Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB)- The second booters registration window of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2018-19 is underway.
The registration window began on April 21 and will continue till May 2, according to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
BFF has sent sets of player registration form, code of conduct, player contracting forms, LTC forms and loan form to all the participating clubs in BPL.
The clubs can complete the player transfers within the window from 12pm to 5pm on every working day.
New York, Apr 22 (AP/UNB) - Neymar returned from injury and the prolific Kylian Mbappe reached the 30-goal mark as Paris Saint-Germain celebrated retaining the league title earlier on Sunday with a 3-1 home win against Monaco.
The 20-year-old Mbappe increased his league-leading tally with his third hat trick of the campaign. Neymar congratulated him on his third goal of the night after coming on for the second half. The Brazil star sustained a broken right foot in January.
Striker Edinson Cavani also returned from a thigh injury picked up in February, coming on during the second half. PSG hopes to have its front three ready to start next Saturday's French Cup final against Rennes.
PSG players wore commemorative jerseys with Notre Dame written on the back instead of their names, in a tribute to the firefighters who put out the huge blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday night. There was also a Notre Dame print on the front of the jerseys.
PSG's sixth title in the past seven years was already sealed at 5 p.m. local time, because second-place Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse. Lille had to win to have any chance of catching PSG, but its draw and PSG's subsequent win opened up the gap to 19 points with five games left.
After failing to clinch the title in the past three matches, drawing one and losing two, PSG looked on song at last and kept Monaco — which won the title in 2017 — mired in relegation trouble.
Monaco is 16th and only four points above 18th spot in the promotion-relegation playoff position.
Mbappe pounced in the 15th minute with a fine finish, but did not celebrate that goal against his former club.
He celebrated the second, which came in the 38th, with a forward roll, and got a smile of recognition from Neymar after tapping in his third from Dani Alves' pass in the 56th.
Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin pulled one back for Monaco with 10 minutes left.
TAKING THEIR TIME
Although the title was long expected, especially from a side scoring 95 goals in 33 games, it took longer than it should have.
PSG could have won it three matches ago, but drew 2-2 at home to Strasbourg when a win would have clinched it.
Then PSG needed a draw at Lille last Sunday, only to lose 5-1 in the club's heaviest defeat since Qatari investors QSI took charge of the club in June 2011.
A win at Nantes would have sufficed, too, on Wednesday night only for PSG to lose 3-2 .
The 10 goals conceded in three games made for PSG's worst during a three-game spell since 1985.
Saint-Etienne kept the pressure on local rival Lyon in the race for third place and a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds with a 2-0 win at Reims.
Fourth-place Saint-Etienne is three points behind third-place Lyon.
Winger Remy Cabella's goal put Saint-Etienne ahead in the 25th and the second was an own-goal from Belgian defender Bjorn Engels shortly after the break.
Striker Kalifa Coulibaly scored twice as 13th-place Nantes beat 17th-place Amiens 3-2.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)- Hosts Bangladesh will take on United Arab Emirates in the opening match of Bangamata Women’s U-19 International Gold Cup Football tournament on Monday.
The match will kick-off at 6pm (BdST). Six nations are taking part in the competition which will be played at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
The teams have been divided into two groups. Group A consists of Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos while Group B comprises UAE, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will play against Kyrgyzstan on April 26 in the remaining group B match.
The head coaches and the captains of all six participating teams took part in the pre-tournament presser on Sunday in the ball room of the Hotel Intercontinental here.
Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton said that their aim is to win match by match in the tournament.
“The team have been taking preparation for the tournament since March 28. Our aim is to win match by match and to achieve our target of getting to the semi-final and final,” said the head coach.
“We made some mistakes in the SAFF Women’s Championship but we have worked enough to overcome those lapses,” he added.
Bangladesh captain Mishrat Jahan Moushumi concurred with the coach.
“We’ll do our best. We’re well- prepared to win the title, named after Bangamata,” the skipper said.
UAE coach appeared confident about her team while Kyrgyzstan coach expressed her firm optimism that her booters are ready for a tough competition.
All the touring countries thanked Bangladesh Football Federation for arranging the tournament for girls.
Two top teams from each group will play in the semifinals. Group A champions will play Group B runners-up on April 29 while Group B champions will face Group A runners-up on April 30 at the same venue.
The final is scheduled for May 3.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)- The trophy unveiling ceremony of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 was held on Sunday at a hotel in the capital.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury formally unveiled the trophy as the chief guest.
She expressed her joy for arranging the tournament for women footballers, named after Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
She hoped that the progress of woman footballers in Bangladesh will continue. “I hope that our woman footballers will uplift Bangladesh to the world,” she said.
BFF Senior Vice-President Abdus Salam Murshedy, Vice-President Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Women Wing Chairman and FIFA Council Member Mahfuza Akter Kiron, BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, K-sports CEO Fahad Karim, tournament committee members and players of the participating teams were also present.
Bangladesh Football Federation and K-Sports are jointly organising Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 to celebrate Fazilatunnesa Mujib’s life and ideals. It will be the first international football tournament for women arranged by BFF after 2004.
