Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB)-The residential camp of Bangladesh national football team will begin on August 23 for the joint qualification (Round-1) for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
After the camp, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will finalise the 23-member final squad on August 31.
The decision was taken at a BFF National Teams Committee meeting chaired by committee chairman and BFF vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, at the Gemcon Group Office in Dhanmondi on Monday.
Earlier, Bangladesh were put in Group E along with Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan.
The committee also decided to send Bangladesh team to Tajikistan on September 1 on a nine-day training session, ahead of their first match against Afghanistan on September 10 in Tajik capital Dushanbe.
Bangladeshi boys will play two preparatory matches against two leading Tajik football clubs on September 3 and 5 during the training session.
Bangladesh will play their home match against stronger Qatar on October 10, away match with India on October 15, away match against Oman on November 14 and home match with Afghanistan on March 26, away match with Qatar on March 31 Qatar and two home matches with India on June 4 and Oman on June 9.
Earlier on August 16, the BFF announced a 25-member preliminary team of Bangladesh national football for the meet.
Bangladesh Team: Ashraful Islam Rana, Shahidul Alam Sohel, Anisur Rahman, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Sushanto Tripura, Rahmat Mia, SM Monjurur Rahman, Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Riyadul Hasan, Nurul Naium Faisal, Yeasin Arafat, Masuk Miah Zoni, Jamal Bhuiyan, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Rabiul Hasan, Biplu Ahamed, Arifur Rahman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Nabib Newaz Ziban, Mahbubur Rahman, Matin Miah, Saad Uddin and Jewel Rana.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - Defending champions Bangladesh reached Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal Monday morning to participate in the SAFF Under-15 Championship 2019.
The South Asian junior age-level competition will be held at the Kalyani Stadium there from Aug 21-31. Five countries are taking part.
The team checked in at the Dolphin Place Hotel in Kalyani.
Bangladesh will take on Bhutan in their opening match on August 23, then play Sri Lanka on August 25, Nepal on August 27 and hosts India on August 29. All five teams will play each other once in the first round.
Top two teams will qualify for the final on August 31.
Bangladesh clinched their first title of SAFF Under-15 Championship beating India in penalty shootout (4-2) in the final at the Sylhet District Stadium in 2015, and their 2nd title beating Pakistan, also in penalty shootout (3-2) in the final at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu in 2018, the last edition.
Bangladesh U-15 team : Md Rakibul Islam, Al Mirad, Md Alamin Rahman, Sayed Nayeem Ahmed, Md Pias Ahmmed Nova, Shahin Molla, Mehdi Hasan Srabon, Apurbo Mali, Shuvo Sarkar, Munna Ahmed, Md Emon Islam Babu, Md Arifur Rahman Raju, Sirajul Islam Rana, Md Rabby Hosen, Sajed Hasan Jummon Nijum, Mohammad Azizul Hoque Ananto, Kazirul Islam Hridoy, Jayanto Lal, Md Sabbir Gazi, Md Golam Rabby, Md Badsha Mia, Md Rahib Hossain, Jony Sikder.
Madrid, Aug 19 (AP/UNB) — Just like that, Gareth Bale is part of the solution for Real Madrid again.
After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team.
Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish league opener on Saturday — less than a month after saying his transfer would be good for everyone — and got a positive response from the Wales forward in a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo.
Bale's good performance was a relief after Zidane and Madrid had struggled to find ways to deal with the forward following failed attempts to transfer him in the offseason.
"He is going to stay," Zidane said Saturday. "All the players we have now are focused on the season ahead. Bale and all the players want to stay and want to do their best to defend this jersey."
Bale had a great first half against Celta, setting up Karim Benzema's opening goal with a perfectly placed cross in the 12th minute. He nearly found the net himself a few moments later with a shot that prompted a good save by the opposing goalkeeper.
After being substituted by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon toward the end of the second half, Bale was saluted by Zidane and his teammates on the bench.
"Bale has helped us win titles, he has scored important goals for us," Madrid midfielder Casemiro said. "We have a lot of respect for him. He has to keep playing, he is a great player."
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz returned from his post-match interview to find his teammates applauding him and chanting his name in the locker room.
The 38-year-old veteran had just scored an amazing overhead kick a minute after entering the match in the 88th, giving Athletic an opening win against defending champion Barcelona.
It was the perfect start to Aduriz's final season as a player.
The former Spain international announced he will be retiring this season, ending a career that will include more than 400 matches and 170 goals with the Basque Country club.
"Football is so beautiful sometimes because of things like this. It gives you chances like this," Aduriz said. "It will be impossible not to miss this. I'm just incredibly happy to be able to choose how I'm ending my career, and to be able to do it at the place that I love the most."
Barcelona is off to its worst league start in a decade and injury woes could keep the two-time defending champions from rebounding quickly.
It remains unclear whether Lionel Messi and Luiz Suárez will be available for the match against Real Betis on Sunday, as both continue to nurse muscle injuries.
Messi got hurt in the preseason and didn't play in Friday's 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao, while Suárez didn't make it past halftime in the opener.
