With Paris Saint-Germain at the forefront, French football steps up its attempt to win over the lucrative Asian market as the Ligue 1 title-holders meet Guingamp in the season-opening Champions Trophy in Beijing on Saturday. For the sixth year running, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season between the champions and cup holders is being played outside Europe. And after three visits to Africa, including last year's game in Gabon when PSG beat Bordeaux 2-1, and two trips to North America, French football's authorities are now stepping up their efforts to gain notoriety in Asia. "It is an exceptional opportunity for France and we want to become known in Asia and China,"... more ›
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he told former team-mate Luis Suarez he was "too good" to join Arsenal when the north London club came calling for him last year. Arsenal tabled a £40,000,001 ($67.5 million, 50.4 million euros) bid for Suarez a year ago in the mistaken belief it would trigger a release clause in his contract. The Uruguayan went on to score 31 goals as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title and although he has since joined Barcelona, Gerrard was relieved not to see him move to Arsenal. "Last summer, when Luis was out in the cold, I told him, 'Don't go to Arsenal,'" Gerrard told the... more ›
Thibaut Courtois admits he was a "nobody" before signing for Chelsea and says the playing group and fans have welcomed him to Stamford Bridge with open arms. The Belgian goalkeeper signed for the Londoners in 2011 but only reported for club duty on Thursday after his three-year loan stint at Atletico Madrid ended last season. Courtois, 22, already has a wealth of experience under his belt, with this year alone seeing him win the Liga title, play in a Champions League final and feature at the World Cup in Brazil. And after making his long-awaited return to... more ›
France international Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he hopes to learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans. Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Atletico paid about 30 million euros ($40 million) for the 23-year-old, which if correct would make him the second most expensive signing in the club's history. "When they called me I agreed right away, its a great club, a great project, we are talking about the Champions League finalists and the current La Liga champions so I did... more ›
Walton Singna Boat Race, organised by Tangail District Social Welfare Youth Council, was held at Kumari Bill of Kalihati upazila in Tangail district on Friday. Additional Director of Walton FM Iqbal Bin Anwar Don was present as chief guest on the occasion. Later he gave away prizes to the winners in the prize giving ceremony. Total 105 boat racing teams including five women’s teams from various locations participated in this five-category boat racing competition. Walton sponsored the meet and distributed prizes among the winners of the competition.... more ›
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