A look-back at the year gone by in Bangladesh football, both domestic and international
January: Abahani Limited lift their sixth premier league crown in 10 attempts with a remarkable comeback in the second phase of the title race.
February: The national team camp is called for the first time in more than a year and half with Andrew Ord as head coach. Arambagh Krira Sangha stun all the big clubs by clinching the Independence Cup title.
March: Bangladesh end 17-month international drought against Laos on the 27th. Prior to that, the national team held residential training camps in Qatar and Thailand, played practice matches against the domestic clubs.
Bangladesh’s age-level football could not be in a better shape right now, be it boys or girls, and the success story continued as the U-15 lads brought more laurels for the country at the Saff Championship early last month in Nepal.https://t.co/Zb5qiFhYMb#BFF #BANGLADESH #SAFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) December 21, 2018
April: Bangladesh U-15 women’s team become unbeaten champion in a four-nation international tournament in Hong Kong, scoring a total of 24 goals en route to massive wins against Malaysia, Iran and host Hong Kong.
May: Abahani conclude their AFC Cup campaign with the defeat against Bengaluru FC at home in the last group stage fixture.
June: Having been announced as new head coach the previous month, English coach Jamie Day officially takes charge of the national team.
Last month’s Federation Cup actions shed more light on the gradual changes of the country’s domestic scenario turning more competitive.https://t.co/NxOyQoJVLx#FOOTBALL #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHFOOTBALL #FEDERATIONCUP #FEDERATION #CUP #FED #FEDCUP #BFF #ABAHANI #ABAHANILIMITEDDecember 21, 2018
July: National team tour Qatar and South Korea for training camps and play practice matches which continues till the next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.
August: Bangladesh make it to the Asian Games knockout-round for the first time in history after promising displays. The women’s team finish runners-up in the Saff U-15 Championship conceding a narrow 1-0 defeat against India in the final.
September: Female booters emerge as the champion in the Saff U-18 Championship beating Nepal 1-0 in the final in Bhutan. Bangladesh young girls also retain their glory in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers maintaining a 100% winning record against Vietnam, Bahrain, the UAE and Lebanon, scoring 27 goals without conceding any. Bangladesh see a shocking exit from the Saff Championship opening round once again.
This season saw a total of 51 foreigners make regular appearances for their respective club, and there were concerns about its impact on the local booters, but the majority of the national players also enjoyed a lot of playing time when fit.https://t.co/y4IKaLrzeW#BFF #FOOTBALL— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) December 24, 2018
October: The fifth edition of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup takes places with the participation of six national teams for the first time. The host were unlucky to get top-ranked and eventual winner Palestine in the semi-final in Cox’s Bazar after the group phase matches are held in Sylhet, followed by the final in Dhaka.
November: The new domestic season begins with Abahani claiming hat-trick of Federation Cup titles to qualify for the 2019 AFC Cup as the lone representative from Bangladesh.
December: Rising powerhouse Bashundhara Kings conclude the year with the Independence Cup title in their debut season.