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Ronaldhino and friends boost Pakistan football

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Karachi (AFP) – 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.

Ronaldhino and friends boost Pakistan football

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Karachi (AFP) – 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.

Ronaldinho, James to play exhibition games in Pakistan

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Karachi (AFP) – Brazil’s Ronaldinho, England’s David James and Dutch star George Boateng will be among seven top former players to feature in exhibition games in Pakistan in July, organizers said Thursday.

The games are part of plans to build on the “comfort zone” from the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League cricket final in Lahore earlier this month.

Ronaldinho, James to play exhibition games in Pakistan

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Karachi (AFP) – Brazil’s Ronaldinho, England’s David James and Dutch star George Boateng will be among seven top former players to feature in exhibition games in Pakistan in July, organizers said Thursday.

The games are part of plans to build on the “comfort zone” from the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League cricket final in Lahore earlier this month.

Brazil football legend Ronaldinho to visit Pakistan

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Karachi (AFP) – Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho is set to visit Pakistan as part of a goodwill mission to promote the game in the cricket-mad country.

The recently retired 36-year-old, who won the World Player of the Year twice and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, issued a short video message on Twitter saying simply “Pakistan, I am coming” as he unfurled a Pakistani flag.

Nepal

The Nepalese Pele

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While Gareth Bale's been netting silly monies for Tottenham, the real story of football, the South Asian Football Federation Championships (aka SAFF 2013, or Laffy Saffies 2013, ideally), has been taking place in...South Asia. The list of teams is far from your international world beaters, with Afghanistan the highest FIFA rated nation as 139.

Pakistan Fancy Indonesian Dates

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December sees the South Asian Football Federation Cup, like the ASEAN Cup but different region of course, and Pakistan are looking to South East Asia to help with their warm ups. Nepal are of course all ready back packing round the region, playing the odd game here and there.
Pakistan are already planning a week in Thailand, now Football Pakistan is reporting they are hoping to have a week in Indonesia.

Pakistani player's experiences in Nepal's football league

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Pakistan national players Naveed Akram and Mahmood Ali became the first Pakistani-based footballers to play for a football club abroad in decades. They joined Nepali league newcomers Saraswoti Youth Club FC on a two-month loan deal from Pakistan Premier League champions WAPDA. FootballPakistan.Com caught up with Akram and asked a few questions about his and Mehmood's experiences in Nepal.

Nepal take on Bangladesh Tuesday

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SOURCE: REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Nepal will take on the hosts Bangladesh on Tuesday for a place in the final of the First SAFF Women´s Football Championship being held in Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Nepal secured a semifinal spot as the winners of group B with huge victories in all three matches played during the group stage.

Friendly

We won 4-0 but lack of mobility in passing and movement on-off the ball - cause for concern

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Better perspective from here
In their last prep match prior to the regional showdown, the Singapore national team had a run of game against a weak Pakistan side, who their coach admitted the lack of exposure on international level is one of the problems facing the cricket-mad nation in their football development.

South Asian giants plan football promotion series for their expatriates in England

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An innovative joint marketing effort by the All India Football Federation and the Pakistan Football Federation, will promote football to over 2 million of their countries' compatriates and their decendents living in England. The series, to run from 25 August to 11 September with matches scheduled (but not yet confirmed) in Manchester, Coventry and London, is the first between the two teams at a

Where the ball feel like "kentang panas" in the first half

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Let's not kid ourselves here.

We were never looked comfortable with the ball, as compared to the Malaysians in the first half.

Midfielder Irfan Fazail (number 7) triggered the scoreboard in the 23rd minute

While some fans were hoping the plastic surface of Jalan Besar would give the Cubs some advantages, but it was never the case.

Palestine

Indonesia Have Games Scheduled Shock

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Indonesia are lining up a few friendlies and to help prepare they are playing a University team in Yogyakarta!

They fly to Palestine after to compete in the Al Nakba Tournament. (Just wondering if they need visas to visit Palestine?)

10 teams have entered and they are drawn into three groups with Indonesia in Group B

17/5 Uzbekistan
19/5 Iraq

Palestine, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Jordan and Mauritania are also competing.

Thailand Olympic Qualifier Squad

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Goalkeepers: Ukrit Wongmeema (Buriram FC), Kawin Thamsatchanan (Muang Thong)

Defenders: Komkrit Camsokchuerk (Roi Et), Theeratorn Boonmatan (Buriram-PEA), Chalermsuk Kaewsuktae (Chainat FC), Todsapol Lated (Thai Port FC)

Midfielders: Sujarit Jantakul (Sriracha FC), Seeket Madputeh (Pattaya United), Supakorn Prompinit (Sriracha FC), Pokklaw A-Nan (Police Uited) Phuritad Jarikanon (Chonburi FC), Niranrit Jarernsuk (Pattaya United), Attapong Nooprom (Sriracha FC), Weerawut Kayem (Muang Thong)

Strikers: Chayanan Pombuppha (Police Uited), Patchaya Narach (n/a), Krirkrit Thaweekarn (Sriracha FC), Thanat Jantaya (Air Force United)
They play Palestine next week after friendlies against Malaysia and Pakistan.

