Dhaka, June 22 (UNB)— Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) held a training session and tournament for street children at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Saturday morning as part of its AFC Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
Chief Executive Strategist of Coaches Across Continent (CAC) Brian Suskiewicz, along with four coaches of English Football Association (FA) Kevin Richard Coleman, Anwar Uddin, Taffazul Islam and Alena Charlene Moulton, conducted the training session and tournament.
Later, BFF President Kazi Md Salahuddin distributed prizes among the participants as the chief guest. Acting British High Commissioner Kanbar Hossein-Bor was present as the special guest.
Besides, BFF women wing Chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron,
General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, BFF Executive Committee members Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvra and Executive Director of Jagoo Foundation Korvi Rakshand were also present.
Earlier, BFF held football training and tournament for Rohingya children under the same programme at Ukhiya camp in Cox’s Bazar from June 17-19.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - Ajax Amsterdam have extended coach Erik ten Hag’s contract till the end of June 2022 after he guided the Dutch side to a league and cup double as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League, reports The Indian Express.
“I’m really happy. We had a good season and I want to build on that,” he told the club’s website.
“The results we have achieved so far were fantastic and it will be a hell of a job to repeat them. But we will set ourselves goals and seek to achieve them,” the 49-year-old added.
Ten Hag’s original contract was due to end in mid 2020.
“We are looking forward to the next years with a lot of confidence,” added club director Marc Overmars.
“We think it’s important that after such a successful season the coach stays to work on building on the success.
“That will not be easy, of course, as certain players will leave, but we hope to temper that well. Erik has to create another team to watch out for and we have the confidence he will do so,” he said.
The Dutchman’s young team won a lot of plaudits during their unexpected run to the Champions League semi-finals. En route, they knocked out holders Real Madrid and Serie A Champions Juventus.
Ten Hag took charge of Ajax in December 2017 after the club fired Marcel Keizer.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - Barcelona will play a pre-season friendly with Arsenal at their Nou Camp stadium on Aug. 4, the La Liga champions said, reports The Indian Express.
The match against the Europa League runners-up is the annual Joan Gamper trophy which is traditionally Barca’s final game before the new season but this year the fixture is sandwiched between two overseas tours, to Japan and the United States.
Barca will play Europa League winners Chelsea on July 23 in Tokyo before meeting former captain Andres Iniesta’s side Vissel Kobe on July 27.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are then due to return to Barcelona and after playing against Arsenal they will fly to the States for two matches against Napoli in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup, in Miami on Aug. 7 and in Michigan on Aug. 10.
Buenos Aires, June 22 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Argentine football great Mario Kempes said Friday that Lionel Messi should take a break from international football in the interests of himself and Argentina's national team.
"As things stand I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing," the 1978 World cup winner told TyC Sports. "Or maybe he should take a decision to have a rest."
The comments come as the Albiceleste run the risk of being eliminated from the Copa America in Brazil before reaching the knockout stage.
Lionel Scaloni's men lost their first match against Colombia 2-0 before salvaging a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday thanks to a second-half Messi penalty. The two-time World Cup winners must beat Qatar in their final group match on Sunday and rely on favorable results from other matches to progress to the quarterfinals.
"The players feel the need to give him (Messi) the ball. There is a lack of personality," Kempes said. "What would happen if you take Messi out of this team? Why don't we (rest him) and try to form a team without Messi? That might allow some other players, who are very good for their clubs, bloom for the national team."
Messi, who turns 32, next week is Argentina's all-time leading scorer with 68 goals in 132 appearances. But the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has yet to win silverware for Argentina, whose title drought in major tournaments dates back to 1993.
The forward returned from an eight-month self-imposed exile from international football in March.
France, June 22 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg on Friday expressed her hope on the team moving forward step by step ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 match against Nigeria.
The world's second-ranked team tops Group B with nine points on offer, and will take on Nigeria, who is among best four third-ranked sides.
"We are getting prepared in a very detailed way as we do for any game," Voss-Tecklenburg told a pre-match press conference.
"We are very focused and have a very positive mood. We have a good training unit, heading towards a right direction.
"The game against South Africa made us develop and unfold. We are very aware that tomorrow there will be a knockout game, but it's not necessary to put this on the table again with this team. We have to make sure that we use the time left to get prepared in a very detailed way," Voss-Tecklenburg added.
Voss-Tecklenburg thought that Nigeria somewhat has strength physically.
"We knew about the importance of playing round of 16 for Nigeria, which is a great honor. Two African teams made it to stay further, which also has great importance for the African continent. We try to focus on our skill, ability and strength that we want to show tomorrow," she pointed out.
"We've analysed the opponent in a very detailed way. There are a lot spaces and areas that we are able to beat them. It's all about implementation and a positional game.
"One thing that Nigeria knows how to do is shifting the game. They know how to pass the ball to three threatening forwards.
"Nigeria had a good development. Many players went abroad to other teams. They already made one step in the right direction from football perspective. We are well prepared and it's all about implementing what we were preparing last time," she said.
The winner will face Sweden or Canada in quarterfinals. But Voss-Tecklenburg hesitates to ponder too much about possible future opponent deep into the tournament.
"We always try to go step by step. We have a difficult round of 16 ahead. From the match that we have already played, we feel there will be a challenge.
"We want to finish the match in a positive way, no matter whether the next opponent will be Canada or Sweden," she commented.
As for midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan suffering a foot injury, Voss-Tecklenburg said the team tried to analyse her injury every single day.
"She will be part of today's training. We will see how her foot responds and keep all options open. Probably she will not be in the starting line-up. Anything else will be discussed and decided tonight," said Voss-Tecklenburg.