Real Madrid top Forbes’ most valuable football teams list as English Premier League teams dominate top 20 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)!!!

Real Madrid is the world’s most valuable football club for a third straight year, according to a new Forbes poll that showed the average value of the top 20 teams has risen 11 per cent over last year.

Top 10 most valuable: (in $US billions)
1. Real Madrid $3.26
2. Barcelona $3.16
3. Manchester United $3.10
4. Bayern Munich $2.35
5. Manchester City $1.38
6. Chelsea $1.37
7. Arsenal $1.31
8. Liverpool $982
9. Juventus $837
10. AC Milan $775

The Spanish club’s value fell five per cent to $4 billion but their $936.5 million in revenue, the highest of any sports team in the world, was enough to keep them top of the list, Forbes said in a statement.

Barcelona ($3.97 billion), Manchester United ($3.89 billion), German champions Bayern Munich ($2.95 billion) and Manchester City ($1.7 billion) rounded out the top five.

Rising television and shirt sponsorship revenue helped drive the average value of the top 20 clubs to $1.46 billion, a staggering 84 per cent jump from five years ago.

Eight of the top 20 teams are from the English Premier League, which Forbes credited to both a rise in the British pound relative to the euro and US dollar and a lucrative new domestic TV deal starting from the 2016-17 season.

Serie A champions Juventus ($1.05 billion), AC Milan ($793 million), Inter Milan ($551 million) and Napoli ($443 million) are the only Italian teams to crack the top 20 but none were higher than ninth place.

Forbes said the once-great Serie A brand has been undermined over the past decade by match-fixing scandals, antiquated stadiums, rising debts and a decline in talent on the pitch.


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10 Leadership Lessons From Manchester United’s Hiring And Firing Of David Moyes!!!

1. Don’t change the two most important people in the organisation at the same time

Sir Alex Ferguson had been manager of Manchester United for 27 years and David Gill had racked up a decade as chief executive when the duo stepped down last summer. For manager and chief executive at a football club, read chief executive and chairman at a publicly listed company. Allowing both to leave at the same time is dangerous, particularly when their combined leadership has been so successful. Where was the succession planning that didn’t let that happen? And what happened to the board’s oversight of the career decisions of its two most important executives? How many companies have lost their chairman and chief executive at exactly the same time and replaced both with great success?
David Moyes (AP Photo/Clint Hughes) David Moyes (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
2. Don’t let the last business leader choose the next one.

Sir Alex Ferguson imposed what some observers have described as a “Stalin-like grip” on Manchester United during his 27 years in charge. Very little, it is said, happened without either his direct say-so or tacit approval. But allowing the man who has had a stand named after him and a statue erected at the club’s Old Trafford stadium to effectively nominate his replacement as manager brought personal emotion, ego and self-interest into the succession, when it should have been a rational, well thought-out collective board decision. Who on the board would have dared to shoot down the suggestion of the club’s most successful manager ever? Ferguson was allowed to become much too important during his reign at the top. How many departing chief executives are allowed to select their successors?

3. Groom successors from within when you have a winning team

Ferguson’s biggest failing perhaps was not grooming a potential successor. Maybe that’s a pitfall of having a domineering, win-at-all-costs personality. But some of the most successful leadership at winning companies has taken more of a team-based approach, generating a cadre of capable lieutenants who have gone on to follow them as well as taking the helm at other companies. Groups including Procter & Gamble PG +0.32%, Dixons, Asda and the former menswear chain Burtons have served as prodigious academies of management talent. And in English football three of the 19 other managers in the Premier League served as players and/or backroom staff under Ferguson, demonstrating that the talent to groom at hand was indeed available.

4. Keep the most important support staff intact when the top jobs change

David Moyes entered the lions’ den when he took the manager’s job at Manchester United. The previous manager had won everything there was to win in a glittering career; the top players’ medal cabinets were stuffed full too. Having never won a major trophy himself as a manager, he had an instant credibility gap and needed wise heads around him who had the benefit of having been around in the glory years. Instead, he replaced the entire top coaching staff, bringing in the team that had served him at Everton. While this might have been seen as asserting his authority at the time, it left Moyes unsupported within the club and deprived the club of vital experience, know-how and continuity.

5. Appoint someone big enough for the job

Moyes has never won a major trophy as a football manager and yet he was expected to deliver more or less instantly at a club whose previous manager had won 13 English Premier League titles and two European Champions Leagues. As if this was not mission impossible, his body language, demeanour and communications with the media suggested almost from the outset that he did not feel that he was up to the task.

6. Get the cultural fit right

The history of an organisation is an irrevocable part of what it is. It is almost impossible to imagine Apple AAPL +0.74% as a company full of conformists or General Electric GE +0.53% as recklessly-managed. Similarly in football, Manchester United’s history and reputation is as a dynamic and romantic team full of derring-do, adventure and attacking style. From the youthful exuberance of the “Busby Babes” in the 1950s to the swagger and pomp of Best, Charlton and Law in their prime, the club has developed a “United way”. Ferguson, a self-confessed sporting gambler, stuck to those principles. However, while Moyes spoke about a strong youth policy and the club’s fine reputation for attacking football, his actions and strategies did not match his words.

