Top 7 Champions League Winner Teams

Last Saturday, F.C. Barcelona won its fourth Champions League trophy, becoming one of the most successful football teams in the XXI Century, considering the titles it won not only in Spain but Worldwide. This event brought to my curiosity to know which are the most successful teams of the Top European football prize and, guess what, Barcelona is not even in the Top 3! For the second time since we started this blog, this particular list (and because the number of teams that won the title the same number of times), will have more than 7 mentions (the first one was the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artist in a TV Series):

1. Real Madrid C.F.

9 times

Years won: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002

Years runner-up: 1962, 1964, 1981

Country: Spain (Madrid)

2. A.C. Milan

7 times

Years won: 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007

Years runner-up: 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005

Country: Italy (Milan)

3. Liverpool F.C.

5 times

Years won: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005

Years runner-up: 1985, 2007

Country: UK (Liverpool)

4. F.C. Bayer Munich (tie)

4 times

Years won: 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001

Years runner-up: 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010

Country: Germany (Munich)

4. F.C. Barcelona (tie)

4 times

Years won: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011

Years runner-up: 1961, 1986, 1994

Country: Spain (Barcelona)

4. A.F.C. Ajax (tie)

4 times

Years won: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995

Years runner-up: 1969, 1996

Country: Netherlands (Amsterdam)

7. Manchester United (tie)

3 times

Years won: 1968, 1999, 2008

Years runner-up: 2009, 2011

Country: UK (Manchester)

7. F.C. Internazionale (tie)

3 times

Years won: 1964, 1965, 2010

Years runner-up: 1967, 1972

Country: Italy (Milan)

Source: Wikipedia
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Top 7 Golf Courses in the World

After investigating about this topic I found that there are so many different rankings for the Best Golf Courses. Hence and based on all the information I got from my investigation, this is the first post where the final ranking for the Top 7 Best Golf Courses in the World come from me. I hope you enjoy and you can always check the sources!

1. Cypress Point

Location: Pebble Beach, California, USA

Par/length: 72 / 6509 yards

Tel: +1 831 624 6444

Website: n/a

Green fee: Members only

Designer: Alister MacKenzie (1928)

Jutting out into the boiling Pacific, the par-3 16th hole at Cypress is one of the most photographed in golf. It’s also one of the most exclusive clubs in golf. Bob Hope, a doyen of the California golf circuit, once quipped: “One year they had a big membership drive at Cypress. They drove out 40 members.”

2. Pine Valley Golf Club

Location: Pine Valley, New Jersey, USA

Par/length: 70 / 7047 yards

Tel: +1 856 309 3203

Website: n/a

Green fee: Members only

Designer: George Crump/Harry Colt (1918)

One of the mainstays of any list of the world’s best courses, this private club near Philadelphia is a series of visually intimidating islands of greens, fairways and tees surrounded by sand, scrub, rough, woodland, water and steep drop-offs. Secluded by the pines, this club is a world of its own and steeped in history.

3. Pebble Beach Golf Links (tie)

Location: Pebble Beach, California, USA

Par/length: 72 / 6737 yards

Tel: +1 831 624 3811

Website: www.pebblebeach.com

Green fee: From $495

Designer: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant (1919)

TV pictures from this year’s US Open will lavish attention on Pebble’s iconic closing holes, but the real magic is to be found on the front nine. The most spectacular holes are five to eight, which are on the promontory between Stillwater Cove and the Pacific. For most visitors, though, it’s about the final two holes, scene of so many major moments (Watson’s chip-in, Nicklaus’ 1-iron flag-clatter). Is it worth the stupendous green fee? Yes, just once.

3. Augusta National (tie)

Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA

Par/length: 72 / 7435 yards

Tel: +1 706 667 6000

Website: www.masters.com

Green fee: Members only

Designer: Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones (1933)

When Bobby Jones retired from golf in 1930, he and Clifford Roberts looked to build a golf club. They discovered a 365-acre former fruit nursery in Augusta, where flowering plants and trees were in abundance. Construction began in 1931, and the course opened in 1933. It hosted the Augusta National Invitation Tournament in 1934, which became the Masters in 1939. Now one of the most iconic courses in golf is, sadly, also one of the most private.

