Thursday, September 4, 2008

City, blow Robinho But the sheikhs is not enough

In the long chased by Abramovich, the Brazilian was at the end purchased by new owners Arab society in Manchester, who want to create the biggest clubs in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo next target

LONDON, September 3, 2008 - Poor Abramovich, who figure. The sheikhs of Manchester City have launched the challenge to English football, Europe and the world. And the first slap was for the Russian billionaire, who has seen blow by Robinho, target market Chelsea throughout the summer. Abramovich did not wish to revive the 40 million put on the table Real Madrid by the new owners of City also because they would have escaped. He is only against the entire emirate of Abu Dhabi: a wealth of 16 billion euros against a fortune of 1 trillion dollars (700 billion). Faced with the family of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi lord, 15 ° paperone Earth looks like a pygmy. The oilfields of Abu Dhabi account for 10 percent of world reserves.

SPEAKERS RICOLME - With the price of a barrel to the stars, dell'emirato coffers are more full than ever. 7 The United Arab Emirates are to race each other for primacy of luxury, quality of life, and structures dream. He was head the party in Dubai, but the cousins of Abu Dhabi are lane. It came first in Premier, burning the consortium of Dubai (DIC) which for over a year pointing to ownership of Liverpool. The architect of which covers the Manchester City is Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nayhan, champion endurance horse racing, Minister in the government of the Emirates Arabs chaired by his brother, Sheikh Khalifa. President of First Gulf Bank and various investment companies, has married a daughter of the sheik of Dubai, Mohammed Al-Maktoum.

INVESTMENT REAL - The purchase of Manchester City by former Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra is framed nell'Abu United Dhabi Group (ADUG), offshoots of investment fund of the royal family (ADIA), the second largest in the world after the Bank of Japan. Mansour has delegated the management of the City to Sulaiman Al-Fahim, 31 years, a businessman well known in the Arab world. Al-Fahim on Monday launched a flurry of offers parallel, from Robinho to Berbatov, David Villa for Gomez, even Torres, for a total of 200 million. Only Robinho went to port. Berbatov was literally kidnapped by Sir Alex Ferguson. But Al-Fahim has a clear mandate and boundless: transform the City in the largest team in the world.

DREAM TEAM - All galacticos are under attack, no matter the price. Cristiano Ronaldo first. "We want the biggest players in business - proclaims Al-Fahim -. Cristiano Ronaldo said he would play in the biggest club in the world: the City soon will become, more than Manchester United and Madrid. Buffon to door, then Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Ferdinand, Abidal, Gerrard, Kakà, Messi, Torres, Villa. For 650 million euros. A "dream team" where Robinho threatens the bench. Risks already the coach Mark Hughes. Scolari, Mourinho, Hiddink, Rijkaard: Manchester City has already need one like them.

Giancarlo Galavotti
La Gazzetta dello Sport