Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) - Three Indian football clubs -- East Bengal FC, Mohun Bagan AC and Kolkata Mohammedan SC -- will participate in the upcoming Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2019 to be held at MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram in October.
Mohun Bagan Athletic Club signed the deed of consent with the organiser on Friday while Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club on Saturday and East Bengal Football Club have given their verbal consent.
Chairman of Chattogram Abahani Ltd and Managing Director of Sponsor Group Saif PowerTec Tarafdar Md Ruhul Amin disclosed the information on Saturday.
“Mohun Bagan AC and Kolkata Mohammedan SC have already signed the deed of consent with us. East Bengal FC have not yet signed yet the deed but they’ve given their verbal consent,” he said.
This year, the tournament will feature eight Asian clubs -- three from Bangladesh, three from India and two from two other countries.
Three Bangladeshi clubs are Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Champions Bashundhara Kings, runners-up Dhaka Abahani Limited and hosts Chattogram Abahani Limited.
Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, a biennial event, was held twice in 2015 and 2017.
Chattogram Abahani Ltd organises the tournament in memory of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Each team will get US$ 10,000 as participation fee while the Champions will be awarded US$ 50,000 and the runners-up US$ 30,000.
In 2015, Chattogram Abahani Ltd emerged as the champions of the first edition of the tournament beating East Bengal FC of India by 3-1 goals while TC Sports Club of the Maldives emerged as the champions of the second edition beating Pocheon Citizen FC of South Korea by 4-2 goals in 2017.
Liverpool, Aug 10 (AP/UNB) — Liverpool opened its bid to end a 30-year English title drought by beating Premier League newcomer Norwich 4-1 on Friday but lost goalkeeper Alisson to injury.
In his first game since Brazil's victorious Copa América final a month ago, Alisson was forced off in the first half at Anfield with a calf injury. The severity of the injury isn't known yet but it will rule him out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Europa League winner Chelsea on Wednesday in Istanbul.
"He couldn't carry on," Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said. "That's not a good sign."
It was the only blot on Liverpool's start of the attempt to be champions of England for the first time since 1990, having been beaten to the trophy in May by Manchester City by one point before winning the Champions League.
Liverpool was gifted an opener seven minutes into season when Grant Hanley deflected Divock Origi's cross into his own net.
Mohamed Salah steered in the second goal in the 19th minute after Roberto Firmino slid the ball behind the Norwich defense. Salah turned provider in the 28th, swinging in a corner that Van Dijk headed past goalkeeper Tim Krul.
After Liverpool had to change its goalkeepers — with Alisson replaced by Adrian — Krul conceded again before halftime when Origi slipped his marker to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.
On the video-assistant referee system's Premier League debut, there was a delay to the start of the second half when a problem with the audio feed to assistant referee Simon Bennett led to his headset being replaced.
VAR's only task on the night was to run unobtrusive checks after each goal, with no stoppage to play and no need for referee Michael Oliver to consult his monitor.
Promoted as League Championship winners, Norwich had an uncomfortable return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.
But Norwich stemmed the flow of goals in the second half and scored one of its own. Emi Buendia slid the ball through the Liverpool defense and Teemu Pukki controlled before shooting past Adrian in the 64th.
"We were a bit naive in the first half but that will happen with a young team. I'm proud of the way they reacted," Krul said. "I feel we walk off the pitch thinking if we believe in what we are doing we will get some results this season."
Berlin, Aug 10 (AP/UNB) — Borussia Dortmund overcame a stubborn challenge from third-division Uerdingen and a reunion with World Cup winner Kevin Großkreutz to win 2-0 in the first round of the German Cup on Friday.
Marco Reus and Paco Alcácer both scored for Dortmund, which simply had too much firepower for the designated home team despite a fine performance from Uerdingen goalkeeper Lukas Königshofer in Düsseldorf.
"It wasn't more difficult than expected. We knew what to expect," Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl said. "Lots can happen in the first round, also for the smaller teams. That's why we had to work."
Großkreutz, a Dortmund fan who played for his hometown team from 2009-2015, was celebrated by visiting fans before the game.
"It was great to see the old colleagues and the fans. Borussia Dortmund will always be my team," said Großkreutz, who had organized 200 tickets for family and friends.
The 31-year-old Großkreutz responded by clearing Lukasz Piszczek's header off the line in the fifth minute.
Mats Hummels endured a difficult debut in his first game back for Dortmund. The former Germany defender, who rejoined from Bayern Munich, was fortunate to avoid a yellow card before a mistake almost gave Uerdingen the lead minutes before the break.
Osayamen Osawe dragged his shot wide when he only had goalkeeper Marwin Hitz to beat.
Reus broke the deadlock four minutes after the break, though TV replays showed he may have used his right arm to control Manuel Akanji's cross before he scored, and Alcácer curled in a brilliant free kick to seal the result in the 70th minute.
GLADBACH, NUREMBERG THROUGH
Marcus Thuram, the son of former French defender Lilian Thuram, scored in the 19th minute of his debut for Borussia Mönchengladbach to progress with a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win over SV Sandhausen.
After a storm delayed play, Thuram's early goal got new Gladbach coach Marco Rose off to a winning start.
Nuremberg, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, defeated third-division Ingolstadt 1-0 away.
Monaco, Aug 10 (AP/UNB) — Sylvinho started his French league coaching career with Lyon on a high note as the seven-time champion opened its campaign with a 3-0 win at Monaco on Friday.
Despite the loss of several key players during the offseason, Lyon defended well and played as a compact bloc while Monaco, the 2017 champion which narrowly avoided relegation last season, lacked inspiration and did not create a single dangerous move.
After qualifying for the Champions League last season, Lyon introduced a new coaching setup of sporting director Juninho and coach Sylvinho, who replaced Bruno Genesio.
Moussa Dembele put the visitors ahead after five minutes when he jumped higher than Kamil Glik and Jemerson to unleash a thumping header into the top right corner from a well-taken corner kick by Bertrand Traore.
Monaco's hopes of pulling one back took a blow after 30 minutes when Cesc Fabregas was sent off following a clumsy move. Trying to stop Leo Dubois' run to the goal, Fabregas stomped on the defender's left calf. Referee Ruddy Buquet initially gave a yellow card to the former Arsenal star but changed his decision to a red after consulting the video-assistant referee system.
Left unmarked outside the box, Memphis Depay made it 2-0 six minutes later with a fine strike that left new Monaco goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte confused as the ball went through his legs.
Lecomte, who joined from Montpellier during the offseason, made amends with a couple of good saves after halftime as Lyon kept dominating. But the France international was powerless in the 80th minute when Thiago Mendes provided the assist with a cut-back pass to Lucas Tousart, who converted it with a powerful low shot.
Paris Saint-Germain starts the defense of its title on Sunday at the Parc des Princes against Nimes.
London, Aug 9 (AP/UNB) — Arsenal has left Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of the squad for its Premier League season opener because police are investigating "further security incidents" two weeks after the players fought off two knife-wielding men.
In an apparent robbery attempt caught on camera in London, Kolasinac jumped out of a vehicle to confront the masked aggressors, who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.
Both players were unharmed but did not play in subsequent preseason friendly matches. Arsenal decided that "following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police" they will not be traveling to Newcastle for Sunday's first match of the season.
"The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives," Arsenal said in a statement Friday.
"We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible."