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Winning a gold at Olympics may bring you loads of glory, but not enough money if you are an Indian athlete and that’s a fact that not many tell you about. Truth is that not every sport here in our country gets the same amount of attention as cricket. Most sports such as swimming fail […]

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Winning a gold at Olympics may bring you loads of glory, but not enough money if you are an Indian athlete and that’s a fact that not many tell you about. Truth is that not every sport here in our country gets the same amount of attention as cricket. Most sports such as swimming fail to get the acceptance they deserve because sponsors prefer sports like cricket which are loved and watched by the masses. Kutraleeswaran—a Guinness Book record holder in swimming—fell prey to a similar ordeal when he was denied resources and eventually gave up the sport he was so passionate about. Why this potential Gold medallist quit competitive swimming and became an engineer? Let’s find out!

An exceptional swimmer

Born in Tamil Nadu, Kutraleeswaran was passionate about swimming all his life. At the early age of 13, Kutral swam the Six Channels in the record time of one calendar year and his name was put in the Guinness Book of World Records. Kutrallater went on to win an Arjuna award for breaking the record and dreamt of winning an Olympic gold medal for the country someday.

The Olympic dream

Needless to mention, Kutral performed remarkably in competitive swimming. But his dream to represent India in the Olympics could never be fulfilled. It’s not because he started performing poorly or suffered an injury, but because nobody would sponsor him. Kutral belonged to a middle-class family and wasn’t able to finance his trips to international competition. When he was 16, he decided to participate in a competition in Germany and luckily, managed to find himself some sponsors. But unfortunately a night before leaving for Germany, his sponsors backed out and Kutral couldn’t make it to the competition. He was heartbroken.

From swimming to engineering

The thought of giving up what you love is heart-wrenching. Kutral must have felt a similar pain when he decided not to compete anymore. In 10th standard, he was a cognizant young boy who knew what’s best for him financially. He figured that an impressive sports background won’t land him a lucrative job. He had to concentrate on his studies because professional swimming wasn’t doing him any good and without sponsors, his international tours were a burden on his family. So he decided to cut down on his tours.
His family was against him going to sponsors for money, his father strongly supported his son’s passion and was hopeful that Kutral would again take up competitive swimming after 12th standard. He was always ready to pay for his son’s tours but it was Kutral who didn’t want to be a financial liability to his family and took up engineering as an alternative to swimming. He went to the United States to get his masters, later an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and that was the end of his career as a competitive swimmer.

Breaking the stereotype

When asked, would things have been different for Kutral had he excelled in a sport such as a cricket, he responded with a resounding yes! Also, he hopes that every sport in India gets a fair shot in the future. It’s frustrating to see how a talented swimmer gave up his passion because of lack of sponsors. The moral of Kutral’s story is that if our nation wants to grow in the world of sports then it must break the status quo and provide adequate resources to all sports and not just cricket.

Do you think we lost a potential Olympian because our country has a one track mind? Let us know what you have to say about the potential Olympian-engineer of India.

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10 Brilliant Sports Achievements Post Independence http://www.scrolldroll.com/brilliant-sports-achievements-post-independence/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:23:36 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15986

On the 72nd Independence Day, everyone is soaring high with national pride. With each passing year of sovereignty, India evolved exponentially. Looking back at how far the nation has come and the challenges it faced to grow, we can’t help but reiterate the history that boasts of heroism & allegiance. In these decades of freedom, […]

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On the 72nd Independence Day, everyone is soaring high with national pride. With each passing year of sovereignty, India evolved exponentially. Looking back at how far the nation has come and the challenges it faced to grow, we can’t help but reiterate the history that boasts of heroism & allegiance.
In these decades of freedom, our country has witnessed numerous significant events, some of which trace back to the world of sports. So, we bring you a bunch of brilliant sports achievements post-Independence

1. Origins of Gold for India

After winning three Gold medals at Olympics pre-Independence, Indian Hockey team went on to clench first independent Gold for the nation at 1948 London Olympics. With a triumph of 2-1 over England, they garnered world-wide praise.

2.  ….and it’s a goal to gold

2018 proved to be a prolific year for Indian football. With Chhetri leading the team to many wins and becoming the 3rd highest international goal scorer, the future of Blue Tigers seems to be in right hands.
Although, the biggest moment in Indian football surfaced when it won a gold medal in the Asian Games of 1951. It was Syed Abdul Rahim who helped achieve this feat and made the nation proud.

