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SPORTS February 1824, 2011

18.02.2011 | kyivweekly.com.ua

Real Madrid tops money list

Real Madrid remains the richest football team in the world, according to a report by the Deloitte. In the 2009/10 season the team earned EUR 438.6 mn, which put the Madrid club ahead of its rivals in Barcelona. Deloitte analysts suggest that the huge and loyal fan base of the royal club, its long history, fantastic achievements and popularity among commercial partners and the media guaranteed it the top spot in the rating of earnings.

Real has topped the Deloitte rating for the sixth year in a row. As such, the team has secured its status as brand No. 1 in world football. Prior to that, Englands Manchester United topped the list for eight years in a row. In the present version of the rating ManU is in third place, allowing Real and Barcelona to surpass it.

Despite this, English teams dominate the list. Indeed, seven representatives of the English Premiere League made it to the list of the Top 20 teams. Among them are ManU (3rd), Arsenal (5th), Chelsea (6th), Chelsea (6th), Liverpool (6th), Liverpool (8th), Manchester City (11th), Tottenham (12th) and Aston Villa (20th). At that, all 20 leading teams are represented in the leagues of the so-called Big Five countries (England 7, Spain 3, Italy 4, Germany 4 and France 2). Interestingly, there were no changes in the top six in the ratings compared to last year. Manchester City managed to make the greatest breakthrough by improving from 20th to 11th spot in the rating.

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Ukrainian wins freestyle bronze

The World Freestyle Championship at Deer Valley, Utah came to a close. Among the seven Ukrainian athletes that competed in Utah, 24-year old Olha Volkova of Mykolayiv, Ukraine made history winning a bronze medal a week after having stepped onto the winners podium at the World Cup.

Up until now, no Ukrainian freestyle athletes managed to achieve higher than 4th place at the world competition since Enver Ablaev did in 2003 at the very same Deer Valley.

Among Ukrainian female athletes, a place on the winners pedestal in skiing acrobatics at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan belongs to Tatyana Kozachenko.

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Dolgopolov makes Top 30 ATP rating

Ukraines top tennis players improve their seed in the ATP rating. Ukraines top-seeded tennis player Oleksandr Dolgopolov made it to the top 30 of the world rating. As a reminder, shortly before he advanced to the ATP finals tournament for the first time in his career.

Though he lost in the final of the Brasil Open to the tournaments top-seeded Spaniard Almagro, his advancement to the final earned Dologopolov enough points to make it into the Top 30 of world ratings.

Meanwhile, another Ukrainian Serhiy Stakhovskiy dropped one spot in the rating due to his unsuccessful play at a tournament in Rotterdam after he lost to Croatian Ivan Ljubcic in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Ilya Marchenko and Ivan Sergeev managed to improve their seed one spot. Russian Mikhail Yuzhny drifted out of the top 10 player ratings, thus allowing Austrian Jurgen Melzer become the 10th seeded player in the rating.

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Iranian grandmaster sets new world record

Chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran set a new world record in chess playing 614 players simultaneously. The match began on Tuesday afternoon and ended on Wednesday 25 hours and 15 minutes later. Over this time Maghami managed to win on 590 boards, 16 matches ended in a draw and only eight players were lucky enough to checkmate the Iranian grandmaster. As such, Maghami took first place away from Israeli Alik Gershon of Ukrainian descent, who simultaneously played against 525 opponents in October 2010 to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Swede smell of victory for Ukraine

Ukraines national football team beat the Swedish team in the Cyprus Cup final. Just as in the semi-final match against Romania, the Ukrainians won on a series of post-match penalty shootouts. The Swedes opened the score on the 7th minute after Ukraines centerfielder committed an error, Ibrahimovic made a nice floating pass to forward Elmandera, who drove the ball into a top corner. Soon after that team Ukraine evened up thanks to a foul committed against Devic. At the 19th minute Safari made a bad pass that was intercepted by Devic, who was put to the turf by goalkeeper Isaksson. The offender received a yellow card and Devic avenged the Swedish goalkeeper with a beautiful penalty kick into the net from 11-meters out.

Unlike the first half, in the second half the Swedes gained ball advantage on the field, though neither of the teams made any brilliant plays. As a result, the two teams were forced to a round of penalty kicks. Swedens Isaksson saved the first kick by Kravets. After that the Ukrainians made no mistakes, while Chelster of the Swedish team missed the net completely and then Ukraines goalkeeper Shovkovskiy made a nice save on the last shot by Beiram.

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Drop of Popes blood for F-1 pilot

Polish F-1 racecar driver Robert Kubica, who is undergoing treatment in an Italian hospital after an accident in a race, will get of drop of blood of the belated Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz conveyed relics of the former Catholic pontiff a medallion with a fragment of the vestment of Pope John Paul II and a drop of his blood to the hospital in which the racecar driver is being treated. Also, Kubica placed an image of the former Pope above his hospital bed and the name John Paul II is engraved on his racing helmet. Kubicas Skoda Fabia skidded off the track at high speed during a race in Andora, Italy and the steel guardrail ripped through the racecar.

The doctors diagnosed the racer with several broken bones in his right arm and leg. The German racer Nick Haidfeld will replace Kubica this season on the Lotus-Renault team.

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