Corporate Social Negligence!

2011 in review

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on January 2, 2012

WordPress has been very kind enough to send a year end report to me. Thank you, wordpress.com. Now, Corporate Social Negligence was yet another phase in my life just like how “fighting it out” was. I am moving on and there by planning to stop posting on this blog further. I migrated here from my blog on blogspot.com – http://www.tushizap.blogspot.com and is planning to get back there. I have changed the name of the blog on blogspot and has already posted an entry there. From now onwards, you can read me there. C’ya all. Have a great 2012!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

India vs UAE – a short preview

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on July 23, 2011

Tonight India take on UAE at the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in UAE.  The first competitive match after Armando Colaco was appointed as the manager of the national team.

Going in on a high after beating Qatar in a friendly, there is a renewed sense of optimism among players and supporters.  But as P.K.Banerjee pointed out, the UAE match could be a different ball game all together.

Then again, if we are to beat UAE, this is not the first time around.  Jules Alberto who slotted in the solitary goal that won us the match in 2001, reminiscences here, how special that goal will be for him. He goes on to say,

But football on the field is not about rankings and big names. It’s all about who plays better on the day. It was a great team effort which helped us achieve the victory. The midfield pressed well; I.M. (Vijayan) and Bhaichung shouldered extra responsibility — both falling back to help the defence. We played the waiting game to perfection. Coach Sukhwinder Singh had planned everything.

True, it is not all about rankings and reputation. Let us hope, Armando has done his home work thoroughly and sets up a team that could stifle the higher ranked UAE team.

If you wish to extend your support to the Indian football team, the least you can do is to turn on Tenaction+, tonight 9.30pm and add to the TRP ratings, so that more and more national football matches are shown on tele.

Now on to some advertising. If you dint know, the former Argentinian international Ariel Ortega was a transfer target for Dempo sports club and the real reason for India to withdraw from the 1950 football World Cup was not because they were not allowed to play barefoot but no one in India thought it was worthy enough to attend a World Cup, then you ought to subscribe and enjoy,  Football News India  and follow the same on twitter @ fni

The Copa Delight

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on July 18, 2011

When it comes to international football, i have no confusions regarding where my allegiance stand. I was only six when a Diego shook the footballing world with his skills and won the world cup. From that day onwards, i am through and through Argentina.

So, on Saturday night i was all geared up for the Argentina – Uruguay quarter final. I waited till 2.45 am in the morning and suddenly pushing all my plans to a dark hell hole, the power went off. I waited for some time for the power to return but it did not. Eventually, i thought i will continue the wait on my bed; the next thing i saw was the morning break. In short i missed the match.

The next morning, the first thing i checked was the results. It was not heartening to read that my favorite team had crashed out of the championship. The next wish obviously was that, i wanted Paraguay to rip Brasil apart. I knew it was tough call.

The next day i planned to watch the Brazil – Paraguay match. I felt the need for some rest before the match and hit the bed. Needless to say, i was in to a slumber soon. Then suddenly, i got up in the middle of my sleep to see that the time was 2.30 am. With reluctance, i switched on the TV to see that the match was poised at 0-0 in the extra time.

With Julio Cesar guarding the goal for Brazil, i felt Paraguay had no chance in the penalty shoot out. On to the penalties, Brazil missed a slew of kicks and one was stopped by the Paraguayan goal keeper. When did Brazilians become so bad at penalty kicks?

Anyway, for me, it was a sweet night. For all their swagger and success, i never liked Brazil.

Copa America is not all about Argentina and Brazil.  The South American continent as such is a football crazy one. Few aspects that unraveled during the latest Copa America is :

  • Stars essentially wont win you anything. If the team is not able to utilize the supreme talent of your players, then it is of no use.
  • Uruguay is progressing well under Oscar Tabarez. We all sat up and took notice of the Uruguayan team at the South African World Cup. They seem to be building up on that semi final appearance. Talking of Uruguay, check this brilliant article from Jonathan Wilson in Observer.
  • Evo Morales seems to play a lot of football and won a tiff with FIFA regarding La Paz as a playable ground or not. Not much of progress in reality though.  Bolivia crashed out after some pathetic displays.  Marco Antonio Etcheverry Vargas was one of my favorite footballers once.
  • Hugo Chavez is not a football fella. He is more of the baseball type. But that has not stopped Venezuela from performing well. They seem to be on a dream run in this tournament. My favorite player is this Venezuelan team is Maldonado. Whatay name!

More to follow as the championship progress.  Now that Argentina has crashed out, i seriously hope Uruguay wins this competition.

Colaco’s Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on June 27, 2011

Indian U-23 football team’s journey in the Olympic qualifiers has come to an end. The two legs against Qatar got over with the home leg ending in a 1-1 stalemate. The attention now shifts towards the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against UAE in the month of July.

Many experienced heads from  Bob Houghton’s team are missing this time around. By selecting a new set of players mainly based on their performances in the recently concluded i-league shows that Colaco is eager to tread a new path. But what lies ahead of him?