3. So fast, looks like he’s flying

The first Indian to grab a gold at Commonwealth Games was nation’s beloved Milkha Singh. In 1958 CWG, he ran the fastest and achieved this remarkable feat in the 440 yards category. This initiated his dominance in sprinting and also earned him the title “Flying Sikh”.

4. The best in tennis, so far

At the tournament of the greatest, Wimbledon, Ramanathan Krishnan etched a victory that still goes untouched. He became the first and only Indian to reach the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Tennis in 1960. He repeated this unprecedented triumph in 1961.

5. He wrestled like no other

Garnering nation its first medal in wrestling, KD Jadhav was one of the first Indian athletes to clench a Bronze at Olympics. He engraved this win in the games of 1952, held in Helsinki.

6. Beginning of India’s dominance in cricket

The game that nation lives now, was gradually gaining prominence back in 80s. In 1983, India (led by Kapil Dev) ferociously beat West Indies in the ICC World Cup. This massively increased cricket fandom & made it the most beloved game of the nation.

7. The punches that clinked

India’s account in the gold medal column in boxing was opened by Vijender Singh. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Singh pulled off a Bronze and became a superstar in this sport.

8. Keeping your eye on the gold is the key

One of the proudest moments in India’s sporting history came when Abhinav Bindra won a gold in the Olympic games of 2008. He showed consummate technique at 10m air rifle shooting event and achieved one of the rarest achievements by Indian athletes.

9. Breaking gender norms and grabbing Bronze

Also known as Million Rupee Baby, Mary Kom did the nation proud when she won a Bronze in boxing at the London Olympics of 2012. Her feat was ever more remarkable because she was the first lady boxer to do so!

10. Young. Fast. Powerful

Hima Das rose to international fame when she grabbed a Gold at the World Under 20 Athletics Championship, 2018. The audacious Assamese sprinter made this powerful victory at the age of 17 and became the first Indian to bag a Gold at a World Championship.

These were just a fraction of many masterful achievements in India’s sporting history, as there are still lots of sportsmen/women who shone brighter than any medal. It’s wonderful to see how some extremely challenging milestones were fiercely tackled by these athletes. The passion and conviction that run in their blood reflect the respect & love they have for the game and the country.

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Sandeep Singh: The Hockey Legend Who Inspired Diljit’s Soorma http://www.scrolldroll.com/sandeep-singh-the-hockey-legend-who-inspired-diljits-soorma/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:10:18 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15811

Call him a go-getter or a dauntless player, Sandeep Singh unarguably made one of the strongest comebacks in the history of hockey. After suffering a tragic incident in 2006, he, not only returned to the sport within a short span of 2 years but also shined brighter than anyone else. His inspiring story also spawned […]

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Call him a go-getter or a dauntless player, Sandeep Singh unarguably made one of the strongest comebacks in the history of hockey. After suffering a tragic incident in 2006, he, not only returned to the sport within a short span of 2 years but also shined brighter than anyone else. His inspiring story also spawned a recent Bollywood biopic “Soorma” starring Daljit Dosanjh. So, let’s dive into the life of this brilliant drag flicker and find out what sets him apart from others.

1. The flicker Singh of Haryana

Hailing from a town of Kurukshetra, Singh studied in Mohali and shares his passion of hockey with elder brother—Bikramjeet Singh. Debuting internationally in 2004 for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Sandeep bagged many medals for the team and gave one brilliant performance after another. With a speed of 145 km/h, Singh’s flick was world’s best at one point and earned him the title of “Flicker Singh”.

2. Shooting incident that changed Singh’s life

In 2006, Singh was on his way to the national camp via Kalka-Shatabdi express. He, along with his team, was leaving for World Cup in Germany after two days. What followed was a horrific accident that nobody saw coming. During his train journey to the camp, Singh (only 20 years old) was accidentally shot in the lower back by a policeman. Soon, he was sent abroad for treatment by Hockey Federation. There, the doctors’ anticipated his career was over. The guilty Assistant sub-inspector, Mohar Singh, was arrested under sections 285, 336 and 337 of the IPC (which deal with accidental firing by a policeman on duty). This incident left Sandeep almost paralyzed on a wheelchair, for two years. The injury was ever more devastating because his back got shot and hockey players have to bow down while playing the game. Initially, he could see his career fading away but later, he soared right through this mishappening.