5. Royal County Down (tie)

Location: Newcastle, County Down, UK

Par/length: 71 / 7181 yards

Tel:  +44 2843 723 314

Website: www.royalcountydown.org

Green fee: £50-£180

Designer: Old Tom Morris (1889)

Every blade is perfectly manicured, but the layout feels untouched by human hands as it snakes through heather and gorse. Against a backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zig-zagging back and forth to provide a different view from virtually every hole.

5. St Andrews, Old Course (tie)

Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Par/length: 72 / 6721 yards

Tel: +44 1334 466 666

Website: www.standrews.org.uk

Green Fee: £130

Designer: Mother nature

The Home of Golf, where the game was first played 600 years ago. Many visitors still say the place is an acquired taste, and it’s true you need to play it several times before you appreciate all the nuances – like the fact that the further right you go off the tee, towards the trouble, the easier your approach to the green. But it’s a ‘must play’.

7. Turnberry Ailsa

Location: Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland

Par/length: 70 / 7201 yards

Tel: +44 1655 334 032

Website: www.turnberry.co.uk

Green fee: £190 (twilight £90 from 3.10pm)

Designer: MacKenzie Ross (1949)

The course was showcased at its very best during last year’s Open, where TV cameras on cranes captured the setting beautifully. Most of the first 11 holes play by the sea to the lighthouse, before you turn back to face the imposing Ailsa Craig rock and the iconic white hotel. Tom Watson’s heroics last year merely cemented its reputation as Golf World’s No.1 course in Great Britain & Ireland.

Source: todaysgolfer.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, golfcourseworld.co.uk, huffingtonpost.com, top100golfcourses.co.uk, ausgolf.co.au
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Top 7 Highest Paid F1 Drivers in 2011

Back in the “golden days” of Michael Schumacher, I read somewhere that he was close to be the first F1 driver to become a billionaire. Now that these “golden days” are gone and that he retired and came back, now that other athletes are more “mediatic” and make lots of money (check our Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010 post), it would be nice to check how the F1 drivers are doing these days, regarding the amount of money they made. Accordingly to this last week’s issue of Portuguese magazine Auto Hoje, quoting the German sports news agency Sid, here you can find the Top 7 Highest Paid F1 Drivers. Surprisingly and despite he is not doing very much after he came back, Michael Schumacher is still in the top list, but he is not the highest paid driver. For this list, we consider how much they make in total, including salary and sponsors.

1. Fernando Alonso

2011 salary: €28 million

Team: Ferrari

Nationality: Spanish

Date of birth: July 29, 1981

2. Michael Schumacher

2011 salary: €18 million

Team: Mercedes GP

Nationality: German

Date of birth: January 3, 1969

3. Sebastian Vettel (tie)

2011 salary: €15 million

Team: Red Bull Racing

Nationality: German

Date of birth: July 3, 1987

3. Lewis Hamilton (tie)

2011 salary: €15 million

Team: McLaren

Nationality: British

Date of birth: January 7, 1985

5. Felipe Massa

2011 salary: €14 million

Team: Ferrari

Nationality: Brazilian

Date of birth: April 25, 1981

6. Jenson Button

2011 salary: €12 million

Team: McLaren

Nationality: British

Date of birth: January 19, 1980

7. Nico Rosberg

2011 salary: €10 million

Team: Mercedes GP

Nationality: German

Date of birth: June 27, 1985

Source: autohoje.com, f1.com, planetf1.com
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Top 7 Highest Paid Football Earners in 2011

Last January we published a post indicating the Top 7 Highest Football Players in 2010, in which we listed the highest paid footballers considering the salaries they earn from their clubs. In this case we go further, including for this post not only football players but also their coaches, and considering also what the make from their sponsors. Unfortunately, this Top 7 list will be limited for the players, since the highest paid coach (Jose Mourinho) makes “only” €13.5 million euros and didn’t make the cut for the list…