Bob’s reign in India football was a remarkable one. He managed to get us to Asian cup after a gap of nearly three decades. On various occasions, players have come out in open and said that he instilled a self belief in them which escaped Indian football team for a long time.

In Asian Cup, the Indian team gave their best shot in the tournament. They played to a plan, maintained a sort of discipline which eluded our national team for ages. Most importantly, they did not play in a damage limitation mode; they played what ever they could.

When it comes to the style of play, the opinions seems to vary.  The long ball tactics that Bob brought along is standing as a challenge in front of Colaco.  During the 5 years of his tenure,  Houghton recommended some of his friends to AIFF and they came at the helm of the youth set up. Desmond Bulpin is one among them and his style is not too different from what Bob espoused.

To an extent, playing Abhsihek Yadav as the target man in Asian Cup worked for Houghton.  Then we saw Bulpin’s U-23 team pinging balls to a pint sized Jeje and Sabeeth and we knew there is something fundamentally wrong.

Eight members from the Indian U-23 team will be joining Colaco’s camp to prepare for the world cup qualifiers. They will have to adjust to a new system under Colaco, as his style is more about passing.

The matches against Qatar revealed that our youngsters struggled to keep possession and were not comfortable having the ball with them. They like the speculative hoof to the other half of the field than keeping the ball and passing it around.

Are our players  technical gifted to play a passing game is also a question.  Much of the current youngsters developed under various English coaches, and you know what the English game is all about.

Colaco will have to embark a journey, a process of unlearning with these youngsters and that will be his main challenge. His selection of Dempo players for the camp would make it easier for the rest to get a grip of his style, but it is surely going to take time.

Transition from one style to another could be arduous and tricky. Though everyone is clamoring for the “Barca style” to be adopted, they are forgetting unlearning could be tougher than learning. The real factor in this transition would be “time”. Hopefully Armando Colaco gets enough time.

I actually write like….

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on August 18, 2010

I actually write like
a daily mail journalist

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!

Ha, this is funny. I tried quite a number of my blog posts here. Have to admit, I am putting up the most decent output it threw up. The others being quite crass.

Thanks to JP for sharing this on his blog from where i picked it up.

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on May 25, 2010

Its been a long long time.

A severe cold has struck me.

A lot of issues and things to write about.

Hardly any time to write and think.

I feel i should shift to a micro blogging platform. Sorry, no twitter.  I have found that to be a very juvenile and time consuming activity. Above all it is a distraction.

anyways.

Kerala is simmering….

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on December 16, 2009

Kerala is simmering…. people are being caught and questioned for alleged terror links. Then there is PDP chairman Madani’s wife Soofiya Madhani who seemed to have received calls from Thadiyantavide Nazeer,  a terrorist who was nabbed by Bangladesh police and later on handed over to India, while he was hiding in Bangladesh.

His revelations are quite unbelievable for any sane Malayali but potentially those revelations could have bigger ramifications.  In terms of communal polarization, casting a particular religion in bad light and so on.

While the politicians have started washing their dirty linen in public hurling allegations at each other and some trying to extract the maximum out of the situation and so on. But there is still hope.

While i was browsing internet, i came across brilliant posts by sane muslims  and Hindus who are totally against the radical stance and the people who are supporting it.

All the posts are in Malayalam and they are very very well written.

http://vallikkunnu.blogspot.com/2009/12/blog-post_13.html

http://chithrakarans.blogspot.com/2009/12/blog-post_13.html

http://chaliyaarpuzha.blogspot.com/2009/12/blog-post.html

India 1 – 0 Nepal, SAFF Cup.

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on December 8, 2009

The ESPN pundits Shabby Singh (heh!) and Massa wielded mic for this match which was shown live on ESPN yesterday. While Shabby is outright abominable when it comes to his opinions and of course his allegiance – Sp*rs supporter, i have never bothered to listen to Paul Masefield (massa!!), he is just another football pundit.

Yet again, i missed the first half of the match and India had already scored 1 goal. Or, it was an own goal sorts, which had been attributed to an Indian player. Jeevan Singh, i feel.

The second half was all about the half hearted attempts of the Nepali team to level the score, which  never happened.  They tried to string a lot of passes on the ground, which hardly caused any trouble for the Indian team. They hardly could muster their way up the  field. Occasionally they managed to create some chances but the Indian goal was well guarded by the young Indian goal keeper, Arindam.

Nepal was below average, with some players putting in decent performances. Anil Gurung, the Lajon FC striker could create some problems but was not clinical enough to score.  I concede that Anil is the only player i am aware of ,by name in the Nepal squad. There were few others also who had a decent second half.

While the Indian team’s approach to the game was quite good. They were comfortable in playing a high line, pushing the Nepali team in to their own half.  We were happy to hang on to the single goal lead, as the Nepali team never could create pressure situations in the Indian goal front.

