Northern Virginia Homes For Sale In Today’s Market

Northern Virginia Homes For Sale In Today’s Market

By: Robert Earl The Earl of Real Estate

Just because the credit market is suffering doesn’t mean you have to. You can still buy Northern Virginia luxury homes despite the decline in housing markets. Northern Virginia homes for sale are being sold at affordable prices in various counties.

While searching for an ideal Northern Virginia homes for sale you should look something which is just above your price range. Quoting a reasonable price which is slightly lower than what you had budgeted for the home will benefit you as well as the seller. There is nothing wrong in making an offer which you believe as fair. Later in you may find that your instincts were correct after all.

Typically the seller will appreciate the fast offer you made and chances are, the offer will be accepted at the suggested price. This strategy will benefit you because you will be able to stay with in your budget, and get a better house with more features then you had expected to get. As long as you have a clear picture of the things you want in your head, searching for Northern Virginia homes for sale is very simple.

There are hundreds of real estate agents throughout Northern Virginia that would be glad to help you find Northern Virginia homes for sale. There are many Northern Virginia luxury homes that are also for sale at bargain prices. Loan agents will be glad to help walk you through the purchasing process and get you pre-approved for a mortgage, at which point you can focus on finding the right home for you in Northern Virginia.

Virginia is a beautiful state with endless gifts to offer. Stunning mountain vistas and charming cities make this area truly feel like home. For this reason, more and more people are rushing to buy in Northern Virginia. However, because the market is continually fluctuating, the benefits are with the buyers. Now is the time to buy an affordable and spectacular house that you and your family will cherish.

Values of Northern Virginia houses may be temporarily falling, but will soon rise again. Wouldn’t you like to invest in an amazing house that is guaranteed to make you money down the road? A good way to determine how much your house is worth is to do a search online for housing prices in your area. This way, you will know exactly what price to offer for the home in which you are interested.


Top 50 Highest Paid Soccer Players

A list has been compiled by Futebol Finance, a Portuguese marketing agency, which comprises of the top 50 highest paid soccer players based on their club salaries for the 2009-2010 season alone.  Sponsorship and advertising dollars (or Euros or Pesos) are not included.  It can be quite surprising if you are a fan of the game.


1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid, $17.5 million)
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Barcelona, $16.1 million)
3. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona, $14.1 million)
4. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Internazionale, $14.1 million)
5. Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid, $13.4 million)

6. Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo, Manchester City, $11.4 million)
7. Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid, $11.4 million)
8. Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Manchester City, $10.8 million)
9. John Terry (England, Chelsea, $10 million)
10. Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea, $10 million)

11. Thierry Henry (France, Barcelona, $10 million)
12. Xavi (Spain, Barcelona, $10 million)
13. Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan, $10 million)
14. Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool, $10 million)
15. Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona, $9.4 million)
16. Michael Ballack (Germany, Chelsea, $8.6 million)
17. Raul (Spain, Real Madrid, $8.6 million)
18. Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United, $8.6 million)
19. Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City, $8.6 million)
20. Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United, $8 million)

21. Robinho (Brazil, Manchester City, $8 million) *1
22. Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid, $8 million)
23. Victor Valdez (Spain, Barcelona, $8 million)
24. Frederic Kanoute (Mali, Sevilla, $8 million)
25. Deco (Portugal, Chelsea, $8 million)
26. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea, $7.4 million)
27. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus, $7.4 million)
28. Francesco Totti (Italy, Roma, $7.4 million)
29. Luca Toni (Italy, Roma, $7.4 million) *2
30. David Villa (Spain, Valencia, $7.4 million)

31. Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich, $7.4 million)
32. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich, $7.4 million)
33. Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea, $7.4 million)
34. Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool, $7.4 million)
35. Gareth Barry (England, Manchester City, $7.4 million)
36. Patrick Vieira (France, Internazionale, $7.4 million) *3
37. Charles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona, $6.6 million)
38. Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona, $6.6 million)
39. Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Atletico Madrid, $6.6 million)
40. Andreas Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan, $6.6 million)

41. Willy Sagnol (France, Bayern Munich, $6.6 million) *4
42. Frank Ribery (France, Bayern Munich, $6.6 million)
43. David Beckham (England, AC Milan, $6.6 million) *5
44. Wayne Bridge (England, Manchester City, $6.6 million)
45. Lassana Diarra (France, Real Madrid, $6.6 million)
46. Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United $6.3 million)
47. Andrei Arshavin (Russia, Arsenal, $6.3 million)
48. Nicolas Anelka (France, Chelsea, $6.3 million)
49. Ryan Giggs (Wales, Manchester United $6.3 million)
50. Alessandro Del Piero (Italy, Juventus, $6.3 million)

Players in BOLD are on new teams from the 2008-2009 season

*1 = Robinho now plays for Santos

*2 = Luca Toni is on loan from Bayern Munich

*3 = Patrick Vieira now plays for Manchester City

*4 = Willy Sagnol has retired

*5 = David Beckham is on loan from L.A. Galaxy

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Ciudad Real Madrid

Real Madrid F.C.‘s training facilities, known as Ciudad Real Madrid (Real Madrid City), was opened in 2005 and covers 1.2 million square meters.  It is also known as Valdebebas, the name of the district in which the complex is located.  So far construction cost the club around $101 million and only about 1/3 has been completed.

