PARIS Paris St Germain boosted their Champions League prospects by adding significant weight to their attacking options with the signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United on Thursday.
“We have the right team to do better, to win the Champions League,” said PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi. “We know it’s very tough but we want to try and win it, especially now that we have one more player that has won the Champions league.”
He was also instrumental in Argentina’s campaign at the 2014 World Cup, where the Albiceleste reached the final.
The fee is just short of the 64 million euros (45.07 million pounds) Ligue 1 record set by PSG when they bought Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani and the more than 60 million that Monaco paid for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao in 2013.
The French champions, who had their Financial Fair Play restrictions lifted by UEFA last month, have paid 63 million euros for Di Maria according to local media reports.
Di Maria did not join United’s pre-season tour of the United States and on Monday travelled to Doha, Qatar, where PSG’s owners are based, before finalising the deal.
(Additional reporting by Ingrid Melander in Paris and Steve Tongue in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)
Towards the end of the season he was regularly left out by manager Louis Van Gaal, who became resigned to the club taking a heavy loss on the Argentine after shelling out a British record fee of almost 60 million pounds 12 months ago.
The 27-year-old Di Maria, who was looking to end a disappointing stint at United, could partner fellow Argentine Javier Pastore, the duo having been impressive in helping their country reach the final at this year’s Copa America.
PSG have failed to get past the last eight in the Champions League for the last three seasons but with former Real Madrid winger Di Maria, Laurent Blanc’s side will hope to go further.
Di Maria is expected to play on the left wing, which would send Cavani to the right flank with Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing as a lone striker.
Neither Ibrahimovic nor Cavani have won the Champions League but Di Maria was man of the match in the 2014 final when Real Madrid lifted the trophy with a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.. I want to bring the maximum … this is what I share with it. to win the Champions League… to go beyond the quarter-finals,” Di Maria told a news conference at his unveiling in Paris.
After an impressive start at Old Trafford last season, with three goals in his first four games, he suffered a two-month injury layoff and failed to score again in the league. “I know that PSG has a very important, very good project ..
m88 He splashed the cash in 2003 to buy Chelsea and has had great success. They are one of the most desirable teams in the world and play a brand of football that is certainly revered amongst other teams in the game. However, they are still in the top 10 in terms of worth.
He owns a pretty low-level Norwegian side but is worth a fortune.
At number 4 we have Arsenal worth an estimated £880 million. They haven’t won a thing for almost eight years now but they are still a Champion’s League side with some impressive names such as Jack Wishere, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Lukas Podolski. They certainly have always been a sexy club and they are now the wealthiest club in the world.
In the spirit of the off-season, and because we all need plenty of football reading to keep us sane as we wait for the kick-off to the new Premier League season, here are two for the price of one.
Juventus. With recent victories in the Italian Seria A they are in a strong position.
At number 10, we have the old giant Liverpool Football Club with a worth of around 430 million. Bayern Munich are worth around £860 million and have a fantastic side. They have notable members in their squad such as Fabregas, Xavi, Messi, and Iniesta and are always challenging for the Champion’s League.
At number 5, we have Silvio Berlusconi
At number 5, we have Bayern Munich. In 2011, Mittal was ranked 6th richest person in the whole world. However, Manchester United remain a massive brand that will stand the test of time. He is also the co-founder of the Major League Soccer and many of the clubs in that league.
Al-Thani owned Malaga, which was an exciting prospect for the club. He’s recently been reunited with Jose Mourinho and is splashing the cash on players again.
At number 7, we have Chelsea worth an estimated £595 million. They lost in the German Super Cup but that will not surely make any difference to their success this year.
At number 8, we have Juventus worth an estimated £458 million. They showed that they are a selling team by getting rid of Robin Van Persie but certainly are a good business with a superb fan-base.
So there you have it, your two for an offering. Christiano Ronaldo joined the club for a world record £80 billion and they’re chasing Gareth Bale at the moment. Jose Mourinho surely will only be satisfied if they win the Champion’s League, which will increase the worth still further.
At Number 2, we have Roman Abramovich
At number 1, we have Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Manchester City’s group of owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group has an estimated worth of $31 Billion. If Gareth Bale goes for over a hundred million pounds in the present transfer window, we’ll be set to see a massive competition between Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich to fight to be the supremo of Europe.
At number 9, we have Philip Anschutz
First of all, we’ll have a look at the richest owners of football clubs over the last 10 years. He has an estimated worth of $5.9 Billion.
This is perhaps the most famous rich football club owner in the world. With the return of Jose Mourinho, and players such as Fernando Torres, Peter Cech, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, and John Terry, they’re sure to be a challenge to the Premier League again this year. They won the Champion’s League last year and the German League is certainly one of the best if not ‘The’ best in Europe. The Sheikh is deputy Prime Minister and has spent almost half a billion dollars on players at Manchester City. With Robin Van Persie arriving, Wayne Rooney seems out in the cold and has stated that he wants to live. Time will tell however whether David Moyes managed to have the same success as Alex Ferguson had, with title after title since he took over in 1986. AC Milan are reported to be worth around 634 million. Liverpool has certainly lost their status as one of the very biggest clubs in the world over recent years. Since then, he has dropped down the rich list but still QPR are pretty well-off.
At number 9, we have Manchester City worth an estimated 455 million. Guys that have given clubs an unfair advantage and spent ludicrous sums on some pretty average players.
Francois-Henri Pinault is at number 7
At number 2, we have Manchester United worth £2.09 billion. Milan and of course is the former PM of Italy. Their success in the Italian League has been impressive over recent years after some somewhat lowly years.
QPR struggled last year but did have an extremely wealthy owner. PSG are owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, making them the only richer body owning a football club in France.
Usmanov sounds like someone out of Borat The Movie, but in fact he is a member of the Arsenal Board. They’re certainly the desirable club to go for amongst the top players in the world. The club has billions of reasons to be a major force in the game, and is set to continue to be so as they continue to spend and spend.
The Anzhi’s owner is indeed a super rich billionaire. They also have Kaka, Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, and a host of other talents. They have a long history of success and a massive fan-base. They have some brilliant names in their club such as Mario Balotelli and Robinho. The richest owners over the last decade and the wealthiest clubs in the world. If you look back at their historical player list you’ll see Ronaldo, Figo, Carlos, Cannavaro, Beckham, and Zidane. Notable names on their team sheet include Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, and Carlos Tevez, who again may be leaving. With the Luis Suarez affair continuing, and him threatening to sue the club if they don’t let him move to Arsenal, there could be more damage to the brand. They have the brilliant Italian keeper Buffon, the play maker Pirlo, and Paul Pogba. Manchester City have had massive success and, as we saw earlier, have spent half a billion pounds on players over recent years.
At number 1, and narrowly pipping Manchester United, is Real Madrid worth £2.18 billion. He’s a minority shareholder, so in reality he doesn’t make a massive difference to the club.
At number 10, we have John Freriksen
He is the LA Galaxy owner who of course brought David Beckham to the club. He quickly lost all interest in the club and now it is riddled with debt and Sheikh is nowhere to be seen.
At number 4, we have Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani
At number 3, we have Sultan Kerimov
Let’s move on to list 2–the top ten richest clubs in the world.
At number 8, we have Alisher Usmanov
At number 6 is Lakshmi Mittal
At number 3 we have FC Barcelona worth a massive £1.72 billion.
