Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) - Bangladesh national football team will hold their first training session on Saturday (August 24) for the joint qualification (Round-1) for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
The session will start at 10 am at Bangabandhu National Stadium here, said Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in a press release.
The booters joined and reported for the residential camp at Hotel Fars here on Friday.
After the camp, BFF will finalise the 23-member final squad on August 31.
Earlier, BFF announced a 25-member preliminary squad for the camp on August 16.
Later, Head coach Jamie Day included an additional goalkeeper Mazharul Islam Himel for finlising a 23-member squad for the joint qualifiers.
Bangladesh were put in Group E along with Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh team will fly for Tajikistan on September 1 on a nine-day training session, ahead of their first match against Afghanistan on September 10 in Tajik capital Dushanbe.
The booters 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 and home matches with India on June 4 and Oman on June 9.
Bangladesh Team for residential camp: 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, Mazharul Islam Himel and Jewel Rana.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) - Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday announced Dhaka Abahani Limited midfielder Sohel Rana as the winner of this week’s AFC Cup 2019 Goal of the Week after a public vote on its official website.
The Bangladeshi midfielder got 57 percent of vote (26088 votes) while his nearest contender Nguyen Quang Hai of Vietnamese club Hanoi FC got 40 percent of vote (18108 votes).
Six-time BPL champions Dhaka Abahani Limited continued their fairytale performance in the AFC Cup beating April 25 Sports Club (4.25) of North Korea by 4-3 goals in the first leg home match of the inter-zonal playoff semifinals at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday (August 21).
In the 33rd minute, Sohel Rana helped Dhaka Abahani to break the deadlock scoring first goal of the match by his left-footed long range shot from outside of the box, utilising a pass of Mohammad Nabib Newaz Ziban.
The popular Dhanmomdi-outfit and the Bangladesh champions, Abahani Limited, repeated the feat after 31 years after another Bangladesh team Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat April 25 SC by 1-0 goal in the first leg match of the Asian Club Championship in 1988-89 season.
To confirm their spot in the inter-zonal playoff finals for the first time, Abahani Ltd need a draw against April 25 SC in their away match on August 28 at the Kim-ll-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) - Defending champions Bangladesh started their SAFF Under-15 campaign crushing Bhutan by 5-2 goals on Friday at Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.
Al Mirad scored twice for Bangladesh while Md Al Amin Rahman, Md Emon Islam Babu and Shuvo Sarkar netted one goal each.
On the other hand, Sonam Jugdrul Chozang and Phub Dorji scored one goal each for Bhutan.
Forward Al Amin opened the account for Bangladesh in the 15th minute (1-0). But within two minutes, defender Chozang levelled the score.
In the 21st minute, forward Mirad doubled the margin for Bangladesh scoring his first goal (2-1) while defender Phub Dorji equalised (2-2) in the 32nd minute for Bhutan.
Bangladesh continued their attacking football. In the 45th minute, substitute midfielder Shuvo netted third goal for his side (3-2) just before the half time.
In the second half, both teams produced some good chances but failed to convert goals.
In the 80th minutes, forward Al Mirad widened the margin scoring his second goal (4-2) and another substitute midfielder Babu sealed the victory for Bangladesh scoring fifth goal in the stoppage time (94th minute) (5-2).
The match saw four players – defender Munna Ahmed and forward Al Mirad of Bangladesh and midfielder Lekzin Norbu and defender Kinley Gyeltshen of Bhutan – getting yellow cards.
In their next match, Bangladesh will play against Sri Lanka on August 25. They will take on Nepal on August 27 and hosts India on August 29 at the same venue.
In a post-match briefing, forward Al Mirad said, “I feel good today. After the first half, the coach told us to put pressure on the opponents and avoid conceding goals. We just followed his instructions. We’ll do the same thing in the next match against Sri Lanka.”
In day’s second match, Nepal defeated Sri Lanka by 2-0 goals at the same venue.
After the barren first half, Sasank Bohora opened account for Nepal in the 46th minute while Asim Rai sealed the victory scoring second goal in the 83rd minute.
A 30-member Bangladesh team – 23 booters and seven officials – reached Nadia district in West Bengal on August 19 to participate in the competition.
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 on August 18, 2015 while they clinched the title for the second time beating Pakistan in penalty shootout (3-2) in the final at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu on November 3, 2018.
Naples, Aug 23 (AP/UNB) — Napoli has signed Mexico winger Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven.
Napoli announced the deal Friday but did not disclose the transfer fee, which is reported to be up to 40 million euros ($44 million).
Lozano returns to the Champions League with the Carlo Ancelotti-coached Serie A runner-up after PSV was eliminated in the qualifying rounds last month.
The 24-year-old Mexican helped PSV edge Ajax for the 2017-18 league title in his first season in the Netherlands.
In a statement on the Dutch club's website, Lozano says: "I leave PSV as a happy and proud man."
Lozano has played 35 times for Mexico and scored the only goal to beat Germany at the 2018 World Cup.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB)- Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo recently spoke about his biggest and long-time rival Lionel Messi and admitted that the Argentinian star has only made him a better player and vice-versa, reports The Indian Express.
Known as the greatest players to be currently playing, Juventus star Ronaldo said that the two share ‘excellent professional relationship’. Speaking to TVI in Portugal, the former Real Madrid striker said, “I really admire the career he has had so far, and, for his part, he has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates.”
“It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula One, the only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy,” he added.
When the Barcelona ‘Messiah’ won trophies, Ronaldo said it pinched him. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice-versa. When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it’s the same for me when he wins,” he said. “I have an excellent professional relationship because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years.
Speaking on his personal relationship with Messi, Ronaldo said, “I have never been to dinner with him, but why not in the future? I would have no problem with doing that.”
For the first time since 2013, neither of the two won the Champions League title last season as the final was an all-English affair with Liverpool taking home the trophy.