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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Biography

Novak Djokovic Biography

Novak Djokovic is a professional Serbian tennis player, noted for his consistent and penetrating backdrops. He is listed as one of the best in the history of the white sport. He was born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and is the son of Srđan Djokovic and Dijana Djokovic. Since an early age he showed an interest in sports, and at 4 years of age, he started playing tennis.

By 1999, Djokovic was still studying elementary school and alternated school with tennis practice. The coach Jelena Genčić recommended the parents of the child, move to another country so that the tennis player had a better training. At that time, the economic and political situation in Serbia was complicated, so the whole family could not move. Finally, his parents decided to send him to Munich, Germany to continue his training at the Academy of tennis coach Nikola Pilic.

In 2011, he reached the final of the Davis Junior Cup for players under 14 years old, where he sadly failed to get the title for his country. In the Junior category of Grand Slam tournaments, his best performance was at the 2004 Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals. In his beginnings as a professional, Djokovic played mainly Futures and Challengers, where he managed to win 3 of each modality from 2003 to 2005.

He won the Metz Open in 2006, with which he managed to obtain his second title in his career. In addition, he was ranked in the Top 20 of the ATP ranking, after reaching the quarterfinals at the Roland Garros (where he faced Rafael Nadal for the first time) and the fourth round of Wimbledon.



He started the 2007 season by winning the Adelaide Tournament, where he beat the Australian Chris Guccione in the final. He participated in the Australian Open, where he was eliminated in the fourth round by the Swiss Roger Federer. Days later he was champion in Miami and managed to be in the tenth position of the ATP ranking. He played the Montecarlo Master, where he reached the third round. Days later, he was crowned champion of the Estoril Tournament, where he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final. He reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal.

He participated in the Vienna Tournament, which managed to win and finish the year as number three in the world. Thanks to his excellent performance, he received a gold badge to the best sportsman of Serbia.



He started the year with participation in the 2008 Hopman Cup along with his partner Jelena Jánkovic, where they managed to reach the final. However, they were defeated by Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.

Months later, he participated in the Australian Open, where he beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6, winning his first Grand Slam title and being the First Serbian tennis player to win the competition. He played the Indian Wells Masters held between March 10 and 23, where he was the champion after defeating Mardy Fish in the final by 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3.

He participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing, where he was defeated in the semifinals by Rafael Nadal, and in doubles by duo Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner from the Czech Republic. Months later, he played the US Open, where he was defeated by Tsonga in the final round. He was proclaimed 2008 Masters Cup champion held between November 9 and 16, winning in the final to Nikolai Davydenko by a score of 6-1 and 7-5. He would finish that season in the third position of the world ranking.



Novak Djokovic started the season with participation in the Brisbane Tournament in Australia, where he was eliminated in the first round. He participated in the defense of the title of the Australian Open, where unfortunately he had to retire in the quarterfinals, due to heat exhaustion that generated muscle aches and cramps. On March 1, he won the Dubai Tournament, getting her twelfth title in his career as a tennis player. A week later, he tried to defend the Indian Wells title but was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

On May 10, he was crowned champion of the Belgrade Tournament, after beating Lukasz Kubot in the final. At the US Open, Djokovic reached the semifinals, where he lost to Roger Federer 7-6, 7-5 and 7-5.

He won his third title of the year at the China Open, where he beat Marin Cilic in the final in two sets 6-2 and 7-6. For his excellent performance, he regained the position number 3 in the ATP ranking, after having dropped a position. Between November 2 and 8, he participated in the Swiss Indoors, where he managed to beat tennis players like Andreas Beck, Stanislas Wawrinka, Radek Stepanek and Roger Federer whom he beat in the final of the competition.

In Paris-Bercy Djokovic won his first Masters 1000 of the year. He defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals by 6-2 and 6-3, and in the final to Gaël Monfils by 6-2, 5-7 and 7-6.

Played the ATP World Tour Finals 2009, where he could not qualify for the semifinals due to his percentage of sets won. He finished the year in position 3 of the world ranking. In addition to be the leader of the ATP World Tour by matches won. He also bequeathed a personal record of five finals and five titles in the same year.



Between January 18 and 31, he participated in the Australian Open, where he could not reach the finals, after being defeated in the quarterfinals by Tsonga by sets of 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, 3- 6 and 1-6. In spite of the defeat, Djokovic arrived at the best prequalification of his career, being located number 2 in the world. In the month of February, he defended the title of the Dubai Tournament, after defeating the Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the final by 7-5, 5-7 and 6-3. Additionally, he won the first title of the year.

