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Sorenstam and Creamer to Participate in 2008 Tavistock Cup

In addition, players will compete for team hole-in-one prizes including Cadillac Escalades, Correct Craft Air Nautique boats, Full Swing Golf simulators and more. But when all is said and done, the competitive drive is truly evident in their desire to claim the Cup for their club, said Andy Odenbach, vice president of sports ventures for Tavistock Group, the private investment company that owns both clubs. For more information, contact a private banker or relationship manager. The addition of Annika and Paula to this years tournament adds yet another element of excitement to this unique competition. Not all services and products are provided by all affiliates or are available at all locations.

Team Isleworth claimed the inaugural Tavistock Cup in 2004 and again in 2006, with the 2005 matches resulting in a tie following a sudden death playoff.

Private club communities include Isleworth and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club both located in Orlando, Florida. Players will vie for a purse of $3.88 million, with $1 million donated on behalf of the winning team to the charities of their choice. In the United States, Citi Private Bank private bankers and relationship managers are registered representatives of Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

TavistockCup.com will feature real-time scoring of the tournament, which will also be broadcast live on the Golf Channel in the U.S., Canada and Japan and to over 40 countries around the world through international affiliates.

For these players, the Tavistock Cup provides a relaxed atmosphere where they can compete with their friends in their own backyard. The development is designed to reclaim the age of luxury in Jamaica and will include several hotels, gaming lounge, golf courses, retail shops, restaurants and marina making it the definitive premier resort destination in the Caribbean. (CGMI), an affiliate of Citigroup, member SIPC. to jointly plan and develop 2,350 oceanfront acres on the countrys northern coast in Trelawny Parish.

About Citi Private Bank

Citi Private Bank is a business of Citigroup Inc.

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In bringing together crosstown rivals in the ultimate showdown to determine the World Golf and Country Club Champion, the 2008 Tavistock Cup presented by Citi Private Bank welcomes Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer to this unique team competition.

The professional golfers of Isleworth and Lake Nona have won a combined total of 48 major championships and more than 680 career worldwide victories.

The fifth annual tournament between the touring golf professional members of Isleworth and Lake Nona Golf & Country Clubs will be the first for Creamer, a new resident of Isleworth, and the third for Sorenstam of Lake Nona.

Tavistock Group also announced its partnership with the Jamaican Governments Harmonization Ltd. The Group has grown to encompass a broad portfolio of investments around the world in the following sectors: life sciences, sports teams (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club) and sporting events (The Tavistock Cup, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational), manufacturing (Bristol Motor Cars) and distribution (Puma, Gottex, Vans), oil and gas, financial services, restaurants (California Caf, Napa Valley Grille), private luxury residential properties and master planned real estate developments. Albany will feature a broad array of amenities for all members of the family including an Ernie Els designed 18-hole championship golf course and a mega-yacht marina flanked by luxury apartment homes designed by some of the most respected architects in the world. Lake Nona forms a cornerstone holding to the Groups current innovative, 7,000-acre mixed-use development plan highlighted by a life sciences cluster known as Lake Nona Medical City. For more information, please visit www.citiprivatebank.com.

For more information on Tavistock Group, visit www.tavistock.com.

The Tavistock Cup, an officially sanctioned PGA Tour event, will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 24 and 25. The Payne Stewart Salver Award for low medalist on Day 2 went to Stuart Appleby in 2004 and Tiger Woods in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

About Tavistock Group

Tavistock Group is a private investment company founded by Joe Lewis. With home course advantage last year, Team Lake Nona clinched its first Tavistock Cup victory. Creamer joins Team Isleworth and returning captain Mark OMeara as they stand ready to defend their home turf against Sorenstam and returning captain Ernie Els of Team Lake Nona.

. (Citigroup), which provides its clients access to a broad array of services and products available through bank and non-bank affiliates of Citigroup. Complete team rosters will be released in March, with many of last years players expected to return for the 2008 Tavistock Cup. Tavistock Group and its partners, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, have recently broken ground on Albany, a luxury resort-style community on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas

Body Paint Artist Turns Models Into Animals Photos | Image #6

In this photo, Mardewel has a model stand on one leg and extend her arm after painting her body to look like a flamingo.. Thomas Van De Wall/Landov

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Artist Gesine Marwedel uses paint to create stunning art on model’s bodies in Dormund, Germany.

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A model’s body is painted like an iguana by artist Gesine Marwedel.

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German artist, Gesine Mardewel, painted a tiger onto a model’s body in this photo.

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Mardewell painted this model’s body to look like a pelican.

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Artist Gesine Marwedel uses glow in the dark paint to create an intricate pattern.

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A model’s body is painted to look like stone by artist Gesine Marwedel in Dortmund, Germany.

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Mardewel painted this model’s body to look like human brain in Dortmund, Germany.

Stunning desert and mountain scenes are painted on dancers who are contorted in uncomfortable shapes. The detailed body art is the handiwork of Gesine Marwedel who paints breath-taking landscapes and animals on naked models

Football’s Biggest Wins and Highest Scoring Matches.

The match between AS Adema and SOE, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the extraordinary result only came about as a result of a strange protest.

