• World Islamic Banking Conference
Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.

“I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad,” the managing director of the national squad, Lars Richt, said in a statement after the player dropped numerous hints of a possible return.

“It’s a no,” Richt added.

In an appearance on ABC television’s late night Jimmy Kimmel show on April 18, the new star of LA Galaxy teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in Russia.

Known for his swagger, Zlatan said “it wouldn’t be a World Cup” if he didn’t play, adding: “I’m going to the World Cup, yes.”

The 36-year-old who last played at a World Cup with Sweden in 2006, retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship.

He said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his new life in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.

Following an injury-blighted stay at Manchester United, the father of two became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to leave European football for the United States.

The 6ft 4ins (1.95m) striker tweeted on April 15: “The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga (sky high).”

He later told Swedish media that “high odds -- that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.”

Ibrahimovic had just weeks earlier become a global brand ambassador for Swedish betting company Bethard, prompting some Swedish commentators to lament that his World Cup teasing was nothing more than an advertising gimmick.

“It feels like the whole thing was just aimed at building up his brand in the US and it even seemed at times like he thought it was funny,” Daniel Nannskog, a commentator for Swedish public broadcaster SVT, said. 




Performance lab open for football players

Performance lab open for football players

The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Athletic Performance Lab started providing a set of medical services for all Bahrain national team athletes.BOC Projects director Lounes Madene said that the performance laboratory is managed by sports specialist Dr. Vladimir Su

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Zurich : Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) added to his portfolio of breakaway wins on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, going clear in the opening kilometres with four others before dropping them all in turn to celebrate a solo victory

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.


Death sentence for cop’s killers

Death sentence for cop’s killers

The High Criminal Court yesterday sentenced four suspects to death after they were convicted of committing a terrorist explosion that killed one police officer and injured two others in Diraz area on June 18 last year, said Terror Crime Chief Prosecutor Ahmed Al Hammadi. The police officer died i

Tackling rain havoc

Tackling rain havoc

The Cabinet chaired by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday reviewed the steps taken by different ministries to tackle the ongoing rainy season. HRH the Prime Minister was informed about the effects of unstable weather conditions and the heavy r

Brave CF athletes arrive in Bahrain

Brave CF athletes arrive in Bahrain

Professional fighters who will compete in the 18th edition of Brave Combat Federation will arrive in Bahrain from today. The fight night will be held at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain on 16th November. The event will be t

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

2018 IMMAF - WMMAA World Championships of Amateur Mixed Martial Arts is set to create history for showcasing a social cause during the opening ceremony of the event. 2018 World Championships marks the biggest event ever held showcasing

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

New five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton steered his Mercedes to a nail-biting victory in yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, a triumph that clinched the constructors championship for a fifth consecutive season for the team. The

MENA Aerospace to take part in air show

MENA Aerospace to take part in air show

MENA Aerospace will be participating in the Bahrain International Air Show 2018 (BIAS 2018) at Sakhir Airbase at exhibition stand E06 and Chalet A36. Strategic partners InterTec and IJM will be well-represented, with top executives fro