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Three Dhaka Abahani booters out of Fed Cup

Dhaka – Three booters of Dhaka Abahani Limited ruled out of the ongoing TVS 31st Federation Cup Football Tournament after a High Court directive. According to the HC directive, three booters — defender Raihan Hasan, two midfielders Sohel Rana and Md Sohel Rana — are not permitted to play for any club except Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra. Bangladesh Football Federation ... Read More »

BFF plans to bring former wc stars for Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Dhaka  – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) planned to bring one or two former world cup stars for the upcoming Bangabandhu Gold Cup to create mass hype for the meet. The meet is scheduled to be held from January 15 to 25 while the draw will take place on January 4 here. BFF already shortlisted some of those world cup stars. ... Read More »

Rahmatganj MFS keep their quarterfinal hope alive

Dhaka – Old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society has kepttheir quarterfinal hope alive in the TVS 31st Federation Cup Football Tournament from Group C after playing 1-1 draw with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday. After two consecutive draws, Rahmatganj MFS completed their group assignment with unbeaten run securing two points from two ... Read More »

Fed Cup Football Ctg Abahani eliminate Brothers Union

Dhaka – Chattogram Abahani Limited eliminated Brothers Union Club Limited from the ongoing TVS 31st Federation Cup Football Tournament in Group B match beating them by 2-0 goals at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday. After the match, both the Bashundhara Kings and Chattogram Abahani Ltd reached the quarterfinals from Group B. The third team of the group, Gopibagh outfit Brothers ... Read More »

Fed Cup: Bangladesh Police beat Arambagh 3-1

Dhaka – After conceding 4-0 goals defeat against Dhaka Abahani Limited in the opener, newcomers Bangladesh Police Football Club bounced back beating Arambagh Krira Sangha by 3-1 goals in their 2nd and last Group A match of the ongoing 31st TVS Federation Cup Football Tournament at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday. American forward Rivera Sidney Adam netted twice and local ... Read More »

Sheikh Russel edge past Uttar Baridhara SC 1-0

Dhaka – An early strike from Nigerian forward Raphael Odovin Onwrebe helped former Champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra edge past newcomers Uttar Baridhara Sporting Club 1-0 in their first Group D match of the ongoing 31st TVS Federation Cup Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here on Friday. The Nigerian forward netted the lone goal with a close-range ... Read More »

Dhaka Mohammedan share points with Muktijoddha SKC

Dhaka – Ten-time Federation Cup Champions Dhaka Mohammedan Limited shared points with Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra as their first Group D match of the ongoing 31st TVS Federation Cup Football Tournament ended in 1-1 draw at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here on Friday. Forward Amir Hakim Bappy, also a member of Bangladesh Men’s U-18 football team, scored for ... Read More »

Rahmatganj MFS play goalless draw with Saif SC

Dhaka – Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society shared points with Saif Sporting Club as their first Group C match of the TVS 31st Federation Cup Football Tournament ended in a goalless draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here on Thursday. In the day’s tame match, Saif SC created several chances putting pressure on Rahmatganj MFS, but all of their efforts ... Read More »

Abete named emergency commissioner of Serie A

Rome (AP/UNB) — Former Italian football federation president Giancarlo Abete was named emergency commissioner of Serie A on Wednesday. Abete was selected at a federation board meeting, a day after previous commissioner Mario Cicala resigned from the job. Abete ran the federation from 2007 to 2014 and was also a vice president of UEFA.The Italian league is under emergency leadership ... Read More »

Spanish court refuses to extradite Venezuelan ex-minister

Madrid (AP/UNB) — Spain´s National Court has rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan minister allegedly involved in money laundering linked to Venezuela’s PDVSA state oil company. The court said Tuesday it had turned down the extradition of Javier Alvarado Ochoa, former electrical development minister, because he has Spanish nationality and is being investigated in Spain ... Read More »

Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism

London (AP/UNB) — Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing’s brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country. China is the Premier League’s most lucrative overseas broadcast market, with the rights sold for $700 million in a three-year deal that runs ... Read More »

Mbappe scores 2 as PSG moves 7 points clear; Depay injured

Paris  (AP/UNB) — Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain moved seven points clear at the top of the French league with a resounding 4-0 win at 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Midfielder Leandro Paredes scored his first PSG goal before Mbappe’s brace took his club career tally to a whopping 102 a few days before his 21st birthday. An eventful ... Read More »

Benzema scores on last kick as Madrid draws 1-1 at Valencia

Barcelona (AP/UNB) — With Real Madrid facing defeat three days before its “clásico” at Barcelona, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois came to the rescue against Valencia — at the other end of the field. The Belgium goalkeeper abandoned his own goal and joined teammates for a corner kick Madrid had earned five minutes into stoppage time while trailing by a goal at ... Read More »

Ronaldo scores 2 as Juventus beats Udinese 3-1 in Serie A

Milan (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo is back to his imperious best. The Juventus forward scored twice on Sunday to help the Bianconeri to a 3-1 win over Udinese in Serie A. Leonardo Bonucci scored the other goal. Ronaldo also hit the post late on.It was the fourth successive match Ronaldo has scored in, with the Portugal international having a fantastic ... Read More »

