The Bangabandhu Gold Cup football is an international Football tournament that Bangladesh Football Fedararion (BFF) is organizing since 1996 to show tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, the father of Nation. But only two editions have thus far been played. In January, 2015, BFF has arranged this tournament for the 3rd time. In this year, six nations-Bangladesh, Thailand, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore participated in the tournament. Bangladesh and Sri Lankan national teams played in this tournament and other four nations sent their under -22 and under-21 team. The host Bangladesh ended up as runners-up.
Football is one the most popular sports of the country. During 1980s, football was the most popular sports in Bangladesh. But from 90s, the popularity of football along with its standard has been declining gradually due to mismanagement, financial crisis among football clubs, political interferences and also the increasing popularity of cricket.
Kazi Salauddin, Salam Murshedi, Rumi, Kaisar Hamid-these names remind us the golden time of country’s football and still these names remain bright in every Bangladeshi football fans’ heart. Thousands of people would gather in stadium to enjoy the historic race between Mohammedan and Abahani –the two most popular clubs in the country. Read the stories behind the tournament here: Stories behind Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
Though the popularity of football has declined but still the people love football as much as cricket. During football world cup, it is seen that the whole country is decorated with thousands of colorful flags by the supporters of various teams. All kinds of people from every class enjoy every match with great enthusiasm. Still now, whenever any international tournament is arranged in the country, every inch of the stadium become full with crowd. This shows how Bangladeshi love football.
But it really disheartens us whenever we think about our football as its standard has been degrading regularly. Regarding this fact, BFF has taken some steps and is trying to develop the standard of football. To revitalize country’s football, it needs a big investment and sponsorship. Many local brands have already come forward regarding this fact. Recently Channel-9 has become the title sponsor of Bangabandhu Gold Cup for the next five years. Apart from the prime sponsors, Beximco Group, Hamim Group, National Bank, AB Bank, Modhumoti Bank, Novoair and Biman Bangladesh Airlines are also the sponsors of this six nations tournament.
Bangladesh team played well in the tournament and reached the final. The players gave their best in the final math as well. Country’s football lovers hope that the football will regain its golden age through this tournament and will go ahead to be a great source of joy and pride.