3. Speedy recovery and sturdy comeback

It took only two years for Sandeep to heal from this dreadful accident and make a strong comeback to hockey.
Talking about his near-death experience, he said “When I had an accident in 2006, no one believed that I will return to the ground but I did. This time also I was out of the team for long but I was confident of making a comeback.”
After playing brilliantly post-injury, the federation made him the captain of the team in 2009. Under his shrewd leadership, the team lifted the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time in 13 years. Later, his skills shone even brighter; in 2012 Olympic qualifiers, Singh became the highest scorer by striking 16 goals.

4. From India to UK

What followed was more success for this wonderful athlete. At the inaugural Hockey India League, Singh became the highest-paid marquee player. In 2014, he was signed by Punjab Warriors and later that year, he relocated to UK to play for Havant Hockey Club. And the next year, he was signed by Ranchi Rays.
Singh’s masterful technique in hockey and strong spirit earned him an Arjuna Award in 2010.

It’s hard to imagine what this audacious sportsman went through, the pain he must have felt and how his career almost ended in front of him. But what’s certain is that he braved whatever came his way! From suffering a serious gunshot to scoring 16 goals in qualifiers, Sandeep Singh is definitely one of India’s most treasured athletes and one worth being proud of.

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Cricketers Who Faced A Tragic End To Their Career http://www.scrolldroll.com/cricketers-who-faced-a-tragic-end-to-their-career/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:48:29 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15675

How would you feel if you’ve to give up your career or passion one day? Surely, it won’t the best feeling; maybe, you’ll feel like your world has gone upside down. Imagining it is one thing but going through such ordeal, must be a whole different deal. Even the world of cricket isn’t spared by […]

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How would you feel if you’ve to give up your career or passion one day? Surely, it won’t the best feeling; maybe, you’ll feel like your world has gone upside down. Imagining it is one thing but going through such ordeal, must be a whole different deal. Even the world of cricket isn’t spared by such tribulation, there are many terrific sportsmen whose career faced the saddest of endings. Be it suffering injuries or facing team politics, these cricketers parted from the game too soon and left their fans broken-hearted.
So we bring you 13 cricketers who faced a tragic end to their career.

1. Retired after a chronic knee injury

Once ranked World’s No.1 bowler, Nathan Bracken had to end his career due to a chronic knee injury. After playing his last ODI in 2009, Bracken succumbed to his painful fate and got ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy. Even after rigorous treatment, his knee didn’t get any better; and in 2011, he announced his retirement. But the Australian pacer didn’t retreat in silence, he sued Cricket Australia for faulty medical care.

2. What made this jolly good fellow retire?

For a person as “high on emotions” as Siddhu, retirement was ever more saddening. It’s reported that he fell prey to “team’s politics”. One source revealed that he felt heartbroken when Wadekar picked another player over him and called Siddhu unfit. Another source told that Azharuddin made sure that Siddhu doesn’t qualify for World Cup. It’s unclear what forced Siddhu to bid farewell to cricket when clearly he could’ve played many more matches in future.

3. A rather ordinary retirement for this very very special cricketer

Nobody for sure knows what caused this cricket legend to retire. Sources reveal that during India’s Australian tour of 2011, Laxman didn’t perform up to the expectations and scored only two half-centuries in eight innings. After this series, media and former cricketers started remarking that it was time for “players of age” to consider retirement. Reportedly, Laxman took this to heart and withdrew from cricket, despite getting selected for the upcoming New Zealand series.

4. One bad performance proved fatal for his career

Remembered for his out swingers and slow balls, Manoj Prabhakar grievously retired from cricket. During 1996 World Cup, he was not picked by the selectors due to his poor performance in one match against Sri Lanka—where he gave away 33 off two overs. This left Prabhakar dejected who felt that he was judged on his one bad performance by the same people, who lauded him otherwise. Frustrated by this, he decided to walk out on his passion!

5. A wicket bail hit him in the eye and ended his career

South African cricketer, Mark Boucher, went through an unexpected retirement after a dreadful eye injury. During his team’s tour match against Somerset, Boucher was wicket keeping when the tragedy struck. Imran Tahir bowled a googly which hit the stump and caused a bail to fly, and hit Boucher in the eye. Writhing in pain, he was immediately taken to the hospital and was later diagnosed with lacerated eyeball. After sustaining a 3-hour-long surgery, he soon announced his retirement.