He is the Stade Rennais’ owner and the richest sole owner in French football. He bought people such as Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, and Christopher Samba and has also put millions into the infrastructure of the club.
At number 6 we have AC Milan. It isn’t as lucrative as the Premier League but with players such as Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Robben, and Franck Riberyy, Bayern Munich are sure to be a brilliant team again this year. It’s certainly a time of transition for Manchester United but they still have many stars.
There are 24 athletes in total, of which Zlatan Ibrahimovic ranks above all at 89. Zlatan is followed closely by Thiago Silva at 88 who is then followed by Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria who are both at 85.. This time they have listed down every player that is a part of Paris Saint-Germain [PSG].
Game releases on September 22, 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows.
On the lower end they have Presnel Kimpembe at 60, Hervin Ongenda and Jean-Kevin Augustin at 69.
For the rest of the athletes as well as detailed FIFA 16 player ratings of these, check out each one of them in the gallery below.
Also, Barcelona and Real Madrid player ratings were also revealed by the developers recently where Ronaldo at 93 is topped by Messi at 94. Last but not the least, FIFA 16 player ratings for the Ultimate Team Legends can be found here.
EA Sports has been sharing details on the players that are going to be a part of the game by sharing official FIFA 16 player ratings for different clubs. Here are the rest of them.
If you want to look past Paris Saint-Germain [PSG], EA Sports has also listed the 50 top rated players that are going to grace the game
m88 The Club is owned by the US-based Glazer family, owners of the NFL team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Worldwide Consumer Products. For the first time ever, all sixty-four FIFA World Cup matches were broadcast live to millions of households. continues to soar. We intend to build the awareness and fan base of the clubs we represent just as we do for our movies and television shows all over the world.”
About FC Barcelona
Over the past three years, WBCP has forged new ground in the realm of soccer licensing, including representation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro 2008(TM), the Mexico National Team and A.C. “Manchester United has a huge following in the region and is keen to extend its reach in this increasingly important market for world soccer. Milan, among others. The club’s theme is “Mes que un club” (More than a club).
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is one of the best supported soccer clubs in France.
“These are prestigious clubs that we are adding to our already broad soccer portfolio,” said Jordan Sollitto, Executive Vice President of International Licensing and New Business Initiatives, Warner Bros. Its spectacular playing style has created a global fan base that reaches from the Americas to Asia and has been characterized by mystic figures of soccer: Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Romario, Rivaldo and now Ronaldinho. We very much look forward to this exciting cooperation.”
About Manchester United
FC Barcelona is one of the greatest soccer clubs in the world, with a history of 107 years since its foundation in 1899 by the swiss Joan Gamper. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. “This agreement gives us the opportunity to develop our fan relationships even further.”
About Paris Saint-Germain
Tourists visiting Paris also appreciate the club because of its iconic logo featuring the city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Their soccer team, Juventus, has become a symbol of success in Italy and internationally. The club has been the most successful club in the UK over the last 15 years, collecting eight Premiership titles and the European Cup under the stewardship of their legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Consumer Products
Manchester United is the most watched soccer team in the world. Several high-profile players including Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pedro Pauleta play for these highly-regarded European soccer clubs and were some of the biggest names during the recent World Cup. This agreement represents a big step forward for all four clubs.”
“Millions of fans in the Americas are following the Premier League and the best European soccer every week,” said David Gill, CEO of Manchester United plc. Their black and white jersey (hence the “Bianconeri” nickname for the team) is yet another symbol of Italian style and elegance. The club, UEFA Champions-League title holders and winner of the last two years’ Spanish league, is not only active in the sporting field with several professional sports (soccer, basketball, handball, etc.), but also has a strong social responsibility that goes beyond the pure sports activity.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. The broad licensing program will include leisure apparel and accessories, toys and games, housewares and domestics, stationery, gifts and collectible items, among other key categories. “FC Barcelona is touring the States this Summer and it is clear that there is massive support for Barca and other leading European clubs.
“WBCP has long been one of the most successful entertainment licensing enterprises and with our global infrastructure we have the unique ability to create a licensing and merchandising program that speaks directly to soccer fans,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros.
“Soccer is developing so rapidly around the world and nowhere is that more obvious than in the Americas,” said Esteve Calzada, CMO of FC Barcelona. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
Passion and tradition. FC Barcelona is the club that has most members and one of the most impressive track records in winning titles.
“This is a huge step for Paris Saint-Germain and a big opportunity for us to develop and grow our club in the Americas,” said Alain Cayzac, President of Paris Saint-Germain.
About Warner Bros. The club’s stadium is the beautiful and historically important “Parc des Princes” with 48 000 seats, the second biggest stadium in France. PSG is also very well known for including some of the world’s greatest players on the team over the last decade, like David Ginola, Rai, George Weah, Nicolas Anelka, Ronaldinho, Pedro Pauleta… The history and legend of the club is inextricably connected to the Agnelli family, the entrepreneurs at the helm of Italian global icons such as Fiat or Ferrari.
About Juventus FC
This new deal grants WBCP the rights to license, manufacture, distribute, promote and sell club-branded merchandise throughout the Americas. These are some of the most important ingredients for soccer greatness. Greater access to outstanding soccer matches from around the globe, along with an unprecedented number of pre-season tours by leading European club teams has fueled the demand and the passion of millions of fans. Consumer Products (WBCP) as the clubs’ Master Licensee for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil and the rest of South America. “We’re excited to work with great partners and apply our expertise and creativity to develop product that will expand the fan base of these highly successful soccer brands.”
“Juventus has always enjoyed the support of millions of fans in the Americas,” said Jean-Claude Blanc, Chief Executive and General Manager, Juventus FC. “Soccer merchandising is a fast growing business for us and nowhere is the going-forward opportunity more exciting than right here in the United States. The philosophy of attractive and offensive play has specifically won the support of the youth, to whom stars like Ronaldinho, Eto’o and Messi are role models and idols. “We are all aware of the increasing popularity of the game of soccer in the region and of the support there for the leading European teams. Consumer Products. We are delighted to be part of what is a very substantial initiative.”
Warner Bros. Last season, Paris Saint-Germain won the French Cup for the seventh time, in one of the most memorable finals the country has seen, when it defeated its biggest rival in France, Olympique de Marseille.
The popularity of soccer in the U.S. As the youngest club in the French league, established in 1970, PSG has great European awareness thanks to its fantastic run of success in European competition in the mid 1990s with six consecutive semi-finals and two finals. WBCP will utilize their creative licensing and merchandising expertise to develop a complete range of licensed products. With an estimated 75 million fans globally, its reach is unsurpassed, with the official website receiving hits from two million unique users every month. There is no doubt Juventus was granted both, making it the most successful team in the “calcio,” the renowned Italian championship. 2, 2006–Top European soccer clubs, FC Barcelona, Juventus FC, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain announced today the appointment of Warner Bros. The club won its first European Title in 1996
m88 i believe he underachieved in the European Cup. Obviously a lot of credit has to go to the scouts and youth coaches too. You have to win the big competitions. His Aberdeen side won 3 Scottish championships, 4 Scottish cups and a league cup, all won within his 8 year spell at the manager. 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 European Champions League trophies. Ironically once Cantona retired, Fergie finally gained the European success at United he craved.
Fergie can also be credited with bringing through a talented stream of youth players. Fergie believes in control and discipline. So Fergie, in his 26 years at United we can remove 4 when he wasn’t allowed to be in Europe. His trophy count outstrips them massively. Indeed the so-called “Class of ’92″ which included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Beckham and the Nevilles is rare in British football. United’s goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar had went the wrong way!
