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Barcelona eye match in Bangladesh

Messi played for Argentina in Dhaka in September 2011

  • AFP
  • Published: 18:02 January 30, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dhaka: Spanish football giants Barcelona are pushing for a game in Bangladesh next August, nearly two years after their top star Lionel Messi dazzled a huge crowd in the country’s capital, officials said on Wednesday.

“Barcelona have approached us with a proposal that they are willing to play in Bangladesh,” Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Salahuddin told AFP.

The Spanish league leaders have sought 3 million euros (Dh15 million) as appearance fees, almost the same amount Bangladesh spent to host a friendly tie between the Messi-led Argentina national side and Nigeria in September 2011.

“If everything goes well, they may visit Bangladesh any time around August when the club will be touring Asia,” Salahuddin said.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said the authorities were eyeing different options to raise the fees and also looking for strong opponents to face the Catalan side in Dhaka.

Football is a popular sport in cricket-focused Bangladesh, with many waiting up until after midnight to watch English and Spanish league games.

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