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One World
August 11, 2007, 02:32 PM
Bangladesh - the other team according to Hindustan Times

The house, to a certain extent, has been set in order and things finally seem to be falling in place.

After days of confusion over Iran’s participation in the ONGC Nehru Cup, the tournament format and schedule, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Thursday that the event being revived after a decade will be a five-team round-robin affair and Iran would not be coming.
Not really keen on having a club side competing, the AIFF rejected the continental powerhouse’s proposal to send a club side instead of the main team in the premier tournament that carries a prize-money of $100,000.
“We wanted the Iranian national team for the tournament but they were intent on sending one of their club sides. We were not prepared for that as only performance against national 'A' sides counts towards Fifa rankings,” said AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco.
“As a last-ditch effort, we tried to get their Under-23 side but that did not work out either,” he added.
“We had earlier given them time to do a rethink but since they were not keen on sending their main team, the tournament will go ahead with five teams,” Colaco added.
With the Asian heavyweight not in the picture, it is set to be an evenly matched tournament with teams ranked between 113 and 172. Besides hosts India, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia and Bangladesh will be the other teams in the tournament. India will start their campaign against Cambodia on August 17.
Asked about the delay in drawing of fixtures, Colaco said, “The fixtures were drawn long back but we didn’t make it public keeping in mind the interests of the team. “Iran’s participation has got nothing to do with the delay in fixtures,” he said when asked if the Asian giant’s unwillingness to send their main team led to the delay.
Meanwhile, Colaco has said that the AIFF has yet to receive any response from Lebanon regarding the change of dates for their World Cup qualifiers. He said the AIFF has time till August 31 to convince Lebanon to change the dates for the qualifiers that are clashing with India’s first ever professional football league.
“The secretary of the Lebanese federation is out of the country and we will get a response only when he comes back,” Colaco said.


Bangladesh placed into a tough group for Merdeka cup


8 teams to participate in the 39th edition of the Merdeka Cup

Group A
- Malaysia (Host)
- Myanmar U23 (Defending Champions)
- Lesotho *
- Uganda *

Group
- Singapore
- Zimbabwe *
- Bangladesh
- Indonesia


Champions - US$10000

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Bengaliprince176
August 11, 2007, 02:41 PM
fixtures?? venues? i wudnnt mind watching a match India vs Bangladesh at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata

Nocturnal
August 11, 2007, 03:06 PM
Fixture Rescheduled for Merdeka Cup 2007
10 August, 2007

Earlier Banghladesh was in Group A but now Bangladesh is in Group B along with Singapore, Zimbabwe & Indonesia. While Myanmar, Lesotho, Malaysia & Laos is in Group B. It was informed by the Football Associaton of Malaysia that due to last minute inclusion of Lesotho & Zimbabwe tha fixture is rescheduled. The tournamnet will be now from 18-29 August, 2007.

21/8/07: Bangladesh VS Indonesia, Shah Alam Stadium, 7:00pm (BD time)
23/8/07: Singapore VS Bangladesh, Shah Alam Stadium, 4:30pm (BD time)
25/8/07: Bangladesh VS Zimbabwe, Shah Alam Stadium, 4:30pm (BD time)

27/8/07: Semi-Final
29/8/07: Final

Source (http://www.bffonline.com/)

One World
August 12, 2007, 09:22 PM
The 20-member Bangladesh National Football team for Nehru Cup which will take part in India from August 17 to August 29, are: Nazrul (Captain), Biplob (Vice-Captain), Wali Faisal, Uzzal, Zahed Parvez, Amili, Abul Dhaka Abahani Limited) Zia, Mishu (Sheikh Russel KC), Razani, Titu, Arman Azizi, Alfaz (Muktijoddha Sangsad KC), Ariful, Zahid (Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club), Mamun, Razib, Liton, Robin (Farashganj), Shaikat (Chitagong Mohammedan Sporting Club).

The officials are: AKM Shafiqul Islam (Team Leader), Mojammel Haque Mukta (Team Manager), Syed Naimuddin (Head Coach), Syed Golam Jilani (Assistant Coach) and Dr Debashish Chowdhury (Physician).

A number of five teams will play in the first phase of the tournament The first phase will be held on single-league basis. Top two teams will get tickets of the final.

Hosts India, Bangladesh, Syria, Kyrugyzstan Cambodia will compete in the 13-day long football competition.