Fergie’s greatest success was with Aberdeen. Domestic Success
This is the foundation ofFergie’s reputation. The number of trophies he won both at Manchester United and more impressively at Aberdeen is not debatable. He contested 4 European cup finals in total winning 2. It is one of British sports great “What If” questions to imagine what Fergie would have achieved at Aberdeen? What would Scottish football have been like in the 1990s? And what would Manchester United, Sky Sports, and the English Premiership have been like without Fergie and his all-conquering United side?. He knew Cantona was the best player in his team and he would do anything to keep him at the club. This ban was lifted in 1990 and Fergie won the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1991 at the first time of asking when United beat Barcelona 2-1. Brian Clough won 2 with little Nottingham Forest! Bob Paisley won 3 European Cups in a very short spell. So Fergie didn’t even have to win the league!
To be considered the very best then you have to prove it. In 2008 in the first all English final in Moscow, Chelsea’s captain John Terry had a penalty kick to win the trophy but he slipped and hit the post. His longevity at United is comparable to the likes of Brian Clough (Nottingham Forest), Matt Busby (Manchester United) and Jim McLean (Dundee United). This is an impressive success rate over a sustained period in charge of a football club. He has let many players who did not agree with his view go. Critics of the Scottish league would say that for Jock Stein or Walter Smith to win many championships at Celtic and Rangers is down to the lack of competition in a ‘poor’ Scottish league, then one could argue that Fergie may not have had a great deal of competition too. It could also be argued that when the European Cup was revamped to the Champions League he gained an advantage previous British and European managers never had. However it could be argued that he had a greater competitive advantage over his rivals for a longer period than these managers due to Manchester United’s rise as a global superpower. The Glasgow clubs have a duopoly on Scottish titles and cups with almost 100 league titles between them in around 120 years of competition. Fergie broke this mould along with to a lesser extent Jim McLean at Dundee United. However, his greatest achievement was actually ending the Old Firm dominance of Scottish Football by Celtic and Rangers. His first final in 1999 saw United trail Bayern Munich 1-0 as the game went into injury time. Remarkably United scored twice in 3 minutes from David Beckham corners to pip the Germans. This was true at Aberdeen and again at United. Possibly the only depth of young talent to come through in bulk like that were the Busby Babes of the 1950s and the Quality Street kids of the late 60s and early 70s at Celtic.
Over 22 years of leading United into Europe, Fergie would have to have won 4 or 5 European Cups to merit the “Greatest Ever” tag. If we include non-British managers then Jose Mourinho has won 2 in the space of 12 years already and with different clubs (Porto and Internazionale). It is often overlooked that United outspent many rivals in the late 80s and early 90s. Pep Guardiola won 2 with his superb Barcelona team in just 4 seasons.
Pantheon of Greats
Without question Sir Alex Ferguson is an all time great. He had a financial superiority over his domestic rivals for years until Chelsea turned up in 2004 under Russian oligarch Roman Ambramovitch. David Beckham, Jaap Staam, and Roy Keane are three such high-profile cases. And 2 European Cup Winners Cup (1 with United and 1 with Aberdeen).
Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. Blackburn Rovers and their millionaire owner Jack Walker ‘bought success’ when they won the title in 1995. If you are unlucky and lose a few times in the big events (Jimmy White was a perennial loser in snooker’s World Championship and golfer Colin Montgomerie may have won 8 European Order of Merits but he could never win a major championship and there are 4 a season in golf) then you are atalented person or coach but you are not the best.
The 2 wins Fergie achieved were also in very dramatic circumstances and could easily have went the other way. This may impress some, but if he was the manager of Ipswich Town or Sunderland and had done this, then it is an impressive record. However hiscontrol was found lacking during Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘kung fu’ kick at a spectator. Fergie broke his own rule. This is perhaps a tad unfair, but when we go into Europe it does hold.
Fergie took over at United in 1986 when English clubs were banned from Europe. But United outspent them over the 1990s.
Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. And I’ll tell you why.
First of all let’s look at his methods. More than 1 team from each country could now contest the big prize. But as manager of Manchester United – “The Biggest Club in the World” then it doesn’t look so good. However only 2 wins in European football’s premier competition in 26 years shows he cannot be classed as the best.
Manchester United’s former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager in the history of football. He took the club from Scotland’s oil capital and won the 1983 European Cup Winner’s Cup in the Swedish city of Gothenburg against the mighty Real Madrid. Perhaps Fergie was coming to achieve the dominance he craved near the end of his career as from 2008-11 he reached 3 out of 4 European finals, an achievement if he had sustained earlier then he would have become the all time best.
This is where domestic trophies should always be discounted when we discuss the best managers. He was outspent in his early years by the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid but in his later years he could attract the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo away from the European giants to play for him at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex, or ‘Fergie’ as he is known, is one of the greatest managers in British football, but when you considerdifferent judging criteria he comes up short as the best of all time. This goes for any sport. He has won 13 Premier League championships with United. However he contested 8 European Cup semi finals, again winning 4
12bet The Toffees recorded a 2-0 win in their home match last season against the Merseysiders, but that Liverpool was a beleaguered side struggling to recover from off-field ownership wrangles at the club.
In contrast, Liverpool won three against Bolton Wanderers at the end of last month and Wolves and Brighton last weekend. The last game these teams met in the Premier League was at the beginning of this year January at Anfield ended in a 2-2 draw. Furthermore, The Toffees was surprisingly beaten two goals at the hands of Manchester City on 24th September at the Etihad Stadium while Man City have never defeated Everton in the Premier League after conceding the opening goal, losing 13 and drawing two of those 15 games. Everton are looking to recover from their 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium while Liverpools players are trying their best to become the winner against the Toffees after their 2-1 win over Wolves at Anfield.
Before, two clubs had five head-to-head games: four of them are in English Premier League and one in FA Cup. The Reds lost their winning in two English Premier League matches ahead of Stoke City and Tottenham also in this month.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam (Gerrard 67), Downing (Bellamy 67), Suarez, Carroll.
Andy Carroll of Liverpool celebrates with his team mates after he scores the opening goal
Actually, The Toffees have only lost one of their last 14 Premier League games at Goodison Park
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Jack Rodwell of Everton is shown a red card by Referee Martin Atkinson after fouling Luis Suarez during the English Premier League match Everton vs Liverpool at Goodison Park on 1st October 2011.
Everton vs Liverpool 0-2 Highlights
Steven Gerrard comes on as a 67th-minute substitute for team mate Charlie Adam
Everton vs Liverpool 2011 Highlights: The game takes place in week seven of the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday 1st October 2011
Lineups :. This is a shock loss for both Everton F.C and fans around the world.
Everton vs Aston Villa September 2011 highlights
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The EPL match of Everton vs Liverpool takes place at Goodison Park at 12:45 PM BST on 1st October 2011. Everton gained the victory at two matches: one in Feb 2009 and one in Oct 2010 while Liverpool also won two times.
At the last five games, Everton performed quite well when winning three against Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic in EPL and West Bromwich in CCUP; drawing one match against Aston Villa with the score 2-2 some weeks ago
12bet unlike the majority of Bayern’s forwards, Özil has no defensive appetite and although Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are both in their 30s they are surely preferable to Özil on the Bayern wing.