6. Lost his life to a bowl

Australian opener, Phillip Hughes, scored his first test century at the age of 20. Little did he know, after 5 years he’ll lose his life in a mere bowling accident. In 2014, during a match between South Wales and South Australia, Hughes faced Sean Abbott’s bouncer. Tragically, he attempted a hook-shot and missed, got hit by the bowl below his ear (the area not protected by the helmet) and then collapsed on the ground. He was immediately taken to the hospital for surgery and later succumbed to coma, from which he never woke up. His cause of demise was later revealed to be subarachnoid hemorrhage.

7. Coach couldn’t coach him well

Winning everybody over with his brilliant leadership in Junior World Cup of 2000, Mohammed Kaif faced more ups than downs in cricket. After making a test debut at the age of 20, he quickly gained recognition for his outstanding fielding. In 2002, he rescued India out of England’s clutches by scoring 87 runs and helped the team triumph a score of 326. But under Greg Chappell’s coaching, the home team changed its batting order too frequently. This adversely impacted Kaif’s average and strike rate, and eventually he was dropped out of World Cup 2007. He played his last international match at the age of 26 and retired from all forms of cricket in 2018.

8. He valued family above everything

With Times calling him “the most complete batsman in cricket” and The Guardian referring to him as “England’s greatest modern batsman”, Kevin Pietersen played masterfully throughout his career. Surprisingly, in March 2018, Pietersen decided to retire from the sport. He did so through Twitter and Instagram, thanked his fans as well as his family for an ultimate run in cricket. He felt that it was time for him to move on and prioritise his family. His sudden exit from the game left his fans heartbroken and emotional.

9. His knees and “doosra” failed him in the long run

Famous for pioneering “doosra”, Saqlain Mushtaq is still regarded as one of the best spin bowlers ever. With more than 280 ODI wickets in his name, Mushtaq faced an abrupt end to his career. He was feeling excruciating pain in his knees and had to get both of them operated. Also, Mushtaq relied heavily on “doosra’; eventually batsmen figured it out and Saqlain lost his form. The unfortunate injuries and lack of innovative bowling technique must have urged him to take a step back from cricket.

10. Retired after protesting against Zimbabwe’s government

Zimbabwean fast bowler, Henry Olanga, faced an early end to his international career. During 2003 World Cup, Olanga wore a black band and issued a statement to protest against the death of democracy in Zimbabwe. This complicated things for Olanga, personally and professionally. Furthermore, authorities from his country had come to arrest him for treason, he managed to dodge them. To play for Zimbabwe would have been contradictory to his agenda and hence, he announced his retirement.

11. Left the sport to keep his heart healthy

James Taylor, a tremendous fielder, was forced to step into retirement due to an insidious heart condition “arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy”. This English cricketer played for Nottinghamshire and England. After going through an operation for his condition, he got a defibrillator fitted which managed his heart rate. In order to keep his health intact, Taylor parted from cricket at just 26.

12. From playing internationally to representing for Guyana

Former West Indies Captain, Chanderpaul is an exemplar of how national boards rule sportsmen. This Indo-Caribbean cricketer ranks at no. 8 amongst world’s highest run scorers, yet were forced to retire by the West Indies Cricket Board. The country issued him a No Objection Certificate only if he retired on a particular date. When that day came, Chanderpaul abruptly bid goodbye to international cricket at the age of 41. And now, he plays for his domestic team—Guyana.

13. He let the pressure of cricket get to him

Australia’s former top-order batsman, Jonathan Trott, unexpectedly announced his retirement after losing a series to West Indies in 2015. He struggled to perform well in this tournament and later revealed that he was facing anxiety issues and unmanaged stress. These mental health problems forced him to leave international cricket.

Looking at these terrific players, we realise that the worst can happen to the best of us. Be it leaving the game forcibly or voluntarily, when these cricketers bid farewell to the game it was emotional for them and their fans alike. We can’t help but miss them on the pitch.

