My Republica


The contributor for Republica.

Coach Maharjan gutted to miss out on SAFF final, says no domestic league hurting football

Published On: September 14, 2018 07:46 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Nepal national football team returned back to the country on Thursday after a disappointing 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup 3-0 semifinal loss at the hands of Maldives on Wednesday.

Nepal confident of defeating Maldives to reach first SAFF final

Published On: September 12, 2018 11:00 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Nepal national football team is playing its first semifinal of the SAFF Suzuki Cup in five years, against Maldives on Wednesday. If victorious, Nepal will reach the final of the tournament for the first time in history.

After first win, Nepal faces real test against Bangladesh in crucial group match

Published On: September 8, 2018 08:07 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Nepal national football team registered the first win of the 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of Bhutan on Thursday that kept the team in contention for the semifinals of the tournament, with still a lot to do against the host Bangladesh on Saturday that has won both its games so far.

Coach Maharjan’s ‘title contender’ Nepal faces a must-win match against Bhutan

Published On: September 6, 2018 08:39 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Nepal national football team suffered back-to-back losses in the opening matches in two consecutive SAFF Suzuki Cup editions, this time at the hands of Pakistan with a scoreline of 2-1, on Tuesday.  Nepal will now play against Bhutan in its second Group A match on Thursday at 3:45 pm, which can be a vital game to get three points and stay in contention for the semifinals of the tournament, which the team failed to reach in 2015.

20-man squad for SAFF announced; Nirajan Khadka returns after 5 years

Published On: August 28, 2018 08:47 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: The interim head coach of Nepal national football team Bal Gopal Maharjan on Monday announced a 20-man squad for the upcoming SAFF Championship slated from September 4 through 15, shockingly leaving out some first team players.  Maharjan announced the squad leaving out forward George Prince Karki, defender Kamal Shrestha, midfielder Tej Tamang and injured right back Rabin Shrestha.

31 officials accompany players to Asian Games, costing millions

Published On: August 16, 2018 06:51 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: A total of 31 officials and guests have headed for Indonesia for the upcoming 18th Asian Games, being held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. The list also includes three doctors, two physiotherapists, and four media persons. Nepali athletes will be competing in 29 sports disciplines in the biggest sporting extravaganza after the Olympics.

Nepal targets first SAFF C’ship title amid Asian Games second round aspirations

Published On: August 3, 2018 11:22 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The Nepal national football team has aimed at winning the SAFF Championship, also known as the SAFF Suzuki Cup, which will be held in Bangladesh from September 4 to 15 after the Asian Games, in which it targets to at least reach to the second round from a group which consists of Japan, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Winning medals in Asian Games not a priority: NOC President Shrestha

Published On: July 26, 2018 01:43 PM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 25: Nepal’s preparations for the 18th Asian Games, which is just around the corner, are on a rapid track. However, a major sport authority of the country sees the games more as a warm up for the next year’s South Asian Games (SAG) than an opportunity to win medals.

Journey to second World Cup title: A new dynasty for young French

Published On: July 18, 2018 06:12 PM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 18: A lot of dramas, an action-packed final, the rise of the underdogs and just the second-time winner of the most coveted trophy in football concluded Russia’s 2017 FIFA World Cup. France won the all European final with an astounding 4-2 victory over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

France, Croatia to write new narrative of world football as known powerhouses fade

Published On: July 14, 2018 08:36 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 14: Long gone the time when the powerhouses, from South America to Europe like Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay and lately Spain, dominated the football world. The narrative is changing.

Russia all set for new chapter in football history

Published On: July 10, 2018 10:38 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

REPUBLICA, July 9: The 2018 FIFA World Cup has set yet another chapter in the football history with the teams who won more than two titles already being crashed out of the tournament as we go into the semifinals in Russia.

Diverse tactics await thrilling World Cup quarterfinals

Published On: July 5, 2018 08:03 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 5: Some high scoring matches, some nerve-wracking penalty shootouts, some dominating attacking performances and some early disappointments, the Round of 16 had no short of excitement and last-minute drama.

‘Curse of the World Cup’, Round of 16 and story so far

Published On: June 30, 2018 07:26 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 30: Yet another World Cup, yet another fascinating story. The World Cup hoodoo has often griped the champions of the world, but the continuation of the same tradition is starting to raise questions.

Still unpredictable as 18 teams fight for last 16 berths in World Cup

Published On: June 25, 2018 07:04 PM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 25: The second round of the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup offered unpredictability, salvation for some big guns and still time left for one last battle for some teams going into the third and the last round of the tournament.

Can big guns recover after stale start?

Published On: June 21, 2018 06:46 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 21: From Iceland’s historical World Cup debut when it held Argentina to a 1-1 draw to Mexico beating the champions Germany 1-0, from Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick to Lionel Messi missing a penalty, the first round of the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw it all.

‘Battle of Attacks’ and unpredictability highlight Group H

Published On: June 13, 2018 07:19 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 12 : The last group, Group H, provides this week's 2018 FIFA World Cup with intricacy, fascination and a whole new level of unpredictability with Colombia, Poland, Senegal and Japan going head-to-head with each other.

England, Belgium favorites to take charge of Group G

Published On: June 12, 2018 10:20 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 12: England and Belgium will most likely dominate the Group G of this week's 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the European teams will face each other only in the final round of the group.

Champions Germany looking to break recent World Cup hoodoo

Published On: June 10, 2018 09:05 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 10: World champions Germany will be looking to defend its title when it kicks off its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in hope to break the fate that the earlier two World Cup winners Spain and Italy faced.

Tite’s rejuvenated Brazil pumped for World Cup

Published On: June 6, 2018 10:30 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 6: Brazil is a prime contender to top the Group E going into the World Cup finals, with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia also fighting for the top two places.

Can Lionel Messi win World Cup for Argentina?

Published On: June 4, 2018 09:10 AM NPT By: ABHISHEK SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 4: Argentina starts 2018 FIFA World Cup which is set to kick off from June 14 to July 15, to get one better of the last finals when it lost to Germany 1-0 in the final in 2014. The 'Group of Death' of has Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria also fighting for their bids.