David de Gea enjoyed the game of his life against Everton eight days ago
Özil has been in insipid form for Arsenal this year
United will have to brace themselves for similar stories cropping up in the Madrid press unless they agree a new deal with the brilliant goalkeeper, 24 next month.
Newcastle just can’t quit Andy Carroll and they could have him for as little as £6m in January; West Ham have grown that weary of the beanpole striker’s injuries.
. Even if it reprieves Wayne Rooney again.
Benfica’s 20-year-old midfielder Fábio Sturgeon is a Liverpool target, Tottenham are monitoring Toulouse’s £5m-rated striker Wissam Ben Yedder and, last and very much least, Arsène Wenger wants to keep Lukas Podolski.
Mesut Özil’s miserable year has all but ended with a knee injury but there could be a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel being shone by Bayern Munich.
No, we can’t believe it either, but the Monday rumour is Arsenal are prepared to take a £12.4 million hit on the Germany international by selling him to Bayern for £30m. The Spain skipper is fortunate to have started the season for both club and country but 86% of Marca readers voted for De Gea to start ahead of Casillas in Luxembourg last night, three days after Spain’s defeat to Slovakia.
Would Pep Guardiola want Özil? Probably not. One Spaniard United might not be as fussed about leaving is Juan Mata, especially when the interested club is Juventus.
It sounds disingenuous to label Mata, United’s club-record buy nine months ago and scorer of eight goals in 20 matches, as a “makeweight”, but if Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba are part of the deal few United supporters are likely to have any complaints. Özil’s productivity in Arsenal red has been mainly restricted to his first three months at the club and a spell on the sidelines could be viewed as a positive, rather than a negative, by Arsène Wenger.
David de Gea belatedly replaced Iker Casillas in the Spain side on Sunday night and he could do likewise at club level, too.
De Gea’s Manchester United contract expires in 2016, when Casillas will be 35
m88 the Blues have been occasionally linked with the midfielder throughout the summer, but nothing concrete has materialised. It’s a hefty sum, but I’m not complaining. Despite being adamant that the defender is not leaving Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez is apparently considering moves for the likes of Ashley Williams as replacements for Stones. All indications are that Stones won’t be a Toffees player come September. Galatasaray are looking for something nearer the £10million mark. Thanks for sticking with me throughout the ordeal, I could not have done it without your support/pageviews.
After confirming the arrival of Baba Rahman, Chelsea have been told to increase their offer should they want to sign Alex Telles, reports The Express.
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The transfer season is in full swing, so let’s take a look at what transfer rumours concerning Chelsea FC are flying around the press this morning.
I am celebrating here at the daily rumour round-up. The Metro claims that Chelsea are still interested in signing Real Madrid’s Isco. Bear in mind that these are indeed only rumours so take them with a pinch of salt. The performances of the Blues thus far have underlined the need for defensive reinforcements, and they apparently had a £5million bid rejected last week. Nevertheless in a period starved of any proper football action, what do fans have left to do but speculate?
Which one of these rumours do you see as plausible? Which ones do you really want to come true? Get involved and sound off in the comments below!
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. Everton are preparing for a future without John Stones, writes The Daily Star. Now it appears as though they are readying a bid in the region of £30million to bring him to Stamford Bridge. After literally weeks, months even, of writing about the potential arrival of Abdul Baba Rahman, he has finally arrived.
That’s the rumour round-up for the day. Furthermore, most of the sources are British tabloid papers which are notorious for making up random stories in order to give their journalists something to do
m88 communication and engagement with the fans is a crucial part of club’s media departments.
German Bundesliga is traditionally considered as one of the TOP 5 leagues in Europe and clubs from this league attract some serious audience on the social networks. First place goes to the experienced Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) with 8.8 million followers. Borussia Dortmund leader Marco Reus (@woodyinho) takes the fifth place in this list with 1.9 million followers.
Bundesliga compared to other leagues
If we compare the numbers of Twitter followers of the TOP 5 European football leagues, we can see that the German Bundesliga is placed third with 891K followers. He’s followed by his team-mates – Manuel Neuer (@Manuel_Neuer) with 2.5 million followers, Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) with 2.5 million followers and Mario Götze (@MarioGoetze) with 2.2 million followers. Five Bundesliga clubs (Werder Bremen, HSV, Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz 05 and Paderborn) don’t have a channel on YouTube, so no subscribers for them there. Hardest part is to attract subscribers for clubs at their YouTube channels. The world of football isn’t any exception here. Football clubs all around the world are trying to build their public image and raise their popularity not only with a great results on football pitch, but also through social networks. Others attract only a relatively small number of subscribers, only Bayern has managed to get past 100K subscribers mark.
Situation is similar if we look on the most popular Bundesliga players on Twitter. Borussia Dortmund keeps the second spot with 1.47 million followers on Twitter, 12 million Likes on Facebook and 94K subscribers on YouTube. Bayern and Borussia have a serious gap, as Schalke 04 (250K followers on Twitter, 2.5 million Likes on Facebook, 48K subscribers on YouTube) and other teams have a far smaller auditory.
As you can see in video below, biggest auditory can be found on Facebook, where clubs have from 101K (Paderborn) to 27 million (Bayern) Likes.
It’s quite hard to imagine modern day life without the internet and social networks. In comparison, Barclays Premier League page has been Liked more than 29 million times, Italian Serie A got almost 3 million Likes, French Ligue 1 has 1.5 million Likes, but Spanish La Liga official page has only 430K Likes.
. Bayern Munich is far the most popular Bundesliga club on Twitter (1.86 million followers), Facebook (27 million Likes) and YouTube (290K subscribers). In this post you’ll see the comparison of numbers of followers that German clubs have managed to attract to their social network profiles.
Overall, situation in Bundesliga isn’t too surprising. Bundesliga official page has 2.5 million Likes. Bayern and Borussia Dortmund players are the most popular ones. It has less followers than Barclays Premier League (7.7 million), Spanish La Liga (950K) and more than Italian Serie A (388K) and French Ligue 1 (182K).
m88 john Terry and Frank Lampard (10) have had the most Soccer Worldcup appearances of the Three Lions’ soccer team.
Does the England Soccer Team Have What It Takes for the 2010 Soccer Worldcup?
by: Stewart Rigley
The Champion Soccer Worldcup Players
England FIFA Soccer Worldcup Accomplishments
- On October 8, 2005, England started a succession of ten consecutive victories in FIFA World Soccer qualifiers. As a player for Italy, Capello’s greatest game was ironically in 1973 against England at Wembley. Their failure to qualify in three world soccer qualifying games has also impacted the team’s overall success.
- England’s entrance to Soccer Worldcup was in 1950 in Brazil and since then they have taken part in 11 global showpieces. Front-man Peter Crouch is not to be excluded with his four strikes in as many games and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe flaunting his skill with 3 goals in only 135 minutes of play. With a new spark of possibility for the Three Lions’ squad, the team needs to recuperate their image. However this victory is now a distant recollection as the team failed to attest their cup as presumed, in 1970. England’s solitary Soccer Worldcup triumph was a home win in 1966. Known for his authoritarian style, Capello has had a considerable effect on the England soccer team and has reshaped them from a situation of desolation to one of hope as they enter the South Africa Worldcup 2010 as true candidates.
But, following a wave of inferior performance under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren, there seems to be a new lift of energy in the team thanks to coach Fabio Capello. Supporting goal scorers are midfielders Steven Gerrard (3) and Frank Lampard (4). Their first and only win was on home ground in 1966.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has presented immense commitment and is the leading goal scorer having scored 9 goals in 9 matches. However this came to an immediate end on October 10, 2009 when they were defeated 1-0 by Ukraine.