Bangladesh will play against Syria in their first match on August 18. Bangladesh will face India on August 20.

Bangladesh will take on Cambodia on August 22.

Bangladesh will meet Kyrgyzstan on August 24.

Heavy defeats ahead, pulling of a surprise win against Cambodia is the only hope here. As for Merdeka there is not much hope for the second-tier team with 10 new players.

AsifTheManRahman
August 12, 2007, 10:20 PM
I doubt we can win against Cambodia, but we better beat India - it will really be a huge disappointment if we can't.

As far as the Merdeka cup is concerned, let's try not to talk about it.

Tigers_eye
August 13, 2007, 03:55 PM
Heavy defeats ahead, pulling of a surprise win against Cambodia is the only hope here. As for Merdeka there is not much hope for the second-tier team with 10 new players.
Combodia is a strong team. I am not sure we can compete 70 mintues with them let alone 90 mins. Our only chance of having any respectable result would be against India.

Bengaliprince176
August 14, 2007, 10:32 AM
fixtures for Nehru cup anybody? thanks in advance

mcruic
August 14, 2007, 09:25 PM
Cambodia is a strong team? Cambodia is the weakest team in the Nehru Cup. They drew 2-2 with Bangladesh in last year's AFC Challenge Cup. They are currently ranked 170th out of 208 countries by FIFA. Not sure how they can be considered strong. Bangladesh is ranked 172, India 162, Kyrgyzstan 152 and Syria 113.

Fixtures for Nehru Cup
17th August - India v Cambodia
18th August - Bangladesh v Syria
19th August - Cambodia v Kyrgyzstan
20th August - India v Bangladesh
21st August - Kyrgyzstan v Syria
22nd August - Bangladesh v Cambodia
23rd August - India v Syria
24th August - Bangladesh v Kyrgyzstan
25th August - Cambodia v Syria
26th August - India v Kyrgyzstan
29th August - Final

Bengaliprince176
August 15, 2007, 04:07 AM
Cambodia is a strong team? Cambodia is the weakest team in the Nehru Cup. They drew 2-2 with Bangladesh in last year's AFC Challenge Cup. They are currently ranked 170th out of 208 countries by FIFA. Not sure how they can be considered strong. Bangladesh is ranked 172, India 162, Kyrgyzstan 152 and Syria 113.

Fixtures for Nehru Cup
17th August - India v Cambodia
18th August - Bangladesh v Syria
19th August - Cambodia v Kyrgyzstan
20th August - India v Bangladesh
21st August - Kyrgyzstan v Syria
22nd August - Bangladesh v Cambodia
23rd August - India v Syria
24th August - Bangladesh v Kyrgyzstan
25th August - Cambodia v Syria
26th August - India v Kyrgyzstan
29th August - Final

all matches in Delhi

Hatebreed
August 15, 2007, 12:58 PM
What country is Kyrgyzstan? Never heard of it!

Anyway, good luck Bangladesh. Hope we win at least one match, preferably against our neighbours at least.

Bengaliprince176
August 15, 2007, 04:42 PM
What country is Kyrgyzstan? Never heard of it!

Anyway, good luck Bangladesh. Hope we win at least one match, preferably against our neighbours at least.


bring it bro!!! lol

One World
August 17, 2007, 02:09 PM
I doubt BD can even draw with Syria, while India beat Cambodia yesterday 6 to 0, with Naimuddin's revengeful guts BD can pull up win against India with a careful defensive measure. But seeing sudden rush of goals if Syrian players although deprived of 6 of their mainstream footballers start hunting BD will be put in a clinical test tonight.

Omio
August 17, 2007, 08:02 PM
hope we goin to win,

Sohel
August 17, 2007, 09:09 PM
India-5 Cambodia-0 ...

jonny
August 18, 2007, 02:49 AM
India won 6-0 against Cambodia.

Sohel
August 18, 2007, 02:56 AM
India won 6-0 against Cambodia.

A goal worse than I thought. Looking forward to BD versus Syria tonght.

AsifTheManRahman
August 18, 2007, 11:50 AM
6 - 0 ? holy crap, buk dhorfor kortase...

One World
August 18, 2007, 11:53 AM
And the inevitable happened. BD lost to Syria by 2 goals to 0. (http://in.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idINIndia-29040920070818) Anything useful about this game is BD's defense which made the margin of defeat well below than expected against the mightiest team of the tourney. I hope some dogfight in upcoming matches specially against closely ranked Cambodia and arch rival India.