12th September 1885. They were ranked 203rd best out of 203 nations. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). Unterhaching’s David Zdrilic got 8 goals. That came against the mighty Wallis and Futuna in 1983. Results like these are horrible for fans of the losing team, but are peversely enjoyable for the neutral. ‘I’ve got to tell you they are woeful’, said David Smith, their Australian liason officer, ‘the reserves of a seventh division amateur side would beat them.’ And their opponents were Australia. Their manager, Ratismandresy Ratsarazaka, in a bizzare protest against decisions that had cost his team the league, had ordered his players to repeatedly fire shots into their own net from the kickoff. 18-year-old John Petrie scored 13 of those 36 (still a record for a single match) while Jim Milne Jr, Bon Accord’s goalkeeper, spent most of the match trying to avoid the rain underneath an umbrella. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. For some reason, the referee didn’t abandon the game, and the players kept this up relentlessly for the entire match. It is harder to support such practice in cup matches, as was the case in three of the games below. In fact, the victory could have been by a much greater margin had the referee, Dave Storment, not chalked off 7 goals for offside. The manger was subsequently suspended by the Madagascar football federation for three years, while SOE players Mamisoa Razafindrakoto, Manitranirinana Andrianiaina, Nicolas Rakotoarimanana, and Dominique Rakotonandrasana were suspended until the end of the 2002 season.

Guardian, The, November 29, 2002

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Telegraph, The, April 14, 2001 by Mark Jeffreys. Their invitation was meant to go to Orion FC, who wouldn’t have beaten Arbroath (in fact Orion faced Bon Accord’s opponents two years later and lost 18-0) but at least they played the same sport as them. The referee had originally counted 37 goals, but Dundee insisted they had only scored 35, an act of honesty they were to regret upon hearing the result of Arbroath’s match.

11th April 2001. Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. Is it unsporting behavior to run up the score against inferior opposition? In Chelsea’s case, it was easy to justify, as goal difference could have been the difference between them winning and not winning the league. Sunday Herald, The, Jan 19, 2003 by Natasha Woods

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  • Highest Transfer Fees in Soccer History

    He scored 55 goals in 203 games for Tottenham, and by moving to Real Madrid, linked up with the next candidate in this list.

    Most Expensive Transfers in Soccer History

    Figo was part of a ‘golden generation’ for the Portuguese national football team, but couldn’t win any trophies with the Seleco das Quinas.

    The transfers have been listed according to their non-inflation-adjusted value in Euro, with non-inflation-adjusted values in USD provided in brackets.

    Nationality: Brazilian

    From: AC Milan

    To: Real Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 68 million (USD 98 million) in 2009

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, or Kak, was the world’s most expensive player for a few days, signing for Real Madrid days before the Spanish club splashed the cash again to bring Ronaldo for a new world record. He was bought by Manchester United from Sporting, after they sold David Beckham to Real Madrid, and, despite initial misgivings, went on to cement his place among United’s all-time greats.

    Zidane is one of the few players to have scored two goals in a World Cup final; he scored a brace in the 1998 World Cup final to help France win the trophy on home soil.

    Since joining Real, Ronaldo has been one of the most prolific forwards in the game, having scored 202 goals in 202 games (at the time of writing) for the prestigious Madrid Meringues. The 2013 season, his last for Tottenham, was, statistically, by far the best season of his career. He is also considered one of the best all-round forwards ever to play the game. He is extremely quick, and is an expert shooter, passer, crosser, dribbler, and header of the ball. He is the only player to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s premier continental club championship, for 6 different clubs.

    Figo was the first ‘galactico’ bought in Real Madrid’s infamous strategy of assembling the best international stars and the best homegrown talents. This is the highest goals-to-games ratio in the history of the proud club.

    Ibrahimovi is considered among the elite players of his generation, and has excellent scoring ratios at all his clubs. Despite the high fee, his 2009 transfer to Barcelona, remarkably, did not beat the world record, since Cristiano Ronaldo had been signed by Real Madrid earlier in the same window. Clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris St. Two of them were made in the same transfer window! Here are the costliest transfers in soccer history.

    The striker became similarly popular at City, and played an important part in their title win in 2012. This was the most expensive transfer in soccer until then, and, adjusted for inflation, remains the costliest at USD 140 million.

    Nationality: French

    From: Juventus

    To: Real Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 75 million (USD 65 million) in 2001

    Universally regarded as one of the best footballers ever, Zidane broke the world transfer record when he moved to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in 2001. His transfer is the highest a Brazilian club has received for a player.

    His transfer is the most expensive transfer between two English clubs as well as the highest any English club has paid for a player.

    Nationality: Colombian

    From: Porto

    To: Atltico Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 47 million (USD 58 million) in 2011

    Radamel Falcao’s success and ability can be seen by the fact that he commanded two of the highest transfer fees in history (though none broke the world record). The top trump among the already overflowing pack of aces was the Welsh wing wizard, Gareth Bale.