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The Incredible Sprinter- Hima Das http://www.scrolldroll.com/incredible-sprinter-hima-das/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:30:14 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15551

Hailing from Assam but sparkling world-wide, Hima Das won the nation over by clenching a gold in a 400m sprint at the World Under 20 Athletics Championship. The audacious 17-year-old bolted in the last moments of the race and finished first. Clocking at 51.46, she dashed past Romania’s Andrea Miklós (52.07s) and US’s Taylor Manson […]

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Hailing from Assam but sparkling world-wide, Hima Das won the nation over by clenching a gold in a 400m sprint at the World Under 20 Athletics Championship. The audacious 17-year-old bolted in the last moments of the race and finished first. Clocking at 51.46, she dashed past Romania’s Andrea Miklós (52.07s) and US’s Taylor Manson (52.28s).
From the president to superstars, everyone lauded Das for becoming the first Indian to grab a track gold in a World Championship. With just 15 months of formal training, she miraculously became a world champion.
To know more about this wonderful sportswoman, read on!

1. Before running, she goaled!

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Born into a family of rice farmers in Kandhulimari village of Assam, Das is the eldest of four children. She attended Dhing Public School and played football as a child. Due to her tomboyish charm, she played soccer with boys and wanted to pursue a career in it. After a suggestion from a physical education instructor, Shyamasul Haque, Das switched to sprinting.

2. From district tournament to sports academy!

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Haque brought Hima to Gowri Roy at the Nagaon Sports Association. There she qualified for an inter-district competition and won two gold medals at the sports meet. An athletic coach, Nipon Das, from Youth Welfare spotted her fierce talent (fuelled by a competitive spirit) and asked her to shift to Guwahati for training. She joined Sarusajai Sports Complex and trained there.

3. Worked hard and rose above all!

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At the academy, another coach—Nabajit Malakar—observed Das’s discipline and spirit. He, along with Nipon, decided to invest in Hima. As she came from a family of limited means, both the coaches personally paid for her diet and other necessities.
Hima acknowledged their support by giving her best in Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok, the World Youth Championship in Nairobi, and eventually in the World Under 20 Athletics Championship. Hima started with 200m but later switched to 400m upon her coaches’ suggestion. They were aware of her robust stamina and celerity, and realised that she would excel even more in a longer format. Her trainers knew her in and out, Nipon even quoted:
“Hima’s dedication and hard work set her apart. Hima is a very rare talent I have come across in my career. A lot of athletes come to the track not to build a career but to secure a government job”

Hima’s victory speaks volumes about her. It’s not a walk-in-the-park to triumph a World Championship, with just a little formal training. It’s apparent that she is perseverant and courageous, and will shine even brighter in future!
Here’s to “The Incredible Sprinter, Hima Das”

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Pussy Riot Invades Pitch – Makes a statement against Russia http://www.scrolldroll.com/pussy-riot-invades-pitch-makes-a-statement-against-russia/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:35:51 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15488

The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia was a roller coaster of emotions beginning with Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and ending with a 4-2 score. France secured its second World Cup victory while Croatia won millions of hearts with their spirit. But, there was another victory that was won on the same pitch, […]

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The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia was a roller coaster of emotions beginning with Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and ending with a 4-2 score. France secured its second World Cup victory while Croatia won millions of hearts with their spirit. But, there was another victory that was won on the same pitch, moments after the play was resumed at halftime.

The pussy riot clique

Four people, dressed in old police uniforms invaded the pitch and caused chaos to run amok in the pitch. The match had to be paused until they were removed by the security officials. About 17 hours ago, a Moscow based pro-feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot’s official twitter handle posted a tweet claiming responsibility for the invasion.

Here’s what the tweet read “NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ”Policeman enters the Game”

Along with the tweet, Pussy Riot has also posted a photo that details the inspiration and reason for the pitch invasion, along with a list of demands to the Russian government.

The first video that was uploaded was taken down by YouTube on the grounds of copyright infringement. That has not deterred the band from fighting back and posting photos of the incident and re-uploading the video.

The invasion was staged in the presence of the Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to protest against the state and its repressive attitude towards its people. They invaded the pitch to make a statement about Russian political and prison systems. Pussy Riot’s pitch invasion demands included:
• Free political prisoners.
• Do not put people in jail for social media “likes”.
• Stop illegal detentions at political rallies.
• Allow political competition in Russia.
• Do not fabricate criminal cases and detain people for no reason.