Sohel
August 19, 2007, 03:00 AM
We'll do better aginst India Inshallah. The existence of a midfield will help.

Murad
August 19, 2007, 11:40 AM
Syria 2 - Bangladesh 0

Sohel
August 20, 2007, 11:13 PM
DS link on Merdeka Cup: http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=887

Excerpt-

With the mainstream footballers touring India for the Nehru Cup, it would be a challenge for the second-string national team led by Hassan Al Mamun in a group also featuring Singapore and Zimbabwe.

Although the team have mostly newcomers, the tournament will give veteran and out-of-favour footballers like Hassan Al Mamun, Matiur Munna, Parvez Babu and Saifur Rahman Moni a golden opportunity to impress and return to the senior team before the SAFF Championship.


MODS, why not merge the two related threads?

One World
August 26, 2007, 08:49 PM
Chor Palale Buddhi Volume e Baare after all Volume is Doirgho X Prostho X Bedh

The Saga of A Wrong Decision (http://ittefaq.com/get.php?d=07/08/27/w/n_zmqrvt) another black chapter added to gradully depleting situation of this popular sports.

Nocturnal
August 30, 2007, 06:59 PM
<table border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="newsdetails" valign="top">Football

India clinch Nehru Cup :hairpull:

Agencies, New Delhi

<table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="200"><tbody><tr> <td>http://www.thedailystar.net/photos/2007-08-31__sp02.jpg</td></tr><tr> <td class="osdn-navtext">Indian footballer Pappachan Pradeep is embraced by a teammate as he celebrates after scoring the winner against Syria in the Nehru up final in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
</td></tr></tbody></table>Turbo-charged India scripted history Wednesday evening by lifting the Nehru Cup international football trophy for the first time with a 1-0 victory over a depleted Syria, Pappachan Pradeep's 44th minute header settling the matter for the hosts.

The win, which fittingly came on the National Sports Day, made the team richer by a staggering Rs.4.77 million, the bulk of this announced even as the final whistle blew. The winner ordinarily would have gone home with $40,000 (Rs.1.63 million).

India were in the attacking mode right from the word go in front of a full capacity Ambedkar Stadium where tempers flew in an exciting encounter that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.

Pradeep's goal came when he drove past Syrian goalie Mowsaab Blahowss after an on-pass from captain Bhaichung Bhutia. A cross from Steven Dias found Bhutia in the box and he headed on to Pradeep, who did not waste any time to head in.

After conceding the lead, the entire Syrian team who won the league match against India 3-2, looked rattled but did not give up till the last minute. Ultimately they had to bow to the grit and determination of the Indian team.

Mahesh Gawli, adjudged man-of-the-match, and NS Manju manned the Indian defence extremely well.

Syria's Wael Ayan was sent off in the 44th minute after he deliberately kicked Surkumar Singh.

At the start of the tournament, Bhutia had said there was realistic chance for India to win -- and he led from the front to prove this right.

"This is the biggest win of my career. We need to keep on playing well and this is just the beginning. This is a good boost for the World Cup qualifiers against Lebanon," Bhutia said after the final.

"We don't play many international tournaments in the country and this win is really amazing given the fact that the last time we played the Nehru Cup was in 1997," he added.

India's best performance in the Nehru Cup so far was a semifinal finish in the last edition in Kochi in 1997. The last time India reached the final of a major international tournament was in 2002 when they beat Vietnam to lift the LG Cup. In 2005, India beat Bangladesh to win the SAFF Cup in Pakistan.

On Wednesday, India looked like a determined lot as they defeated tournament favourites Syria, who are ranked 112 by FIFA against 151 for the hosts.

India coach Bob Houghton was elated by his team's performance and said that the momentum must be maintained.

"The boys played well all through the tournament. The health of a nation's football is identified by the success of its national team. I think if we keep this momentum, we can really do well in the future," Houghton maintained.
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Sohel
August 31, 2007, 06:38 AM
Congrats to India and their amazingly fit Himalayan players of Sino-Tibetan stock. Their NFL is beginning to pay off as much as it can. For them or any other South Asian country to be a top 10 Asian side? Not in my lifetime.

We are still lightyears away from beating top sides like Japan, both Koreas, KSA, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam ... need I list more? Khamakha ei phutbauler pichhe tyaka dhailla ki labh hoitachhe amago?