    He is renowned for his supreme athleticism, combining blistering speed with a surprisingly sturdy frame, long distance shooting, and dead ball prowess. Germain

    Transfer Fee: Euro 64 million (USD 84 million) in 2013

    Edinson Cavani rose to fame in Napoli, scoring more than 30 goals in each of his three seasons in Naples, before making a big-money move to nouveau riche Paris St. Despite the inflated prices in the transfers in the second half of the 2000′s and the first few years of the 2010′s, the transfers of Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo during the first galcticos era stand tall. The 2000 transfer, which was a world record at the time, incensed Barcelona fans, who had adored Lus Figo during his 5-year stay at the Catalan club. He also played for Inter and AC Milan, on loan from Chelsea, and scored two goals for AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. Anticipation, excitement, joy, and sorrow all condensed within the span of a few weekssuch is the nature of the modern soccer transfer window.

    Falcao is considered the best finisher in the current game. Though the plan never quite worked out, galcticos such as Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one), and Beckham made Real Madrid an instantly recognizable brand all over the world, and produced some outstanding football.

    Fernando Torres. Kak remains the most expensive South American player ever.

    Like Bale, Ronaldo is a supremely fit athlete.

    Edinson Cavani

    Neymar

    Crespo’s transfer remains the highest amount exchanged between two Italian clubs as well as the highest transfer fee paid by an Italian club.

    Nationality: Argentinian

    From: Manchester United and third-party owners, Media Sports Investment

    To: Manchester City

    Transfer Fee: Euro 53 million (USD 65 million) in 2009

    The tenacious Argentine, Carlos Tevez, had become a crowd favorite at Manchester United due to his energetic displays for the red half of Manchester. His move to Chelsea in the January 2011 transfer window not only alienated him to Liverpool fans, but resulted in a severe loss of form. 9″, excelling in holding up the ball and distributing it intelligently. With the advent of the transfer window, the rumor-mongering, speculation, and activity has been concentrated into 16 weeks of absolute madness.

    From the days of Giuseppe Savoldi becoming the first player to cost more than a million pounds in 1975, we have now come to a time when transfer records are dangerously close to the 100 million pound mark, having crossed the USD 100 million barrier a long time ago! This incredible rise has occurred due to the constant inflation and the influx of TV money into domestic leagues in the late 20th century.

    Zidane’s transfer is still the third most expensive ever when converted into Euros.

    Kak

    Carlos Tvez

    Transfers are also shrouded in the uncertainty regarding the amounts paid to external agencies, such as the player’s agents, third-party ownerships, etc. Cavani won the 2011 Copa America with Uruguay.

    Zinedine Zidane

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Nationality: Argentinian

    From: Parma

    To: Lazio

    Transfer Fee: Euro 56.5 million (USD 60 million) in 2000

    Crespo’s transfer to Lazio in 2000 broke the world record before Luis Figo’s move to Real Madrid trumped it.

    Radamel Falcao

    Radamel Falcao

    Following the stellar 2011 season, Falcao was sold to Atltico Madrid, where he went on to win another Europa League title, before moving on to Monaco.

    Gareth Bale

    At his peak, Torres used his pace and dribbling ability to great effect in Rafa Benitez’s counterattacking unit, and struck up a legendary partnership with Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard. He was crucial in Porto’s Primeira Liga-Europa League double in 2011.

    Real Madrid’s dominance of this list is more a reflection on their owner Florentino Prez than the club’s traditional policy. Torres was renowned for his finishing ability, being able to score with either foot, and his head.

    Nationality: German

    From: Real Madrid

    To: Arsenal

    Transfer Fee: Euro 50 million (USD 56 million) in 2013

    The German playmaker was an excellent performer and a crowd favorite at Madrid, but had to make way for the marquee signing of Gareth Bale in 2013. He is also able to play well with either foot, unlike most footballers.

    Mendieta had impressed massively in Spain, but his much-vaunted purchase failed to take off in Italy. Zidane was replaced at Juventus by Lazio playmaker Pavel Nedved, who was, in turn, replaced by Valencia’s Mendieta.

    Nationality: Portuguese

    From: Manchester United

    To: Real Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 94 million (USD 130 million) in 2009

    One of the best footballers ever to grace the game, and the heartthrob of almost every woman in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo made history in 2009 by commanding an GBP 80 million fee. He was loaned to Barcelona and Middlesbrough between 2002 and 2004; Middlesbrough bought him permanently in 2004.

    He could never recapture the same form at Madrid, and after 4 largely disappointing seasons, he was sold back to AC Milan in 2013.

    Hernn Crespo

    Nationality: Spanish

    From: Liverpool

    To: Chelsea

    Transfer Fee: Euro 58 million (USD 79 million) in 2011

    Having started his career at his hometown club Atltico Madrid, Spanish marksman Fernando Torres became one of the most feared strikers in the world, at Liverpool, scoring 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds. He is also an accomplished goal scorer, and has been his club’s top scorer for the last two seasons. Figo’s transfer remains the highest amount a Spanish club has received for a player.

    Nationality: Spanish

    From: Valencia

    To: Lazio

    Transfer Fee: Euro 48 million (USD 56 million) in 2001

    Mendieta’s sale to Lazio was precipitated by Juventus’ sale of Zidane to Real. He is viewed as the most important player for Brazil in their preparations for the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

    Gaizka Mendieta

    Ronaldo was educated at the Sporting Lisbon youth academy, which also trained legends such as Luis Figo. He is comfortable playing with either foot, and despite being only 5′ 10” tall, is a renowned header of the ball.

