Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will hold a grand rally on Monday across the country as a part of their campaign for the upcoming Bangabandhu National Football Championship’2020 that will begin from January 17.
The Federation requested all the club officials and representatives from Bangladesh Premier League, Bangladesh Championship League, Pioneer Football League, First Division, Second Division, Third Division and the former national players to participate in the rally.
This year, 63 districts, three services teams, six public universities, five education boards and BKSP, split into eight zones under the names of rivers -- Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Shitalakshya, Brahmaputra, Buriganga, Chitra and Surma – are taking part in the meet.
The participating teams from the districts will get Tk 1,50,000 each as participation money while the others will get Tk 50,000 each.
Reigning champions Palestine will be the first team to arrive at Dhaka on Monday to take part in the six-nation Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football Tournament beginning on Wednesday (January 15) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
The Palestine team is expected to arrive at 11:10 am while another participating team Mauritius is expected to reach here on the same day at 2:45 pm.
A media official of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) said Palestine and the other participating countries have already sent the list of their national teams for Bangabandhu International Gold Cup and all the participating teams will stay in the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
Sri Lanka will arrive here on Tuesday (January 14) at 11:30 am while another African team Burundi will reach the capital on the same day at 12:20 pm.
The other participating team Seychelles will arrive here on Thursday (January 16) at 10 am, a day after the tournament begins.
Earlier, hosts Bangladesh was placed in a tough group along with Palestine and Sri Lanka. They will face the holders Palestine in the opening match on January 15 at 5pm at the country’s premier sports venue—Bangabandhu National Stadium eyeing a draw.
In the second match, the red and green boys will take on Sri Lanka on January 19 at the same time and same venue.
The Group B team comprises of Burundi, Mauritius and Seychelles. Burundi will play Mauritius in the first Group B match on January 16 at 5:pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Two top teams from each of the group will play in the semi-finals -- Group A champions will play Group B runners-up in the first semi-final on January 22 while Group B champions will face Group A runners-up in the other match on January 23, both at 5 pm at the same venue.
The final match will be held on January 25, also at 5 pm.
Ahead of the tournament, BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin at a function on Sunday announced a bonus US $100,000 if the Bangladesh team clinches the Bangabandhu Gold Cup title. In case they end up as runners-up, Bangladesh team will get US $50,000.
Bangladesh National Football team started a seven-day residential camp from Wednesday. BFF announced a 23-member squad for the meet but twenty-two booters are taking part in the practice sessions under the Head Coach Jamie Day with a target of reaching the semi-finals. Dhaka Abahani forward Nabib Newaz Ziban was ruled out from the squad as he was suffering from fever just a few days before the camp.
In the last edition of the tournament in 2018, Palestine emerged as the unbeaten champions beating Tajikistan by 4-3 goals in the tie-breaker.
Bangladesh finished runners-up in 2015 conceding a 3-2 defeat against Malaysia in the final.
The Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football is one the prestigious soccer tournaments organized by BFF from 1996. The federation is paying tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the tournament.
Banglabandhu Gold Cup Football will be the first major event to celebrate the ‘Mujib Borsho’ from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021 across the country to mark the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Barcelona says Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will have surgery on Sunday for a right knee injury.
The Spanish club made the announcement on Saturday - two days after Suárez played the complete 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Atlético Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup being held in Saudi Arabia.
The 32-year-old Suárez is the club's fourth all-time leading scorer with 191 goals in 270 matches. He has helped Barcelona win one Champions League, four Spanish league and four Copa del Rey titles.
Barcelona did not say how long it expects to be without its second-leading scorer this season after Lionel Messi. Suarez has 14 goals so far.
He will likely miss several Spanish league and cup matches during a January and February packed with games from the two domestic competitions, including an always demanding trip to Valencia on Jan. 25.
Barcelona plays Napoli in the Champions League round of 16, with the first leg in Italy on Feb. 25 and the second leg at Camp Nou on March 18.
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first English Premier League goal to complete Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Hudson-Odoi, who tore his Achilles tendon when Burnley last visited Stamford Bridge in April, has been scrapping for top form ever since.
He slid in Chelsea's third goal four minutes into the second half fresh from netting in the FA Cup last weekend.
Chelsea already led thanks to Jorginho's penalty and Tammy Abraham's header in front before the break.
Chelsea remains in the fourth Champions League place, five points ahead of Manchester United.
Burnley is two points above the relegation zone.
Marcus Rashford marked his 200th appearance for Manchester United with two goals in a 4-0 win over last-placed Norwich in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Rashford opened the scoring after 27 minutes of a one-sided encounter with a volley at the far post, then added a penalty after Brandon Williams was brought down by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.
There were further goals from Anthony Martial and the increasingly impressive 18-year-old Mason Greenwood as United's strikers carried the team to a win that lifted it to fifth place.
United, responding well after a midweek humbling by Manchester City in the English League Cup, should have won more convincingly at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer was full of praise for Rashford, who has 19 goals for the season in all competitions in easily the most prolific season of his career.
"What an achievement to get to 200 games at his age (22)," Solskjaer said. "He's absolutely top class to work with, a great kid. He wants to learn, improve and he knows how to keep feet on the ground.
"Today he was carrying a few knocks but there was no chance he was going to say to me before the game he didn't want to play. He will become better but he has everything to become a top-class player; attitude, skill, physique.
"I'm delighted I have three center forwards scoring today."
United stayed five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Solskjaer was also asked about some chanting from the home supporters against the club's American ownership, the Glazer family, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
"I'm not sure if the players will get it but I noticed," Solskjaer said. "As a club, we've got to stick together, we've got to be united. We are a family.
"I can only say from when I've been here I've been backed by the owners, I've been backed by Ed and they're supporting me. (The fans have) just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes and we are going in the right direction."
The loss left the Canaries five points adrift at the bottom of the table, having played a game more than the sides immediately above them.