A pussy riot member being dragged out of the field

It was reported by the Russian website Mediazona that the pitch invaders included three women and one man and all of them were reportedly detained at a police station nearby. One protester was able to run to the middle of the field and high five KylianMbappé, the 19-year-old soccer player who scored France’s fourth goal in the match against Croatia.

Another member Hi-fiving Mbappe

They may have been arrested and silenced, but we’ve already crossed the dawn of the digital age and it won’t be easy to stop the idea behind this protest invasion. The group’s demands are slowly but steadily resonating throughout Russia and the world. Here is the full video released by Pussy Riot on their YouTube channel wearepussyriot

 

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10 Quotes From Football Legends That Will Spark Your Motivation http://www.scrolldroll.com/10-quotes-from-football-legends-that-will-motivate-you/ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 12:47:45 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15412

With billions of fans all around the world, football is way more than just a sport. It’s a universal community that brings nations together. Given the nature of this stiffly competitive game, players undergo laborious practice to give their best shot. With their hard work and passion, they inspire you to keep going and never […]

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With billions of fans all around the world, football is way more than just a sport. It’s a universal community that brings nations together. Given the nature of this stiffly competitive game, players undergo laborious practice to give their best shot. With their hard work and passion, they inspire you to keep going and never back down!
With FIFA finale right around the corner, check out these quotes by football legends that will infuse you with confidence!

1. Calm yet victorious

2. Mistakes make a man perfect

3. “To try” is important

4. With success, must come humility

5. Know what you do, in and out

6. Who is the most valuable?

7. Be the best version of yourself!

8. Don’t let challenges scare you!

9. How to tackle self-doubt?

10. Be confident!

These tremendous footballers knew how crucial it’s to keep going and to rise up after falling. They faced every obstacle with sheer confidence and eventually emerged as winners!

Do you have any favourite football quotes that fill you with confidence? Do let us know in the comments!

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10 World Cup Controversies That Left Everyone Shook http://www.scrolldroll.com/world-cup-controversies-that-left-everyone-shook/ http://www.scrolldroll.com/world-cup-controversies-that-left-everyone-shook/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:50:24 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15306

This year’s World Cup is ever surprising. Not so famous teams made it to the end and football behemoths got out in the middle of the tournament. But FIFA is one competition that has sparked controversies and shockers since its inception. Be it faking injuries or making injuries, players go to insane lengths to bag […]

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This year’s World Cup is ever surprising. Not so famous teams made it to the end and football behemoths got out in the middle of the tournament. But FIFA is one competition that has sparked controversies and shockers since its inception. Be it faking injuries or making injuries, players go to insane lengths to bag that extra shot to win. So as you gear up for the big finals, we bring you the biggest FIFA World Cup controversies that left everyone shook!

1. Head attack!

Zinedine Zidane rose from retirement to headline the French team. It was the finals when he and Italian defender Marco Materazzi were going towards the centre circle but suddenly Zidane headbutted him. That cost France penalties and eventually, the game.

2. Handball or football?

Whenever you club football with controversy, Luis Suarez is the first name that pops up. In the quarterfinals of FIFA 2010, Ghana was playing against Uruguay. Towards the end of the game, Ghana went for a goal, which Suarez blocked with his hand. What followed was a penalty which Ghana failed to convert and Uruguay emerged as the winner!

3. If you can’t beat them, just eat them!

From the looks of it, Suarez seems to have a penchant for controversies. During the 2014 World Cup, Uruguay needed to beat Italy to remain in the tournament. In the 79th minute, Suarez bumped into Chelini in Italy’s goal area, ending up biting him on the shoulder. This toothy act banned Suarez for 9 international matches that followed.

4. Karate ball?

In the 2010 World Cup Final, one thing that prominently stood out was Jong karate kicking Xabi in the chest. Not even half an hour passed by when Netherlands midfielder, Jong flew a kick towards Spain’s Alonso. What followed was Spain’s victory, despite a kick in the gut!

5. Football gone wrestling!

The 1962 match between Chile and Italy is infamous for the violence that went on. Within 12 seconds of the game, first foul came in. What followed were punches, kicks, and blood. To prevent serious injury, the police intervened three times. At the end, Chile emerged as winners amidst the chaos!

