The world’s most expensive player officially opened a Cardiff primary school which was formed after his old primary school closed.
Footballer Gareth Bale proved he is not only a class act on the field when he officially opened a primary school close to his Cardiff home.
The Real Madrid star unveiled a plaque at Whitchurch Primary School, Cardiff’s newest primary school, in front of hundreds of delighted pupils.
The Whitchurch boy spent two hours at the school and attended a special assembly with Year 5 and 6 pupils before spending time going round individual classes speaking to children.
He also signed two footballs, two football shirts for the school and raised the school flag during his visit.
Champions League holders Real Madrid top the list of 22 teams that have received byes to the 2014-15 group stage, while 55 others will compete in the three qualifying rounds or play-offs this summer in an effort to join them.
On Wednesday UEFA confirmed the 77 teams that will endeavour to reach the final at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday 6th June 2015. Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao complete the Spanish contingent.
The champions route, involving the 40 league winners not given byes to the group stage, starts with six sides entering the first qualifying round, including Gibraltar’s inaugural entrants Lincoln FC.
The draw for this stage and the second qualifying round, involving 31 confirmed teams, will take place on Monday 23rd June at 12:00 (10:00 GMT).
FC Salzburg, APOEL FC and Aalborg BK will begin their journey in the third qualifying round, which will see 20 teams battle for five group-stage berths.
UEFA also confirmed that each country’s representation in the Champions League is dictated by its UEFA coefficient ranking, which is calculated over a five-year basis.
The coefficient ranking of the participating clubs is as follows:
– Group stage:
.1. Real Madrid (ESP) – 161.542
.2. Barcelona (ESP) 157.542
.3. Bayern Munich (GER) 154.328
.4. Chelsea (ENG) 140.949
.5. Benfica (POR) 129.459
.6. Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 119.542
.7. Schalke 04 (GER) 95.328
.8. Borussia Dortmund (GER) 82.328
.9. Juventus (ITA) 80.387
10. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 80.300
11. Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 78.193
12. Basilea (SUI) 75.645
13. Manchester City (ENG) 72.949
14. Olympiacos (GRE) 67.720
15. CSKA Moscow (RUS) 66.899
16. Ajax (HOL) 61.862
17. Liverpool (ENG) 58.949
18. Sporting Lisboa (POR) 58.459
19. Galatasaray (TUR) 55.340
20. Anderlecht (BEL) 50.260
21. Roma (ITA) 39.887
22. Monaco (FRA)
The ex-Mexico international, now working as a coach, analysed the possible signing of Luis Suárez by Real Madrid, which has been talked about a lot in the last few weeks.
“Luis Suárez has a lot of good qualities: he is a fighter; he has a pedigree and a good temperament, and to survive in the penalty area, you have to have these qualities because the defenders will make mincemeat of you if you don’t. Suárez can triumph perfectly well at Real Madrid if they end up signing him. He’s got it all”, he said.
Benzema is a player who can be a number 9 or a number 10, but he needs to be a bit tougher, a bit more aggressive, to show a bit more character. It will be hard for him to change now, and I do respect his style. But to be at Real Madrid you need that little bit more”, said Hugo Sánchez about Real’s French international forward.
“I like Diego Costa because of his character and his personality. He is an assertive and aggressive attacker, and alarms both defenders and keepers. I identify with him in many ways”, Hugo Sánchez concludes.