Four minutes later, Thomas Mueller headed in Franck’s cross to make it 7-0 on aggregate.
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Gerard Pique inadvertently added to Barcelona’s humiliation as he could only connect with Franck Ribery’s dangerous cross with his knee to divert it beyond Victor Valdés and into the back of the net.
A fine Arjen Robben strike, a Gerard Pique own goal and a Thomas Mueller header ended any lingering hopes of a Barcelona comeback in a 3-0 victory for Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
. The champion of Germany’s Bundesliga is now headed to Wembley Stadium in London to face its domestic rival, Borussia Dortmund, in the final on May 25. The first 45 minutes ended scoreless. In the first leg of the match, Barcelona was kept off-balance by counterattacks led by Arjen Robben. It will be the third Champions League final in the past four years for Bayern Munich, who lost in the final in 2010 and 2012. The former Real Madrid player burst creating a three-on-three attack but his decision to shoot with team-mates well placed allowed Alex Song to block.
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Bayern Munich had an outstanding game at the Camp Nou stadium as they defeated Barcelona 3-0 and 7-0 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League semifinal series on Wednesday (May 1, 2013). In the 72th minute, Franck Ribery crossed and Gerard Pique hammered the ball past his own keeper for the second. However, the deadlock was broken in the second half when Arjen Robben cut into the middle and smacked a left-footed shot that eluded Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés, high and inside of the far post
Ballmer is the 35th richest person in the world with a net worth of $21.5 billion. Forbes estimates the team, which changed its name to the Hornets this season, is now worth more than $700 million.
The billionaires list is packed with other sports owners. 125, $9.9 billion), Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich (No. Portnoy said Monday that “we did not comment nor participate in the financial guesstimates” made by Forbes.
In March 2010, Jordan agreed to buy 80 percent of the Charlotte Bobcats on a valuation of about $275 million. 330, $4.8 billion), Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan (No. 381, $4.3 billion), New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft (No. 137, $9.1 billion), Miami Heat owner Micky Arison (No. 216, $6.5 billion), St. 2 among team owners. 393, $4.2 billion).
Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight, who does not own a team, is ranked 35th with a net worth of $21.5 billion, tied with Ballmer for the spot, while Bass Pro Shops owner John Morris is the 405th richest person in the world with a net worth of $4.1 billion.
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. The Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner is the 51st richest person in the world, Forbes says, with a net worth of $17.5 billion.
Phil Anschutz, who owns the Los Angeles Kings and the L.A. 259, $5.7 billion), Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Michael Ilitch (No. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (No. Jordan’s stake — as arranged in the original deal — jumped to 89 percent in 2013. 225, $6.3 billion), Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos (No. 191, $7.1 billion), Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (No. 330, $4.8 billion), New York Knicks and Rangers owners the Dolans (No.
Michael Jordan can be found near the top of seemingly every list that mentions his name.
He’s not close to the top of a new one, but he’ll probably be just fine with that.
Forbes magazine revealed its 29th annual World’s Billionaires List, and Jordan made the cut for the first time. 330, $4.8 billion), Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner (No. With an estimated net worth of $1 billion, Jordan qualifies as the 1,741st richest person in the world, the magazine said.
It is believed that Jordan makes more than $100 million a year off royalties from his Nike Air Jordan line, though his business manager Estee Portnoy has never confirmed those numbers. The richest team owner is Steve Ballmer, who bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion last year. Galaxy and Houston Dynamo of MLS, as well as the Staples Center, comes in as the third richest sports owner with a net worth of $11.8 billion.
Other majority team owners who made the top 400 richest included Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (No. 381, $4.3 billion), and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (No. His former Microsoft colleague Paul Allen comes in at No
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Kipchoge won the race. Riot police in Moscow have begun arresting protesters who were trying to reach the Kremlin in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)
Spanish bullfighter Salvador Vega performs at “Las Ventas” bullring on May 6, 2012 in Madrid. The tornado tore through the area, injuring at least 30 people, destroying dozens of homes and leaving thousands more without electricity. The maypole remains a focus for dancing and festivities across England. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP Photo)
Children dance around the maypole at the May Day village celebrations in Priston, May 7, 2012 in Somerset, England. The traditional May Day is said to have started 2,000 years ago in Roman Britain, when Roman soldiers celebrated the arrival of spring by dancing around decorated trees thanking their goddess Flora. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP Photo)
Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses supporters at his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party headquarters after the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections were announced in Paris, May 6, 2012. Clinton met with Banerjee, a key partner of India’s ruling coalition who has stymied government efforts to lift restrictions on foreign-owned investments in the country. Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, center, raises the trophy to celebrate with teammates following winning of the German Bundesliga Championship after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg, May 5, 2012, in Dortmund, Germany. The first results showed a 52 percent lead for Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande ultimately defeating Sarkozy. Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 13, 2012. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Patterson said the result at Global Services, which had in the past been the cause of two large profit warnings, tended to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, but he noted the division had a strong order book.