He sought to defend the title of the Open Serbia, but unfortunately had to abandon the competition for a virus. He participated in the French Open, where he was defeated by Jürgen Melzer in five sets by 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 and 6-4. He was favorite to the dispute of the US Open, beat with some difficulties the initial rounds, and in the semifinals, he faced Roger Federer who won extraordinarily by 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 6-2 and 7-5. However, in the final Novak Djokovic faced Rafael Nadal, with whom he lost by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 4-6 and 2-6.

Satisfactorily he managed to defend the title of the China Open, after winning in the final to the Spaniard David Ferrer. He played the last tournament of the year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, where he was defeated by the Swiss Roger Federer. He finished the season for the fourth consecutive year in the position 4 of the world ranking. Besides, he was awarded the title of Serbian athlete of the year by the Serbian Olympic Committee and Serbian athlete of the year by DSL Sport.



Novak started the year, taking the title of the Australian Open, after defeating Andy Murray in the final by 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3, reaching his second Grand Slam in his career as a tennis player. He participated in the Tournament of Dubai held between February 21 and 27, where he was a strong candidate to defend the title, and that was the case, as he made it to the final where he defeated Roger Federer by sets 6-6, 6-3. He played the tournament of Indian Wells, where he beat Andréi Golúbev, Ernests Gulbis, Victor Troicki, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the latter whom he won in the final, winning his second Masters 1000 Indian Wells.

He continued his successful participation in the Miami Tournament, where he also won the title of the competition, winning Rafael Nadal again in the final. As in previous years, he participated in the Belgrade Tournament, where he again managed to defend the title, winning in the final to Spanish Feliciano Lopez 7-6, 7-6 and 6-2. Between the 1st and the 8th of May, he played the Master 1000 of Madrid, where he managed to reach the final in an overwhelming way, where he faced Rafael Nadal who sought to defend the title: the victory was for the Serbian 7-5 and 6-4, managing to achieve his eighth 1000 master in his career.

Days later, he would beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters, becoming the first tennis player to beat Nadal in four Masters 1000 followed. His first trip of the year was at Roland Garros, where he was defeated by Roger Federer in the semifinal round. He participated in the Wimbledon Open, with the aim of becoming the number one in the world. He beat the tennis players Jeremy Chardy, Kevin Anderson, Marcos Baghdatis, Michael Llodra, Bernard Tomic, which managed to qualify for the semifinals, where he beat the Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-7 (9), and 6-3. In the final, he faced Rafael Nadal, whom he won by 6-4, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-3, getting for the first time the Wimbledon title and thus becoming the world’s number 1 for the first time. Motivated by the first place in the world ranking, won the tournament in Canada, where he beat Mardy Fish in the final by 6-2, 3-6 and 6-4, so he became the only one to get 5 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same season.

In the Cincinnati Masters, he had to retire in the final against Andy Murray, due to fatigue. In the United States Open, Novak Djokovic was crowned champion, after defeating Rafael Nadal in the final, and thus obtaining the title that he had been elusive in the years 2007 and 2010. He had to retire due to fatigue from the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London, due to the hectic competition throughout the year. Finally, the tennis player culminated a year full of many titles and as the leader in the ATP classification.



Between January 15 and 29, participated in the Australian Open, where he reached the final and beat Rafael Nadal by 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 7-5, extending his positive record to seven finals against Nadal. He could not defend the title of the Dubai Open, after falling defeated in the semifinals against Andy Murray. He participated in the Masters of Indian Wells and of Miami. In the first he lost in the semifinals with John Isner 6-7, 6-3 and 6-7, and in Miami he beat Andy Murray in the final by 6-1 and 7-6, which managed to equalize Pete Sampras in the number of Masters 1000 won.

He played the Masters of Monte Carlo, where he had a good start, however, was affected by the death of his grandfather, which made him lose concentration in the following rounds, losing the final against Rafael Nadal. He could not defend the title of the Masters of Rome since he was defeated in the final by Rafael Nadal. Days later, he was defeated again by the Spanish, but this time in the Roland Garros final. He won the Wimbledon Championship, where Novak Djokovic sought to defend the title he had won the previous year. Although he was a finalist, he was defeated by Roger Federer in a tight match 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 and 3-6. The tennis player did not have a string of titles compared to the previous year, so he lost the position 1 of the ATP ranking.