    According to a Forbes compilation, three transfers have exceeded the 100 million dollar mark when adjusted for inflation. He was instrumental in Milan’s success in the mid-noughties, and scored 95 goals in 270 games for the Italian giants. Cavani is considered one of the best goal scorers in the modern game, having scored at least 15 goals for the last 5 years. After Bale signed for Madrid, after a protracted transfer saga, zil signed for Arsenal on the deadline day of the 2013 summer transfer window.

    Almost unbelievably, Gareth Bale started his professional career as a defender, utilizing his pace at left back. When he decided to cross over the divide into Manchester City in 2009, the blue Mancunians had to pay what was then, the highest amount ever paid by an English club for a player.

    Nationality: Brazilian

    From: Santos

    To: Barcelona

    Transfer Fee: Euro 57 million (USD 74 million) in 2013

    Hailed as a wonderkid right from his first steps as a professional footballer, Neymar showed the material behind the hype in a victorious 2013 Confederations Cup campaign, before signing a lucrative deal with Spanish champions Barcelona, right after the Confederations Cup. When Figo returned to Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home stadium, with Real Madrid in 2002, a fan threw a pig’s head at him. Germain in the same transfer window.

    The German is one of the best playmakers in the current footballing world, and has earned widespread acclaim for his passing and dribbling skills. When he moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in 2007, he was gradually converted into a left winger, the position he currently occupies.

    Crespo was one of the best strikers in the world around the turn of the millennium, and played for three Italian clubs between 1996 and 2003. His height, strength, and taekwondo training also allow him to out muscle defenders, and score numerous headers.

    Lus Figo

    Nationality: Uruguayan

    From: Napoli

    To: Paris St. Germain. Before the days of the two transfer windows, transfers could be made any time during a season. He was renowned for his passing, acceleration, and high rate of scoring, despite not playing as a conventional striker.

    Mesut zil

    He is an excellent traditional “no. He has only scored 35 goals in 135 games for Chelsea, and notoriously took 903 minutes to score his first goal for the Blues.

    Nationality: Swedish

    From: Inter Milan

    To: Barcelona

    Transfer Fee: Euro 69 million (USD 102 million) in 2009

    Ibrahimovi is one of the most successful nomads in soccer, having played for 7 clubs in 5 countries. His 2013 transfer to French club AS Monaco became the French Ligue 1 transfer record, until it was broken by Cavani’s purchase by Parisian club Paris St. The World Cup- and Euro-winning French legend went on to win numerous trophies for Real Madrid, including the 2002 Champions League, where Zidane himself scored an iconic winner in the final.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovi

    The Great DiegoDiego Maradona is the only player to have broken the world record for transfers twice, first moving to Barcelona in 1982, for USD 7.6 million, and then to Napoli in 1984, for USD 10.5 million.

    Transfers in football are one of the craziest aspects of the modern global behemoth the sport has become. Jose Mourinho, his manager at Madrid for 3 years, summed up zil’s ability and importance to the team when he said, “There is no copy of himnot even a bad copy”.

    Nationality: Welsh

    From: Tottenham Hotspur

    To: Real Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 100 million (USD 132 million) in 2013

    The 2013 summer transfer window saw quite a few club records, 1 league record, and the world record smashed. This makes calculating the exact cost of a player quite difficult.

    Nationality: Colombian

    From: Atltico Madrid

    To: Monaco

    Transfer Fee: Euro 60 million (USD 79 million) in 2013

    Radamel Falcao shot to fame by winning the Europa League and the Portuguese Primeira Liga, with Porto, and then carrying on in the deadly goal scoring vein after transferring to Atltico Madrid. Falcao arrived in Europe on the back of an excellent season for River Plate in Argentina, and became an instant hit at Portuguese giants, Porto. The relatively recent boom caused by foreign investors in European football has caused the transfer fees to shoot up dramatically over the last few years, reflected in the fact that the world record has been broken three times in the last four years. The excitement brought about by a new signing is one of the most primal feelings in the football world, as is the deep sorrow and anger caused by the departure of a fan favorite. Despite the heavy outlay to sign the striker, he didn’t fit tactically into Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, and frequently clashed with the coach.

    Kak gained fame during his highly productive 6 years at AC Milan, where he was untouchable in a quasi-striker role. He was particularly noted for his heading ability and instinctive finishing.

    He is an excellent dribbler and goalscorer, and was the top goalscorer at the 2011 South American Youth Championship at the age of 19. However, disputes with the manager meant he was sidelined, and was sold to Juventus in 2013.

    Nationality: Portuguese

    From: Barcelona

    To: Real Madrid

    Transfer Fee: Euro 62 million (USD 56 million) in 2000

    Yet another entry for Real Madrid, this transfer caused controversy due to the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid. He couldn’t match his performances for the Spanish team, at Lazio, though there were some inevitable moments of brilliance. Germain, and Monaco are often criticized by soccer purists for their adverse influence on the development of young, homegrown players, and the irreversible upward trend of the transfer fees.

    Transfer windows can often be more engrossing than some soccer games! Transfer sagas such as those of Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, and Luis Surez provide some spice to an action-starved fan’s summer life

    Chelsea fail with Torres bid as Luiz deal collapses

    Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down. I have to respect Liverpool.

