Sun, Apr 01, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Germany
Kamper fires Bielefeld

Second-half substitute Jonas Kamper scored in the 79th minute and Arminia Bielefeld beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Friday to drop the 1997 European Champions League winner into the Bundesliga's relegation zone. Kamper's long-distance shot came seconds after he entered the game and gave Bielefeld only its second victory in 15 league matches. "I believe it is going to be hard for us -- our situation is dangerous," Dortmund defender Christoph Metzelder said. With seven rounds to play, Dortmund fell to 16th place, one behind Bielefeld and at the top edge of relegation.

■ United Kingdom

Red Devils the richest

Manchester United is the most valuable team in world soccer and Ronaldinho the highest-earning player, according to a survey by Forbes magazine. The Premier League club is worth US$1.453 billion, according to the American business magazine. Manchester United has only the fourth-highest annual revenue at US$310 million, but is ranked first overall in financial value because of "superior growth prospects," Forbes said. Barcelona star Ronaldinho moved to the top of the richest soccer player list, relegating David Beckham to second. The Brazilian is worth US$29.5 million, according to Forbes, with Beckham at US$29.1 million.

■ Spain

Barca heading to China

Giants Barcelona, spearheaded by Ronaldinho, are planning pre-season matches this summer in Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo, a report said yesterday. The European champions are expected to travel to China to play Guoan in Beijing on Aug. 5, followed by a match against Marinos FC in Tokyo on Aug. 7. They plan to end their tour in Hong Kong with a game on Aug. 9 or 10 against the Caroliners or another local side, the South China Morning Post said, citing vice-president Ferran Soriano.

■ United Kingdom

Robben needs operation

Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben needs an operation on his knee and could be out for the rest of the season. "Robben will be out for a long time," manager Jose Mourinho told the club's official Web site on Friday. "For me it is a bit difficult to accept because he played two [Euro 2008 qualifying] matches for his country [in a week] and on Thursday he came here injured." Netherlands were held to a 0-0 draw by Romania last Saturday before winning 1-0 in Slovenia on Wednesday. Robben's loss will be softened for Chelsea by the news that England midfielder Joe Cole is poised to return to full training after a long absence. The Londoners have already won the League Cup and occupy second place in the Premier League. They are also through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

■ Austria

Police push for weak beer

Austrian police want fans to drink weak beer served in plastic cups at the 2008 European Championship to reduce potential violence. Authorities said on Friday they're pressing co-hosts Austria and Switzerland to consider special ``Euro 2008 beer'' and ``Euro 2008 mugs.'' Translation: Low-alcohol strength beer in cups that can't be used as projectiles. ``We're close to working out a light beer with the beer industry,'' Vienna police spokesman Peter Jedelsky said after meeting with security organizations. The plastic cups would be branded with the tournament logo and serve as souvenirs. Jedelsky said the cups ``wouldn't inflict pain on anyone.''

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