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Maradona backs Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan

Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina’s former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament. The FIFA Council is expected to approve a proposal to expand the finals from 32 to 48 teams, starting in 2026, when it meets on Tuesday. Maradona, one of the greatest ...

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Maria Sharapova to return from doping ban in April in Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova has not played a professional match since the Australian Open in January 2016 Maria Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on 26 April after her 15-month doping suspension. The 29-year-old former world number one was given a two-year ban in Marchafter testing positive for meldonium. Her suspension was then reduced in October ...

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Mustafa Shahid hat trick sees Stepney FC retain top spot

  Muhammad Ismael  Mustafa Shahid scored the perfect hat trick as Stepney FC made hard work of beating Robin Hood Tigers to start 2017 at the top of the Inner London Winter Football League. Muj Rahman’s men went a goal down before a right foot equaliser from Mustafa Shahid levelled matters.  Stepney went behind again before evergreen striker, captain Mufi Uddin ...

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BCSA launch announces exciting cricket plans

    By Emdad Rahman   The Bangladesh Cricket Supporters Association (BCSA) arranged a launch meeting at the UK Youth Carrom Academy, Whitechapel to enable supporters to network and also become acquainted with the aims of the fans network.   Members along with potential new recruits discussed strategies to move the organisation forward.   In attendance amongst others were Abdus ...

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Buoyant City seek knockout spot at struggling Gladbach

Manchester City, buoyed by the return of Yaya Toure, will look to seal a spot in the Champions League knockout stage when they travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday to play a team struggling for form. Toure, banned by coach Pep Guardiola following comments by his agent about the manager, returned from a three-month exile to score both goals in ...

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Messi boost for Barcelona ahead of Celtic game

Lionel Messi returned to training on Monday after recovering from a stomach bug that caused him to miss Barcelona’s goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday. The Argentina captain sat out Saturday’s La Liga game at the Nou Camp but trained with the squad ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group C game against Celtic in Glasgow. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique also ...

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Scintilla receive cup after National Cricket League triumph

  By Emdad Rahman Scintilla Cricket Club celebrated a hugely successful season as Ayaz Karim’s charges were awarded the National Cricket League Division 2 trophy. The National Cricket League held its fifth awards at a glittering ceremony at the Oasis Banqueting suite in Thames Road, Barking. Guests in attendance included London Assembly member Unmesh Desai, Councillor Mukesh Patel, Arfan Amran, ...

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Stepney FC claim the points against Hawk & Eagle

  By Emdad Rahman In blistering cold conditions Stepney FC were made to sweat for maximum points as their dogged opponents refused to lie down. Hawk & Eagle FC have been the whipping boys of the winter league campaign so far but a 14 goal loss a fortnight ago was subsequently followed up with a morale boosting cup win last ...

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Stepney’s most successful club unveils new sponsor and stunning new home kit

  By Emdad Rahman Stepney Football Club, holders of the most Premier League titles in the Inner London Football League unveiled a stunning new Adidas Climalite home strip at an official kit launch this Sunday. The club also revealed the kit’s sponsor as local baby and toddler retailer Tommy’s UK, At the event in Victoria Park, east London. Stepney have ...

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Sunamganj lift inaugural over 40’s Sylhet District Cup UK

By Emdad Rahman An array of community legends took to the field as Sunamganj and Sylhet over 40’s faced off for the title of the first ever Sylhet District champions UK. Both teams had enjoyed impressive unbeaten runs to the final as Nobiganj and Moulvibazar were sent home easily. And there were plenty of personalities on show in this glamour ...

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