The Authors

Abhisar Gupta

Abhisar Gupta is a freelance football writer and blogger madly in love with the beautiful game. Having done an MBA from IIM-Lucknow, Abhisar is currently working in the States. He follows European, and especially English, football very closely, and will bring you the best of it through his column in 90 Minutes.

Akarsh Sharma

Akarsh Sharma is the features editor and columnist for 90 Minutes. He is a freelance football journalist who works for and is a regular contributor to a number of popular football blogs. Being an unadventurous teetotaler, Akarsh's only bad habit is to ruin relationships with people for the sake of football. At 6'2", he mirrors Peter Crouch on the field and is forced to look down upon people.

Akshay Mhaskar

Akshay Mhaskar is a 31-year-old freelance football writer and blogger from Mumbai. He fell in the love with the game after watching the "Divine Ponytail's" mystical performance against Nigeria at USA '94. A Man United fan, Akshay has done his MBA in HR to kill his daytime at the desk sleeping. With 3 Champions Leagues, 3 Europa Leagues and 3 promotions in Football Manager 2012, he's also the most successful manager Grimsby Town has ever had.

Alan Dawson

A 27-year-old from London, England, Alan Dawson has had articles published in his local and international press. He reported for the world’s most popular soccer website where his work was reproduced by USA Today and Sports Illustrated before finally setting up his passion project; - a boxing website. Alan loves the England national football team, his family and girlfriend and prefers FIFA over Pro Evo.

Amoy Ghoshal

Amoy Ghoshal is a passionate Indian football lover, and considers I-League as his favourite domestic league. The 21-year-old Gooner from Kolkata has previously worked as Chief Correspondent of India. At 90 minutes, this stats-freak specializes in providing trivia every month, and also writes on Indian football.

Atishay Agarwal

Atishay Agarwal is the Editor of 90 Minutes, and an ardent football fan for much of the last 12 years. An engineer, he got into football journalism by accident. He has earlier worked as Chief Editor of India, and embarked on his dream to give India its own football magazine when he co-founded 90 Minutes in 2011.

David Gold

David is a football reporter with an eye on the business and politics behind the sport, as well as enjoying analysing the action on the pitch. A freelance columnist for insideworldfootball and insidefutbol as well as 90minutes, he writes with a particular focus on French and Russian football, the organisation of World Cups and other major tournaments, as well as all things FIFA related.

Fatema Farhat

Fatema Farhat is a business analyst-cum-football freak based in Sydney, Australia. An avid blogger and follower of the game, she has also been playing the sport since she was 9. "Football and fashion are basically my life", she says. Interestingly, she still has a shrine dedicated to her eternal crush, a certain Mr.Thierry Henry, on her wall.

John Duerden

John has been living in East Asia for over a decade and covers football on the continent for publications such as The Guardian, New York Times, ESPN Soccernet, International Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated, MSN, Associated Press, When Saturday Comes, 442, The Independent as well as many newspapers, magazines and websites all over Asia. He is also Managing Editor of 90 Minutes.

Michael Cox

Michael Cox is creator and editor of the award-winning website, Zonal Marking. Based in the UK, Michael is world-renowned for his tactical knowledge of the game. He also writes for many other publications in the UK, such as The Guardian, and is a regular columnist for 90 Minutes.

Neha Ganeriwal

Neha Ganeriwal is a guest writer at 90 Minutes. Born and brought up in India, she is currently based in Milan, Italy. Having written for leading publications in India and Italy, her area of expertise includes fashion and sports.

Nigel Empson

Nigel Empson is a football-business professional from the UK. An MBA Football Industries graduate, as well as being a widely published writer, Nigel is a Player Agent and was responsible for partnering the AIFF and East Bengal with Leicester City, for bringing Shenzhen to play in the IFA Shield, and for bringing Arsenal to partner Tata Tea in the Jaago Re Soccer Stars.

Nikunj Merchant

Nikunj Merchant is a football fanatic, with a heart the shape of the Arsenal crest. A student of Environmental Science, he got into football journalism quite by accident, but went on to work as Editor and Site Manager of India. He possesses a deep knowledge of many of the European Leagues, but has a soft spot for the German Bundesliga. He dreams of one day going to Dortmund and watching a live match from the Sudtribune (South Stand) of the Signal Iduna Park.

Nishant Jain

Nishant Jain (Comician: started speaking at a very late age and has since not stopped compensating for lost time. He likes the music of Led Zeppelin, the poetry of Jim Morrison and would gladly also sell his soul to the Devil, if only he could wake up in time to find him. His football affiliations are non-existent but his heart did once bleed for Liverpool.

Rahul Bali

Rahul Bali is one of the country's finest writers and reporters on Indian football, and is also Chief Editor of India. He is also on the editorial board of 90 Minutes as Associate Editor, and is a regular columnist in the magazine.


Saikat Mandal is a masters degree holder in Mass Communication, and has completed two football-related research projects in the UK. He earlier worked as a reporter for Soccer Anchor, and is now writes for Footy Latest, Epl Talk, Sport Witness, Odds Changer, Inside Spanish Football; blogs and columns for Soccer News and The Hard Tackle (as resident author) and appears as occasional guest on 91.3 Sport FM, discussing European Football. Of course, he is also a regular columnist at 90 Minutes.

Sarath Pendyala

Sarath has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but he exchanged that for a career in journalism when he started working for in 2007, and later moved on to Reuters. An ardent fan of AC Milan, he prefers the Serie A over other European Leagues, has dreams of seeing India play in the World Cup, and says that he will do anything he can to make that happen.

Subhankar Mondal

Subhankar Mondal is a football journalist based in the UK. Formerly a feature writer, newswriter, website-manager and sub-editor at International, he currently works as a news and match reporter for Sky Sports and has been published in The Guardian and The Observer as well. A lifelong Spanish football fan, he also follows Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and the Premier League closely and has a penchant of going to whichever football match he possibly can. Once he even went to watch Bristol Rovers in League One in England and attended a number of Wales' international games as a member of the press.