He participated in the Olympic Games in London, where he obtained the fourth place. After the participation in London, he played the Masters 1000 of Canada, where he managed to defend the title beating Richard Gasquet in the final by 6-3 and 6-2. At the US Open, he failed to defend the title of the previous year, after losing the final to Andy Murray by 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6 and 6-2. On October 7, crowned champion of the China Open, after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final with a score of 7-6 (4) and 6-2.

In the Shanghai Masters, he managed to reach the final against Andy Murray, whom he won in a close match by 5-7, 7-6 (11) and 6-3. For the last tournament of the season, the ATP World Tour Finals, faced in the final the Swiss Roger Federer who won by 7-5, 7-6 and 7-5, managing to win that competition for the second time. He finished the year as number 1 in the world and managed to win the Australian Open, the 1000 Masters of Miami, Toronto and Shanghai, the ATP 500 in Beijing and the ATP World Tour Finals.



Novak Djokovic started the year, making history in the open of Australia, where he became the first tennis player to win the competition three times in a row, defeating Andy Murray in the final by 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3 and 6-2. Between February 18 and 23, he participated in the Dubai tournament, where he was crowned champion for the fourth time in his career, after defeating Tomas Berdych in the final by 7-5 and 6-3. A month later, he played the Indian Wells Masters, where he could not defend the title, after being defeated in the semifinals by the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro.

In the Miami Masters, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Tommy Haas, the defeat was so hard for the Serbian, who at the end of the game said: “I have played my worst game in a long time, but I give Tommy credit for his great tactic.” He won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time, as he managed to win in the final to the Spanish Rafael Nadal. In spite of arriving with confidence at the Masters of Madrid, he was eliminated in the second round by Grigor Dimitrov, after falling by 6-7, 7-6 and 3-6. In the month of October, he was champion of the Beijing Tournament, where he beat Nadal in the final by a score of 6-3, 6-4, without losing the first position in the world, having lost other previous competitions.

He continued in Asia, and took the title of the Masters 1000 of Shanghai, winning in the final to Juan Martin del Potro by 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3). He managed to win that championship for the second time in a row. His winning streak continued at the Masters 1000 in Paris, where on the way to the final he beat Roger Federer, and in the decisive match, he defeated David Ferrer, managing to be the third player to win the last three tournaments of the season. He ended the season with the title of the ATP World Tour Finals, wherein the group stage he beat Roger Federer, Del Potro, and Gasquet. In the semifinals, he beat Wawrinka and in the grand finale, he saw the faces of Rafael Nadal whom he defeated 6-3 and 6-4. He also lost the Davis Cup final, despite having won his two individual matches.



He started the 2014 season, winning the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where he beat Tsonga and David Ferrer in the semifinal and final respectively. He participated in the Australian Open, where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Stanislas Wawrinka, with a score of 6 -2, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-9. In the month of February, he played the Dubai Tournament, where he was not lucky, as he was eliminated in the semifinals by Roger Federer. Between March 3 and 16, he played the Masters of Indian Wells where on the way to the final he beat Victor Hanescu, Alejandro Gonzalez, Marin Cilic, Julien Benneteau and John Isner. Already in the final, he faced Roger Federer, whom he won by partial of 3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (3) and achieved his third crown in that tournament. He won his fourth Masters 1000 title in Miami on March 30, beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3.

Months later, he suffered an injury and he could not participate in the Madrid Masters. However, he recovered successfully for the Masters of Rome, where he won the title after beating Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. In the third Grand Slam of the year and The only one on Wimbledon turf, reached the final, where he finally beat the Swiss Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7 and 6-4. In that final Novak Djokovic and the Swiss faced for the first time in the final of that competition.

In the US Open held between August 25 and September 8, he reached the semifinal round, where he was defeated by the Japanese Kei Nishikori on a score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 3-6. For the Beijing Tournament, Djokovic got a run of 21 consecutive victories in that competition by beating Tomas Berdych 6-0 and 6-2 to get the 46th title in his career. Djokovic closed the season by winning the ATP World Tour Finals, after Roger Federer did not show up for the final because of a back injury.



