Dhaka, Sept 01 (UNB) – Pakistan team will arrive in the capital Sunday early hour to compete in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 beginning at the Bangabadhu National Stadium here on Tuesday (Sept 4).
Bangladesh, which was placed in Group A of the SAFF Suzuki Cup with Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, will play Bhutan in the 2nd match on the opening day (Sept 4) at 7 pm while Pakistan will play Nepal in the opening match at 4 pm. India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have been put in Group B of the meet.
The islanders Sri Lanka was the first foreign team reached Bangladesh last Sunday from Asain Games in Indonesia to play FIFA Friendly against Bangladesh in Nilphamari on Wednesday, ahead of the biggest soccer festival of the region (SAFF Championship) and made an inspirational 1-0 victory over the home country.
Pakistan, the 2nd foreign team is expected to reach here at 1:30 am local time.
Bhutan will arrive in the capital on Sunday (Sept 2) at 12:10 pm while Nepal team also reach here Sunday at 2:40 pm, followed by the Maldives team on Monday (Sept 3) at 1:45 pm.
Holders India will be the last foreign team to reach here on Tuesday (Sept 4) early hour at 12:50 am.
Dhaka, Sep 1 (UNB) – The draw ceremony of the 5th Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament, which will kicks off on October 1, held at a city hotel on Saturday.
Hosts Bangladesh was placed in Group-B along with Philippines and Laos to play in the six-nation tournament while Group-A comprises Nepal, Palestine and Tajikistan.
Although two venues--Bangabandhu National Stadium and Sylhet District Stadium-- were earlier selected to hold the matches, there might a third venue to host the two semifinals.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Salahuddin, BFF Senior Vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, among others, were present at the ceremony.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB)– Celebrated national hockey player Mamunur Rahman Chayan retired from international hockey after the 5th place-deciding match of the 18th Asian Games Men’s Hockey against stronger South Korea at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Hockey field in Jakarta on Saturday.
Bangladesh finished 6th in the 18th Asian Games Men’s Hockey after suffering 0-7 goals defeat against the four times champions South Korea on Saturday, but achieved their long-cherished target to play directly in the final round of the Asian Games and Asia Cup Hockey from the next time, avoiding qualifying round.
Chayan, a 30-year old player of Bangladesh Navy, completed his 12-year international career amid a huge reception from his teammates and federation officials after the day’s match in Jakarta.
After the match, they gave Chayan a guard of honor by raising their hockey sticks above their heads in an arch after the day’s match, and officials of Bangladesh Hockey Federation in Indonesia presented him with crest.
Chayan, who played as a defender and penalty corner specialist, reportedly retired from national team to give adequate time to his family, especially his the three year old son.
London, Aug 31(AP/UNB) — Liverpool will host Chelsea in the standout match in the third round of the English League Cup.
There were three other all-Premier League matches in the draw made on Thursday: Tottenham vs. Watford; Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester; and Everton vs. Southampton.
Manchester City, the defending champion, was drawn away to third-tier Oxford United, while Manchester United will play at home to second-tier Derby County, now managed by Frank Lampard.
Monaco, Aug 31(AP/UNB) — Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award.
Modric helped Madrid to win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. Croatia lost 4-2 against France.
Voting was by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.
"It's an incredible moment for me and I feel excited and proud to have won this great award," Modric said.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the offseason, was the only nominee to skip the annual awards ceremony held during the Champions League draw in Monaco.
"Ronaldo's decision not to attend tonight's event must be respected. It is a personal and private decision," Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.
Madrid swept the overall election for best player in last season's Champions League after goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Sergio Ramos, midfielder Modric and forward Ronaldo won the individual positional prizes.
Returning with his trophy to his seat behind Salah, Ramos tapped the left shoulder of the Egyptian. Salah left the Champions League final in tears after the same shoulder was injured in a tackle by Ramos.
The best women's player award was won by Pernille Harder of Denmark and Wolfsburg.
David Beckham received the annual President's Award for his achievements on and off the field, including his charity foundation working with the United Nations agency for children, UNICEF.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star "uses the power of football to help the disadvantaged," UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said.
"It is one of my proudest things to be involved in an organization that does so much to help children around the world," Beckham said on stage.