While the strong performance from the consumer business meant the group maintained its full-year target, there were concerns about the Global Services division, which handles the IT needs of multinational corporations and governments, where revenue fell 4%.
“The investments we are making in our business and customer service are building a strong platform for growth. And our financial results show we’re on track to achieve our outlook for the full year,” he said.
The impending arrival of a new sports channel featuring Uefa Champions League and Europa League games has boosted BT’s television business.
The company said its TV section is at a two-year high after 60,000 customers were added in the three months to the end of June.
In its first-quarter results, BT said it is on track to meet full-year expectations following solid demand for TV and broadband services.
BT re-entered the consumer mobile market last March.
BT said its results were lifted by an additional 217,000 customers taking its superfast fibre broadband service. More than 100,000 customers had signed up in the first three months, the chief executive, Gavin Patterson, said.
The British broadband market leader reported core earnings up 1% to £1.4bn for the first quarter, in line with market expectations.
The additional customers over the past quarter leaves the BT television customer base at 1.2 million. BT Sport Europe, which will screen the Uefa matches, goes live on Saturday..
Revenue came in at £4.3bn, in line with forecasts and flat on an underlying basis, which marks an improving trend of the fourth quarter. Profits before tax were £694m, up from £638m in the same period last year.
Related: BT says EE merger would create digital champion for UK
The company, which is buying the country’s biggest mobile network, EE, said it expects merger approval on the deal by March 2016.
In 2013, BT finalised a deal with Uefa to exclusively broadcast Champions League matches from this year, beating BSkyB and ITV in the process. Revenues in the broadband and TV divisions were up 7%
Rooster Cay is believed to be suitable for future commercial development. The purchase was made in 2013. So, is there a luxurious resort on the cards? No, rather, Branson plans to make this island the most eco-friendly and develop the biodiversity of this island. Architects have been called for a bid for transforming this island. The island is reportedly named after a navy hero, and Paul Allen planned on building a vacation home here. Sigh of relief for the environmentalists I see!
Wall Street Financier Louis Moore Bacon bought an island named ‘Robins Island’ located off the coast of Long Island in New York in 1993. Worth $7 million, this island was a parting gift to Schumacher from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum after his Grand Pix in Brazil.
Owner: Craig McCaw
Cost: $19 million
Owner: Mel Gibson
The illusionist wanted a paradise of his own to create yet another playground of magic. The actor spent $3 million on this island in the Exuma Cays, neighboring many other islands owned by celebrities.
Area: 89,920 acres
Larry Ellison, the third richest person in the US and also the sixth richest person in the world owns one of the finest jewels on water. As if the madness for luxury cars, planes, and mansions were not enough, owning an entire island in scenic waters on earth comes as the new high for the ultra rich.
So, is it just the money or the element of fantasy that makes these billionaires buy private islands? No, there is a far more priced reason, which is ‘privacy’. However, his vacation home was built on another piece of paradise, named Lopez Island nearby. The location of this serene island is in the zone, which has the largest collection of private islands in the Bahamas. A modest vacation home is all that would adorn this paradise in the Fiji’s. The island has a vacation home for the Bacon family and also sports a helipad!
Owner: Ekaterina Rybolovleva
With many more joining the bandwagon for purchasing private islands, we wonder what will be next in line for these billionaires and their spending fancies! A piece of land on the Moon or Mars …? Maybe.
