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Glazers expected to attend Wembley soccer showdown

Posted May 26, 2011 by Ira Kaufman

Updated May 26, 2011 at 02:01 PM

By IRA KAUFMAN

TAMPA—While their NFL franchise remains in lockout limbo, the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to attend Manchester United’s huge soccer match against Barcelona Saturday in London.

The clubs will meet in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium, where a crowd of 86,000 fans is expected for a matchup that will be televised by FOX at 2 p.m. Tampa time. Bucs co-chairmen Joel and Bryan Glazer are expected to be on hand as Manchester United hopes to upset the Spanish champions.

Earlier this month, Manchester United captured the Premier League title for a record 19th year, marking the club’s fourth English championship since the Glazer family purchased the club in May, 2005.

Led by prolific goal scorer Lionel Messi, Barcelona is favored to beat Manchester United in the Champions League final for the second time in the past three seasons.

The Bucs improved by seven games to finish 10-6 last season, but the NFL’s youngest club has found it difficult to capitalize on that momentum since owners imposed a lockout March 11 that prohibits contact between players and coaches.

On Thursday, the Bucs announced club employees will be on unpaid furlough next week, due to the labor impasse. If the 2011 NFL season is played in full, Buc employees will be retroactively compensated for their lost wages, the Bucs said.

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