Fabio Capello was born on June 18, 1946 in San Canzian d’Isonzo, Italy and has been awarded numerous honors including multiple Serie A and La Liga titles. With their present display of confidence and the fact that the weather conditions throughout the South Africa Worldcup 2010 will be to their benefit, England absolutely stand a chance of at least gaining a semi-final place.
fun88 the way Swansea keeps the ball is unbelievable.
But that has not happened so, at the moment, I’m just concentrating on Tottenham.
Tottenham have been falling in form and the long term future of manager Harry Redknapp continues to be questioned with the England hoping to steal him away at the first opportunity they are allowed.
The last few weeks have seen high flying Spurs knocked off their high horse as London rivals Arsenal over took them in third place while Chelsea are knocking on the door of their fourth place spot.
However, despite all of the current press around him supporting his current club, there is a high likelihood that Bale could head to Spain this summer according to the Telegraph.
If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it’s a bit like Harry [Redknapp] and England, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime dream.
We saw the results on Saturday and we knew what a massive win it was for QPR to beat Arsenal.
I wouldn’t blame him for going. That gave us the opportunity to get back level and maybe even go above them.
If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real Madrid would they turn it down? Probably not.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale looks like he could be succumbing to the draw of both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Metro quoted Bale as looking at a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona as a dream:
But we showed what we can do against a great footballing side like Swansea and hopefully that will put pressure on the others.”
. But he is a great manager and if England do come calling it’s one of those lifetime opportunities that you just can’t turn down.
We had to work so hard. The first claiming that the sale of several promising Barca youngsters would fund a move for Bale, while another claimed that the Catalan club had already watched the Welsh youngster on seven occasions.
They’ve been fantastic this season, but we showed our true class and what attacking class we have.
Clearly it’s going to be his choice and only he knows whether he wants the job or not, if it is the dream job for him.
We all want Harry to stay. You never know if that opportunity will ever come around again.
We’ve been playing well recently, but we’ve had a lot of bad luck.
If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.
Inter Milan are also believed to be chasing him according to the same Metro article as it is believed it will take a bid in the range of at least £40 million to take the Welshman away from White Hart Lane.
Bale has been quoted as stating that Redknapp should take the England job according to The Sun:
Bale’s recent heroics to help lift Spurs back to within a goal of third place after this weekend’s victory over Swansea City had him claiming that the club was in deed back on task as he was quoted once more in The Sun:
Bale was linked to a move to Barcelona back in February of this year by the Daily Mail on two separate occasions
That was before online bookmakers offered odds on anything and everything, from match results and goals scored to which team will win the coin toss or take the first corner, and before their relentless advertising.
Sports and gambling have, of course, long gone together, feeding off each other’s success and growth. But I mean you’re talking about one of the biggest, powerfulest jobs in football and all you’re getting to hear about is Paddy Power.”
Sport “matters more when there’s money on it,” it says. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.
Whoa. This was about making a splash. Villa’s shirt sponsor is dafabet, a name that works better in Chinese, where “dafa” means “big wealth.” Stoke and Burnley players are billboards for แทงบอลออนไลน์ Bet365 and Fun88 (another name that plays on the Chinese word to get rich).. In the UK, which liberalized gambling advertising in 2007, adults’ exposure to gambling commercials on television soared five-fold in eight years to 2012, regulator Ofcom found. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.
That is the message that football, more than most other sports, is mainlining into our homes, helped by names like Ginola and teams lending their cachet, stadiums, jerseys and players to the industry that had cash to splash when the 2008 financial crisis hobbled other sponsors.
“It just makes like a mockery of football.”
Bet. It reads like a plug for Fifty Shades of Grey.
One of those is Kevin Twaddle, a former player for Motherwell and other Scottish clubs who told his story in the biography, “Life On The Line: How to Lose a Million and So Much More.” He no longer gambles and has delivered talks to other players about the risks.
But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. Bet again. Bet some more.
And that isn’t funny at all.
But gambling advertising wasn’t as in-your-face as now. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
PARIS – Don’t laugh. “It’s great for Paddy Power. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.
Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter.
All this in a sport grappling with the increasing danger of gambling-related match-fixing and with ample examples of gambling-addicted players who frittered away their wealth.
But that’s not the point here. “There’s more passion, more pleasure and more pain.”
Twaddle takes a very dim view of Ginola’s Paddy Power-backed grab for FIFA.
“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.
And how about this blurb from Sky Bet, title sponsor since 2013 of England’s three divisions below the Premier League. What ever happened to sport for sport’s sake, for the buzz of competition, not a bet? How quaint. The increase was three-fold for children aged 4-15.
We’re talking here about David Ginola. Tuning in for results of football betting pools, which offered big jackpots for small stakes, was a Saturday afternoon ritual for many 20th Century English families.
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said in a phone interview. Hull against Aston Villa on Feb. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.
Imagine, for a moment, a Paddy Power-financed FIFA president. It won’t happen; FIFA’s ethics rules should see to that. 10 will pit two Asian online bookmakers against each other. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.
“It’s eyeballs we’re after,” 12Bet executive Rory Anderson, quoted in the Daily Mail, said when the online bookmaker became the name on Hull City’s shirt for this Premier League season.
Asking your kids to make tea during half-time breaks won’t shield them from the bombardment, not with gambling ads flashing throughout matches on pitch-side light-boards. But the mere thought of the gambling industry even attempting to place a stooge at the very top of football makes the prospect of another Blatter term seem perhaps not quite so bad.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press
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Tori Spelling, Jordan Bridges, Greg Germann
A company takeover gives Charlie Mackenzie (Tori Spelling) the career opportunity she wanted. One night event soon turns into a full-time gig when the boss and his family move in next door.. Her life begins to unravel when Jason dumps her and she loses her job, only a few days before Thanksgiving.
On her friend’s advice, she goes on an online date and finds David (Jordan Bridges), who is an out-of-work actor. Just Go With It, No Strings Attached, 10 things I hate About You, While You Were Sleeping, She’s All That, etc. And to top it all is their unconventional budding relation.
Did You Know?
David S. To make things more complex, they have to deal with their respective families in a way that finally compels them to look at one other from a different perspective.
The Wedding Date
Jessica Bendinger, Paul Brooks, Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Nathalie Marciano
Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Davenport
Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) is the single and elder sister of a bride-to-be. Their frequent rendezvous soon leads to a real wedding.
Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Grard Depardieu
Frenchman, Georges (Grard Depardieu), needs a green card to stay in the country. To get their respective families off their backs, they decide to play couple for the rest of the holidays.
Things get further complicated when Rob’s Catholic family meets Julie’s Jewish family. In frantic anxiety she hires a male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend for her sister’s wedding.
Both harboring a hidden agenda tread on into a relationship to win their bet and write the article, only to realize that they might have won the bet and got an article out of their little experiment, but have lost their hearts to one another.
Betty White almost declined her role as Grandma Annie in the The Proposal because she just wouldn’t leave her golden retriever alone.Many romantic comedies revolve around a ruse wedding or engagement. During one such call from her listeners, she advises her to break up with her boyfriend.
