Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) - All-rounder Moeen Ali says England "can't miss" the opportunity to win the World Cup for the first time.
The hosts, who entered the tournament as favourites and top of the world rankings, will move to the brink of the semi-finals with victory against Sri Lanka on Friday, reports BBC.
"We know we have been great - not just good, but great - for four years," Moeen told BBC Sport.
"We want a trophy to top it all off. We'll give everything for it."
England's transformation from being dumped out of the 2015 World Cup in the first round has been built on the power of their batting line-up.
That was evident in Tuesday's win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford, where captain Eoin Morgan hit 17 sixes as part of a team total of 25 - both records for one-day internationals.
"Once we get going, it's almost unstoppable and that's the great thing about the team," added Worcestershire's Moeen.
"The likes of Morgan, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy - we have so many players, almost everybody in the top eight can do it."
Moeen returned to the side for the defeat of Afghanistan having been left out of the victories over Bangladesh and West Indies.
He struck an unbeaten 31 from nine balls and is in line to play his 100th ODI at Headingley.
"When I look back, I think back of the fun that I've had," said the 32-year-old. "All of a sudden, 100 games have come almost in the blink of an eye. It's been an amazing journey and hopefully we can finish it off with the World Cup."
Moeen's time out of the side coincided with the birth of his second child, a daughter named Haadiya.
"It's obviously amazing, great to have an addition to the family," he said. "She is sleeping, but I've not seen her a for a few days. My wife is doing all the hard work.
"It has added an extra bit of happiness in my life with everything that is going on. It is an amazing miracle and you realise how important family is to you.
"You know how hard it can be for the mother and you have to be there to be supportive. You put cricket and the World Cup to the back seat as much as you can."
A win on Friday would be England's fifth from six World Cup games and would put them on 10 points, possibly enough for a place in the semis.
From Leeds, they move on to play Australia, India and New Zealand; the other members of the top four and the teams likely to make up the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka have won only one of their first five games, but have four points because two of their matches have been abandoned.
Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) - It’s an oft-trotted cliche that football is the international language. But how, exactly, do people speak football in different countries around the world?
Journalist and author Tom Williams wrote the book on it. Literally. In Do You Speak Football?, he researched and gathered some of the most interesting, insightful and absurd pieces of football lexicon from around the world, including phrases about faecal plugs in Finland, stepping on a snake in Kenya and 'popcorn men' in Brazil, reports BBC.
Tom has shared some of the most interesting terms he’s come across with us here.
Postman football – Netherlands
This describes a player that spends an entire game just shuffling around the pitch, making short passes, rather than moving the team forward. A nice, tidy footballer, who doesn't do much that amounts to anything. There’s a lot of humour in Dutch football’s vocabulary, because they have such precise and clearly defined ideas of what football should be.
Tom says that the different ways football is spoken about reflects the ways it's processed around the world.
"Football may have been invented in the UK, but there are techniques that were invented beyond the UK, that didn’t have a name here yet," he explains. The 'rabona' is a great example: "It’s not to say that no British footballer ever pulled off a rabona, but we didn’t feel it needed a name. It turned out that it had been named in Argentina, and that’s now the name it has here.”
Faecal plug - Finland
When a bear hibernates, a large mass of hardened matter called a faecal plug gathers in its colon. The word for this in Finland is 'pihkatappi'. In football terms, it’s used to describe a defensive mid who plugs the gaps in front of his defence. That’s one of my favourite expressions. It’s also one of the most disgusting, once you unpick it, but that’s probably also why it’s one of my favourites. It’s also something that is directly relatable to the experience of living in a particular country – this idea that if you’re stomping through the woods in Finland, you’re going to come across these little balls of hardened dirt on the ground, that are, in fact, lumps of bear poo.
Cheese watchers - Netherlands
One man who I hadn’t realised was so influential in informing the Dutch football lexicon was Co Adriaanse – a well-travelled head coach. He had an expression for fans who go to games and sit around without applauding: 'cheese watchers'. He came up with this when he was coach of AZ Alkmaar. Alkmaar’s a big cheese production hub, so that’s a pointed reference to their fan-base. It’s a bit like Roy Keane’s famous criticism of fans at Old Trafford, who he dubbed the “prawn sandwich brigade” in 2000.
Tom tells us that the countries he enjoyed writing about the most were Brazil, Italy and Holland.
"Those are three countries that have all got very distinct ideas about how they think football should be played, and that can be traced through their football language."
Where the owl sleeps – Brazil
This is the name given in Brazil for the top corner of the goal. There’s a version of this in every language, basically. In English, it’s postage stamp, if not ‘top bins’. In Spain it’s ‘where the spiders nest’. In the Czech Republic, I think it’s ‘the gallows’.
Popcorn man - Brazil
This is the name that you would give to a player who allows big games to pass them by. The phrase evokes someone who turns up in a popcorn vender’s outfit and just stands there, serving people. Brazil’s football lexicon is very poetic, expressive and over the top.
Even the British football lexicon, Tom says, is incredibly rich, but, as he argues, "you don’t always realise that because we’re so familiar now".