It contains 13 1/3 soccer fields, including, Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, where the reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla, play it’s home matches.  The youth squads are designated 3 synthetic turf fields (115 x 75 yards), 2 natural grass fields (approximately the same size), and 2 small sided synthetic turf fields for the youngest age groups (70 x 45 yards).  The first team is allocated 2 natural grass fields, 1 synthetic turf field, a small sided natural grass field (60 x 35 yards), a small sided synthetic turf field (55 x 30 yards), and a “final third” partial field (35 x 70 yards) used for finishing exercises and practicing set pieces.  The quality of the fields are such that the natural and synthetic environments are easily confused with one another.

These surround a large building, shaped like a letter “T“, that serves as the spine of the complex and in some regards, the club itself.  The vertical portion of the building serves the purposes of the youth teams, while the long hall at the end is reserved for the first team.  As a youth player develops, each year he is invited back to the academy his team room will be closer to the first team wing.  Within this building you will find team rooms, equipment rooms, weight rooms and rehab centers.  There are audio-visual rooms, used as tactical classrooms, complete with projection video systems, microphone and speaker systems, and large dry erase boards designed like soccer fields.  Several flat screen LCD monitors are positioned in various places throughout the room.  The state of the art medical facilities consist of examination rooms, treatment rooms, and a hydrotherapy center that includes hot and cool pools, a cold plunge, and a resistance wave pool.  Everything in Valdebebas is the best money can buy.

The security at the sports facility is also extremely impressive.  A private security company monitors and patrols Ciudad Real Madrid.  From the outside it may resemble a minimum security prison as it is completely fenced in, with a road circling the complex used mainly for security vehicles, 2 manned security towers at each end, and gated entrances where you must provide proper identification.  The complex is impressively designed so that fans and parents are kept at a distance from the academy, reserve, and first team members.  The training fields can only be accessed through the main building, past another security checkpoint which even parents of youth team members are not allowed to pass through.  Spectator stands can only be accessed from the outer perimeter of the complex.  For every Real Madrid team room there is a visitors team room, but they are only accessable from the outside.

Every detail has been very well though out in it’s design.  For example, the sand pits (20 x 35 yards) were built in to accommadate South American members who enjoy playing Brazilian volleyball (a game in which you can’t use your hands), the rehab facility has a wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling window looking out over training grounds to motivate players to work hard when returning from injury, there is an indoor synthetic turf area adjacent to the rehab facility where players can work with a ball or footwork exercises under medical supervision.  Other things to note are the cantina inside the building which serves food and drinks and the first team player lounge, which is equiped with comfortable couches and chairs, includes a bar, and overlooks their training pitches.

This soccer city is a modern marvel of the blent between sports and business.  It has everything you could ever want when developing soccer talent.  And the detail and specificity of the grounds is astounding.

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Egypt Win 2010 Africa Cup of Nations

Yesterday, January 31, Egypt won the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations held in Angola. As reported in an earlier post, this international soccer tournament determine’s the continents best national team. Egypt have succesfully the title they won in 2008 making this their seventh championship, despite not qualifying for the World Cup finals being held this summer.

Ghana finished second after losing to Egypt by a score of 1-0. Nigeria beat Algeria 1-0 in the consolation game to finish in third place.

Egyptian players also took home all three individual awards as Ahmed Hassan was named Player of the Tournament, Essam El-Hadary won Goalkeeper of the Tournament, and Geddo was the Top Scorer of the Tournament as well, finishing with five goals.

The Best XI, selected by the tournament’s Technical Study Group, were goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, defenders Madjid Bougherra of Algeria, Wael Gomaa of Egypt, and Mabina of Angola, midfielders Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Fathy of Egypt, Peter Odemwingie of Nigeria, and Alexandre Song of Cameroon, and forwards Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Mohammad Zidan of Egypt, and Flavio of Angola. Substitutes named were Richard Kingston (Ghana), Geddo, Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia), Karim Ziani (Algeria), Achille Emana (Cameroon), Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana), Seydou Keita (Mali), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Eric Mouloungui (Gabon), Chindedu Obasi (Nigeria), Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast), and Jacob Mulenga (Zambia).

The 28th African Cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

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Africa Cup of Nations

Today ends the group stage of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.  The biannual national soccer tournament awards the champion of the African continent.

