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Ronaldo shrine awaits new trophy

Ronaldo shrine awaits new trophy

The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum in Madeira is a family affair that is counting on getting a new trophy on Monday when FIFA announces its latest world player of the year. There are already the Ballon d'Or trophies for 2008 and 2013 among the more than 160 prizes in the museum overlooking the port of...

'CMG offers lucrative'

'CMG offers lucrative'

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin said he is 'in principle' willing to accept Celebrity Management Group's (CMG's) proposal to award the company the rights to arrange FIFA friendly fixtures for the Bangladesh national team, but expressed his scepticism over the feasibility of the proposed franchise football league. Talking to The Daily Star at the BFF Bhaban yesterday, the BFF boss said he would form a committee to analyse the pros and cons of the proposals before taking a decision on either issue. "We only got the proposals. I will form a committee to do the research on the proposals," said Salahuddin. "I think I will give permission over the...

Fresh World Cup bid corruption claims

Fresh World Cup bid corruption claims

More allegations of corruption during the bidding process to stage the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have been made. The House of Commons Culture Media and Sport select committee has published previously unseen material submitted to it by the Sunday Times newspaper. It draws on claims by senior sources that officials connected to England's...

World Cup 2022: Qatar to be cleared of corruption

World Cup 2022: Qatar to be cleared of corruption

Qatar will be cleared of corruption during the 2022 World Cup bidding process when a Fifa report is published on Thursday, BBC Sport has learned. It was alleged that Qatar won the staging rights after Fifa officials were paid £3m to support its bid. However, Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, Hans Joachim Eckert, is not expected...

De Kruif not coming?

National football team coach Lodewijk de Kruif has threatened not to come back to Bangladesh and reportedly taken up the issue of his unpaid wages with the game's world governing body FIFA. The Dutchman disclosed these to a few local reporters while chatting on facebook yesterday. "The BFF [Bangladesh Football Federation] cannot keep promises. I don't want to work with them. Let's see what happens. I spoke with FIFA yesterday [Tuesday] and they will take it up soon," de Kruif was...

Lanka friendlies squad named

Bangladesh national team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif picked three new faces as a 28-member preliminary squad for the upcoming two-match FIFA Friendly series against Sri Lanka was announced yesterday. Midfielder Atikur Rahman Fahad of Chittagong Abahani, midfielder Mesbah Uddin of Brothers Union and Rahmatganj FC goalkeeper Samiul Islam were the three players called for the first time in the 28-member squad, which retained 18 out of 20 players from the Asian Games squad. The camp for the national team will...

'World Cup 2018, 2022 report could prompt charges'

'World Cup 2018, 2022 report could prompt charges'

A report into alleged corruption at Fifa, football's world governing body, could lead to criminal charges, a Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe believes. Damian Collins has asked the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to request a copy of the report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. American lawyer Michael Garcia...

Fifa proposes 2 kickoff dates for World Cup 2022

Fifa proposes 2 kickoff dates for World Cup 2022

Fifa has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar. Fifa said it presented the two options Monday when its consultation group first met to seek ways to avoid playing in the desert heat of June-July. Fifa's executive committee should confirm the 2022 World Cup dates at...

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

After what was largely considered to be a successful World Cup in Brazil, international attention now turns to the next hosts, Russia. Whether current political tensions between Russia and the West will have any bearing on the staging of the tournament remains to be seen. What does seem assured is that the 2018 World Cup...

Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball: Maradona

Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball: Maradona

Argentina icon Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the Golden Ball following his performances at the World Cup, reports goal.com. The Barcelona star beat the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez to the prestigious individual award after scoring four goals in seven performances at this summer's tournament and guiding his team to the final, yet Maradona feels the 27-year-old only won it for commercial reasons. "Messi? I would give him heaven if possible," Maradona said during his show on Telesur. "But it's not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan." Maradona then went on to voice his...

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