While i am not still convinced by the Indian forward line consisting of Balwant and Sushil, i am quite impressed by the defensive performance yesterday.  The defense lived up to their size, they were dominating and the Nepali players found it difficult to deal with the situation.  There were occasional glitches, but all attempts were thwarted by some superb goal keeping by Arindam.  On the whole, i feel this Indian team is a good defensive unit.

Notable players who put in decent performances are Robert Lalthalma, who is a composed presence in the defensive line.  Rowilson Rodrigues, as his partners in the defense had a good match.  While in the second half the midfield did not put up a spirited offensive performance, they were influential in guarding the lead against Nepal.

While Balwant harried quite a lot before getting substituted, Sushil  put in a yet another scrappy, unconvincing display. I just dont like Sushil’s game and he has not proven me wrong in both these matches. Je je after coming in for Balwant had couple of chances which could have been buried, but his lack of experience showed. In coming days, he will be a terrific asset for our national team.  The other two substitutes Subodh Kumar and Sheikh Jewel Raja were average, i felt.

This was definitely a better performance than the earlier outing in SAFF cup against Afghanistan. We played better as a team and were committed to the cause.  It can only get better. Scoring is still a concern, with the established forwards not firing, we will have to wait and see what Sukhwinder is planning to end the drought of goals. So, to the semis of SAFF cup with an u-23 team. Not bad.

India – Afghanistan : SAFF CUP

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on December 5, 2009

India 1 – 0 Afghsnistan (Goal – Je Je)

I have a feeling that the number of premier league matches aired in India has been cut down by ESPN-STAR. Anyway i am not going to complain too much as i was treated with SAFF CUP on Star Sports today evening. A power outage means, i missed the first half of the India – Afghanistan match.

The indian senior coach Bob-Houghton had convinced the authorities that India should sent in a young team for SAFF cup this time around. So, a Sukhwinder managed, essentially u-23 players are representing India at Dhaka.

From what i listened to the commentators, i felt the first half was way poor from India. Good, i missed it. The second half was also not that promising in terms of standard and play making. The second half started with some good offensive play by the Indians but were occasionally treated to Afghani counter attacks.

Afghanistan managed to create a few chances, some were not taken well, while one was saved by the Indian goal keeper Arindam quite gracefully.

Coming to India’s display, it was quite patchy. The players are young, probably they are at such an awe that,  a responsibility of bringing back the SAFF cup is entitled on them.  Maldives are the defending champions.

I liked Robert Lalthalma’s over all game, i felt the  Churchill youngster had a good half.  The centre halves also had a decent game. While among the midfielders Manish stood out with some good tackles especially in the dying minutes of the match. Abranches on the right hand side had a good game.

I have never liked Sushil Kumar, the captian-striker, and he did nothing special in that 45 minutes, for me to change my perception about him. Where as the Pune FC striker Je Je who came on as substitute was a revelation for me. The stocky 18 year old did make the maximum out of the chance that was given to him by scoring the solitary goal of the match which earned us valuable 3 points. Some to keep an eye on, in the future for sure! Je Je! Yay!

There are few positives to take away from this match. Some players are looking good, a little bit of tweaking would provide results, i feel. The team will have to play more as a cohesive unit against teams like Nepal and Maldives. This is the first outing for our youngsters in the SAFF cup, they can  only improve upon their performances. So let us hope for the best.

Asian Football confederation withdrawing from Vision Kerala project

Posted in Uncategorized by clash on November 27, 2009
screwed up bosses and their power hunger!
clipped from sports.mathrubhumi.com

എ.എഫ്.സി. നിര്‍ദേശിച്ച യോഗ്യതകളുള്ള ജനറല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറി, അദ്ദേഹത്തിനു കീഴില്‍ ടെക്‌നിക്കല്‍, അഡ്മിനിസ്‌ട്രേഷന്‍ ഓഫീസര്‍മാര്‍ എന്ന രീതിയിലാണ് കെ.എഫ്.എ.യുടെ ഘടന പുനഃസംഘടിപ്പിക്കേണ്ടിയിരുന്നത്. ഇങ്ങനെ ചെയ്യുമ്പോള്‍ ഇപ്പോള്‍ തലപ്പത്തിരിക്കുന്നവര്‍ക്ക് അധികാരം നഷ്ടമാവുമെന്നതാണ് പുനഃസംഘടന നടപ്പാക്കാത്തതിനു കാരണം. ഹോം ആന്‍ഡ് എവേ രീതിയില്‍ സംസ്ഥാന ലീഗ് നടപ്പാക്കുന്നതില്‍ പരാജയപ്പെട്ട കെ.എഫ്.എ., എറണാകുളം ജില്ലാ ലീഗിനെ സംസ്ഥാന ലീഗായി ചിത്രീകരിച്ച് എ.എഫ്.സി.യെ തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ശ്രമിച്ചതായും പരാതിയുണ്ട്.
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