Dhaka, Nov 10 (UNB) - Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra qualified for the semifinal of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet Walton Federation Cup Football Tournament by eliminating last time runners-up Chattogram Abahani Limited by 1-0 goal in the 3rd quarterfinal at floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.
After a barren first half, Raphael scored match winning goal for Sheikh Russel KC in the 47th minute, utilizing a cross of Uzbek forward Azizov (1-0).
Dhaka Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club reached the last four stages to meet each other in the first semifinal on November 19 while Sheikh Russel KC will play the 2nd semifinal on November 20 against the winners of the match among big budged Bashundhara Kings and Team BJMC, to be played on Sunday at 5 pm at the same venue.
Earlier, defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited booked a seat for semis eliminated Arambagh KC by 3-2 goals in the last minute thriller on Thursday while Jamal Dhanmondi Club advanced to the last four stage eliminating Saif Sporting Club by 2-1 goals in the second quarterfinal on Friday.
Dhaka, Nov 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh Women’s team will face their formidable neighbour India in their 2nd Group C Asian Qualifiers match of the Women’s Olympics Football Tokyo 2020 to make a comeback from shameful defeat against hosts Myanmar in the opener.
The match will kicks-off at 2:30 pm Bangladesh time at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
Touring Bangladesh, which suffered a frustrating 0-5 goals defeat against top seed Myanmar in one of the two opening day’s match of the four-team Group C last Thursday, will play Nepal on Tuesday (Nov 13), also at 2:30 pm (BST) at the same venue.
In another match of the opening day on Thursday, India played a 1-1 draw with Himalayan nation Nepal at the same venue.
Bangladesh Women’s team lost to India by 1-3 goals in the final of the last SAFF Women’s Championship in Siliguri January last year and conceded 0-3 goals defeat against the same side in qualifying round of the 2012 London Olympics in Dhaka.
Touring Bangladesh a have chance to qualify for the next round of the meet after the top seed Myanmar (FIFA ranking 44th) as group runners-up or as the best two 3rdplaced teams of the four-team group if they can beat their sub-continental rivals India and Nepal.
Bangladesh team held a practice session on Saturday ahead of the crucial match against India.
Ahead of the match against India, Bangladesh’s Head Coach Golam Robbani Chotan said, “We will play our 2nd game against India tomorrow (Sunday), India proved themselves as a good team at this level, they have a good number of senior players, who are also the South Asian Champions. Our team has also experiences of playing against teams like South Korea and Myanmar and our players have learnt a lot from their mistakes as well as gained experiences from those matches.”
“Sunday’s match will be a competitive and close one. We played many matches in the SAFF region. So our girls are ready to play their best to win the match,” Choton further said.
About their 0-5 loss in the first game against hosts Myanmar, Choton expressed his disappointment over the score line, but termed the loss a ‘very pragmatic one. “We are delighted of international exposeours of our players. We must continue to grow up through learning for improvement. We are young and a youthful team and shouldn’t expect too much from these players too early,” he added.
Ankhi Khatun, who has been frequent in the national squad for different age group’s international tournaments for more than a couple of year as a defender or sometimes as a midfielder, said, “It will be a very competitive match, India is a strong team having some senior players. We have also experiences of playing matches in international level. We are looking forward to our next game and want to win the match for our country by giving our best effort against India who are better than us.”
Myanmar is leading in the group table securing full three points from first match beating Bangladesh 5-0 while India and Nepal followed the leaders with one point each after playing 1-1 draw in their first appearance last on Thursday.
Geneva, Nov 10 (AP/UNB) — Switzerland's chief economic crimes prosecutor was suspended last week while leading an investigation into corruption linked to FIFA, the federal prosecutor's office said Friday.
It was unclear how Olivier Thormann's suspension will affect the integrity of ongoing criminal proceedings.
Soccer officials under criminal suspicion include former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of Paris Saint-Germain and Qatar-owned BeIN Media Group. They deny wrongdoing and have not been charged.
"This decision is based on a risk assessment which focuses, in particular, on protecting (the attorney general's office) as an institution and protecting the criminal proceedings it leads," the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Thormann was the subject of complaints filed in late September and was suspended by his employers "in order to clarify the situation."
He did not immediately respond to an emailed request from The Associated Press for comment.
The federal agency gave no details why Thormann was suspended, but confirmed it related to the four-year investigation of FIFA and international soccer officials.
That investigation started in November 2014 when FIFA filed a criminal complaint into suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.
The case grew to include all FIFA business, working with American prosecutors who unsealed indictments and guilty pleas in May 2015. Seven soccer officials, including two FIFA vice presidents, were arrested on the day of early-morning raids at a five-star hotel in Zurich.