Like every other wedding this one too is filled with high anxiety and excitement. As you’d expect they party hard together. While Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is an advertising executive, who has a bet with his co-workers, that he could make any woman fall head over heels for him, and that too in 10 days. They are played either to get their families or bosses off their back, or to claim an insane sum of money, or to simply stay in the country.
Whatever the reason be to play this game, it surely becomes a reason valid enough for two least likely people to come together, only to realize that their true love was always right in front of them. Scott
Joseph Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Linda Darlow
Rob (Joseph Lawrence) is a commitment phobe who is teased by his family for not being able to sustain a relationship over the holidays. She soon finds out that her boss Edward Walcot (Greg Germann) insists on the company being a ‘family company’.
A little misunderstanding leads to Charlie hiring an actor Buck Maddockx (Jordan Bridges) to play her husband Frank and borrowing a friend’s daughter to play their daughter, in front of her boss. The spurned ex-boyfriend, Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is set to take revenge by getting himself legally married to her, without her knowledge. A fight and a huge sum of jackpot money complicate the issue further.
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My Fake Fianc
Melissa Joan Hart, Joseph Lawrence, Jason MacDonald
Vince (Joseph Lawrence), after finding himself knee-deep in gambling debt; and Jennifer (Melissa Joan Hart) – after getting all her belongings stolen; find themselves in dire need of money. Despite their mutual hatred for each other, they decide to get into a fake marriage, only to receive and split the cash and gifts they receive.
Things get increasingly complicated with Vince’s encounter with a beautiful woman at Gambler’s Anonymous, where Jennifer discovers the jealous lover in her. She asks him to pose as her fianc in front of her family.
Laws of Attraction
David Bergstein, Julie Durk, David T. This marriage comes into spotlight when Emma and her fianc Richard (Colin Firth) go to register their marriage.
Confused and flustered, she tracks down her accidental husband to get their marriage annulled. The next morning they realize that they got married while they were drunk, the night before. Friendly, Beau St. Cass Sr.
Albert T. Everything seems to be fine in the beginning only to fall apart due to their work later. On the other hand, Bront, (Andie MacDowell) fancies an apartment which is to be rented only to a married couple.
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Tosca Musk, Nicole C. Clair
Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Parker Posey
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Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, Jordan Bridges
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Michael Aguilar, Shawn Levy, Jimmy Miller
Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Robert Evans, Lynda Obst, Christine Peters
Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a writer for a high-end magazine, writing an article called, how to lose a guy in 10 days. There are many more movies viz. Following are some movies similar to The Proposal.
Hitched for the Holidays
Michael M. The above list is just to name a few of the good romantic comedy movies like “the proposal”. Situations get complicated when the skeleton is out of the closet, and ex-boyfriend poses as the best man at the wedding. Hillary aspires to get her mother’s approval for her life choices and hence wants her fiance to meet her mother before Thanksgiving. Tempers and emotions run high. With the upcoming Christmas and Hanukkah stretch the two to their limits, only to bring them to the realization about their true feelings.
The Accidental Husband
Jason Blum, Uma Thurman, Jennifer and Suzanne Todd, Bob Yari
Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth
Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman), is a radio talk show host, who renders advice to the heartbroken people in love
The reason that is important is that both teams went with their first squad to it and the Confederations Cup was held in Brazil, just like the World Cup 2014 will be.
Another reason the home team will be one of the better ones to watch is that their style of play is one of the most entertaining ones. They have a generation of players with international experience and they are not afraid of the big teams.
Some of the players that soccer fans around the world will recognize are Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarin, Abel Aguilar, James Rodriguez, Camilo Zuiga, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and Luis Muriel and of course Radamel Falcao. A healthy team is almost unbeatable. Brazil is down to number 9 in the world rankings as of July 2013, but if you think that will mean much by the world cup, then you have another thing coming. They could pull a surprise win, though the odds are not in their favor. Some of the players for Spain now include Xavi, Iniesta, Mata, Casillas, Torres, Villa and others. That bad history could disappear nextyear as they have what experts call their best team in the countrys history. They have never won it all; in fact they have not even qualified since 1998. The audience world-wide dwarf the audiences for the Super Bowl, the Major League Baseball World Series and the NBA Finals combined; even with those audiences only 32 teams will make it to the World Cup and here are the ones that you need to tune in to watch.
The Netherlands is the country that has been closer to winning the title without ever doing so. Think of Gotze, Ozil, Marc-Andre, Hummels, Muller, and Schrrle. European soccer is known as effective and strong, but Brazilian play is almost like a dance on the field. There is no real weakness in the team and the home fans will not have to go that far to cheer for them.
As the World Cup picture begins to take shape, it becomes a lot easier to see which teams are the ones to watch in the biggest stage in international soccer competition. It is no wonder that they are the favorites to win every game, but the question in peoples minds is how they will get to the World Cup. Belgium has never won the World Cup and they will probably not be able to beat the top names on the list this time around, but their team is young and extremely talented; they are so talented that I would not be surprised if they reach the semi-finals and if they win it all in Russia in 2018. Other players to watch include Luiz Gustavo, Hulk, Filipe Luis, Marcelo and Daniel Alves.
If you feelsurprised by Belgium being on the list, then you have not been paying much attention to soccer lately. The one thing to remember however is that as good as the Spanish team is never has a European team won a World Cup played in the Americas.Brazil
A lot of people are saying that Brazil is not what it once wasand to a certain degree they are right. As of 2013 they are number 5 in the world and they were the runner ups on 2010. Brazil is full of experienced and young superstars and they just beat Spain in the Confederations Cup Final. Clearly if the Argentinian team is going to get back to its glory days their captain needs to score, but he will have a great cast around him for 2014.
Messi will have with him players like Mascherano, Angel di Maria, Benega, Biglia, Augusto Fernandez, Sergio Agero, Gonzalo Higuan and Cristian Alverz. They have a team that may not have a Messi or a Ronaldo, but they are a team that others fear. The rest of the team has international playing experience so coach Alejandro Savella will have plenty to choose from.
Other Teams With A Chance
Though the Spanish team number onein the world today, I believe that if a European team is going to win the World Cup in South America, then that will be Germany. They still have players that could make a big difference like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder.
You can never count out the Italians in international competition and next year will be no different. Italy
Colombia is not a team with a lot of history in World Cup matches. They have one of the best keepers in history with Buffon who is now 35 but is still expected to be the keeper next year. The team was mostly young in 2010 and they got really close to the finals. This will also be the biggest international event for Neymar and the entire countrys hopes are on his shoulders. A team of youngsters is enough to get the Germans to the semi-finals, but when you add Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Beck and the rest of the squad they just become too dominant.. He was not scoring goals, but he was always getting involved in almost every goal opportunity for Argentina. That was club play, but it shows you that Germany is a force for a reason.
Another reason Germany may take it all is that they are still loaded with young players that will keep them winning for a long time. As of July of 2013 the country isranked number 3 in the world ahead of the continents powerhouses Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Some say that Messi did not do much in the 2010 edition of the World Cup, but I saw it differently. Some of the best names in the team are Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Vermaelen, Nainggolan, Lukaku and Mirallas.
If you are playing in South America, and you have LionelMessi in your squad then you automatically become one of the favorites to win it all. Also joining him are very talented veterans like Maggio, Aquilani, Pirlo, De Rossi and bright young star Mario Balotelli.
Spain is the defending champion and ranked number one by FIFA and with good reason. Today they have a lot more experience and Bayern and Borussia Dortmund made the Real Madrid and Barcelona look like amateurs at the Champions League
Either way, the cost of the floating behemoth is $590 million, and it’s equipped with everything.
