From Manchester to SAFF hero

When Faisal Ahmed blocked India’s fourth penalty diving to his right, he became an instant hero, as Bangladesh defeated India by 4-2 in the tie-breaker to lift their maiden SAFF Under-16 title on Tuesday. But the 15-year old shot stopper is not a stranger in Bangladesh’s football circle having already trained at one of the most famous clubs in the world, Manchester United, in 2013.

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Bangla Boys bask in SAFF glory

Bangladesh Under-16 football team achieved their goal of becoming SAFF champions with just 20 days of training, which coach and players hailed as incredible success.
Bangladesh lifted the title by beating defending champions India by 4-2 margin in the penalty shootout after the stipulated 90 minutes ended in 1-1.

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Bangla boys reach SAFF U-16 final

Bangladesh reached into the final of the third SAFF Under-16 Football Championship with a narrow 1-0 win over Afghanistan in the first semi-final at the jam-packed Sylhet District Stadium on Sunday.
The hosts will now tussle for the ultimate glory against the reigning champions India in the final on Tuesday after they edged out Nepal also by

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These boys can play

Bangladesh colts beat India 2-1
Who says our country’s football is not followed as passionately as cricket? A full house at the Sylhet District Stadium and millions who tuned in to BTV on Thursday afternoon enjoyed quality football from the Bangladesh colts, who beat their Indian counterparts by the odd goal in three in an enterprising group league match of the SAFF U-16 Championship. The win placed

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BFF concerned with Kruif absence

With a hectic international schedule ahead for the Bangladesh national football team in coming months, the Bangladesh Football Federation seems to be a little concerned about preparations as the national coach Lodewijk de Kruif has been out of the country.
The national team will play its third World Cup qualifying match against reigning

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Bangladesh on the up under Dutch guidance

Danger is not a word usually associated with coaching. But it is something which Bangladesh manager Lodewijk de Kruif had experienced during his first tenure in charge of the South Asian team two years ago.
While relaxing in a Kathmandu hotel – lodgings for all eight participating teams at the 2013 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship – De Kruif

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National football team looks to become ‘int’l’

While the Bangladesh Football Federation is trying to naturalise the foreign players in a bid to strengthen the national football team, the expatriate Bangladesh players are showing their interests to be part of the Bangladesh national team at different levels. The BFF has yet to place the applications for the citizenship of African trio — Guinean forward Ismail Bangoura,

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De Kruif welcomes Africans

National team head coach Lodewijk de Kruif on Thursday welcomed the initiative of the Bangladesh Football Federation to help three African players get Bangladeshi citizenship. The BFF initiated the move of helping three Africans — Guinean Ismail Bangoura, Ghanaian Samad Yussif and Nigerian Nkwocha Kingsley Chigozi — getting the citizenship at the insistence of Kruif, who

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Arambagh relegated after three decades

Arambagh Krira Sangha were relegated from the top tier of Bangladesh football for the first time in more than three decades after they were thrashed 3-2 by Team BJMC in their final game of the Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday. In order to avoid relegation, a victory was the only way to keep Arambagh’s hope

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Countdown for World T20 begins

The countdown for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 began with the unveiling of the trophy and the logo in two separate programmes in Dhaka on Saturday, exactly one year before the tournament kicks off.
National skipper Mushfiqur Rahim along with a member of the women’s cricket team Sathira Jessy unveiled the trophy in presence of ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal

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Alfaz hangs up his boots today

Alfaz Ahmed, the legendary striker of Bangladesh football, has announced his retirement from domestic football, five years after he quit his international career.
Alfaz’s retirement from the domestic football circuit brings an end to a golden era of the game as he was regarded as the last star of the golden generation of Bangladesh football.

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Ambitious Bangladesh go Dutch

Bangladesh’s football is soon to have a taste of Dutch flavour when Lodewijk de Kruif and his assistant Rene Koster will take the reins of national football team for the AFC Challenge Cup in March. The appointments of the Dutch duo have raised some expectation on Bangladesh football not just at home but also abroad. FIFA’s official website FIFA.com published an article on

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Booters get to training

Two months after the completion of last season, country’s top booters return to action today as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is set to launch an off-season training camp to keep the national footballers in action ahead of three international engagements next year.
Bangladesh are scheduled to take part in the 25th U-18 International Tournament in Russia

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Abahani, Brothers face off today

Grameenphone Super Cup
Abahani, Brothers face off today
Abahani will be looking to bury their disappointing Bangladesh League campaign when they take on Brothers Union in their opener of the Grameenphone Super Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
Last edition’s runners-up Abahani relinquished their stranglehold of the professional league this season, finishing a lowly fourth despite starting the season brightly bagging curtain-raising

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Brothers hold table-toppers

Brothers Union have yet to taste a Bangladesh League victory this season as they came back from two goals down to share the points with table-toppers Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra with a 2-2 draw at the Kamalapur stadium on Saturday.
The Gopibagh side’s collection is only three points from their four outings, three consecutive

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