1. Lionel Messi

Team: FC Barcelona

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €31 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €27.5 million

3. Wayne Rooney

Team: Manchester United

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €20.7 million

4. Kaka

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19.2 million

5. David Beckham

Team: LA Galaxy

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19 million

6. Ronaldinho

Team: Flamengo

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): € 18.3 million

7. Carlos Tevez

Team: Manchester City

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €15.4 million

Source: France Football, Eurosport
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Top 7 World Football Teams – March 2011

As we mentioned when we first published the Top 7 World Football Teams last month, every month we will be publishing the updated ranking, according to FIFA. For this month, there is only one change. Let see if you find out:

1. Spain

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: July 2008, from January 2009 to June 2009, from November 2009 to December 2009, from February 2010 to March 2010, March 2010, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 25º: March 1998

2. Netherlands

Highest FIFA ranking:2º: November 1993, June 1994, From September 2005 to October 2005, June 2009, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 25º: February 1998

3. Germany

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: December 1992, August 1993, December 1993, From February 1994 to March 1994, June 1994

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 22º: March 2006

4. Argentina

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: March 2007, From January 2008 to June 2008

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 24º: August 1996

5. Brazil

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: September 1993, From April 1994 to May 1994, July 1994, from September 1994 to December 1994, February 1995, from April 1995 to December 1995, from January 1996 to February 1996, from April 1996 to May 1996, from July 1996 to December 1996, February 1997, from April 1997 to December 1997, from February 1998 to May 1998, from July 1998 to December 1998, from January 1999 to December 1999, from January 2000 to December 2000, from January 2001 to April 2001, from July 2002 to December 2002, from January 2003 to December 2003, from January 2004 to December 2004, from January 2005 to December 2005, from January 2006 to May 2006, from July 2006 to December 2006, January 2007, from July 2007 to August 2007, from July 2009 to October 2009, from April 2010 to May 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 8º: August 1993

 

6. England

Highest FIFA ranking: 4º: December 1997, September 2006

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 27º: February 1996

7. Uruguay

Highest FIFA ranking: 6º: July 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 76º: December 1998

Source: FIFA

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Top 7 World Football Teams – February 2011

Every month, FIFA announces the ranking of the World Best Teams. Starting this month, we will be posting the ranking published by FIFA on February 2, 2011, with the Top 7 Wold Football Teams, in this case referring to February 2011:

1. Spain

Highest FIFA ranking

1 – July 2008. From January 2009 to June 2009, from November 2009 to December 2009, from February 2010 to March 2010, March 2010, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking

25 – March 1998

2. Netherlands

Highest FIFA ranking

2 – November 1993. June 1994, From September 2005 to October 2005, June 2009, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking

25 – February 1998

3. Germany

Highest FIFA ranking

1 – December 1992. August 1993, December 1993, From February 1994 to March 1994, June 1994

Lowest FIFA Ranking

22 – March 2006

4. Brazil

Highest FIFA ranking

1 – September 1993. From April 1994 to May 1994, July 1994, from September 1994 to December 1994, February 1995, from April 1995 to December 1995, from January 1996 to February 1996, from April 1996 to May 1996, from July 1996 to December 1996, February 1997, from April 1997 to December 1997, from February 1998 to May 1998, from July 1998 to December 1998, from January 1999 to December 1999, from January 2000 to December 2000, from January 2001 to April 2001, from July 2002 to December 2002, from January 2003 to December 2003, from January 2004 to December 2004, from January 2005 to December 2005, from January 2006 to May 2006, from July 2006 to December 2006, January 2007, from July 2007 to August 2007, from July 2009 to October 2009, from April 2010 to May 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking

8 – August 1993

5. Argentina

Highest FIFA ranking

1 – March 2007. From January 2008 to June 2008

Lowest FIFA Ranking

24 – August 1996

6. England

Highest FIFA ranking

4 – December 1997. September 2006

Lowest FIFA Ranking

27 – February 1996

7. Uruguay

Highest FIFA ranking

6 – July 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking

76 – December 1998

Source: FIFA
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