Bangladesh

World Cup 2014 qualification – a short population analysis

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Much is made of the global appeal of football, with FIFA justifiably proud that there are more members of its organisation than there are of the UN: over 200 countries enter the World Cup competition.

What's perhaps not quite as well known is that many of these nations who enter quickly exit the competition and it's not surprising that many of these countries are Caribbean islands or micro-states.

SAFF Championship 2011 Draw

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Group A: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan

03-Dec-2011: India - Afghanistan
03-Dec-2011: Sri Lanka - Bhutan
05-Dec-2011: India - Bhutan
05-Dec-2011: Sri Lanka - Afghanistan
07-Dec-2011: India - Sri Lanka
07-Dec-2011: Afghanistan - Bhutan

Group B: Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan

02-Dec-2011: Maldives - Nepal
02-Dec-2011: Bangladesh - Pakistan
04-Dec-2011: Maldives - Pakistan
04-Dec-2011: Bangladesh - Nepal
06-Dec-2011: Maldives - Bangladesh
06-Dec-2011: Nepal - Pakistan

Semifinals

09-Dec-2011: Group A Winners - Group B Runners-up
09-Dec-2011: Group B Winners - Group A Runners-up

Final

11-Dec-2011: Winner SF 1 - Winner SF 2

Source - Football Pakistan

Pakistan U16 crowned Champions as Nepal senior side awaits FIFA ranking challenge

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August 10Dasarath Rangashala

Pakistan U16 remain undefeated in all its matches in the tournament and carried away the SAFF cup with them which was thought to be ours to keep. The Pakistan repeated the group stage outcome against the fellow estranged nation. India was not welcomed by fans owing to public perspective to the nation as well as our defeat with them on semi finals.

Pakistan U16 crowned Champions as Nepal senior side awaits FIFA ranking challenge

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August 10Dasarath Rangashala

Pakistan U16 remain undefeated in all its matches in the tournament and carried away the SAFF cup with them which was thought to be ours to keep. The Pakistan repeated the group stage outcome against the fellow estranged nation. India was not welcomed by fans owing to public perspective to the nation as well as our defeat with them on semi finals.

Nepal U16 measures India and Pakistan as they play minnows Sri Lanka U16 today

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6th AugustRam Gurung,Columnist: Nepalifootball.comIndia U16 and Pakistan U16 have already qualified to the semis as they await their opponents from Group B. India thrashed the Goal droughted Maldives 5-0. Maldives awaits Nepal or Sri Lanka from Group B for the fifth place playoff.Talking about the goal drought, Nepal U16 has not been able to open an account regardless of myriad chances against Bangladesh.

Bilal scores four times as Pakistan U16 demolishes team from islands in the Indian Ocean

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By: Ram Gurung
Columnist: Nepalifootball.com

3rd August, 2010
Dasrath Rangasala
Muhammad Bilal not only became the second ever to score a hat trick in the SAFF U16 championships but also became the first ever to score four goals in a match. The another winger Sher Ali also netted twice as they present themselves as the title contenders.

Pakistan and Bangladesh one step closer to Semis of SAFF U16 cup

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Ram GurungColumnist, Nepalifootball.com
Bangladesh Captain Mezbahuddin owns a match ballAugust 2, 2011
Dashrath Rangashala
Mohammed Mezbahuddin netted thrice against the Sri Lankan team within first 15 minutes. He became the first player ever to score a hat trick in a U16 SAFF cup.

Blog on: Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah

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Soccer24 Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah - http://www.fifa.com/worldcu... 4 minutes ago from FIFA.com - Latest Photos - Comment - Like Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah (L) during the second round 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Punjab football stadium in Lahore on July 3, 2011.

News: Pakistan out of Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifiers – The Express Tribune

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The Official Home of Asian Football Pakistan out of Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifiers The Express Tribune LAHORE: The football world cup qualifier match between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a draw on Sunday. Resultantly, the Pakistani team is out of the world cup qualifiers, and will not play the 2014 Fifa World Cup .

Blog on: Ammar Haider: So #Pakistan lost to Bangladesh in the first leg of FIFA world cup qualifiers.

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Ammar Haider So #Pakistan lost to Bangladesh in the first leg of FIFA world cup qualifiers. 26 minutes ago from Twitter - Comment - Like

Blog on: Short News: Vietnam convince on preliminary road

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Short News Vietnam convince on preliminary road - http://www.fifa.com/worldcu... 1 hour ago from FIFA.com - 2014 FIFA World... - Comment - Like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia are in comfortable position to advance to the second round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢ in Asia, with respective wins over Macau, Pakistan and Laos.

