Hamza Choudhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

Bangladesh is home to a huge number of football lovers. Football mania goes into full swing during the world cup season. And we all know how crazy the supporters can get.

There’s a huge portion of football fanatics who follow the clubs of their choice week-in-week-out. The English Premier League is arguably the best league for any professional footballer to play. And it is here we find a certain young English-Bengali starlet by the name of Hamza Choudhury. 

This is the story of Hamza Dewan Choudhury’s.

Origin and profile

Hamza Chowdhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

Hamza Dewan Choudhury is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leicester City. He was born on the 1st of October 1997, to a Grenadian father and a Bengali mother.

“Both my parents are Bangladeshi and I have been brought up in an Asian family. But I have Caribbean blood in me as my dad is from Grenada”.

Hamza stated regarding is ethnicity

Hamza began his career at the Leicester City Academy and was reportedly monitored by a number of European clubs. After a two-season loan spell with Burton Albion, he has broken into the Leicester City team in the 2018-19 seasons.

Read more: The story of one Jamal Bhuyan of Bangladesh

Next-Gen English talent?

Hamza Chowdhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

Apart from his iconic hairdo and distinct ethnicity; he stands out amongst his Leicester teammates as part of England’s crop of exciting young footballers.

Only 21, he is part England’s new generation of footballing superstars; alongside Dortmund superstar Jaden Sancho, Chelsea’s Cullum Hudson Odoi and Manchester United recent summer signing Aaron Wan-Basaka.

Although currently playing for Leicester, he is constantly in the sight of premier league heavy-weights Chelsea and Man United.

If Hamza hones his skills and continues to improve his fitness and performance, it is likely he will be appearing for a top-flight club. He is currently playing for England U-21 team and hasn’t made his international debut yet.

Role model for the subcontinental diaspora in England

Hamza Chowdhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

The sub-continental community of England and Greater Britain is one of its biggest, in term of both population and diversity.

Immigrants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka among other communities have gradually seeped into most aspects of British life. Professional football is one of the few aspects British citizen originating from the Sub-Continent have failed to break through significantly. Some players of subcontinental origin have featured in the lower leagues and even Premier League; although the numbers are still far and few in between.

Though it is too early to predict the future of young Hamza Chowdhury’s football career, he’s certainly on the right track in representing the Sub-continent, especially Bangladesh in arguably the most competitive league in the world. 

So as the new season of the English Premier League is waiting to explode onto the footballing landscape, do keep an eye on the prodigious talent of our very own Hamza Chowdhury and his exploits with Leicester City.

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The story of one Jamal Bhuyan of Bangladesh

2019 is an exciting time to be a football fan in Bangladesh. Bangladesh made it to the second round of qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification. This tremendous feat came after winning the two-legged tie against Laos at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on the 13th of June, spearheaded by our talismanic captain Jamal Bhuyan.

Although Bangladesh is still a long way from securing their place for Qatar 2022, the Danish-born midfielder has been a revelation for team Bangladesh and Bangladesh football as a whole since his debut in 2013. And it’s time we finally give this man the limelight he deserves.

Not your average Bangladeshi upbringing

The story of our captain begins in the Danish town of Glostrup where he was born to Bangladeshi immigrant parents. He was involved in football from a very young age. At the age of 15, Jamal was playing for the Danish outfit Brøndby IF. After scoring against Denmark’s most prestigious club, F.C. Copenhagen (FCK), he was offered a place in the FCK’s youth academy.

After playing for a number of Danish sides, he moved to play in Philippines and China, before finally signing for Sheik Jamal in 2014, becoming the highest paid footballer in the country. As of 2017, he is playing for the Bangladeshi club Saif Sporting Club.

Leaving Denmark to represent Bangladesh

Being eligible to play for Denmark and Bangladesh, Jamal ended up choosing Bangladesh out of love for his father’s country. A country where he’s never been to. Jamal Bhuyan had a tough choice ahead of him. Keep playing for Denmark and F.C. Copenhagen where he would be catapulted into footballing glory. Or, come to Bangladesh and try to revive its bleak footballing scenario from dust and ashes. Jamal chose the latter.

Jamal Bhuyan chose country over personal glory.

He debuted for the Bangladesh national team, leaving the Danish luxury behind, in 2013 against Nepal in the 2013 SAF games. He became the first non-resident player to represent the national side.

Jamal Bhuyan was named the best defensive midfielder in South Asia in 2018 and remains so till this day, arguably.

He was also part of the commentary team as a guest commentator for Barcelona’s last La Liga match against Eibar last May. All in all, it’s safe to say that Jamal is truly making a mark in world football in our colours.

Future of Bangladesh football  

It is quite disappointing to admit that football in Bangladesh has been brushed aside with the rise of cricket. Gone are the days when Dhaka would split down the middle whenever there was an Abahani vs. Mohammedan match. Match attendance in stadiums are dwindling and lack of proper funding, talent scouting and football academies have been weighing down the progress of Bangladesh football.  

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But with the recent upturn in form, football in the country has been promising lately. With team Bangladesh going through to the second round of WC qualifier, the overall ranking has also gone up from 188th to 183rd.

Our love for cricket overshadows our footballing heroes

Cricketers are our superstars. We idolize the likes of Mashrafe, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. And they deserve every last bit of our love and respect. But on a different frontline, a whole different bunch of heroes are fighting with blood, sweat and dedication to uphold Bangladesh’s name in the world stage. And if nothing else, they at least deserve our love and support as much as our cricketers.

Bangladesh has never lacked football fans and it’s quite evident with the huge fan following of numerous European clubs all over the country and whenever the World Cup rolls around the corner. So it’s time we develop and support our domestic football scene. And with Jamal Bhuyan at the helm, it seems like the time is now.       

Here’s to Jamal and the boys, for the next match and all the matches to come, we’ll roar with you.