Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) celebrated the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Grassroots Football Day on Wednesday at BFF artificial turf in Motijheel area of the capital.
Some 185 budding footballers including 158 under-12 boys and 27 under-13 girls took part in the day long programme.
After the programme, BFF women wing chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron distributed the certificates among the participants as the chief guest.
BFF executive committee member Fazlur Rahman Babul, BFF development committee member Khandakar Rakibul Islam and Saifur Rahman Moni were also present on the occasion.
BFF observe the day aiming to develop football at the grassroots level and as well as to encourage everyone to play football.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB) - League leader Bangladesh Police FC dropped points with bottom placed Swadinata KC as the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) football match between them ended in 2-2 draw at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Wednesday.
Rasel put Police FC ahead in the very 7th minute while Bokor restored the parity for Swadinata KC in the 22nd minute (1-1).
Tareq again put Swadinata KC ahead in the 28th minute (2-1) while Isa made the face-saving equaliser for Police in the stoppage time (90+3 minute, 2-2).
Komol of Police FC got the marching order in the 88th minute of the match after receiving the 2nd yellow card.
In the day’s other match, Agrani Bank outplayed old horse Soccer Club, Feni by 3-0 goals at the same venue.
Ahsanul struck twice in the stoppage time of the first half (45+3 minute) and in the 74th minute while Sabbir opened the account in the 37th minute.
Madrid, May 15 (AP/UNB) — Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid and could be close to joining Barcelona next season.
The France forward told Atletico on Tuesday he has decided not to stay for a sixth season with the club.
He said in a video released by the Spanish club that he wants to "see different things, face other challenges."
"It wasn't easy to make this decision, but it's what I feel and what I need," the 28-year-old Griezmann said. "I want to thank everyone for their support during these five years with the club where I've won my first important trophies. I've enjoyed some incredible moments and I'll never forget them."
Griezmann joined from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped Atletico win last year's Europa League title, along with one Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.
"I've truly enjoyed my time with the club," he said. "I've always left everything on the pitch, always tried to make fans happy."
Griezmann, who scored 133 goals in more than 250 matches with Atletico, did not give any hints about his future but he has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona, with some Spanish media saying he has already reached a deal with the Catalan club.
Barcelona has acknowledged being interested in Griezmann, and the player once confirmed there was an offer made by the club.
There has been speculation about his move to the Catalan club during the most recent transfer windows. Last June, Griezmann announced his decision to stay with Atletico at the end of a 45-minute television special called "The Decision."
Griezmann had a contract with Atletico until 2023 with a reported buyout clause of 200 million euros ($224 million), but the clause will be automatically reduced to about 120 million euros ($134 million) this summer.
Griezmann was a World Cup champion with France last year, when he also finished third in the Ballon d'Or vote for world's best player, behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who recently said he didn't think Griezmann would leave, is also losing captain Diego Godin for next season. The Uruguay defender said he was not able to reach a deal to extend his contract with the club.
Atletico's final match of the season is Sunday at Levante. It finished second to Barcelona in the Spanish league for a second straight season.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB)- Uttar Baridhara Club shared points with Wari Club after playing a 1-1 draw in the ongoing Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football match at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Tuesday.
In day’s another match, the bottom-place T&T Club (Motijheel) defeated the sixth-place Dhaka City FC Ltd. by 1-0 goals at the same venue.
With the day’s draw, Uttar Baridhara Club remained in the previous second spot securing 27 points from eighteen matches with seven wins, six draws and five losses while Wari Club, T&T Club (Motijheel) and Dhaka City FC Ltd. are would share the sixth slot securing 23 points each.
In day’s first match, Titu opened the account for Wari Club in the 40th minute (1-0).
After the half time, Sumon leveled the score for Uttar Baridhara Club in the 59th minute.
In the second match, Atikul netted the match-winner for T&T Club (Motijheel) in the 75th minute (1-0).
Dhaka, May 13 (UNB)- A hat-trick on Tuesday by Mohammad Afroz helped East End Club to beat Shantinagar Club by 3-1 goals in the Dhaka Metropolis Second Division Football League at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi M Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Mohammad Afroz made the hat-trick scoring all the three goals for East End Club while Mohammad Sufol Islam netted the lone goal for Shantinagar Club.
Mohammad Sufol put Shantinagar Club ahead in the 10th minute of the match (1-1).
East End Club tried hard to comeback in the match and took its fruit in the 45th minute as Mohammad Afroz leveled the margin (1-1).
After a 1-1 in the first half, Afroz put East End Club ahead from behind scoring his 2nd goal in the 51st minute (2-1) and sealed the fate of the match scoring his and the 3rd goal for East End Club (3-0) in the stoppage time (91 minute).