6. Goal or No goal?

In the 1966 tournament, England was facing off West Germany. Geoff Hurst from England struck a goal from a close range, the ball touched the crossbar then bounced off the ground and later cleared. The referee wasn’t sure if it was a goal, hence asked his Azerbaijani linesman who opined that it was. After several years of studies, it surfaced that it wasn’t a goal after all. Although, Hurst goaled again and his team won by 4-2.

7. Sheikh it off!

During the 1982 World Cup, Kuwait was hosting this match and facing France who was leading with 3-1. Mid game, when the opposition struck a goal, the Arab team claimed that they couldn’t block it because they paused to hear a mysterious whistle sound that came from the stands. When the referee didn’t take their plea into consideration, Prince Fahad (The Kuwaiti FA president), himself intervened in favour of Kuwait and got France’s goal chalked off! (Is this what you call a home advantage?)

8. No pain, still gained?

In 2002 World Cup, Brazil was facing Turkey. During the last minutes, Rivaldo was waiting for the ball beside the corner flag. HakanUnsal from Turkey hit the ball towards his direction which hit him in the leg. To this, Rivaldo responded by clutching his face and diving into the ground which was uncalled for as the ball barely hit him. This led to a red card for Hakan and later a fine of 11,670 Swiss Francs for Rivaldo for his act!

9. Game of cards!

English referee Graham Poll got famous for triple booking one player. In the 2006 World Cup, Josip Simunic from Croatia was given a yellow card three times in a match against Australia. First in the 61st minute, then in 90th and finally in the 93rd minute, he was sent off!

10. Faking takes talent and I got plenty!

Not exactly a controversy but definitely a thing that’s currently breaking the internet. Brazilian football star, Neymar is famous for his tremendous play and infamous for the theatrical display of injuries on the field. His most recent drama surfaced when Brazil was playing against Mexico in this year’s world cup. After Miguel Layun accidentally stepped on his ankle, he writhed on the ground displaying excruciating pain. Eventually, this didn’t help Brazil as it ended up losing but Neymar became the face of many many memes.

Looks like everything is fair in love and football. Do you think these players went too far? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Football Legends Who Never Played In The World Cup http://www.scrolldroll.com/football-legends-who-never-played-in-the-world-cup/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:03:30 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15260

Arguably, the biggest stage for a footballer to showcase his talent is FIFA. With this year’s World Cup nearing end, we just can’t keep calm! Often we debate, who is the best, who has scored the most and who has earned the highest caps? Usually, we come up with 2-3 names such as Ronaldo, Messi […]

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Arguably, the biggest stage for a footballer to showcase his talent is FIFA. With this year’s World Cup nearing end, we just can’t keep calm! Often we debate, who is the best, who has scored the most and who has earned the highest caps? Usually, we come up with 2-3 names such as Ronaldo, Messi etc. They are widely recognised cause of their FIFA appearance. But there are so many football legends, which you might have heard of, never got a chance to play the World Cup.
Here are 10 such footballers, who despite their impeccable record, failed to live their biggest dream!

1. This legendary footballer

Often cited as the greatest player of all time, Di Stefano never played in World Cup. Usually mentioned among Puskas, Beckenbauer, Pele, and Messi, Stefano was the most vital player of Real Madrid in 1950. With 216 goals in 282 league matches, he’s the sixth highest scorer in the history of La Liga.

2. Best from Africa

Still considered one of the greatest African players, Abedi Pele won several league titles. He also won 67 caps for Ghana and the African Cup of Nations, but unfortunately couldn’t make his team reach the World Cup. Six years after his retirement, Ghana qualified for FIFA.

3. His talent goes unmatched

Cantona displayed masterful talent but never got to show it at World Cup. He joined Manchester United and uplifted it with his powerful play, winning four premier league titles and two FA Cups. He also won 45 caps for France but couldn’t see it making to FIFA, before his retirement.

4. 187 goals but no FIFA

Famous for his run at the Premier League with Manchester United, Cole won many trophies and played for top division of English football. With 187 goals, he is the third highest scorer in Premier League. During his time, he also won PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title. Sadly, he couldn’t qualify to the 2002 World Cup squad and announced his retirement shortly.

5. Man of many titles

Besides displaying a powerful play for Manchester United, Ryan Giggs won 13 Premier League titles, 2 champions leagues, and 4 FA Cups. Unluckily, he played for Wales which didn’t have the power to qualify for superlative tournaments such as World Cup and Euro Cup during his time. Although, he represented London at 2012 Olympics.

