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Colombia recalls Falcao back for World Cup qualifiers

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Veteran Galatasaray striker Radamel Falcao has been recalled to Colombia’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said on Tuesday.

Falcao has not been able to represent his country since scoring a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Chile in Santiago last October. His addition comes after Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata was left out of the matches due to a knee injury.

Moreover, head coach Reinaldo Rueda named uncapped pair Andres Roman and Andres Andrade, who have been in impressive form for local clubs Millonarios and Atletico Nacional, respectively.

Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra, whose only international appearance to date came in 2019, is also a part of the 28-man squad, as is Shenzhen FC midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero. However, there was no spot for playmaker James Rodriguez, who has yet to play for Everton this season amid speculation that he could leave Goodison Park in the coming days.

Colombia will meet Bolivia and Paraguay away on September 3 and 5 before a home clash against Chile on September 9.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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SAFF championship’s amended timetable with changes has been announced.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), football tournament SAFF championship’s first match between Maldives and Nepal has been rescheduled to go on at night time, after the opening ceremony.

The schedule for the championship has been changed twice before as well. When the schedule has first released the dates given were from 1st-13th. But after review, the schedule was changed to abide by FIFA match day policies, giving enough days in between for the players to rest.

The government’s senior employees will be attending the opening ceremony event. The Maldives has previously won twice in this competition, which was in 2008 playing in Sri Lanka and in 2018 playing in Bangladesh. Both tournaments were won playing against India. The Maldives remains to be the competition defending champions, so the slogan for this year’s championship is “Thinvanah faharu miee ey faharu” which translates to “Third time is our chance”, aiming to win the championship cup for the third time.

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Bank of Maldives has renewed their sponsorship given to Maldives National Football Team.

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Bank of Maldives (BML) has renewed their official sponsorship agreement given to Maldives national football teams.

BML has informed that just as before, the agreement will state that BML is the exclusive sponsor for National Senior men’s football team, National Senior women’s football team, and the National Youth football team.

BML’s CEO and managing director Tim Soya shared his joy in renewing the partnership during a time where the love of football and the excitement for the sports is increasing. Tim further stated that BML gives utmost importance to be a part of the successes that the national football teams gain in international competitions and wants to spread the skill of playing football to generations of Maldivians. Tim stated that he has high hopes that Maldives will win in the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) president Bassam stated that he is very proud that BML has extended the agreement and renewed it. Since 2017, BML has been the official sponsor of Maldivian national football teams.  And they will remain to be the official exclusive sponsor in the upcoming SAFF championship 2021 as well.

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Pele is no longer in intensive care

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Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer, has been transferred out of intensive care 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon, according to the hospital where he is being treated.

According to a statement made by Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, the 80-year-old will continue his recovery in a general room. It didn’t specify when he might be released.

Pele took to social media to thank supporters for their support and assure them that he is “ready to play 90 minutes.”

“Don’t believe for a second that I haven’t seen the thousands of beautiful comments I’ve received around here,” the three-time World Cup champion posted on Instagram.

“Thank you so much to everyone who took a minute out of their day to send me happy vibes. Love, love, and more love!”

Pele has struggled with a number of health issues in recent years, including complications after hip replacement surgery, as well as kidney and prostate issues.

 

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