Swiss officials later opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for suspected mismanagement. Beckenbauer and other organizers of the 2006 World Cup are linked to a suspicious payment of 6.7 million euros ($7.6 million).
Al-Khelaifi was questioned in Bern in October 2017 about the suspected bribery of former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to help secure a 2026-2030 World Cup broadcasting rights deal for BeIN.
Thormann's suspension comes days after Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger reported a possible conflict of interest between another Swiss prosecutor and current FIFA president Gianni Infantino, a childhood friend.
The prosecutor in Infantino's home region, Rinaldo Arnold, offered to mediate between Bern and FIFA, and attended a 2016 meeting Infantino had with attorney general Michael Lauber.
Lauber's office said the suspension revealed Friday was not linked to reports about Infantino and Arnold arising from the "Football Leaks" documents.
Berlin, Nov 10 (AP/UNB) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has left Jerome Boateng out of the squad for upcoming games against Russia and the Netherlands.
"I'm convinced that a break would also do him good," Loew said on Friday. "I told him that we also have a lot of alternatives for his position, especially with younger players."
Boateng said on Twitter he had "a very good and trusting conversation" with Loew and they decided he would have a break "to continue to work on my fitness in Munich."
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac suggested Boateng, who has played from start to finish in six of the team's 10 league games so far, still had a future with the national team.
"It's the coach's decision," Kovac said. "It's new that Jerome is not included. That doesn't mean that he won't be there in the future, though."
Loew had already omitted midfielder Sami Khedira from his squad selections since the side's disappointing title defense in the World Cup in Russia, when Germany was knocked out in the first round.
Germany hosts Russia in a friendly in Leipzig on Thursday. Four days later, it faces the Netherlands at home in the Nations League.
Young Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah was called up again after having replaced Boateng when the Bayern defender hurt a muscle in a 2-1 defeat in France. Boateng missed the 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
Ilkay Gundogan, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Emre Can are also out for the upcoming games, while Toni Kroos will only play in the competitive game against the Dutch. Loew said he was giving the Real Madrid midfielder a rest.
Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus is back in the side after an excellent start to the season with his club, while Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry were also included.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint Germain), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Schalke), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
London, Nov 10 (AP/UNB) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola raised the prospect Friday of soccer authorities punishing the Premier League champions over attempts to circumvent financial fair play rules.
City is leaving Guardiola to field questions about the leaked internal correspondence published by European media outlets, while executives decline comment. The club has not disputed the authenticity of internal messages showing how it used companies linked to the Abu Dhabi ownership to boost revenue in an attempt to curb losses and comply with UEFA regulations.
"If there's something wrong we'll be punished," Guardiola said at a news conference ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester United.
City, which has been owned by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour for a decade, was punished by UEFA in 2014 for breaching the "Financial Fair Play" program. The settlement agreement eventually saw the club only forfeit 20 million euros ($23 million) in Champions League prize money. UEFA this week has not said how aware it was of City's schemes, reported by German magazine Der Spiegel, to hide expenses and evade monitoring of spending on players.
"At the end, UEFA, FIFA, English federation has to say if we were wrong," Guardiola said. "If we were wrong (we) will accept it but I hear what my club said to me and I trust a lot of them."
There was no response to an email sent to three City media officers seeking comment on Guardiola discussing the possibility of the club facing further punishment. City did, however, send an emailed statement announcing a new contract through 2023 for winger Raheem Sterling on Friday.
City has also not responded to questions from The Associated Press about Guardiola's contract, specifically whether he receives income from entities in Abu Dhabi or other teams owned by Sheikh Mansour. The Football Leaks group published details showing how Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009 to 2013 and won the Premier League title in 2012, received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi to work as a consultant than from the Manchester club.
City has faced a week of damaging headlines about its conduct and financial arrangements since the first leaks were published a week ago.
Der Spiegel showed how the team's holding company — state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — sent cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players' images in marketing campaigns. This helped turn almost 30 million euros ($34 million) into revenue instead of a cost, for the purpose of UEFA's investigation of club accounts as the club tried to avoid being banned from European competitions for overspending.
While City said it "will not be providing any comment on out of context materials," Guardiola was more open to discussing information related to the Football Leaks investigation. Real Madrid was revealed to be working with consultants on a 16-team Super League to kick off in 2021, effectively replacing the Champions League and outside the control of UEFA.
"I would like to know the ideas," said Guardiola, who is in his third season coaching City. "But, for me, the Premier League, local leagues, are so important, with all the history."