Special Issue

FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018

S Prasannarajan | Simon Kuper | Aditya Iyer | Mugil Bhaskar | Andy Nicholls | Dileep Premachandran |

The Other Revolution ~ by Aditya Iyer
Moscow breaks out into spontaneous revelry after Russia beat Spain to reach the quarterfinals of their home World Cup

The Devils’ Trident ~ by Aditya Iyer
Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne have made Belgium the team to beat at this World Cup

Messi In Malappuram ~ by Shahina KK
The World Cup in Kerala is an emotional thriller and an intimate parody

Shot Through the Heart ~ by Aditya Iyer
There is no greater humiliation than scoring an own goal. In the very first week of the World Cup, as many as five footballers have suffered it

The Most Important Non-Players at the World Cup ~ by Aditya Iyer
Meet the managers

Putin’s Footie and El Diego ~ by S Prasannarajan
The most domineering strongman of the day badly needed a mood booster. The Russian president has one in the FIFA World Cup

The Last Glory ~ by Simon Kuper
A game in history and the tradition of defeat in Russia

Two Stars and a Constellation ~ by Aditya Iyer
In the end, it’s all about two geniuses and one superteam. Nothing else

The Fault in Their Stars ~ by Mugil Bhaskar
You cannot mention Messi without bringing up Maradona. The mood in Argentina is one between gratitude and grudge.

Confessions of a Football Hooligan ~ by Andy Nicholls
The emotional hurt of supporting England and other acts of violence

Romancing Brazil ~ by Dileep Premachandran
The beautiful legacy of the last redeemer

What Are We Doing There? ~ by Deepak Narayanan
With no dog in the fight, Indians still travel the world to see the Cup

Big Bear Hug ~ by Ekaterina Motyakina
The pain and pleasure of hosting the greatest game on earth. A report from Moscow.

Golden Feet ~ by Aditya Iyer
32 Teams. 32 Stars

Mise En Soccer ~ by Rahul Desai
Action and emotion merge seamlessly in football films