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Why Qatari Owners of Paris’ Soccer Team Hanker For Aging Englishman Beckham

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2011

By BRUCE CRUMLEY

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham fights for the ball against Emelio "Chieffy" Caligdong of the Philippines national football team Azkals during their friendly match at the Rizal Memorial football stadium in Manila December 3, 2011.

Why does perennially under-performing Paris Saint-Germain of France’s anemic professional soccer league see hiring a fading star at over $1 million per month as vital to assuring its future? Because the aging player in question is David Beckham, whose marketing and financial allure is considered as important as his footballing skill by PSG’s Qatari owners. And even if Beckham’s representatives are denying reports that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has come to an unofficial agreement with PSG, there are reasons to suspect the resurgent rumors may yet come to fruition. After all, the Paris club is only one part of a mix with which Qatari VIPs are looking to boost the Emirate’s prestige through the world’s most popular sport. And despite his advancing age and slowing gait, Beckham remains not only one of the biggest global draws in the game—but just the kind of meta-star capable of mesmerizing celebrity-crazed, sports-fickle inhabitants of Paris.

French media was again abuzz Wednesday with reports that the 36-year-old Beckham has agreed to sign an 18-month contract with PSG once his Galaxy deal expires Dec. 31. According to dailies le Parisien and l’Equipe, Beckham has accepted a league-topping $1.05 million monthly salary whose total value could be nearly doubled by $22.3 million in performance bonuses—most of those based on Beckham’s merchandizing potential, rather than footballing potency. Indeed, in addition to Beckham’s iconic and hunk status that’s expected to broaden PSG’s appeal to a far wider base of Parisians (a population infamous as fair weather fans who demand big matches, lots of glitz, and the likelihood of victory to even start caring much about sports), the association with the former England hero might well allow Paris Saint-German to finally establish a true brand identity abroad. And that, it’s hoped, could mean millions in new income from PSG jerseys selling alongside the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona merchandize in foreign markets–particularly in Beckham-mad Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eurozone Crisis: Merkel And Sarkozy Call For New Treaty To Save Euro

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2011

France and Germany have declared they want a new European treaty, either with the entire EU or just the eurozone to solve the financial crisis.

Following crisis talks in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that eurozone states should face sanctions for running up large deficits.

The pair called for the 27 countries of the EU to move towards greater fiscal integration to ensure the current financial crisis is not repeated. If that was not possible, just the 17 states that have adopted the euro should move forward, they said.

“Whatever has happened must never happen again, and it’s for this reason we want a new treaty,” said Sarkozy. “This is what Germany and France want.”

Sarkozy said that the two countries were “in full and total agreement that eurobonds are no solution to the crisis at all”.

“We are going through a very difficult situation,” said Merkel. “We should recover the trust in the market and our trust in the eurozone. And during the next Thursday and Friday summit we should recover this trust and consolidate our commitments.”

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Paris’ City Hall Showcases Mind-Bending Optical Illusion (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2011


“The work of art may look small in its 3D form, but it’s actually huge. It covers 1500 square meters, measures 100 meters long and uses 1200 square meters of lawn. Approximat­ely, 90 gardeners worked for five days to assemble the entire display. Definitely this is huge
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Baby Falls From 8th Floor Paris Apartment, Lives

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 3, 2010


You are really lucky. All the best!
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World’s Most Stunning Cathedrals & Basilicas (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 16, 2010


Wonderful!
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The 8 Sexiest Subway Systems In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2010


I have been to Moscow, London, Parish, Beijing and Spain Metros. I think the Moscow one is the best.
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This is not Film Scene

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 9, 2010

Newly married actress Manisha Dahal (nee Koirala) says her marriage was like a dream. She’s off on a dream

Manisha Dahal with her husband during their honeymoon.

honeymoon to Europe for a month.

The actress says, “I feel different now that I’m married. It’s as though I’ve found my bearings in life. There’s a new sense of belonging, as though there’s someone constantly there to support me, to hold me when I fall. I’ve never felt this way before.”

Love all

Manisha says she fell in love with not just her husband but also his family. “Our families have been close friends for years. I know Samrat’s family since before our marriage. So it’s not really an arranged match, in the true sense. I’ve never felt so happy. Marriage is supposed be a restriction. It’s supposed to tie you down to another person’s feelings and family. But I’ve never felt so free before.”

Dream honeymoon

On Tuesday morning she was busy packing her own and her husband’s clothes for the month-long honeymoon. “I’ve planned a dream honeymoon for us. I’ve been to the European destinations before as a single woman. This time it’s different.”

One of the major cities on her honeymooning map is Paris. Incidentally, Manya has always dreamed of owning a home in the French capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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