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DOHA, Qatar - Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame. Air Force 1 False .Never in sporting history has a country invested so massively, quickly, broadly, internationally and ostentatiously as the small oil-and-gas rich Gulf emirate that is using the worlds thirst for energy and for sporting entertainment to realize its giant look at me! ambitions.With a spending spree of staggering reach and proportions, the thumb of desert with a native population of just 282,750 that would be 14th in a list of London boroughs and tied with Toledo, Ohio, for 66th among U.S. cities has used sports to make itself a household name in Europe. The rest of the world is next.Lionel Messi and his teammates wear QATAR AIRWAYS on the front of their Barcelona shirts for $40 million a year, which Qatar was earning in just three hours from hydrocarbon exports before the recent plunge in oil prices.Hundreds of millions more bought Paris Saint-Germain, Frances most glamorous football team, and made it champion again.Further vast spending has greased Qatars passage in sports corridors of power, made it the new favoured venue for major events, acquired another team in Belgium, enabled Qatars sports broadcaster to muscle aside international competitors, sponsored Europes richest horse race, and built a world-class sports hospital and a state-of-the art training academy in Doha that makes hardened sports pros giddy with awe.And thats just the start. The projected cost of readying Qatar to host footballs World Cup in 2022: an otherworldly $160 billion dollars.Small wonder that when Qatars sports minister walks into a room, some see a walking cash machine.Speaking to The Associated Press in a rare and exclusive interview, Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali recalled that as a student in the United States, people used to ask him: Where is Qatar?Now they ask: How about investing in our sport, our team?Most of the meetings with officials are like this, he said. We in Qatar, we look for good opportunities. I meet a lot of them and they do presentations from buying clubs, to new clubs, to all kinds of sports, and introducing new sports in Qatar. And a lot of opportunities. We are open. We listen.Qatars grab on sport isnt only for prestige, recognition, vanity and to drill new wells of revenue for when oil and gas run dry. It also sees sport as a way of motivating Qataris who, thanks to the riches underground, are the worlds second-wealthiest people per capita but, in obesity and diabetes, have the health problems of comfortable living.You want to create a challenge for them, al-Ali said. Some countries they create, really, political challenges you know? to make a focus for the people (or they) create another enemy.At the turn of the 20th century, this former British protectorate smaller than Puerto Rico first tasted prosperity when it became the hub of the pearl industry. Then Japan farmed pearls, took over the global market and the bottom fell out for Qatar.Today, that collapse is still cited as an example of why Qatar must think long-term, prepare for a post-hydrocarbon future and build an economy based instead on a well-educated population and revenues from its growing portfolio of global investments Barclays Bank, Londons iconic Harrods department store, its stock exchange, and 2012 Olympic Village, to name just some.You always think, OK, what can I do to survive in difficult circumstances? I think one of them is to have a good relationship with big countries, al-Ali said. You need to be known, you need to be heard.So sports fans find themselves tuning into beIN Sports an offshoot of Qatars Al Jazeera network that is gobbling up broadcasting rights not only in the Middle East but also the Americas, Australasia and France. That operation is one the most visible vehicles of Qatar, whose acquisition-hungry sovereign wealth funds are estimated to be worth more than $100 billion.At Paris Saint-Germain, fans now celebrate again after Qatars 2011 takeover and star recruits David Beckham finished his career there ended the clubs 19-year title drought in Ligue 1.When the Middle Easts first World Cup kicks off in 2022, Qatar will already have hosted world championships in track, swimming, handball, volleyball and possibly also basketball, since it is bidding to stage that sports World Cup in 2019 or 2023. In the process, Qatar will also have trained sports-management administrators and workers who could challenge Western firms in the big business of organizing and marketing sports.Any event that we deliver now in the Middle East is entirely delivered by organizations or by firms coming from either the West or North America and South America, said Mushtaq al-Waeli, executive director of a Qatari institute, Josoor, that is training people from the Middle East and North Africa ahead of the World Cup.They take the experience and they go back and do it somewhere else, he said in an AP interview. So there is no legacy really left in our region.Still, Qatar hungers for more.Failed bids for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics could serve as dry-runs for another try. And there are plenty more sports, teams and events for Qatar to buy into. The sports minister said he personally would like to own an English Premier League club one day.We have a special team for the investment, he said. They are good business people. They are learning. They are getting better and better... They are investigating all opportunities, I think in America, in England and everywhere.I dont think we are going to stop.___Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and John Leicester at www.twitter.com/JohnLeicester Air Max 97 False . -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett thinks of one thing when he watches Eastern Conference teams struggle against Western opponents before they get to Phoenix: His team must keep pace. Air Jordan 1 Offerte . The 10-year deal the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years. With the league projecting financial growth, there has been speculation that players will take that option in three years, especially since a new national TV contract will be in place by then. http://www.yeezyscarpeitaliaoutlet.it/scontate-ultra-boost-online.html . - In about six minutes, the Memphis Grizzlies had allowed their 23-point lead to be cut to seven.LONDON - When Arsenal cannot beat the English Premier Leagues leading teams, the prospects of an imminent title triumph seem slim.Travelling to defending champion Manchester City on Sunday, the focus is just on returning to the top four for the side which was last champion in 2004.Its three years since Arsenals last league victory over a City side that used to play an insignificant part in the title race until the 2008 Abu Dhabi takeover provided the financial muscle to strip the London club of its prime playing assets.There was humiliation on the last visit to Etihad Stadium last season, with City inflicting a 6-3 rout. Although Arsenal did beat City in August, that came in the largely inconsequential curtainraiser to the English season before they drew their league encounter at Emirates Stadium.We need to play with more spirit, with more aggression, and be very focused, City midfielder Santi Cazorla said. If not, these teams will kill you. We need to be perfect if we want to win.Perfection is harder with such a lengthy injury list at Arsenal, which is only a point off fourth-place Manchester United.Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Mathieu Debuchy (right shoulder) have both undergone surgery and are expected to be sidelined for around three months, manager Arsene Wenger announced on Thursday.Its very unfortunate for Mathieu, its unbelievable because hes had two surgeries in the same season, Wenger said of the defender, who underwent ankle ligament surgery in Septemvber, a month into his Arsenal career.City hosts Arsenal after losing ground on leader Chelsea by drawing at Everton last weekend, with two points separating the front-runners. Chelsea could be five points ahead by the time Citys game kicks off if Jose Mourinhos side wins at SSwansea on Saturday. Balenciaga False. Here are a look at the other talking points this weekend in the Premier League:___STRIKER DILEMMA: Just when Uniteds season seemed back on track after 10 games without defeat in the league the team lost to Southampton last weekend. It also raised questions about the future of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian was out of the squad completely on Sunday, and missing Saturdays trip to Queens Park Rangers would make it less likely the striker will extend his stay at United beyond June when his loan from Monaco expires.LIVERPOOLS QUEST: Unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, Liverpool travels on Saturday to an Aston Villa side three points above the drop zone, and scorer of a league-low 11 goals. One of those goals gave Villa a 1-0 win at Anfield in September.They dont concede many, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers pointed out on Thursday. It will be a difficult game as it was earlier in the season when we conceded from a sloppy corner and then werent able to get the breakthrough.Liverpool is eighth in the standings, and midfielder Adam Lallana has provided a boost by returning to training ahead of schedule after a thigh injury on New Years Day. He could be fit for Tuesdays League Cup semifinal first-leg against Chelsea.FIGHTING THE DROP: Of the three teams in the relegation zone, QPRs match is the toughest at home to United. Leicester hosts Stoke, and Hull travels to West Ham. Also on Saturday, Burnley, which is only a point above the relegation zone, takes on Crystal Palace.Sunderland, which is ahead of Burnley on goal difference, expects to have Jermain Defoe in the team to face Tottenham. The Black Cats are waiting for Jozy Altidores proposed swap-move to FC Toronto to be processed. ' ' '

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