Business: Oracle Co-founder
Area: 700 acres
One of the highest paid stars and comedian, Eddie Murphy purchased a luxurious slice of paradise called Rooster Cay in 2007 for $15 million. The purchase of this pristine island by Ellison from billionaire David Murdock is the most expensive transaction in the history of real estate islands till date. And no, Mel Gibson does not plan on developing it into a resort, thus preserving its natural beauty. He purchased a tropical island named ‘Mago Island’ for a cool $15 million in 2005. All this, for a holy $32,250 a night!
Area: 15 acres
Area: 292 acres
Area: 445 acres
New Holland Island located in Saint Petersburg Canal in Russia was an ex-military base, until Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich purchased the 18-acre island for $400 million! The island takes its name after its resemblance to areas in Amsterdam. This purchase was made in the year 1978 for a total amount of £175,000 pounds. The actor also reportedly owns another speck of Bahamian Cay called ‘Pearl’.. The island has got Louis Bacon dig deep in his pockets to millions for restoration, which will help improve and preserve the island’s natural habitat and beauty. So, third richest even after spending a whopping $600 million? Well, talk about us feeling poor by the end of the month! (*sigh!*)
Owner: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are neighbors to Johnny Depp in the Bahamas, as the couple own a 17-acre island called ‘Goat Cay’ in the Exumas, purchased in 2008.
Paul Allen, a billionaire investor, purchased Allan Island, which is located in San Juan Islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Anacortes in Washington in 1992. cell phone pioneer
Business: Owner – Virgin empire
“Money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it.”
- Johnny Depp (on buying a private island)
Cost: $15 million
Business: Owner – Millhouse LLC, Chelsea Football Club
Area: 1,433 acres
Actor Mel Gibson too, joins the list of famous people owning a spot in the Fiji islands. wait a minute, did we just hear owning a private island? Whoa! Now that is what we call being seriously rich. Interestingly, this island is also one of the largest privately owned islands of the South Pacific. This island is located just a few minutes away from the city of Nassau in Bahamas. Blackadore Caye
Owner: Leonardo DiCaprio
The Titanic star purchased an island named ‘Blackadore Caye’ in Belize. Mosquito Island, located off the coast of Virgin Gorda, was bought by Branson in 2007 for a humble $10 million. The purchase price of this island was $13.5 million. Necker Island is also available for private rentals and operates as a resort to accommodate 28 guests. The beautiful waters, coral reefs, wildlife, and flora and fauna are the perfect getaway; however, all at $53,000 a night! But want to know about a priceless view on this island? It is the 500 odd flamingos that have made Necker Island their home!
Owner: David and Frederick Barclay
Brecqhou, located in the English Channel Islands, was bought by the business tycoons – Barclay brothers in 1993 for $4.3 million. The magician has developed the island into a mystical resort with adventures, treasure hunts, luxurious villas, and water sports. World-famous magician David Copperfield purchased the ‘Musha Cay Islands’, which is a group of 11 small islets located in the southern part of Bahamas in 2005 for $50 million. Smoking is banned on the island, and only electric vehicles are used for transport. Hands anybody?)
Area: 18 acres
Location: New York
Cost: $11 million
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cost: $400 million
Owner: David Copperfield
James Island, located 1.5 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island, was purchased by Craig McCaw, CEO of McCaw Cellular Communications in 1994 for $19 million. The island was previously owned by Athina Onassis, granddaughter of Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis. He has since developed the island, but not at the cost of losing its natural beauty. (And it is up for sale. All power lines are laid underground. ft., a pool, an airstrip, a private dock, guest cottages, and also a golf course designed by the legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus.
Little Halls Pond Cay
Owner: Johnny Depp
Depp bought ‘Little Halls Pond Cay’ located in the Bahamas in 2004 for $3.6 million.
This tropical piece of sand is Depp’s favorite holiday destination!
Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, purchased the beautiful island of Skorpios situated in the Ionian sea, located off the western coast of Greece. The island also boasts of a spacious house spanning over 5,000 sq. It is almost the size of a small country! The population on this island is scarce, and there are only a few caretakers residing there. Roping in electricity would add another investment of $3 million. However, we simply couldn’t miss a few more names that own exotic and breathtaking islands.The World
Owner: Michael Schumacher
The World is a man-made island located off the coast of United Arab Emirates. Actor Nicholas Cage owns a private island named Leaf Cay, purchased in 2006. Adding to this is the drawback that this island has no electricity. The purchase was done in 2005 for $1.75 million.