    “Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down,” the spokesman said. The club is trying to do everything to improve the squad.”

    . “The player is not for sale.”

    Chelsea have also failed in their bid to sign Brazilian defender David Luiz from Portuguese club Benfica.

    A statement on the Benfica website read: “Negotiations between Benfica and Chelsea over the possible transfer of David Luiz reached a conclusion today without the parties having reached an agreement. It is the same with David Luiz. The player is not for sale.

    –Liverpool spokesman

    “When presented with the story by the media on Thursday night, a LFC spokesman dismissed any notion that the Spain international was for sale.

    “I know very well what my club is doing now but I don’t want to speak about it.

    “Contrary to reports in recent days, David Luiz never tried to force his way out of the club and is a model professional.”

    The news comes just days after Spanish club Atletico Madrid reported they had turned down Chelsea’s $82 million bid for Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and 24-year-old defender Diego Godin, from Uruguay.

    At a press conference on Friday, Chelsea’s Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to talk about transfers.

    He told reporters: “I always speak just about my players and Torres is not my player.

    English Premier League champions Chelsea have had a multi-million dollar bid for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres rejected.

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    Liverpool turn down an offer from English champions Chelsea for Fernando TorresSpanish striker subject to bid of $63 million according to British newspaper the Daily TelegraphLiverpool spokesman insists Torres is not for saleNEW: Chelsea’s move for Benfica defender David Luiz has fallen through

    (CNN) — English Premier League club Liverpool have rejected Chelsea’s bid for Fernando Torres and insisted the Spain striker is not for sale.

    The Merseyside club confirmed on their website that a bid had been received — reported in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph to be around $63 million — but that it was dismissed out of hand.

    The 26-year-old striker, who was part of Spain’s World Cup winning squad in South Africa, has scored nine goals this season, including two when the Reds beat reigning Premier League champions Chelsea back in November.

    He has found the net three times since club legend Kenny Dalglish took over the managerial reins from Roy Hodgson, and the Scot is said to be insistent that his prize asset is not allowed to leave.

    Liverpool agree fee with Ajax for Luis Suarez

    A statement on the club’s official website read: “Liverpool Football Club have insisted Fernando Torres is not for sale despite the emergence of a bid from Chelsea

    Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

    Here are the current top 10 most expensive transfers of all time:

    Player – From – To – Transfer Fee – YearCristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United – Real Madrid – £80 million – 2009Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan – Barcelona – £56.5 million – 2009Kaka – AC Milan – Real Madrid – £56 million – 2009Zinedine Zidane – Juventus – Real Madrid – £45 million – 2001Luis Figo – Barcelona – Real Madrid – £37 million – 2000Hernan Crespo – Parma – Lazio – £35.5 million – 2000David Villa – Valencia – Barcelona – £34 million – 2010Gianluigi Buffon – Parma – Juventus – £32.6 million – 2001Robinho – Real Madrid – Manchester City – £32.5 million – 2008Christian Vieri – Lazio – Inter Milan – £32 million – 1999Out of the top 10 most expensive transfers of all time seven have involved either Real Madrid or Barcelona, with the top 5 most expensive transfers involving a player going to one of the two Spanish football clubs. Surprisingly only two of the top 10 involve football clubs from the English Premier League, which is arguably the richest league in the world.Highest Ever Football Transfer Fees

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid from Manchester United is by far the most expensive of all time. In fact there is only one defensive positioned player on the list. In fact the Portugease players transfer fee is a full £23.5 million higher than the next closes, which was enough for Man City to buy Davil Silva in 2010 and for Manchester United to buy Wayne Rooney in 2004.

    Soccerlens – Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers.

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    Goal.com – Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers.

    . The Premier League club have already been said to have once offered AC Milan £90 million for Kaka and so this massive transfer fee record may well be broken in the next transfer period.

    KakaIn 2001 Zinedine Zidane moved from the Italian Seria A club Juventus to the Spanish giants Real Madrid for an incredible £45 million (EUR75 million). This remained the most expensive transfer of all time for 8 years until the summer of 2009 when this massive transfer record was broken 3 times in quick succession.

    As European football clubs started receiving more TV rights money, prize money and clubs such as Man City gained large foreign investment, players wages and transfer fees sky rocketed. Increasingly clubs would spend £20 million or more on players that a few years ago would have cost less than £10 million.

    Most Expensive Football Transfers of all Time

    This transfer frenzy came to a peak in 2009 when Real Madrid spent a fortune on Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan star Kaka. BBC Sport – History of the World Transfer Record.

    Of the top 10 most expensive transfers of all time, nine of the players are strikers or attacking midfielders. Meanwhile, Barcelona splashed out on Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic whilst newly cash rich Manchester City were also spending like crazy with total transfer fees running over £100 million. Buffon’s transfer from Parma to Juventus was and still the most expensive transfer fee ever for a goal keeper or a defensive positioned footballer.

    2010 Football Transfers

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 remains the largest of all time, but with Manchester City having already spent £100 million in 2010 transfer period this record may not last long

    Darmstadt showing football world miracles really do exist

    “This was something that would have sent us into insolvency,” said Eilers.