6. From a legendary player to an extraordinary coach

He is considered a symbol of Barcelona and one of the best players in the history of football. Despite representing 3 different countries, he never got a chance to play in the World Cup. When playing for Spain, he qualified for 1962 FIFA squad but an injury averted his appearance. Later, he coached Spain and the Olympic team.

7. This African gem

Weah rose Africa to prominence. He was the first African to win Ballon d’Or and also won the best African player, thrice. In his career, he struck 22 goals but couldn’t realise his dream to play the World Cup as his national team (Lieria) never qualified.

8. The widely loved Irish player

He was a football legend who entertained fans like no other. Many MU fans called him their own son. Even the Irish Football Association named him “the greatest player to ever pull on the green t-shirt of Northern Ireland”. He shared an utmost passion for the game but when Northern Ireland reached the World Cup, Best couldn’t qualify due to his age.

9. An all time star

Often considered the greatest Finnish player of all time, Litmanen earned 137 caps and 37 goals in his career. Unfortunately, Finland could never qualify for the World Cup and even a superstar like Litmanen couldn’t change that. Still, he won five league titles in Holland, UEFA Cup, Champions League and 14 other trophies and titles. He was also named the 53rd greatest player of all time.

10. The third greatest player of Liverpool

With 346 goals, Rush is Liverpool’s top scorer. He was also the club’s third greatest player of all time, according to a fans’ poll. With a prolific run at Anfield, 2 FA Cups as well as a Golden Boot in his name, Rush earned 73 caps for Wales but never got a chance to play in World Cup.

These extraordinary footballers showed immense skill and tact during their sporting career! But, sadly couldn’t showcase their mastery at the master of all tournaments. Still, they are remembered for their adept play and set a high standard for players to come!

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10 Interesting Facts About The Best Indian Footballer- Sunil Chhetri http://www.scrolldroll.com/interesting-facts-about-the-best-indian-footballer-sunil-chhetri/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:56:33 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15165

His A dynamic striker and shrewd captain, Sunil Chhetri has shined bright with his exceptional play in international football. As Indians’ love for cricket overshadows other sports, Chhetri even released a video urging Indians to attend football matches. People honoured his appeal by filling up the stadium. It earned Chhetri a lot of media coverage, […]

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His A dynamic striker and shrewd captain, Sunil Chhetri has shined bright with his exceptional play in international football. As Indians’ love for cricket overshadows other sports, Chhetri even released a video urging Indians to attend football matches. People honoured his appeal by filling up the stadium. It earned Chhetri a lot of media coverage, but this video shouldn’t be his identifier. He has excelled in football throughout his career and is one of the most talented footballers of India.

To know more about him, check out these interesting facts!

1) Highest in the world!

Chettri has the world’s highest goal-per-match ratio of 0.62. He even ranks above Ronaldo (0.54) and Messi (0.52)

2) Right after Messi and Ronaldo

Among current players, he is the third highest goalscorer in international football. With 64 goals, Chettri is behind Messi’s 65 and Ronaldo’s 85.

3) His appearance has crossed 100

With 101 caps, Sunil Chhetri is the second Indian footballer after Baichung Bhutia (104) to have over 100 international caps.

4) Shows tremendous play at these Indian clubs

Mohun BaganA.C., JCT and Chirag United are some of the major clubs Chhetri has played for

5) His strikes are talked about worldwide

In 2010, Chhetri became the third Indian player to be signed by a foreign club. He joined Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer and Sporting Clube de Portugal of the Primeira Liga.

6) Not once or twice but four times

Chhetri has won the estimable All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year four times- 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

7) He wins way more than he loses

India has only lost 7 matches in which Chhetri has scored a goal.

8) Family of soccer lovers

His mother Sushila Chhetri and his sisters represented Nepal in the national soccer team.

9) 3 goals in one match

The maximum number of goals hit by him in a single match is 3 – against Chinese Taipei.

10) Recipient of this prestigious award

For his tremendous performance, Chhetri was honoured with Arjuna Award in 2011 which he dedicated to his family.

Coming from a family of soccer players, it’s no wonder Chhetri grew up loving football. With his acute leadership, he has led Indian football team to many wins. And, we’re sure he will be maintaining this consistent record in future.

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