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Real Madrid becomes football's
most powerful brand
Real overtakes Barça as the most pow-
erful club brand.
However, a superior commercial strategy
makes Man United the most valuable brand
at US$1.733 billion.
Premier League clubs account for 46 per
cent of total football brand value, more than
double other leagues.
Newcastle is the fastest growing brand, up
92 per cent from 2016, following promotion.
Valuation and strategy consultancy Brand
Finance conducts an annual study, calcu-
lating the power and value of the world's
leading football club brands.
A brand's power/strength is assessed
(based on metrics such as stadium capacity,
squad size and value, social media presence,
on-pitch performance, fan satisfaction, fair-
play rating, stadium utilisation, and revenue)
to create a 'Brand Strength Index' (BSI) score
out of 100.
This is used to determine what proportion
of a business's revenue is contributed by the
brand, which is projected into perpetuity and
discounted to determine the brand's value.
The Brand Finance Football 50 report is
the first of any kind to take into account the
full sporting results of the 2016/17 season.
Women Windies warming
up to English conditions
The West Indies Women's cricket team
is making the best of conditions in Eng-
land as the squad continues its training
camp ahead of the start of the Interna-
tional Cricket Council's (ICC) Women's
World Cup to be staged from June 24 to
July 23 in England.
However, the Caribbean side was reduced
training indoors at the England & Wales Crick-
et Board's National Performance Centre yes-
terday, as steady showers throughout the day
forced a postponement of a practice match
against an England Women's XI here. The
match will be contested tomorrow instead.
Despite the rainy conditions yesterday, Bar-
badian, Shakera Selman expressed her own
liking to playing in England, saying: "First of
all I'm a pace bowler so I think I already love
these contidions and I also really pride myself
on fielding and these outfields are very good
for people who like to dive arond."
The 27-year-old right-arm fast-medium
bowler has appeared in 65 One-day Interna-
tionals for the Windies Women's side includ-
ing being included when the Windies women
won the ICC T20 World Cup in England in
2016 in India. But she and her teammates
are equally eager to lift the 50-over version
"Honestly it will be great if we can win the
50-over World Cup, added to our T20 Cham-
pionship. I think we've been playing 50-over
cricket for a while now and it would be great
to prove to everyone that we are great 50-over
players as well." said Selman.
She added, "I wouldn't say its a burden. Of
course the people back home are expecting
us to do well in this World Cup as well but we
can turn that into good pressure. Its good to
have that support from the fans back home
and more people are finally paying attention
to us and I think that can actually motivate
us in this tournament."
The Windies Women next travel to the
English East Midlands from the southern
city of Southampton, where they are using
the home of the Hampshire County Cricket
Club as their training base for a 17-day peri-
od before moving to the city of Leicester for
the formal start of the Women's World Cup
programme on June 24.
Jelena Ostapenko shocks
Jelena Ostapenko be-
came the first teenag-
er to reach the French
Open women's semi-fi-
nals since 2007 with a
shock win against for-
mer world number one
The 19-year-old lost the
first five games of her first
major quarter-final before
winning 4-6 6-2 6-2.
She will play Swiss 30th
seed Timea Bacsinszky,
who beat France's Kristi-
na Mladenovic 6-4 6-4.
"I'm really happy, I can't
believe it," world number
47 Ostapenko said.
Elsewhere, two rain delays - totalling almost four
hours - meant Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's
French Open quarter-finals were postponed until
Nathalie and Daniel
worth the wait
Makanah and Khitaany represent veteran Arab
owner,Hamdan Al Maktoum,today and an across-
the-card double is anticipated for respective train-
ers, Simon Crisford and Ed Dunlop.
Both achieved half-decent time-handicap marks on
debut last month and will be ridden by 'contract' jockey,
Jim Crowley, our official champion jockey.
That particular achievement highlighted the cause of
Crowley and he was approached to replace Paul Hanagan
last Autumn; for the Irishman it was a 'no-brainer'
and he's recently enjoyed a successful winter stint in
Dubai where, of course, Hamdan is based in the finance
department of government.
It must be a good job, he owns more than FOUR HUN-
DRED thoroughbreds currently in training or at stud!
Hanagan, incidentally, is now 'back home' (in York-
shire) partnering winners for his old boss Richard Fahey
who steered Paul to successive champion jockey titles;
all's well that ends well, eh?
On the championship front Silvestre de Souza is set-
ting a hot pace but there are plenty capable of winning
it, including Hanagan and Crowley who will again jump
aboard Makanah in the thirteen-runner 2-y-o Novice
Stakes over six fur-
longs of Wolver-
ished a credita-
ble close third to
Zap on a 'soft'
York surface three
weeks ago, beaten
about one length and staying on strongly. Solid form.
This Mayson colt will surely improve and is napped;
even though it's somewhat of a lottery round the tight
Dunstall Park circuit Makanah looks a smacks of a classy
type, definitely not one to oppose.
Crowley will then 'hotfoot' to Kempton where Kh-
itaamy is one of fourteen 'decs' for an 'aged' Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs; what beats him will win and
I'll be surprised if he's extended never mind beaten!
Finally you should exercise patience and wait for the
'aged' Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of 'good' ground
Ripon where Daniel Muscatt rides once-raced Nathalie
for his guv'nor, James Fanshhawe, at 9.05!
It's a long day for jockeys but Muscatt is delighted
because he's seizing wonderful opportunities being
supplied by the much-respected Fanshawe, formerly
assistant to Sir Michael Stoute!
Under: (Last Wednesday)
1 pm ................................ 20-11
4 pm ................... .............12-35
6.30 pm............ ................. 12-7
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-4-5-6-17 Mx: 4
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
12 (King) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 6 8 3 20
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 5 4 18
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 5 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 1 5 14
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE3 5 3 6 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko
celebrates winning her
quarterfinal match against
Wozniacki. AP PHOTO
Shakera Selman bowls to Stafanie Taylor during a game simulation at a West Indies Women's training session on the nursery ground of
the Ageas Bowl. PHOTO: WICB
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo receives his
man of the match award from Sir Alex
Ferguson after the Champions League final
between Juventus and Real Madrid at the
Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. AP PHOTO
FRENCH OPEN 2017
Makanah (nap); Kempton,
6.55 Khitaamy (e.w); Ripon,
9.05 Nathalie (e.w).
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