    Oddly enough, it was Bayern Munich, fresh from a defeat to Zenit in the UEFA Cup semifinal, that came to the rescue. The ball cannoned agonizingly against the inside of the post before being booted out of the box. Darmstadt had lost 3-1 at home to Arminia Bielefeld in the first leg of the third division playoffs, but managed to rescue the tie in the second, dragging the contest to extra-time to tie-break after a 3-1 triumph.

    A return to the second division was on the line and with 10 minutes left, chaos ensued as Darmstadt looked for a goal. “It was enough to keep us going until we found solutions,” revealed Eilers.

    Darmstadt bounced back with a solid return in the then-new nationwide third-tier in 2011. Uli Hoeness insisted that the German champions participate in a benefit match that would raise around $500,000 for the fourth division club. The likes of Paderborn and Eintracht Braunschweig have dropped straight back down a division, but Eilers adds that the club “doesn’t mind being relegated.” Schuster, who runs for 10 kilometers before every game, is optimizing the resources at his disposal.

    “We can’t really understand what has happened here,” says Tom Eilers, head of player licenses at the club and a central figure at the club since 2008. Offenback were refused a license to compete, allowing Darmstadt to remain. And Darmstadt has already shown the football world that miracles really do exist.

    At this rate, another chapter in this story will need to be written.

    . It’s not your ordinary German football club,” says Nick Buck, an Englishman who is now part of Darmstadt’s hard-working fan liaison department. That was before the new regime was presented with a claim from the tax authorities for approximately $1.3 million. This is an incredible moment for the club.”

    Eilers says this as Darmstadt lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich last week, the current German champions, and travel to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday (live, FS2, FOX Sports Go, 11:30 a.m. But the fact is, four years ago, clubs like Bayern or Dortmund stopping by the club’s ground, the cozy Bollenfalltor, would have been a distant fantasy.

    In 2008 Darmstadt was on the brink of financial oblivion. That attitude is reinforced across the club. First, there was a strong penalty claim, which was turned down. “The club is small. Then after a succession of headers, the ball fell to Elton da Costa who brilliantly slammed the ball, on the volley, into the net. When the referee blew his whistle moments later, the relief was palpable: The Lillies had secured a spot in the second division for the first time in 21 seasons.

    “It (promotion) was outstanding in every way for us,” said Eilers. There was an immediate change of board, promising a new era, and a claim that the club was in comfortable financial health. We talk to everybody on first name terms. It was something of a miracle escape.

    A season later, the club found itself on the cusp of yet another miracle. Darmstadt was in the driving seat, but had to face a late onslaught.

    Moments later, Bielefeld earned a free-kick. The media room prominently displays a photo of some of Darmstadt’s bloody and battered ex-stars.

    Darmstadt are defying gravity as well. Dirk goes straight to the president. The crowd was baying for a last-gasp winner. “Getting into the 2.Bundesliga was the best moment. Spirited Darmstadt went on to secure a second consecutive promotion, this time to the lucrative Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years — and on a slim budget of around $7 million.

    Increased broadcasting money meant improvements were facilitated made to the current pitch, while a new training pitch was built adjacent to the timeworn Bollenfalltor, a 17,000 capacity stadium mostly occupied by standing zones that curve around the pitch like something from the 1970s.

    “The club is something different. It was the first step. There are no egos at Darmstadt and Schuster’s squad is spilling its blood on the pitch. ET). “Mentality beats quality,” is one of Schuster’s maxims. The best thing about being the Bundesliga is that we’re definitely going to have another year in the second division.”

    The events in Bielefeld, named as the “Miracle of the Alm” will be forever etched in the memories of those close to the club. The roots to decision-making are very small. “We can’t really believe that Pep Guardiola and Manuel Neuer are playing at Darmstadt.

    DARMSTADT, Germany

    The accelerated rise of SV Darmstadt is something that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood script. “We don’t belong in the Bundesliga,” was his honest assessment when Darmstadt secured promotion in May. Two years the club got lucky again, and was spared relegation back to the regional setup in 2013 due to the financial problems besetting another club, Kickers Offenbach. There’s no Herr this, or Herr that, which is unusual for Germany.”

    Modesty, humility and diligence: The club’s high-octane coach Dirk Schuster reflects these values. Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen have faltered against the Lillies, while Schuster’s men, 10th in the table, have just beaten two-time Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen.

    Borussia Dortmund and the 82,500-capacity Signal Iduna Park are next on the agenda for Darmstadt. The goalkeeper was up. “If we managed to stay in the first division, we’d really rewrite history,” Buck thinks

    Sports: June 13 — 19 – Photo 16 – Pictures

    Sandy Brondello had 21 points to help the Storm build an 18-point second-half lead and hold on to hand the Sparks their second consecutive loss 69-67 that night.

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    Frankfurt Galaxy’s Jonas Lewis, center, carries the ball through the Rhein Fire defense during action in the NFL Europe League Championship Final of the World Super Bowl at the Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, June 14, 2003.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Paul Lo Duca (16) is congratulated by Brian Jordan after scoring on a double by Shawn Green against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning, June 18, 2003, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Mets beat the Angels, 8-0.