7. Manage the management’s communication

Moyes had no choice but to take the microphone after every defeat – the broadcasting contracts governing English Premier League football stipulate that the team managers are interviewed after every game. Moyes, following a master media manipulator in Ferguson, could not be expected to have his predecessor’s touch in this department. Honest and decent in his public utterances, he nonetheless needed support from his backroom staff and senior players and directors. The club’s media team could have taken a much more active role in protecting Moyes, presenting a collective front and showing support to a manager who was always going to have a tricky first year in following a legend.

8. Be decisive. Know when it’s the right time to stop the rot.

Prior to Moyes’s departure, United had a reputation for giving managers time to build teams, in contrast to some of the rapid firings seen at other top teams in the UK and Europe. Yet, it was clear that Moyes had lost the dressing room, while his comments after the team’s final performance under his management demonstrated that he didn’t have the long-term vision required.

9. Don’t let the news leak

Once the decision is made, make the announcement. Some of the momentum gained from the decisiveness United’s owners showed with their judgment that enough was enough was lost by widespread reports the day before that made Moyes’ sacking the worst-kept secret in British football. Nearly all Britain’s national newspapers led their sports pages with the news that Moyes was to be sacked, before it had been announced. While United’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange governs the timing of price-sensitive news, the leaking of the dismissal led to speculation about compensation, replacements and club strategy, when the focus could have been on a new beginning.

10. Have a credible new plan.

When an instant fix is neither credible nor desirable, at least have a plan, a process and steady temporary leadership. Appointing Ryan Giggs, United’s most decorated player in the club’s history, to take charge on a temporary basis, restores some respect to the fallen champions. Giggs is adored by fans, respected by the players and hugely liked by the sports media. With so much of the past leadership having departed, his is an obvious temporary appointment to try to arrest the team’s slide and provide some stability. Few companies, however, are likely to have somebody with his attributes waiting ready in the wings.

– By Andrew Cave – Published in the Forbes 22/04/2014

Ronaldo Claims Lionel Messi Is a More Complete Player Than Cristiano Ronaldo!

The saga continues.
The debate continues.
The comparison continues.
The controversy continues.
This will be on for a long time to come.

Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest one of all?
Remember that question from the famous ‘Snow white and the seven dwarfs’?

Who is better depends for me on personal preferences and your tactical leaning.

For me I think both are great footballers and masters of the game and will be remembered for their contribution to the game.

The gladiators!

On a personal note, I think Ronaldo should consider himself unlucky to have come at the same time as the merciless Messi, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any need for this ongoing and never will end debate.

In this link posted on Bleacher Report the ‘original’ Ronaldo from football Mecca Brazil opines that Lionel Messi of Argentina is better than Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.

Find out what the opinion pool in the article says and vote for who you think is better!

Click on the link below to read the full article.


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How do you discover talent?

How do you discover talent? And How do you cultivate it or nurture it.

The book, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, provides several examples of how ordinary people are delivering extraordinary achievement and the formula or code at work.

How does a penniless Russian tennis club, with just one indoor practice court create more top-20 women tennis players than the entire United States of America?

How does a 13-year old girl do a month’s worth of practice in just six minutes?

How did Brazil become such a World Power in Soccer ?

Five world cup victories. And a cast of stars: Pele, Zico, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka….all past winners of FIFA World Best Player Award.

You see Brazil wasn’t always a great producer of soccer players. At least not in the 1940s and 1950s. Brazil never won the world cup before then.

They failed to defeat then world soccer power Hungary in four attempts.

It wasn’t until 1958 that Brazil emerged. In the form of a brilliant team featuring a 17-year old Pele at the World Cup in Sweden.

In fact, soccer historians traced the magic moment to the opening three minutes of Brazil’s 1958 World Cup semi-final victory against the heavily favoured Soviet Union.

The dreaded Soviet team was overrun by the ball-handling skills of Pele, Garrincha, and Vava.

As commentator Luis Mendes said, “The scientific systems of the Soviet Union died a death right there. They put the first man in space, but they couldn’t mark Garrincha.”

That was when football became an art. Brazil had mastered the art of football. They found a way to increase their “learning velocity”

So how do you discover talent?

The book quotes a German proverb that says, “You will become clever through your mistakes.’

The book says that when you make a mistake, and you go through a process of self-correction, that effort makes it stick in your brain. So that next time you encounter that problem, your brain is able to deal with it….effortlessly.

It is a technique call Deep Practice.

When you practice deeply, you use time more efficiently, and your small efforts produce big, lasting results.

That is the basis of effective learning, and talent.

Eze Ohajunwa

Arsenal make club record £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suarez

I just couldn’t let this news pass me by!
What a disaster it will be for Arsenal FC if Liverpool continues to play hard ball and stick to thier guns and refuse to sell.
I keep wondering is Suarez worth 40m£ with all his antics and baggage? All I ever seem to do is just ask questions. Who will give me an answer I dont even know.
Wenger should have raised his bid for Higuain instead of being the usual toughie that has gotten Arsenal no where (my opinion).
Suarez will not play until October because he still has 6 out of the 10 match ban to serve. I wonder if the club factored this fact in when they decided to make this move. 6 matches can make a lot of difference to a club’s ambition.
Having lost out to Napoli in the bid to sign Higuain, Arsenal are now desperate to sign an additional striker hence this.
My question has always been who is better Suarez or Higuain? Depends on how you see things.
What is Mr Wenger’s plan B if he fails in the bid to sign Suarez?
Draft one of the young ones to the senior team?
We shall see.

Good luck to Arsene Wenger, Arsenal fans and goodluck to Liverpool.

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