A World Cup of big guns, dark horses and divers
    A World Cup of big guns, dark horses and divers
    After 154 goals in 56 matches, the World Cup is reaching its final stages. But heavyweights Brazil, Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands have...
    Latin America leads the way
    Latin America leads the way
    "And one fine day the goddess of the wind kisses the foot of man, that mistreated, scorned foot, and from that kiss the football idol is born,"...
    A battle for 'Belgitude'
    A battle for 'Belgitude'
    The artist René Magritte was not a patriot. "I despise my own past and that of others," he wrote of his native Belgium. Magritte's surrealist...