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A Finale worthy of the Maracana

The entire tournament has been unpredictable but Germnay’s Mario Goetze Andre Schuerrle are looking at another decade or more of glorious careers, says Mauktik Kulkarni. At the start of this World Cup, if somebody had told me that Andre Schuerrle would be delivering a perfect cross from the left to Mario Goetze, who would finish the counter-attack with everything that makes fans love this sport – athleticism, precision and beauty – I would have laughed out loud.  Not ... Rediff.com, Jul 16, 2014

Blasted in Belo Horizonte

With a well-oiled midfield and strikers of the calibre of Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, the Germans will start the title match against Argentina as favourites, says Mauktik Kulkarni.  Lush green mountains. Beautiful parks. Breath-taking landscapes. Wide roads running up and down the mountains, reminding visitors of San Francisco. A sunny day with patchy clouds and a slight chill in the air. It was a perfect day for a World Cup semi-final match.  In the third largest city of ...
 Rediff.comJul 13, 2014

Riveting Football in Rio

Will the German discipline take them to the final? Will Brazil be able to overcome the loss of Neymar Jr.? Will Argentina move its game to the next level for the semi-final? Or would the Dutch shrug off a bad day at work to reach the final again and get a shot at redemption? The best place to find out, says Mauktik Kulkarni, is the Fan Fest on Copacabana beach.Roaming around the streets of Rio, it is easy to see why Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai should be declared sister cities. Both are urban ...
 Rediff.comJul 8, 2014

One of the most open World Cups in recent memory

As much as I would love to witness a Brazil-Argentina final at the Copacabana beach, Colombia, Germany, the Netherlands and Argentina look like the semi-finalists. And if Argentina peaks at the right time, Germany vs Argentina could be the title match, says Mauktik Kulkarni. As a capital of the fifth largest country of the world, Brasilia is a strange city. Like Washington DC in the US, this city was planned and built to be the administrative capital of the country. Because of the world leader ...
 Rediff.comJul 5, 2014

Brazil vs Chile: Up in the Air

Mauktik Kulkarni is an author, movie-maker, travel buff and sports enthusiast. He will be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup and report for Rediff.com from there during the knock-out stages. In today’s world, it is difficult to get away from things. Isolate yourself from things. In this age of cellular internet, smartphones and ubiquitous computing, it is virtually impossible to find a quiet corner in the world. The constant stream of news and updates – useful or ...
 Rediff.comJun 29, 2014

World Cup Fever: Day and Night

This edition of the World Cup is a goal-fest. We have had more goals scored in the first two rounds than at any other World Cup in recent memory, says Mauktik Kulkarni, summing up the action ahead of the final round of matches in the league stage. As the World Cup is heating up, big names are getting vanquished and teams that have been flying under the radar have become the talk of the town.  One thing is undeniable:  This edition of the World Cup is a goal-fest. We have had more ...
 Rediff.comJun 24, 2014

In Colombia, forgetting Pablo Escobar

Colombia are on the verge of a berth in the knock-out round. It is probably the end of an era for the Spanish La Roja and a new beginning for Colombia, says Mauktik Kulkarni  It is amazing what two decades can do to a city. Medellin, nestled in the Aburra valley in northern Colombia, is a bustling city of a few million people that is considered one of the science and technology capitals of Latin America today. One of the major tourist attractions of Colombia, it offers great food, ...
 Rediff.comJun 21, 2014

Revenge by the Orange!

The Spain-Netherlands opener – re-match of the 2010 World Cup final – was a classic that will be sliced and diced for a long time to come, says Mauktik Kulkarni The FIFA World Cup is upon us. At two-three matches a night, things are happening so fast that it gives the fans little time to reflect. However, the Spain-Netherlands opener – re-match of the 2010 World Cup final – was a classic that will be sliced and diced for a long time to come. They say that sports act as ...
 Rediff.comJun 17, 2014
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