Barcelona FC in Bangladesh? Yes, says BFF official

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

updated: January 30, 2013 19:38 IST
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Dhaka: Spanish football giant Barcelona is pushing for a game in Bangladesh next August, nearly two years after its top star Lionel Messi dazzled a huge crowd in the country's capital, officials said on Wednesday.

"Barcelona has 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 leader has sought three million euro ($4 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.

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