The competing teams were chosen as the best teams from their groups in World Cup qualification, which wrapped up in November 2009.

With the first round of matches drawing to an end Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria have all qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament.  The place of the final two teams to qualify will be decided today upon the completion the final two matches; Gabon versus Zambia and Cameroon versus Tunisia.  All four teams still have a chance to move on.

This is one of the most exciting soccer tournaments in the world and many European clubs watch carefully to find new and young talent.  So far, the leading goalscorers through 3 games are Flavio Amado of Angola, currently playing for club Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia, and Seydou Keita of Mali, who plays club football with FC Barcelona in Spain.

Other big stars include Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/FC Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea FC), and Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/FC Internazionale).

Unfortunately, Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo/Manchester City FC) will not be featured in the games as the Togo national team bus was attacked by rebels during it’s travels, after which the team forfeited the tournament.

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Generation Adidas

Generation adidas is a youth player development program, in a joint venture between Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S. Soccer, designed to identify and nurture elite youth soccer talent in the United States.  Until 2005 the program was sponsored by Nike and known as Project-40.

As part of a partnership deal between the MLS and Adidas, the developmental league attempts to raise the level of youth soccer talent in the United States.  The program encourages early entry of American players into MLS.  Generation Adidas players are able to train and play on a weekly basis with an MLS club, recieve educational grants to further their education, and participate in matches and tours both domestically and overseas.

Generation adidas players do not count on MLS senior rosters and generally earn a much higher salary than the league minimum.  Entering the program automatically classifies a player as professional, and thus disqualifies them from playing college soccer.  However, players are guaranteed scholarships to continue their education should their professional soccer career not pan out.

The program has included current United States mens national team stars Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Joze Altidore, and Michael Bradley as well as DeMarcus Beasley, Ben Olsen, Sacha Kljestan, Chad Marshall, and Freddy Adu.

The list of 2010 Generation Adidas signings include:

Danny Mwanga: Drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia Union.  18 years old from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Played forward at Oregon State University.

Tony Tchani: Drafted 2nd overall by the New York Red Bulls.  20 years old from Norfolk, Virginia.  Played midfield at the University of Virginia.

Ike Opara: Drafted 3rd overall by the San Jose Earthquakes.  20 years old from Durham, North Carolina.  Played defense at Wake Forest University.

Teal Bunbury: Drafted 4th overall by the Kansas City Wizards.  19 years old from Prior Lake, Minnesota.  Played forward at the University of Akron.

Amobi Okugu: Drafted 6th overall by the Philadelphia Union.  18 years old from Sacramento, California.  Played midfield at UCLA.

Jack McInerney: Drafted 7th overall by the Philadelphia Union.  17 years old from Alpharetta, Georgia.  Played forward for the U.S. U-17 national team.

Dilly Duka: Drafted 8th overall by the Columbus Crew.  20 years old from Montville, New Jersey.  Played midfield at Rutgers University.

Blair Gavin: Drafted 10th overall by Chivas USA.  20 years old from Louisville, Kentucky.  Played midfield at the University of Akron.

Corben Bone: Drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Fire.  21 years old from Plano, Texas.  Played forward at Wake Forest University.

Andrew Weideman: Drafted 21st overall by FC Dallas.  20 years old from San Ramon, California.  Played forward at the University of California.

Zachary Herold: Drafted 24th overall by Toronto FC.  17 years old from Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Played defense for the U.S. U-17 national team.

Sean Johnson: Drafted 51st overall by the Chicago Fire.  20 years old from Lilburn, Georgia.  Played defense at the University of Central Florida.

Generation adidas

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Group of Death

The draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa took place on Friday, December 4th in Cape Town.  The purpose of the draw was to find out which countries will face each other in the group stage of the tournament.

Qualification for the World Cup finals began in September 2006, right after the World Cup in Germany.  After four years the nations involved have been widdled down to  just 32 (see “2010 FIFA World Cup” blog) which were placed into eight groups of four teams.  Each team will play one game against the other three in the group in order to determine which two countries, based on highest point total, will move on to the knock-out stages.  Teams get three points for a win, one for a tie, and zero for a loss.  In the event of a tie in total points the tie-breaker is goal difference, then goals scored.

Teams were seeded into four pots of eight teams for the draw.  The teams in group one were chosen based on the FIFA World Rankings from October 2009 and also includes the host nation.  The remaining groups were based on FIFA confederations.  Group two was from Asia, North America and Oceania, group three from Africa and South America, group four was from Europe.

As it happened, with the help of special guests including actress Charlize Theron and footballer David Beckham, the groups were chosen as follows:

Group A:  South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France.  Group B:  Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece.  Group C:  England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia.  Group D:  Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana.  Group E:  Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon.  Group F:  Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia.  Group G (aka Group of Death):  Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal.  Group H:  Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile.

Get ready to cheer for your team this summer.

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