Before I get into the really fun stuff, there was one thing he bought his young girlfriend Dasha Zhukova recently, and that was a piece of the moon.
What’s probably the most interesting and entertaining to watch about Abramovich is his seemingly endless acquisition of big toys, which is definitely a sign of being noveau riche, and wanting people to know it.
Roman Abramovich feeling the economic pain
Like all of the wealthy, the status of Roman Abramovich’s wealth has fluctuated along with the performance of the global economy, and as a result his wealth has decline by several billion.
As far as the James Bond stuff, there are two helicopter pads, three launch boats, systems for detecting intruders, bullet-proof glass in the master suite, and a missile defence system.
Included with the yacht are 11 guest rooms, several hot tubs, a disco dance floor, and two swimming pools.
Eventually there was a brutal battle over the aluminium industry in Russia, and when the smoke cleared, Abramovich was sitting at the top of the heap. This isn’t a piece of the moon in the sense of a space rock brought back from a past mission, it’s a piece of 100 acres on the moon given to his bride-to-be as an act of contrition to be forgiven for not marrying her because the economic crisis has cost him several billion dollars. Unconfirmed reports say he paid over a million US for the two.
Estimates are up to 100 people had been murdered or killed during the ensuing gangland-style feuds to control the extremely profitable smelters.
Rags to riches story
Abramovich is a rags to riches story, as he took an expensive wedding gift from his in-laws and turned into the multi-billion dollar empire he now runs.
If that’s not enough air power for Abramovich, he also had three Eurocopter helicopters for use on his yachts, airports, and Fyning Hill estate.
He’s had a fascinating and bumpy ride, and typical of the Russian entrepreneur which has emerged in the early years, he has fought hard to not only survive, but also to wildly succeed.. His prize auto is probably the Ferrari FXX he owns, which was built only for racing. That’s hard core man.
As of this writing, Abramovich rides in his own private 767-33A/ER, which he calls the bandit. In meters it seems the correct length is right around 170 meters long.
He actually started by selling these plastic ducks from an apartment in Moscow, and multiplied that into oil investments, which were the foundation of his huge wealth.
Admiral Abramovich and his fleet of yachts
All the above toys are impressive and interesting, but they pale in comparison to the fleet of yachts he owns, reputed to be the largest in the world for a private owner.
He has a somewhat shady history that coincides with the shady history of Russia as Perestroika started moving it toward free markets and entrepreneurship.
So while he started off selling retail items, his interests and wealth are largely in the commodities markets
Big rich boy toys
No talk about Abramovich would be complete without the extravagance of the big toys he buys, including yachts, planes, helicopters and limousines.
Chelsea Football Club
As sports can be the playground of many of the wealthy, that’s true of Roman Abramovich.
Now you’d think about $7 billion would be enough to marry with, but maybe she’s a big spender. It is seen quite often parked at Stansted Airport in the UK at the Harrods Aviation facility.
I can’t tie down the actual length, as almost every report I’ve read has it listed differently. I don’t know.
Don’t feel sorry for the Russian bear though, he still is worth about $8 billion or more, so it’s not like he’s on government assistance.
Among his sports cars, Abramovich has quite a collection.
Both of them came with bullet-proof glass, and are also made to be bomb proof.
The yacht was recently seen leaving the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Germany, and is due to be delivered sometime in 2010 after the final touches are added.
Roman Abramovich, a Russian Jew, is a fun guy to read about, and quite a character, in contrast to what most people think of entrepreneurs in the West.
Several years ago Abramovich acquired to Maybach 62 limousines which seem to reflect either paranoia or protection from past shady exploits.
According to some news outlets that assert they’ve seen the court documents, Abramovich allegedly admitted that he had paid out billions in political favors and protection fees in order to not only gain share in the aluminum industry, but the Russian oil industry as well.
Lastly, it comes with a mini-submarine which can dive to about 50 meters. I’ve seen lengths anywhere from 482 feet long to 575 feet along, and other in between those numbers. The $2.2 million car is one of only 30 built.
Other four-wheel toys he owns are a modified Porsche Carrera GT, Bugatti Veryron, Maerati MC12 Corsa and a Ferrari 360.
Flamboyant life and accomplishments
Roman Abramovich works hard and plays hard, and he started it all by selling little plastic ducks from his apartment in a country that had just allowed its first entrepreneurs to try their hand at success.
These weren’t just the muscle getting hit either, it was the executives and government officials also losing their lives in the battle.
Coming from Russia, this is more impressive than at first glance, because we couldn’t understand what it took in a country that until that moment had fiercly opposed capitalism and private enterprise.
Of course it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction as some of the losers in his business battles are supplying the information, but he has evidently admitted to doing some things which were unethical in his past business dealing.
To scratch that itch, he bought the Chelsea Football Club, which plays in the Premier League, and is based in West London, in a primarily working class area.
Abramovich had a goal of making them an international brand, and while that has happened to a small degree, it’s not anywhere near where it possibly may end up, but hundreds of millions have been spent so far, and it’ll probably take a lot more if that is to ever become a reality.
While he has several of them, the one I want to talk about is his most recent yacht acquisition named the Eclipse, now the largest yacht in the world.
He also has a new private aircraft, an A340-313X, built by Airbus for him
White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy hopes to see work on the new
60,000-capacity stadium, which will overlap the club’s home since
1899, begin next summer and be completed by 2013.
In a bid to overcome objections from heritage groups, the new
blueprint will see the famous Red House, formerly home of the
manager’s office and the boardroom, not knocked down but converted
into a coffee house.
CONFIDENT Levy has made key changes to plans
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The famous emblem of the golden cockerel on a ball, currently sited
on the roof of the east stand, will be kept and put nearer ground level.
“In much the same way as we persevered and delivered the new
training centre at Bulls Cross, we remain focused and committed to
delivering a world-class, increasedcapacity stadium.”
Spurs’ revised plans will be submitted to Haringey Council in
the next few weeks and Levy explained: “We have looked again at the
overall master-plan and have used this opportunity to make further
Byline: MARTIN LIPTON
SPURS last night showed they want to put history at the heart of
the future when revised plans for the club’s pounds 400million new
home were unveiled.
And the statue of Bill Nicholson supporting the famous club gates
that bear his name will be part of the entrance to the new club
megastore and museum.
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Here, you will find some of the best players to buy in the game, and some of the best young players to look out for as well.
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These are some of the best players in Football Manager 2010, amongst many others. Football Manager 2010 (or Football Manager 10 or FM10) is a football simulation video game that allows you to take on the role of a football manager, and manage your team and players.
The game was released in October 2009, and can be played on Microsoft Windows, the Mac OS X, and the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable). As the manager of your favorite team, you have to arrange your team the way you want, by buying and selling players, setting out the line-ups for the next game, and managing all the things that come under the daily jurisdiction of a real-life football manager. With all the players mentioned here though, you can never go wrong.
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Coach van Gaals crowning achievement came with the fourth and final part of the strategy. You may have noted that he was fouled by no fewer than six players on the Oranje team, no matter where he played on the pitch. The fine tuning that van Gaal needed at half time was minimal as the four-part strategy could begin to be discerned early with some parts evident through the latter part of the first halt.