Tom cites the phrase, being, ‘down to the bare bones’ as an example: "It’s actually quite poetic when you think about that. Almost Dickensian."
Leeds season - South Korea
When I heard there was a phrase for this in South Korea, my assumption was that it was a Korean variant of ‘doing a Leeds’, which we understand as spending a lot of money trying to accrue success and ending up paying a big price when that success doesn’t transpire – referencing the time Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004, after reaching the Champions League semi-final a couple of seasons earlier. In actual fact, this phrase refers specifically to Alan Smith and the fact that he was seen as this great young hope, for England and for Leeds, but whose career never reached the heights it might have attained, after he left Leeds to join Manchester United in 2004.
You refer to someone’s ‘Leeds season’ as the point in their life where things peaked, before going downhill.
Dundee United - Nigeria
Dundee United is synonymous with “idiot” in parts of Nigeria where Yoruba is spoken. I wasn’t able to establish with 100% accuracy where this had come from, but it seems to have come from a tour of Nigeria that Dundee United went on in 1972, when they prepared really badly, the weather was really hot, the players got sick, there were injuries and the pitches were no good. Because they complained about it so much, this culminated in the Dundee United name being taken in vain.
I couldn’t believe that when I came across it. It was written on a website and I spoke to people in Nigeria who confirmed it anecdotally.
Tom tells us he also devoted a page solely to phrases drawing on the animal kingdom: "Some of the animal-based expressions I came across were some of my favourites, because they very closely describe something very native to the place."
To step on a snake - Kenya
Kukanyaga Nyoka (‘step on a snake’) is a Swahili expression used to describe an air shot. That phrase was one that was sent to me by one of the Kenyan football journalists who helped me out with the research. As I write in the book, Kenya’s a part of the world where stumbling across snakes is a daily hazard, which is why I think it’s part of the native football lexicon, because it’s something that people can genuinely relate to. There are to 126 species of snake in Kenya, which I discovered after coming across the expression. There’s also another expression from Kenyan football that relates to the snake population - a piga ngoma kimo cha bafe (‘puff adder shot’) is a low shot that speeds along the ground.
There you go – consider yourself intermediate-level in the international language of football. You’re so cultured.
Rio De Janeiro, June 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Venezuela midfielder Arquimedes Figuera will miss the rest of the Copa America because of a knee injury, the South American country's football federation said on Thursday.
The 29-year-old was forced off the pitch after collapsing to the ground late in his team's goalless draw with hosts Brazil on Tuesday.
"An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed that Arquimedes Figuera suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee," read a Venezuelan Football Federation statement.
It added that Figuera, who plays his club football for Peru's Universitario, would undergo surgery in the coming days.
Venezuela are currently third in the Copa America Group A standings with two draws from their first two matches. A victory in their final group fixture against Bolivia in Belo Horizonte on Saturday would all but guarantee the Vinotino a berth in the knockout phase.
Dhaka, June (UNB) - Roger Federer says he was "lucky" after surviving a scare against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the Halle Open quarter-finals.
Top seed Federer, 37, beat French world number 77 Tsonga 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-5.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion is bidding for a 10th Halle title.
World number five Alexander Zverev withdrew from the doubles due to a knee injury but beat American Steve Johnson 6-3 7-5 to reach the last eight of the singles.
Federer will play Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round at the grass-court tournament, while German 22-year-old Zverev will face Belgian David Goffin.
World number three Federer was a set and a break up against Tsonga, 34, before the Frenchman came back to take the match to a third set.
"I knew when I gave away that lead that it would be tight. Then it was about holding my nerve," said the Swiss.
"The third set was more of a battle. I tried to stay calm. It had a bit of everything: happiness, sadness, frustration. It was a bit emotional at the end, which was nice."
Zverev enjoyed a slightly more straightforward win, but admitted he is still having problems with his knee.
"Obviously my knee is still swollen but the pain is much less than it was a few days ago," he said.
"I hope when the swelling goes out it will be much better."
Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) - Spanish World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres has announced he is to retire from football, reports BBC.
Torres, 35, played at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in his 18-year career and is currently at Sagan Tosu in Japan's J1 League.
In 110 games for Spain, he scored the winner in Euro 2008 and was on target in their Euro 2012 final win.
"After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career," he said on Twitter.
Torres said he will hold a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday to "explain all the details".
His career started with Atletico, before a £20m move to Liverpool in 2007, where he scored 81 goals in 142 games.
In 2011, he was signed by Chelsea for a then British record transfer fee of £50m.
Although he failed to replicate his goalscoring form at Stamford Bridge, he was part of the Blues' Champions League-winning team in 2012.
He also won the FA Cup and scored in their 2-1 win against Benfica in the Europa League final in 2013.
After 45 goals in 172 games at Chelsea and a brief four-month loan spell at AC Milan, he returned to Atletico in late 2014.
He finished on the losing side as Atletico lost the 2016 Champions League final to Real Madrid, but won a second Europa League in 2018 - his final appearance before moving to Japan.
Torres, who is Spain's third highest goalscorer with 38, played in six major tournaments including their 2010 World Cup triumph.