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Major League Soccer, Real Madrid

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Calderon Jokes

Thanks to STO reader Nathan Schorr for posting a link to this picture of Paolo Calabresi as Nic Cage at Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League match last week.

As even Helen Keller could see, that my friend is no Nic Cage.

I can’t imagine how Calabresi even pulled it off now that I have seen his so-called “disguise”. He really should have gone with Sacha Baron Cohen, as the hair and the beard are much more suited to play that role.

Europe, Real Madrid

Ramon Calderon May Be Blind

Nicolas Cage (aka Nicolas Coppola) is a recognizable man.

He won an Oscar. He married Elvis’s daughter. He partied with those crazy pom pom people from Spymonkey. He went on Oprah. Yes, he’s done them all, though not necessarily in that order.

He’s really famous. One of those celebrities everbody is aware of. A real culture permeater (which sounds really disgusting for some reason).

Yet, Ramon Calderon, president of Real Madrid, recently was “punked” by an imposter claiming to be Cage, but it wasn’t by the Kutch, it was by this guy:

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd., Real Madrid

Champions League Quarterfinals Set

The Champions League Quarterfinals are set, well almost as Liverpool and Inter Milan play their second leg in Milan on March 11th with Liverpool traveling to Italy after winning the first leg at home 2-0. There have been some major surprises and some not so major surprises in the 2008 Champions League. Defending champions AC Milan will be watching from home, as they were defeated in the first round of the knockout phase. Two of the surprise teams that have made it to the quarterfinals are Schalke 04 from Germany and Fenerbahçe from Turkey. If Liverpool can get past Inter Milan there will be 4 teams from England’s Premier League in the last 8 teams in the 2008 Champions League Tournament.

Barcelona, Europe, Man Utd., News, Real Madrid

Soccer Teams Out Pace US Sports Teams in Revenue

Yesterday we covered the revenues of the top 20 soccer teams in the world in terms of revenue and how that Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World . But how do Real Madrid and Manchester United stock up with the largest US sports franchises like the New York Yankees and Washington Redskins in terms of revenue?

Lets first look at the annual revenues of the teams in America’s largest leagues. According to Forbes magazine the top 5 baseball teams in terms of revenue are:

  • New York Yankees $277 million
  • Boston Red Sox $206 million
Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd., Real Madrid

Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World

Numbers for the 2007-2008 season are available here

For the third straight year Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid topped the list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Three teams from the Premier League made the top five in Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, while another Spanish League team Barcelona is the other club in the top 5. The list is for the money generated but does not include transfer fees.

Dan Jones the partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, the group that compiled the list, stated, “This is the first time that any country has had three clubs in the top five of the Money League. Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium has transformed their revenues whilst Chelsea’s revenue increase sees them return to the top five.”