How many of you imagined 15 years ago that a day might come when Bangladesh defeating three Cricketing Giants back to back to back on the trott in ODI series?... If it can happen with cricket it can also happen with soccer.
IDEA: sponsor some poor village orphans in Bangladesh and develop them to play soccer. Reape rewards in hereafter for taking care of an orphan at the same time watch them grow into soccer superstars win-win-win situation in all cases!
^ I agree. I sat through Sk Jamal's last 3 goals, whose offence was lead by three African foreign players- and they were the ones who dominated the entire game.
If Sheikh Jamal was to verse Bangladesh, they would beat us by at least a 3 goal margin. And to blow your minds up more, Ismaël Bangoura, one of the African players who dominates Bangladesh league tables with goals (we tried to give him a Bangladeshi nationality) was a Semi-Professional footballer in Guinea, from my memory, he said that he used to run a fish business at Guinea in one of his news paper interviews. He has never even been called for trials or training camps for Guinean national team for any age group.
And he still came to Bangladesh, got into the starting XI of Dhaka Mohammedan and currently leads our league's table. This just gives you some idea on the horrendous state that our national football players are at, we are no match for a Guinean semi-professional footballer. I bet even the Australian women's or the U-17 team could beat the current Bangladesh without much difficulties (no joke, being realistic here) and they have a home ground advantage.
But there are some good news too, our U-16 team beat India U-16 in a SAFF championships game 2-1 , best hope this is rock bottom, and now we rise up again..
And everyone booed at Sheikh Jamal when they scored the equalising goal, and Mamunul and co. did their hush celebration, a calm down gesture at the crowd, made me laugh. Their GK was very impressive and he is Bangladeshi too! We need saves like the ones he made against FC Alga for our national team.
Still a long distance from the group stage at the moment, they need to play 2 more rounds of play offs to secure their rights to play the AFC Cup Group stage.
And to give people some background, AFC Cup is the 2nd tier Asian club competition, first tier being known as AFC Champions League. Kind of like UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
On other news, Bangladesh U-16 team just beat Afghanistan 1 - 0 in the Semi Finals to reach the SAFF U-16 Finals. We face India for the Finals tomorrow. We already beat them once in the group stage 2-1. So there is still hope for our national team's future.
টাইব্রেকারের নাটকীয়তা। মাঠ ভর্তি দর্শকের আকাশ কাঁপানো গর্জন। সোনালি সুদিনের কথা মনে করিয়ে দিয়ে অনেক দিন পর বাংলাদেশের ফুটবলের সার্থক একটা ছবি আঁকল বাংলাদেশের আগামীর নায়কেরা। পেনাল্টি-ভাগ্যে ভারতকে ৪-২ ব্যবধানে হারিয়ে সাফ অনূর্ধ্ব-১৬ প্রতিযোগিতার শ্রেষ্ঠত্ব নিজেদের করে নিল বাংলাদেশ।
Congratulations to the U-16 team. They played exceptionally well, and deserved to be SAFF champions.
This also proves a point- if our national team can provide us with quality football, spectators will come to watch games. The finals and Semi-finals of the U-16 games were played on a stadium full of supporters. Given that spectator numbers have been a big complaint from BFF lately.
And by quality football I don't mean losing to a team ranked 170+ (whom even Nepal defeated a while back) by a 2 goal margin while playing at home...
But at least our future generation of footballers are the strongest of South Asia.
Bangladesh takes on Malaysia today on a friendly match at Kuala Lumpur before leaving for Perth tomorrow. It will be on at 7 PM BD time. I will see if I can find any live stream for this game.
So far Bangladesh played 10 games against Malaysia, lost 7, Drew 2 and won only 1 game (back in 1982). The last encounter between the two teams was on November 2012 in a friendly in Malaysia, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Malaysia Under 22 team beat Bangladesh twice in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup held in Dhaka, February this year.
Bangladesh team wants a win to go to Australia on a positive note. Let's see what happens.
Shahidul Alam, the current Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi club goalie is young (23) and has a lot of potential. He was by a great distance the best player on field today (both sides combined). If Bangladesh didn't play him, the score would have been 2-0 at least. He stopped a lot of the well placed shots from our opponents.
The Malaysians were the better team today (regardless of FIFA rankings), and they absolutely dominated the game. But we were very good with our defence. I felt as though Bangladesh was practising parking the bus, a strategy they are most likely going to use against the Socceroos.
It seemed we didn't pay much attention to our attack. Which I don't really have any complaints about. Our strategy against Australia should be playing defensively and conceding the least amount of goals possible.
A 0-0 draw will be one of the biggest sporting acheivements for Bangladesh. Most Australian players play in top European clubs, Whereas our players are far from that level. Regardless of what the results will be, this will be great experience for the Bangladesh team, playing against La Liga, BPL and Bundesliga players. There is a lot our team can learn from this encounter.
But we must remember a 0-0 draw isn't impossible either. Singapore just tied a game against Japan 0-0 while playing in Japan.