The first half of the game was thus unsurprisingly one sided as the Chileans asserted themselves and the Dutch, though intent on defending, seemed nevertheless surprised by the technical ability and creativity of their opponent. It was at that point, that, had the Dutch held the Chileans scoreless, the Oranje was planning on going on the attack. The by then normal aerial delivery came 84 seconds after the substitution and go order. But the most evident example came at the 91st minute when Chile was flooding the Dutch half, pressuring for a tying score, when a clearance by the Dutch was achieved with a header obtained via foul on a Chilean just outside the box. The brilliant stealth move was to bring in as a substitute the 62 Leroy Fer for the 57 Sneijder and then have Fer play offensively. Second, erase Alexis Sanchez. This was the 69th to 75th minute substitutions. The results of the strategy were evident in the number of critical fouls called in Hollands favor that either stopped Chilean attacks or maintained Dutch pressure. This means that Chile will probably have to meet Brazil in the Group of 16 while the Dutch will play either Mexico or Croatia.
But credit must be given when credit has clearly been earned. Check.
First, play defensively all of the first half–check.
In a game the Dutch could afford to draw and still progress in first place to the next round coach van Gaal devised a simple strategy to maximize his chances without his key suspended player Robin van Persie. If van Gaal and company have thought it through, the next opponent should not be as difficult and the team and coach should get a respite. The next piece of the puzzle was complementary but more delicate and challenging to achieve, one would assume. But the games chances were even given the individual threat that the speedy Arjen Robben alone provides, and the manner in which the Europeans counterattacking clicked to support him time and again to produce enough dangerous plays to keep Chile honest.
Monday, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hollands Louis van Gaal masterminded a strategy that kept the Chilean team at bay for 70-75 minutes, in their World Cup Group B match, then he brought in the reserve pieces of his arsenal for the 2-0 win. Then again, this is the cup of surprises, so no one knows what will happen next no matter the plan.
The half ended 0-0 but not for lack of chances as both sides could have scored.
The second half saw Chile try to duplicate its first half offensive dominance, but the Dutch had now seen what else it took to stop the avalanche.
The much taller Dutch team made sure that most aerial confrontation concluded with both the ball, and any foul called, going their way. Check. Meanwhile, the internationally recognizable Sneijder and Robben kept complaining to Gassama each time he blew the whistle for or against them. The ref ignored the infraction and the Dutch raced down the field. Coach van Gaal could be seen playing to the fourth official from the first contested ball involving Robben all the way to when Dirk Kuyt fell to the ground feigning cramps and being substituted, priceless lost time later, at the 89th minute.
The smiles and knowing looks that the coach and his assistants could be seen exchanging after Fers score was the smile of a brain trust that has worked the numbers down to a near-scientific certainty. A simple corner, a blown coverage, a towering header, and Holland was ahead 1-0 at the 76:24. Then it will be time to really strategize again, at the quarterfinals, when the next tough challenge will come up. The result puts the Dutch atop the group and Chile in second place. He began by playing an ultra-defensive formation that included sacrificing both Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, playing the latter in a more defensive role, and leaving the former as the lone striker with the occasional support of Jeremain Lens, the second striker, who actually played behind Robben and was more a high-up defensive disturbance than an offensive threat.. That was the checkmate move; Depays role, and the other officiating details handled, were merely the insurance any good strategic planner always takes out. In a matter of seconds, with the Chilean defense tilted toward attack and thus out of position, and the fresh 69th minute substitute Memphis Depay keeping pace with the speedy Robben, the Dutch lethal counter resulted in Depays second late goal of the tournament. This latter objective was achieved at first by simply playing countless aerial balls and beating their shorter opponents to the ball, but it then became a matter of playing to the inexperienced team of Gambian referee Bakary Gassama
In addition to a December 1945 death certificate for Mueller, Tuchel said he has evidence that the identity papers and medals were later turned over to military authorities to return to his family.
Tuchel said other evidence shows that about three months after the end of the war Mueller’s body was found by a work crew cleaning up corpses and buried along with about 3,000 others in a communal grave on the site of a Jewish cemetery that the SS had destroyed in 1943.
That was the fate of Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann, who was thought to have escaped the capital until his bones were unearthed during construction in 1972 in downtown Berlin. Office of Special Investigations, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“It’s the last place on earth where he should be buried,” said Zuroff. DNA tests in 1998 confirmed they were his.
According to the Berlin Jewish Community’s website, the cemetery included the grave of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and was destroyed by the SS in 1943, when they built trenches through the area. At war’s end, it was used to bury bombing victims and other war casualties that littered the German capital.
Tuchel said the man did not give any indication as to Mueller’s cause of death.
“The Nazis who wanted to escape very often took measures to create false documents faking their death,” he said in a telephone interview from London. “If this is ever verified, they’d better move very quickly to make sure it doesn’t become a shrine for neo-Nazis.”
It’s not yet known whether any efforts will be made to find Mueller’s bones in Berlin.
AP Investigative Researcher Randy Herschaft contributed to this report from New York
According to an article in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies journal in 2001, the gravedigger’s story was known but could never be checked out because the graves were on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, sounded a note of caution, saying only DNA evidence could prove Mueller was buried in Berlin.
“Heim was buried, according to his son, in a mass grave for poor people in Cairo, and it’s a perfect story because it’s impossible to verify,” Zuroff said.
BERLIN — BERLIN (AP) It was one of the great remaining mysteries surrounding the final days of World War II what happened to Heinrich Mueller, the head of the Gestapo secret police and the highest-ranking Nazi never to have been captured or located.
Though there were persistent alleged sightings of Mueller in the decades after the war, including in Czechoslovakia, Cuba and Argentina, experts have always maintained that he most likely died in Berlin at the war’s end.
Though Mueller’s body hasn’t been found, Johannes Tuchel, the director of Berlin’s German Resistance Memorial Center, said the evidence he uncovered is “clear-cut.”
He said that, according to a death certificate he found, Mueller died in the final days of the war in 1945 near the Luftwaffe headquarters.
The documents show “with near certainty” that Mueller was buried in August 1945 in the garden of the Luftwaffe headquarters, then brought to the Jewish cemetery on Grosse Hamburger Strasse, said Tuchel, whose story was first reported by Bild newspaper.
Zuroff said that, if the information on Mueller does turn out to be true, it would be a “comforting thought” that Mueller who attended the notorious 1942 Wannsee Conference in which plans were coordinated for the genocide of the European Jews didn’t escape.
He cited the case of Aribert Heim, a Mauthausen concentration camp doctor who allegedly died in Cairo in 1992.
“This is the biggest fish that got away,” Zuroff said.
Tuchel came across the documents when researching an incident in which Mueller ordered the execution of 18 resistance members at the end of the war. Tuchel said he had no explanation for why they hadn’t come up with the same information. “I would be very wary of reports like that without forensic evidence.”. “That is a part of the puzzle I can’t answer,” he said.
And in 1963 when authorities were looking into a rumor that Mueller had been buried in West Berlin’s Neukoelln district a gravedigger told police in testimony Tuchel found that he had buried Mueller in the former Jewish cemetery, and had matched his identity papers to the face of the body.
But a leading German researcher said Thursday he has uncovered historical documents indicating Mueller never made it more than a few hundred meters (yards) from Hitler’s bunker in downtown Berlin and was eventually buried in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis.
Still, if his final resting place is a Jewish cemetery, Zuroff said it would be “absolutely horrifying.”
Mueller, who was an SS Gruppenfuehrer roughly equivalent to a major general was sought for decades after the war by investigators around the world, including Israel’s Mossad, the U.S