Georgetown wins NCAA title, beating Virginia on penalty kick

Cary (AP/UNB) — Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero stopped Virginia’s Axel Gunnarsson in the seventh round of penalty kicks to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship Sunday night. The teams fought through two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods after finishing regulation tied at 3, leaving penalty kicks to decide the game. Both teams made their first six penalty kicks, ... Read More »

Napoli beaten 2-1 by Parma in Gattuso’s debut

Rome (AP/UNB) — Gennaro Gattuso has his work cut out for him as Napoli’s new coach. The Partenopei conceded an injury-time winner in a 2-1 loss at home to Parma on Saturday in Gattuso’s debut. Gattuso was hired midweek to replace the fired Carlo Ancelotti — his former coach at AC Milan — but couldn’t prevent Napoli from extending its ... Read More »

Barcelona’s disputed draw adds fuel to upcoming ‘clásico’

Madrid (AP/UNB) — A disputed decision not to award a late penalty may have cost Barcelona the Spanish league lead entering Wednesday’s “clásico” against Real Madrid. Barcelona was held to a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad on Saturday, giving Madrid a chance to go into the midweek match at Camp Nou Stadium with a two-point lead if it beats Valencia ... Read More »

Dhaka Abahani eying to defend Federation Cup Football title

Dhaka – Holders Dhaka Abahani Limited eyeing on their 12th title of the Federation Cup Football, the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, taking on new comer Bangladesh Police in the opening match of the 31st version of the meet beginning on Wednesday (Dec 18) at 4 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The popular shy-blue Dhanmondi outfit Abahani, which was ... Read More »

BFF officials should apologise for SA Games failure: TR Amin

Dhaka – Secretary General of Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association (BDDFA) Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin on Saturday said Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officials should offer apology to the nation for the football team’s failure in the just-concluded SA Games in Nepal. He made the comment while exchanging views with journalists at the association office in the city. BDDFA member ... Read More »

Holders Dhaka Abahani to play newcomer Police in opener

Dhaka – Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will play newcomers Bangladesh Police Football Club in the opening match of the 31st TVS Federation Cup Football Tournament beginning here on Wednesday (Dec 18). The match will kick-off at 4;pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here. On the next day (Thursday), Saif SC will play against Rahmatganj MFS at 3:30 pm while ... Read More »

Bayern hopes to make up lost ground with only 13 fit players

Berlin (AP/UNB) — Bayern Munich is running out of healthy players as it bids to make up lost ground in the Bundesliga. The Bavarian club ended a run of two league losses with a 3-1 win over Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, but has few options ahead of three Bundesliga games in a week. Bayern hosts struggling Werder ... Read More »

Liverpool in talks to sign Japan midfielder Takumi Minamino

Salzburg (AP/UNB) — Takumi Minamino could soon become the first Japanese player to sign for Liverpool. Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said Thursday his club is in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of the 24-year-old Minamino, who impressed in two games between the teams in the group stage of the Champions League this season. “We’re honored by the kind ... Read More »

Plane carrying 1 of Liverpool’s owners skids off runway

Liverpool (AP/UNB) — A private jet carrying a member of the American ownership group of English soccer club Liverpool skidded off the runway at an airport on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident but Liverpool John Lennon Airport was briefly closed. Mike Gordon, the president of Fenway Sports Group, which owns Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox, was ... Read More »

Bangladesh out of SA Games Football title race

Dhaka – An early goal by midfielder Sunil Bal helped hosts Nepal to eliminate Bangladesh U-23 team from the title race of the South Asian Games Men’s Football on Sunday. Bangladesh conceded a 0-1 goal defeat against Nepal in their fourth and last league match at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu. Bal netted the match winner in the 11th ... Read More »

Kids hurt in Albanian quake meet footballers Ronaldo, Buffon

Tirana, Albania (AP/UNB) — Two Albanian boys who jumped from their apartments during an earthquake that killed relatives got a small reprieve from the tragedy Friday when they met their football idols. Aurel Lala, 7, and Alesio Cakoni, 10, jumped from the balconies of their apartments to escape the collapsing building in Thumane, one of the hardest hit towns in ... Read More »

Bangladesh to play Sri Lanka Thursday to stay in race

Dhaka – Bangladesh Men’s U-23 Football team will play Sri Lanka in their 3rd match of the ongoing 13th South Asian Games Football on Thursday (December 5) at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu in a must-win situation to stay in the race in the five-nation game football. The match will kick-off at 5:15 pm (Bangladesh Time). Earlier, the gold ... Read More »

Historic stadium name restored at 1954 World Cup final venue

Bern (AP/UNB) — The stadium in Switzerland that staged the 1954 World Cup final is getting its original name back. Swiss champion Young Boys said on Tuesday a new sponsorship deal has restored the historic Wankdorf Stadium name. The stadium is part of German soccer lore for the ” Miracle of Bern ” final in 1954 when West Germany stunned ... Read More »