The tournament will kick off on April 22 at 6pm and the final is scheduled for May 3 at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Six U-19 women’s teams, including Bangladesh will compete in the tournament. The teams have been divided into two groups. Group A consists of Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos while Group B comprises UAE, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.
The champion team will be awarded by $25,000 while the runners up will get $15,000.
BFF Senior Vice-President Murshedy said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the closing and prize distribution ceremony as the chief guest.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will inaugurate the 12-day meet on April 22 at BNS.
The tickets are expected to go on sale from Monday at BNS. A normal gallery ticket will cost Tk 50 and those of the VIP gallery will cost Tk 200.
Rome, Apr 21 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in the winning goal and Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-1 Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.
It's the first time in Europe's five major leagues — Italy, England, Spain, Germany and France — that a club has won eight straight titles.
And it was a big relief for Juventus following its elimination by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, after failing to clinch last weekend with a surprise loss at Spal.
"It was upsetting and negative on Tuesday," Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said. "Today we turned our anger toward the pitch and transformed it into positive energy to achieve this goal."
Juventus needed only a point but quickly fell behind when Nikola Milenkovic took advantage of confusion inside the Bianconeri area to score for Fiorentina six minutes in.
However, Alex Sandro headed in from a corner for the equalizer and Ronaldo's cross from a sharp angle was then redirected in by Fiorentina defender German Pezzella either side of halftime.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for this season from Real Madrid, became the first player to win the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Spanish league (with Madrid) and Serie A.
"It was a very good first season and I adapted well. We won the 'scudetto' and the Italian Super Cup, which is certainly not easy to achieve," Ronaldo said. "You can't win all the time. We felt that we could do more ... but only one side can win the Champions League.
"Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we," Ronaldo said of the Champions League, adding that he's "1,000 percent" certain he will stay with Juventus for next season.
After the final whistle, Juventus players celebrated by forming a circle and jumping up and down clapping their hands. Then they drank champagne and some players invited their children out to take part in the festivities.
Juventus moved 20 points ahead of second-place Napoli, which has six games left.
It was Juventus' 35th title overall. However, the jumbo screens inside Allianz Stadium flashed No. 37 to include the 2005 and 2006 titles that were stripped in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
The only other club in the top five European leagues that had won seven straight was Lyon in France from 2002-08.
The Juventus women's team also clinched the Italian title Saturday, with a 3-0 win at Hellas Verona in the final round of the season. It's the second consecutive title for the women's squad.
The men's team had to come from behind, as Milenkovic's goal was the earliest Juventus has conceded all season.
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was lying on the ground in apparent pain following contact near the post when the ball bounced toward Milenkovic, who smashed it into the roof of the net.
Szczesny had his hand treated and had to stay attentive as Fiorentina kept on threatening with counterattacks.
Federico Chiesa, a reported transfer target for Juventus, hit the post from the edge of the area in the 34th.
Three minutes later, Sandro put Juventus in front. Since Sandro's Serie A debut in 2015, the left back has been directly involved in 23 goals (10 goals and 13 assists) — more than any other defender in the Italian league.
Still, there were more moments of concern for Juventus as Chiesa hit the crossbar two minutes before the break.
Order was restored in the second half as Ronaldo aimed his cross toward Federico Bernardeschi and Pezzella turned it into his own net as he attempted to intercept the pass.
Szczesny preserved the advantage with a difficult save on Bryan Dabo in the 90th.
"Congratulations to Juve," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "They definitely didn't win the league today. They earned it over the entire season."
Champions league places
AC Milan's hold on a Champions League spot was in jeopardy following a 1-1 draw at Parma.
Samu Castillejo headed in for Milan midway through the second half before center back Bruno Alves curled in a spectacular free kick to equalize three minutes from time.
Milan remained in fourth place — the last Champions League spot — but was only one point ahead of Roma, which drew 1-1 at third-place Inter Milan.
Lazio may have fallen out of contention for the Champions League with a 2-1 loss at home to already relegated Chievo Verona.
Lazio was left with 10 men when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was sent off with a straight red in the first half. After being fouled by Mariusz Stepinski, Milinkovic-Savic reacted by kicking the opponent.
Emanuel Vignato and Perparim Hetemaj scored early in the second half for Chievo before Felipe Caicedo pulled one back for Lazio.
Lazio dropped to eighth, four points behind Milan.
At the San Siro, Stephan El Shaarawy opened for Roma before Ivan Perisic's equalizer.
Torino leapfrogged Lazio into seventh with a 1-0 win at Genoa, courtesy of a second-half goal from Cristian Ansaldi.
Andrea Petagna scored a brace as Spal followed up its memorable victory over Juventus last week with a 4-2 win at relegation-threatened Empoli.
Bologna, which is just above the drop zone, beat Sampdoria 3-0 with an own-goal from Lorenzo Tonelli and goals from Erick Pulgar and Riccardo Orsolini.
Also, Joao Pedro's goal gave mid-table Cagliari a 1-0 victory over second-from-last Frosinone, and Udinese and Sassuolo played to a 1-1 draw.
Except for Napoli vs. Atalanta, which is scheduled for Monday, all of Serie A is being played on Saturday due to the Easter holiday.