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    Ryan Newman’s car catches on fire after blowing the engine on lap 37 during the Sirius Satellite 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., June 15, 2003.

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    Fans crowd the stands during the NASCAR Sirius Satellite 400 at Michigan International Speeway in Brooklyn, Mich., June 15, 2003. Lo Duca hit a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, leading the Dodgers over the Giants 8-2. More than 100,000 fans snaked across the state and surrounding borders to attend the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. Lewis, weighing in at 256-1/2 pounds, was to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC/IBO Heavyweight Championship.

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    Oakland Athletics’ Miguel Tejada (4) gets a high five from third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning, June 19, 2003 in Oakland, Calif. The Reds won 3-1.

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    Lennox Lewis poses on the scales during the weigh-in at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 19, 2003. Open at the Olympia Fields Country Club, June 15, 2003, in Olympia Fields, Ill.

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    San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson holds the NBA Championship trophy after the Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, June 15, 2003.

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    New York Mets’ Jose Reyes, left, is congratulated by Jason Phillips along with Vance Wilson and Tsuyoshi Shinjo after hitting a grand slam, his first major league home run, in the second inning against the Anaheim Angels, June 15, 2003, in Anaheim, Calif. Beckham was traded to Real Madrid on June 7, 2003 for a $41 million transfer fee. Most will not come back for the Indy Racing League race in July.

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    Manchester United’s and England international David Beckham fires over a cross against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground in London, April 27, 2003. Wilson was upset when Farnsworth threw an inside fastball as he tried to put down a sacrifice bunt. Ash’s home run tied the score against Cal State Fullerton at 5-5, in a College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., June 19, 2003.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, top, fights with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Paul Wilson, bottom, in the seventh inning, June 19, 2003, in Cincinnati. Tejada finished the game with five hits in their 9-2 win.

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    Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird, right, dribbles around Los Angeles Sparks’ Shaquala Williams during the second half, June 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Both were ejected from the game. Beckham reportedly agreed to the terms and the deal would be finalized in July.

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    Florida Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis pitches against the New York Mets in the fourth inning, June 16, 2003, in Miami.

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    Danny Burns casts his shadow on the cement at the Mouse Trap Skate Park in Topeka, Kan., June 17, 2003, while doing a kickflip off the five foot high ramp.

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    New York Mets’ Jae Weong Seo pitches against the Florida Marlins in the sixth inning, June 17, 2003, in Miami.

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    Tiger Woods tosses his iron to his caddie Steve Williams after hitting into a bunker on the edge of the ninth green, June 19, 2003, during the first round of the Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. After nine straight wins to open the season, Los Angeles has seemed to have lost its spark. Woods finished the round ar 4-under-par, four strokes off the tournament leader Briny Baird.

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    Cameroon’s Marc Vivien Foe hits the ball in the air as Brazil’s Emerson, left, watches, during the Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, June 19, 2003.

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    Stanford players Jonny Dyer (33), Sam Fuld, center, and Billy Paganetti (16) stand behind home plate umpire Randy Burns as they wait for Jonny Ash, who hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, to cross home plate. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium, June 13, 2003, in New York.

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    Todd Suhn of Brighton, Colo., brings down a steer in 3.8 seconds to place first in the steer wrestling final at the PRCA ProRodeo Tour Finale at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, June 14, 2003.

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    Jim Furyk kisses the championship trophy after winning the 103rd U.S. The win was the eighth straight for the Dodgers, who moved to tie for first place with San Francisco in the NL West.

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    New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens tips his cap the fans after he earned his 300th career win in a 5-2 victory over the St

    Name all the football teams in england?

    A.F.C.

    Gravesend & Northfleet F.C.

    Cardiff City F.C.

    Mansfield Town F.C. Bournemouth

    Bradford City F.C.

    Southampton F.C.

    Notts County F.C.

    Burnley F.C.

    Leyton Orient F.C.

    Watford FC

    West Ham United F.C.

    Milton Keynes F.C.

    Kidderminster Harriers F.C.

    Derby County F.C.

    Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

    Altrincham F.C.

    Colchester United F.C.

    Brentford F.C.

    Millwall F.C.

    Swindon Town F.C.

    Bristol City F.C. Football League Two (English Division Four) Teams

    Barnet F.C.

    Chesterfield F.C.

    Coventry City F.C.

    Charlton Athletic F.C.

    Aston Villa F.C.

    Walsall F.C.

    Hartlepool United F.C.

    Doncaster Rovers F.C.

    Wrexham F.C.

    Grays Athletic F.C.

    Southend United F.C.

    Hereford United F.C.

    Ipswich Town F.C.

    Leeds United F.C.

    Macclesfield Town F.C.

    West Bromwich Albion F.C.

    Rotherham United F.C.

    Bury F.C.

    Stevenage Borough F.C.

    Scunthorpe United F.C.

    Football League One (English Division Three) Teams

    Blackpool F.C.

    Exeter City F.C.

    Oxford United F.C.

    Hull City A.F.C.

    Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.

    Stockport County F.C.

    Leicester City F.C.

    Chester City F.C.

    Tranmere Rovers F.C.

    Torquay United F.C.

    Cambridge United F.C.

    Plymouth Argyle F.C.