Messi is expected to return to practice this week and has a greater chance of being in the lineup against Betis, but Suárez is not as likely to be fit in time for Sunday's game.
Barcelona had won 10 straight league openers.
HARSH RED CARDS
Refereeing officials warned before the league started they would not tolerate fouls that could lead to Achilles injuries.
A couple of players got to see first-hand that the officials were serious about their warning, including Luka Modric.
The Real Madrid midfielder was sent off for stepping on an opponent from behind in the team's opener against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
A day later, it was Getafe's Jorge Molina who was ejected for a similar foul in the game against Atlético Madrid. In both occasions, the red cards were shown after video reviews.
"We were told in advance that when a player steps on another player from behind it doesn't matter whether it was on purpose," Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone said.
Both Modric and Molina claimed their fouls were accidental.
Munich, Aug 19 (AP/UNB) — Bayern Munich completed the loan signing of Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on Monday.
The German club said the 27-year-old Coutinho passed a medical examination on Sunday and signed a contract through June 2020, when it has the option of making the loan permanent.
"All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement," Bayern said.
But Barcelona said the German club "will pay 8.5 million euros ($9.4 million) and the player's wages."
Coutinho will wear the No. 10 for Bayern.
"Coutinho made it very clear to us during the negotiations that he really wanted to switch to Bayern," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. "He's a world-class player with great ability who can play in various positions in attack."
Though Coutinho failed to live up to expectations after joining Barcelona in 2018 for a club-record transfer from Liverpool worth 160 million euros (then $192 million), his arrival in Germany has also been welcomed by Bayern's club rivals.
"You can only congratulate Bayern. It's good when such a name plays in the Bundesliga," Borussia Dortmund chief executive told German daily Bild.
Dortmund player Julian Brandt, Fortuna Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel and Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl also welcomed the transfer.
New York, Aug 19 (AP/UNB) - As he bewildered two Burnley midfielders with a center-field pirouette, delivered a stream of dangerous set-pieces and generally controlled play, it was easy to see why there was so much hype around Dani Ceballos this time last year.
The playmaker was about to be an early-season regular for Real Madrid — at the time the European champion — and went on to play well enough to get a call-up to Spain's senior squad.
Just 22, he was one of the new hopes of Spanish soccer.
So why was it that, on Saturday, he was turning out in the red and white of Arsenal, making his full debut in the English Premier League and producing one of the best individual performances of the weekend in a 2-1 win over Burnley ?
The answer lies in a mid-season change of coach at Madrid — Julen Lopetegui, a big fan of Ceballos, was fired in October — and the subsequent return of Zinedine Zidane for the second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu a few months later.
Ceballos joined Madrid from Real Betis in the summer of 2017 but was rarely used by Zidane in the player's first year there. Upon Zidane's return as coach, Ceballos made only three appearances in the final two months of last season.
It was inevitable Ceballos would leave Madrid in the offseason. Arsenal was a willing taker, on a season-long loan, and is already reaping the benefits.
"The truth is that, for me, it has been one of the most special days of my life," Ceballos said after his man-of-the-match display against Burnley. He set up both goals — the first for Alexandre Lacazette from a corner and the second for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after winning the ball back high up the field.
"I really want this year to truly demonstrate the football that I have inside," Ceballos added. "I have a lot of enthusiasm for this season."
That's just what Arsenal coach Unai Emery wants to hear. Arsenal's fans, too, with their team's midfield sorely lacking a consistently creative player last season with Mesut Ozil in and out of the side.
Emery said he plans to use Ceballos as a No. 10 behind the striker but also as a central midfielder, which should give Arsenal greater control of the ball — just like the team had when another Spanish playmaker, Santi Cazorla, was in north London.
As for Ceballos, he just wants to play. He was a second-half substitute against Newcastle on the opening weekend but started at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Zidane, the player, was an idol for Ceballos. How he'd love to win the favor of Zidane, the coach, and become a regular for arguably the biggest soccer team in the world.
A strong, consistent loan spell at Arsenal could help him realize that aim.
We all now know about the inverted-fullback tactic at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. Now for something very different at Sheffield United.
Under Chris Wilder, the promoted club's 3-5-2 formation sees its two wide center backs get forward and overlap to cause overloads in attacking situations.
From one such attack, United scored its goal in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, as central defender Jack O'Connell powered down the left flank to create some chaos in Palace's defense.
Wilder plays three quite defensive players in central midfield, meaning any of them can drop deeper should the center backs pile forward.
De Bruyne's Delivery
The dramatic ending to Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Tottenham ended up overshadowing another stunning individual display by Kevin De Bruyne, whose injury worries from last season seem to be behind him.
The king of the assists in the Premier League, the City playmaker is already up to three this season after laying on goals for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero with superb crosses from the right — the first high to the back post and the second low to the near post.
De Bruyne has already set up 12 chances in City's opening two games and is a threat with his driving runs forward from central midfield.
De Bruyne had three separate spells out last season because of a variety of injuries, yet City still won an unprecedented domestic treble.
Now he is fully fit, expect City to be even harder to stop this season.