Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 03:29:08 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Ronaldinho and friends boost Pakistan football

By
10th-Jul-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Karachi :
Brazil's Ronaldinho and a host of other former top footballers played an exhibition match in Pakistan on Saturday in a push to encourage people in the cricket-mad nation to take up the game.
Recently-retired Ronaldinho, who graced the Barcelona shirt in his prime, told reporters he wanted to "provide a good show" in the country, which is looking to entice more international stars as security improves.
"Thank you for all the admiration and treating me so well," he said ahead of a match in Karachi, the first of two games in the trip.
The group dubbed "Ronaldinho and friends" also includes former Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs, former England goalkeeper David James, Dutch star George Boateng, former French players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, and Portuguese player Luis Boa Morte.
Fans thronged to the Karachi stadium for the match late Saturday, with some travelling long distances for the rare chance to watch the footballing greats.
"I set off early this morning for Karachi," Mohammad Yaqoob told AFP. "I am here for the love of football and Ronaldinho."
Student Bilal Malik, who had come with a group of friends, said the Brazilian player was the star of the match, which also included homegrown players.
"His skills are mind-boggling. I want to see him play live before my eyes," he said.
Pakistan boasted a top place in Asian football until the early 1970s, but a lack of government support and poor infrastructure helped push them to as low as 200th in the FIFA football rankings.
The game is growing in popularity once more, however, even in a country obsessed with cricket.
Ronaldinho, 37, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2005 as football's best player of the year and who was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, said he is on a goodwill mission aimed at inducing youngsters to play the game.
Giggs, who retired in 2014, said he had heard the country had ample footballing talent and was home to a strong Manchester United fanbase.
"I will be happy if I inspire the youth, which is my job," he said.
Pakistani organisers -- Leisure League, a subsidiary of World Group -- hope to both promote football, and signal that security has improved in the militancy-plagued country.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Medalists in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon (from right) Belarus' Darya Domracheva (silver), Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina (gold) and Norway's Tiril Eckhoff (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Sunday.


Sports »

A scene from the 6th round games of Esoft Arena FIDE Rating Chess Tournament below 2000 rating at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room at 2nd floor of National Sports Council old building on Monday.


Entertainment »

Olivia Wilde set to make directorial debut


Actress Olivia Wilde will make her directorial debut with 'Booksmart', which will feature Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.Reportedly, the film is being produced by Annapurna Pictures and Gloria Sanchez, the female-focused production banner wing of production house. The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, who, on the eve of their ...

Entertainment »

I am very excited about working with Akshay Kumar: Parineeti


Parineeti Chopra, who will be sharing screen space for the first time with Akshay Kumar, says she is excited to work with the superstar in Kesari.The film, being directed by Anurag Singh, will see Akshay essaying the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, while Parineeti plays his wife."(I) am very excited ...

Editorial »

We welcome UK`s removal of ban on direct air cargo


THE UK government has fully withdrawn the two-year-long ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London ending the plight of exporters, particularly garment exporters who were facing difficulty to make emergency shipment of samples and other cargo to buyers within the stipulated time. The British government said it is ...

City »

Buyers flip through the books at a stall of Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises in the city on Monday.


International »

Syrian forces to back YPG` in fight against Turkey


Al Jazeera News :The Kurdish YPG fighters claim they have reached a deal to allow Syrian government troops to enter Afrin in the northwestern part of the border town.Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units (YPG), told Al Jazeera on Monday that they are calling on the Syrian ...

Editorial »

Cleansing operation to stop leakage of question


QUESTION leakage during the ongoing SSC examination showed that the government has no power and the Education Ministry has no control over the corrupt people handling the question papers. So far questions of all 10 tests were openly available around the examination centers in Dhaka city and other places from ...

Sports »

Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts in the finish area after the final run of the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Rekha Rana to be a part of Hollywood Television Series, Be Great!


Rekha has been recently shooting for a Hollywood television series, Be Great!. She is Pretty much Excited and happy to be a part of the Television Series which is going to showcase true stories and also the fact that the series is very inspiring. Rekha saw early potential in 'Be ...

International »

Russian election plot touched even minor Trump supporters


AP, West Palm Beach :The request was simple: organize or attend a sign-waving rally supporting Donald Trump. But some of the Florida Republicans on the receiving end of those requests now know that they didn't come from Republican allies, but from Russian adversaries.Caught up in an elaborate Russian plot without ...

City »

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday in protest against leakage of question papers.


Editorial »

More than Suu Kyi, the Generals deserve punishment first


THE UN special envoy on Thursday said, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has clearly failed to stand up for the Rohingyas, and can well be held accountable for crimes against humanity. To a greater extent the UN envoy is correct. While talking to a news channel, the UN envoy also ...

Cricket »

Tamim to play in 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka


Sports Reporter :Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal will play for Bangladesh in the second and final Twenty20 International Cricket match against Sri Lanka at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet today. The match starts at 5.00 pm.Captain of Bangladesh team Mahmudullah Riyad said, " Tamim's condition is now pretty good. I ...

Entertainment »

Jennifer Winget back with `Bepannah`


Indian television's popular face Jennifer Winget has a huge fanbase-thanks to her impeccable acting prowess. Her performances on the silver screen have always made her a winner and after swooning the viewers in 'Beyhadh', the actress is back with a new TV show.Jennifer's new television show is titled 'Bepannah' and ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news