Owner: Eddie Murphy
Owner: Larry Ellison
Business: Russian billionaire heiress
Cost: $150 million (Net worth)
Area: 5,400 acres
Owner: Louis Moore Bacon
Location: San Juan Islands
Cost: $13.5 million
Cost: $15 million
Cost: $150 – $200 million
Richard Branson has yet another jewel in the collection of his empires on water. Though the exact price of purchase is not known, the deal is believed to be sealed between $150 to 200 million!
The preps of being a billionaire? A luxurious life, private planes, properties, paparazzi, names shining in gold, and … So, Allan Island now has only a dock, a caretaker’s cabin, and a grass airstrip. ‘Lanai’ is the sixth largest island in Hawaii, and 98% of this island is purchased by Ellison. The island is now up for renovation, and Roman Abramovich plans to turn this triangular island in a cultural center. Without a modernized living, 24×7 security and cameras, where else could you sneak away for a break without being followed by paparazzi than your own private island? Plus, there is always the scope to extract business opportunities from it!
Business titan Richard Branson owns a stunning piece of paradise called Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands. This island is rich in eco-diversity and is also one of the densest rainforest regions. The new look of this island is expected to be revealed in another six years.
Owner: Richard Branson
Owner: Nicholas Cage
The turquoise waters and sands of Bahamas have many a celebrity come close as neighbors. The remaining 2% of this island is owned by the government and locals. The 80-acre island is loaded with picturesque gardens, vineyards, pubs, and also a village with a chapel.
Business: U.S. However, it is still not clear whether the island would be converted to a luxury resort or would it remain as a naïve paradise for a private getaway of the actor. Nice thought for the penny I say!
This will coincide with the National Black Pride Day which will honor the man who dedicated his entire life to fighting for freedom of his race. The venue for this event will be Enseada de Botafogo – Praia de Botafogo – Botafogo.
As a tourist destination, Rio de Janeiro is considered by many to be a top priority due to the fact that it has a lot to offer. . What makes Rio even more incredible is the fact that it is a very active city, basically every single month of the year there are a couple of events that are worth mentioning. For this occasion, soccer legends, Brazilian players, culture and music people will participate in a soccer beach tournament. With this sequel, we will continue to point out what we consider to be important events that will be organized in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this November 2010.
Also on November 20th is the Zumbi dos Palmares – Black Consciousness Day which will celebrate the anniversary of the death of the leader who set the interior of Brazil in motion in the 17th century by forming the Quilombo of Palmares, as a resistance against slavery. The Conference shall be held during three days at the Copacabana Fort, and there shall be a products and services tradeshow and meetings between the world’s soccer main agents.
The Soccerex Global Convetion is a world trade show that will open its doors on November 20th and will last four days. Presidente Vargas – Downtown. The venue for this event will be Praça Onze – Av. The event will feature round tables, important meetings and active debates. November is no exception to this rule as we saw in the first part of the article. Some relevant examples are the exciting nightlife, the wonderful beaches, the people, and the culture and so on. This year, the “League Summit” will be held for the first time, which is a meeting of the organizers of the main world championships, like English’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s Primera Division, German’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue 1 and of course, the Brazilian Championship.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to do in Rio de Janeiro, besides the areas and activities that made Rio what it is today.
The last major event that will be organized in Rio de Janeiro will be the International Sand Sculpture Competition which will be organized starting with November 21th until December 5th 2010. A highlight of this event will be a tribute to the 40th anniversary of being the world champion three times in a row. This date is celebrated with ceremonies at the Zumbi Monument. The organizers expect more than four thousand people to attend to this event, coming from more than a hundred countries, for a gathering of 300 exhibitors. The Soccerex Festival shall take place in an arena set up right on the golden sands of the famous Copacabana beach, and it shall have a team of former players such as Holand’s Rud Gullit, England’s Bryan Robson, Argentine’s Adiles and Brazil’s Carlos Alberto Torres and Bebeto
Its sports channels can now be seen in 5.2 million homes, helped by wholesale deals.
The group also said it would launch a new Ultra High Definition channel to showcase its live sport, threatening to steal the mantle of technological innovation from Sky which has helped it to become the dominant pay-TV provider in Britain.
