Juventus real Champions
Juventus may have been knocked out in the quarter-finals, but they were the biggest financial winners in last season’s UEFA Champions League. Bayern Munich beat German compatriots Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final, yet neither side could match Juve’s earning power, a UEFA report said. The Italian champions made 65.3 million euros (US$86.3 million) last season from their participation, more than 10 million euros more than Bayern earned.Unsurprisingly, the two finalists were the next biggest winners, with Bayern earning 55 million euros and Dortmund making 54.2 million euros. The 32 clubs partipating in the group stages shared 904.6 million euros, according to UEFA. The main difference between the German pair and Juve was television rights, with the Torino giants earning 44.8 million euros from that alone, compared with just 19.1 million euros for Bayern. AC Milan, who only made it to the second round, were the next biggest winners with 51.4 million euros ahead of Spanish losing semi-finalists Real Madrid (48.4 million) and Barcelona (45.5 million) and French quarter-finalists Paris Saint-Germain (44.7 million).
Falcao snubs age rumors
AS Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Tuesday took to Twitter to slam rumors about his age amid claims he is 29, not 27. “I am surprised by these media reports about my age — they are ridiculous,” said Monaco’s recent 60 million euro (US$79.4 million) signing from Atletico Madrid. “I vehemently deny [the story] and want to put an end to it once and for all,” Falcao said after TV station Noticias Uno showed the player’s former headmaster saying the star was born in 1984, not 1986.
F1 to return to Austria
Formula One will return to Austria next year after an 11-year absence, world champions and Spielberg circuit owners Red Bull said on Tuesday. The energy-drink company said a deal had been struck between Red Bull billionaire founder Dietrich Mateschitz and Formula One’s 82-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. “On condition of approval by the required authorities, July 6, 2014 is expected to be the date,” Red Bull said in a brief statement issued in Austria. Austria last hosted a grand prix in 2003, after which the circuit was due to be extended, but construction was stopped midway and the track became unusable for years before Mateschitz bought and rebuilt it, renaming it the Red Bull Ring. Formula One is due to introduce two new grands prix next year: at Russia’s Winter Olympic venue Sochi and in New Jersey.
Maradona surgery goes well
Soccer legend Diego Maradona underwent successful eye surgery on Tuesday, his surgeon said. Maradona, 52, underwent surgery to correct presbyopia, age-related loss of ability to focus on nearby objects, in Mendoza, Argentina. “Maradona was fine, it was a normal routine presbyopia procedure we do. He did well; he’s a great patient,” surgeon Roberto Zaldivar told reporters.
Trek sign Schleck brothers
US cycling team Trek says it has signed Andy and Frank Schleck to its squad for next year. The Luxembourg brothers will compete in the major Tours and the three Ardennes classics, among other races. Frank Schleck has not been racing since a one-year doping ban after testing positive for a diuretic during last year’s Tour de France.