Management drama in build up to Pakistan-Bangladesh World Cup qualifiers

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Pakistan's home FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangaldesh, the first major sporting event to be held in the country since the religious terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009, will be broadcast live on national television. "The Pakistan-Bangladesh clash will be aired live from PTV channel while we are also trying to air it from Geo Super," Pakistan

Blog on: FIFA World Cup qualifier: Pakistan ready to host Bangladesh – The Express Tribune

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Malaysia Kini (mKini) FIFA World Cup qualifier: Pakistan ready to host Bangladesh - The Express Tribune - http://news.google.com/news... 3 hours ago from malaysia - Google News - Comment - Like

Zesh Returns To International Stage

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Muang Thong United's defender Zesh Rehman has been called up by Pakistan ahead of next week's AFC Challenge Cup in Malaysia. Pakistan have been drawn with India, Chinese Taipei and Turkmenistan.
Myanmar are hosting Bangladesh which is interesting. Despite sharing a land border there only used to be one flight a week between Yangon and Dhaka!

Asia

Football making waves in India and Pakistan

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Bet it will be easier for a young English born Indian/Pakistani footballer to get into the India or Pakistani national team than it has been for a similar kid to make progress in cricket in the UK.

Interesting times in Asia for football.

Asian Football Business Review reports:
South Asian giants plan football promotion series for their expatriates in England

An innovative joint marketing effort by the All India Football Federation and the Pakistan Football Federation, will promote football to over 2 million of their countries' compatriates and their decendents living in England through three international friendlies.

Supporting Arsenal in the land of cricket

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Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal Untold Arsenal on Facebook here By Eibaad Ahmed Butt Arsenal; a team that excites me to my very core, a team that has defined the word passion to me, a team that made football more than a sport to me. Now; I live in Asia (Pakistan) and there isn't much of [...]

The Rest

The Nigerian Striker Who Wants To Represent Pakistan

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KARACHI: With some eye-catching performances in K-Electric's Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) title, the idea of playing Nigerian striker Oludeyi Abayomi Sunday as a naturalised-Pakistani in the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers has been floated in the country's football circles.
Sunday's blinding pace and movement was the catalyst in helping Hasan Baloch's side clinch their maiden crown and he isn't averse to the idea of featuring for Mohammed Al Shamlan's side.

From the factories of Pakistan to the Champions League...

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From the factories of Pakistan to the Champions League Final

"The handiwork of the east, as many Sialkotis boast, isn't easily rivaled. Now, the Forward Sports Factory produces over 18,000 footballs a day, including those used in Major League Soccer, the Bundesliga in Germany, and the European Champions League.

The Fair Trade Way

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Santiago Halty learns to stitch soccer balls on a recent trip to Pakistan for Senda. Santiago Halty pondered the question deeply. He was fresh out of college and the pursuit of soccer, which played an unmistakable part in his life, weighed heavily on his future plans. He could play it, certainly. After all, he'd done so competitively in leagues on two continents.

Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012

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Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012 European Championships will kick off this summer in Poland and Ukraine. The Euro 2012 betting odds hugely favour Spain and Germany, but beyond the favourites and indeed beyond the 16 teams competing at Euro 2012, there are plenty of footballing lessons for Pakistan and Pakistani football to learn from, and hopefully apply to our own national team's cause.

Was Aaron Ramsey to blame for Colonel Gaddafi’s death?

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Was Aaron Ramsey to blame for Colonel Gaddafi's death?

Some say Libyan tyrant Colone Gaddafi was killed by insurgents, others by NATO air strikes. However, MirrorFootball has uncovered startling evidence to suggest there might be a third party involved: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey!

An Eye On London

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Malaysia's quest for Olympic glory is sure gonna be a tricky one. After overcoming Lebanon and Pakistan the heat is being turned up as they join 11 other Asian nations in the draw for the next qualifying round.
Malaysia have been drawn with Syria, Bahrain and Malaysia in Group C. The winners of that group will go through to the London Olympics while the runners up will go into a play off with the winner of that going into another play off.

Football is "changing the world" of women

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On the eve of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Awista Ayub, author of 'The Kabul Girls Soccer Club', explains how football can "change the world" through the example of Abiha Haider of Islamabad, Pakistan. At 15 she is the youngest member of Pakistan's first women's national team, an impressive feat, but more interesting is her age when she was first selected for the team: "I was 12 at that time

It snowed to make sour fantasy fools of us all

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By Darshan Joshi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There are things far more important than seeing twenty-two men chasing a spherical object most probably made in Pakistan in front of thousands of avid fans - memorizing the lyrics for ‘Teenage Dream' right as you prepare for your American Idol auditions is always useful, as is remembering to throw a pair of pants on before leaving the house.

Ex-Tottenham Hardman Graham Roberts To Manage Pakistan

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By Alan Duffy

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Much has been said about the lack of English managers and indeed players with foreign experience. However, in a bid to redress that imbalance, former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has decided to go all the way to Pakistan to improve his coaching CV.