Revealing its plans to the strains of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, the tournament’s theme tune, BT said customers who take BT TV would be able to watch Champions League matches for free, while those who take BT Broadband could see them for 5 pounds per month.
The move, after BT outbid Sky to the exclusive UK rights to the competition by paying a record 897 million pounds, is the latest bet by the telecoms firm on using the appeal of football clubs such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich to draw in customers to its TV and broadband packages. At 1505 GMT, BT stock was up 0.3 percent at 440 pence, while Sky’s was down 1.3 percent at 1,013 pence.
“BT Sport is delivering exactly the kind of growth that we anticipated,” said BT Consumer CEO John Petter, explaining that his division had seen five consecutive quarters of top and bottom-line growth, helped by demand for sports.
Bishop rates BT shares as “outperform” and Sky’s as “underperform”.
But analysts believe Sky could face some push back from customers who question why they should pay so much when one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar is no longer available on its platform. “We see this as incrementally negative for Sky.”
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It trumped that in 2013 when it won the right to show all the Champions League matches from 2015 to 2018, paying more than double the previous price to beat Sky and free-to-air broadcaster ITV (ITV.L).
With 7.7 million broadband customers and 1.14 million TV customers, BT is betting it can persuade more subscribers to upgrade to also take a TV service, where customer loyalty and customer bills tend to be higher.
The offer may also help to persuade some Sky customers, and those on other platforms such as Virgin Media (LBTYA.O) and TalkTalk (TALK.L), to move over to BT for the full suite of telephony, fibre broadband and TV.
Revealing its line-up for the games, it named former England captain Gary Lineker as a presenter alongside playing stars Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen and managers Glenn Hoddle and Harry Redknapp, who will work as pundits.
Sky, which has the rights to the majority of the domestic Premier League matches, has said audiences for European football nights have dwindled in recent years as English clubs largely failed to reach the latter stages of the tournament.
“We view the launch as positive for BT with aggressive pricing aimed to gain subscriber momentum,” said RBC Capital Markets analyst Michael Bishop. LONDON Britain’s BT (BT.L) raised the stakes in its battle with arch-rival Sky (SKYB.L) on Tuesday by making European Champions League football matches available for free to its television customers.
The 169-year-old BT stunned the sporting world in 2012 when, having recovered from two major profit warnings in 2008 and 2009, it won the rights to show 38 live English Premier League matches a season, its first foray into sports.
Cristiano Ronaldo will have to beat off competition from Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez if he is to retain his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
La Liga trio Ronaldo, Messi and Suarez are in the running to win the award after making the final cut.
Suarez scored in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in this year’s Champions League final and Messi played a major role in his side’s triumph, while Ronaldo scored 10 goals during the course of Europe’s top-tier competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo will battle it out with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
Barcelona forward Messi will be hoping to beat his rival and club team-mate to the prestigious award
Suarez won the Champions League during his first campaign at Barcelona following his move from Liverpool
MESSI VS RONALDO VS SUAREZ Goals in last season’s Champions League:
Ronaldo: 10 goals in 12 appearances
Messi: 10 goals in 13 appearances
Suarez: 7 goals in 10 appearances
Journalists from UEFA’s 54 member associations provided a list of their five best-ranked players, with the first receiving five points, the second four and so on, according to UEFA’s official website.
Gianluigi Buffon, Eden Hazard, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal, Ronaldo, Messi and Suarez were named on the initial 10-man shortlist before it was whittled down.
A jury will have the final say on whether Ronaldo, Messi or Suarez takes home the prestigious award during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 27 August.
Barcelona forward Messi was the first player to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award due to his fine performances during his side’s 2010-11 Champions League triumph.
His team-mate Andres Iniesta, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Portugal captain Ronaldo have followed Messi in winning the trophy since its introduction.
The award was created in 2011 after the Ballon d’Or, which recognised the best players in Europe, was merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.
Suarez and Messi (pictured with Neymar) played a significant role in Barcelona’s Champions League triumph
Cristiano Ronaldo has chance of retaining his UEFA Best Player AwardThe Real Madrid star will battle it out against Lionel Messi and Luis SuarezRonaldo, Messi and Suarez have made cut after initial 10-man shortlist By