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World Cup

Chilean Pitbull ready to show his bite

Chile defender Gary Medel took part in his first training session with Inter Milan on Monday after completing his move from English Championship side Cardiff City. "I'm finally at Inter and I'm thrilled to be part of this great club," he told Inter's television channel. Asked if it is true that he is nicknamed the Pitbull, Medel replied: "Yes, it is ... I bite." Italian media said the transfer was finalised on Saturday but it was not confirmed by Inter at the...

Nasri calls time on France

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. The 27-year-old dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his chequered international career, having been omitted from the France squad that went to the World Cup by coach Didier Deschamps. "I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship, but the French national team doesn't make me happy," Nasri said in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian published...

'Does money grow on trees?'

'Does money grow on trees?'

In a rather celebratory ambience in the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis's headquarters at the Bangabandhu Stadium yesterday, nine players out of the 23-member national pool confirmed their teams for the Dhaka Premier League that begins in October. The players' transfers, in a way, marked the start of this year's eagerly anticipated domestic cricket...

Streak eager for pacy pitches

Streak eager for pacy pitches

With the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand expected to be a battle between pacers, Bangladesh's plight seems a bit worrisome. Chief selector Faruque Ahmed's decision to include four specialist pacers for the West Indian series clearly shows that the team management, all of a sudden, wants its quick bowlers to be...

Pakistan Head for Sri Lanka

Target top spot

 Skipper Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis Saturday said they were aiming for Pakistan to claim the top Test spot as they left for a Test and one-day series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan, currently third in the Test rankings, briefly attained world number two in 2006 but have never been number one. Misbah said Pakistan could take the top spot if they won in Sri Lanka and against Australia in October. "We have a very good chance and it's a big...

Not Gaza children, Özil helps sick Brazil kids with World Cup money

Not Gaza children, Özil helps sick Brazil kids with World Cup money

Mesut Özil has not given his World Cup bonus money to the children of Gaza despite reports claiming the World Cup winner had, after the Germany international cleared up the rumours by revealing he was funding sick children in Brazil to undergo surgery, reports UK-based daily The Independent. Özil was part of the Germany...

Germany top of FIFA rankings after WC win

Germany top of FIFA rankings after WC win

Germany climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings on Thursday after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, while several European rivals paid the price for their dismal performances in Brazil. Germany, which beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win a fourth World Cup, replaced deposed champion Spain in...

Ramadan, World Cup dent Cox's Bazar tourism

Ramadan, World Cup dent Cox's Bazar tourism

The tourism business in Cox's Bazar has taken a nosedive since beginning of the ongoing month due to Ramadan and football World Cup, putting the people dependent on the sector in dismay.        Most of the hotels, motels and guest houses, over 200 in number, are now almost empty, scores of shops built on...

Messi remains Club King

Messi remains Club King

Too near, yet too far. Lionel Messi came so close to what was required to surpass Diego Maradona, the football god of his country. But the World Cup, tragically for the Albiceleste, remains elusive for a player considered one of the greatest of all time. Little Leo could have done it this time in...

World Cup heroes return home

World Cup heroes return home

Tens of thousands of German football fans in Berlin have gathered since daybreak to welcome the return from Brazil of their World-Cup-winning team. The flight bringing the triumphant players to the capital touched down from Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning. Celebrations will take place at the Brandenburg Gate, where the players will display the famous gold trophy.

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