    Shrewsbury Town F.C.

    St Albons City F.C.

    Morecambe F.C.

    Crewe Alexandra F.C.

    Boston United F.C.

    Norwich City F.C.

    Burton Albion F.C.

    Carlisle United F.C.

    Preston North End F.C.

    Sheffield Wednesday F.C.

    Northwich Victoria F.C.

    Chelsea F.C.

    Bolton Wanderers F.C.

    Rochdale F.C.

    Stoke City F.C.

    Blackburn Rovers F.C.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

    Oldham Athletic F.C.

    Football League Championship (English Division two) Teams

    Barnsley F.C.

    Forest Green Rovers F.C.

    Gillingham F.C.

    Manchester United F.C.

    Nottingham Forest F.C.

    Woking F.C.

    Northampton Town F.C.

    Everton F.C.

    Luton Town F.C.

    Crystal Palace F.C.

    Darlington F.C.

    Portsmouth F.C.

    Newcastle United F.C.

    Cheltenham Town F.C.

    Wigan Athletic F.C.

    Grimsby Town F.C.

    Port Vale F.C.

    Yeovil Town F.C.

    Peterborough United F.C.

    Reading

    Sheffield United

    Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

    Crawley F.C.

    Millwall F.C.

    Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

    York City F.C.

    FA Barclaycard Premiership Teams (English division one)

    Arsenal F.C.

    Manchester City F.C.

    Queens Park Rangers F.C.

    Fulham F.C.

    Football Conference Teams

    Aldershot Town F.C. .

    Liverpool F.C.

    Lincoln City F.C.

    Halifax Town A.F.C.

    Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

    Southport F.C.

    Bristol Rovers F.C.

    Rushden and Diamonds F.C.

    Middlesbrough F.C.

    Swansea City F.C

    Liverpool, Roma and Fenway execs talk soccer in the USA

    In recent statistics that Ive looked at, we see very regularly that the U.S. On October 15, 2010, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry and New England Sports Ventures (later rebranded as Fenway Sports Group) purchased Liverpool. For tickets and information visit redsox.com, lfctour.comor call (877) RED-SOX9.

    Speaking on behalf of Liverpool, I would say weve definitely seen our business grow, said Ayre. I asked them how Liverpool’s and Romas new American ownership is affecting their growth and also about the possibility of Fenway Sports Management fielding an MLS team in the future.

    I dont see us getting involved with the MLS, said FSMs Kennedy. We acquired a million Facebook fans in the first five months of being online and a significant portion of that has come from the United States. We have a ton of respect for [MLS Commissioner] Don Garber and everything that they have achieved at the MLS.

    Roma CEO Mark Pannes also noted a strong increase in U.S. interest since DiBenedettos acquisition a year ago and is cultivating that interest with the acquisition of a training center in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, planned to become Romas winter training residence.

    The Red Sox ownership group is the common link between the two overseas clubs and a bridge for attracting interest from the growing soccer fanbase in the U.S.

    Fenway’s growth into international soccer has been quick. Within a few months, we were online with the revamped site and really getting into the social media. So clearly, there is an appetite in the U.S., and we believe the American ownership has focused an attention on that.

    John Henry and Robert Kraft are personal friends and spend a lot of time together. We believe that the recent partnership weve announced with Walt Disney World at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando will encompass where we will be the team in residence for the next seven years, bringing the entire first side to do its winter training there and playing a friendly each winter.. Our focus in the football world is exclusively on Liverpool Football Club.

    Tickets for the Wednesday, July 25, Liverpool FC vs. soccer market. AS Roma match at Fenway Park go on sale Saturday, April 28 at 10 am ET. on the Red Sox and baseball, I dont see us getting involved with the MLS in any type of ownership capacity. Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most famous football clubs, having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.

    Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre told me the U.S. and North American fans can appear in the top three of both our digital media, visitors, and viewers and also in our online retail business from across the world.

    To launch the Liverpool-Roma event at Fenway Park, Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre, Roma CEO Mark Pannes and Fenway Sports Management President Sam Kennedy spoke answered questions about their interest in the U.S. AS Roma match at Fenway Park celebrates the Boston Red Sox stadiums 100-year anniversary, but also marks Fenway Sports Managements growing ventures into international soccer. This will be the second time since 2010 that Fenway has hosted an international friendly, the first being Celtic FC vs. has always been an important market for Liverpool, but noted that business has grown since the Boston-based American ownership group purchased the club.

    Large US market emerging

    Liverpool and Roma grow with American ownership

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    We have certainly seen a very strong increase in interest in the United States, said Pannes.

    July 25, the Liverpool FC vs. Sporting Portugal, the first soccer game at Fenway in 42 years.

    Liverpool-Roma ticket information

    Then on April 15, 2011, Thomas DiBenedetto, a partner in FSG, acquired AS Roma, marking the first time an Italian football club ever had foreign ownership. Roma, known as the “Giallorossi,” competes in the Italian Serie A League and has won three Serie A titles, nine Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups.

    Certainly from a digital standpoint, when we acquired the club prior to last season there was really a very sparse digital presence. Theyve done a fantastic job owning and operating their club, the New England Revolution, in this market, but given our focus in the U.S

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