Djokovic was appointed the Australian Open champion on February 1, after defeating Andy Murray 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. In March, Djokovic won the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells and Miami, where he beat Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals, respectively. Novak acknowledged feeling at the climax of his professional career, so he said: “This success is not the result of a tournament or a couple of weeks of work. It is a consequence of many years and many hours of training and commitment. That is the only way I have to stay on top. I can have many more years at this level”

He was champion of Monte Carlo Masters and Masters of Rome, where he beat Tomáš Berdych and Roger Federer respectively in the finals. On July 12, he beat Roger Federer again, but this time in the final of the Wimbledon Championship with partial of 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-3. In the Masters of Shanghai, he managed to beat the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-4, getting his third title in that competition. For the Masters 1000 in Paris beat Murray in the final and achieved his tenth title of the season, being the first to win six Masters 1000 in the same course.

He finished the season in the number one position in the ATP classification.



Novak Djokovic started the season in the Doha tournament, where he was proclaimed champion, defeating Spanish Rafael Nadal in the final. Days later, he got his 6th title of the Australian Open, after an excellent performance in the competition and winning the final against Andy Murray. In the Master 1000 of Indian Wells, he was the champion for the fifth time after winning by 6-2. and 6-0 to Milos Raonic. He also became the tennis player more times being champion of that competition. In addition, he managed to match Rafael Nadal with 27 Masters 1000 titles each. He was champion for the sixth time of the Miami Masters 1000, as he defeated Kei Nishikori in the final, and managed to equal Andre Agassi with 6 titles each in this tournament.

Also, he became the top winner of Masters 1000 with 28 titles. Months later, he reached his Masters 1000 title number 29, since he was the winner of the Madrid Masters. He was crowned champion of Roland Garros, which was the only Grand Slam that he lacked in his showcase of titles, after winning the Final Andy Murray by 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4. Time later, Novak Djokovic won the Toronto Master 1000 after beating Kei Nishikori in the final by 6-3 and 7-5, reaching 30 Master 1000 titles. He made part of the Serbian delegation that participated in the Rio Olympics where he was eliminated by the Argentinian Juan Martín del Colt.





  • Australia Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
  • Wimbledon: 2011, 2014 and 2015.
  • US Open: 2011 and 2015.
  • Roland Garros: 2016.


Michael Oher

Michael Oher Biography
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Michael Oher Biography

Michael Oher (May 28, 1986)is a professional American football player. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. His birth name is Michael Jerome Williams, Jr., his parents were Denise Oher, and his father, Michael Jerome Williams, both paid very little attention to him throughout their childhood because they had serious addiction problems to drugs and alcohol. Besides, his father was absent for several months due to being in prison. Hence, his school performance was low, he was expelled from several schools. Subsequently, he was placed in a foster home.

Early life

His father died in a prison. The only thing that kept Oher from this tragic situation was football. He was helped by Tony Henderson, who along with his family helped him get into Briarcrest Christian School. He was on the 2003 football team, was selected as the Division II Lineman of the Year, and as a starting member of the Tennessee All-State team. After finishing the season he was chosen as one of the best offensive linemen in the United States. In 2004, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy adopted him. His new family provided sports and academic support. Oher also excelled in other sports such as disco, basketball, and track and field. After Oher finished high school, he enrolled in an NCAA Division I college. He made it to 23rd in the first round of the draft.


Big Mike is his nickname and he is known for his imposing figure of 315 lbs, but he is a kind and caring guy. Therefore, his adoptive home decided to support him in his dream. Michael Oher became ‘All America’ and has built a great present in the NFL. In 2008, he signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens for 5 years and $ 13.8 million.

He started as a right tackle, but then did it as a left tackle for 8 weeks while replacing teammate Jared Gaither. Subsequently, thanks to a good quality of play, the Ravens selected 23rd Oher in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. On April 26 of that year, he returned to have the jersey number 74. He had significant participation in the victory against the New England Patriots and did not allow a single sack to his quarterback, so the Ravens won 33- 14. He earned the NFL offensive rookie of the year award from the Associated Press.

On February 3, 2013, he achieved the championship ring by defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. The following year he signed a 4-year, $ 19.9 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. But, he did not fulfill all the time that he had agreed with the Titans and went on to play for the Carolina Panthers. Oher signed a two-year, $ 7 million deal a month after breaking up with the Tennessee Titans.

At one point, his health was affected by severe headaches that caused problems in his sports performance.

The Blind Side

His story has been so inspiring that a film about his life titled The Blind Side, starring the talented actress Sandra Bullock, was released, a role that earned her an Academy Award. The athlete did not like the film because it does not tell the story of his life as he was, although it left him significant earnings for it raised $ 309 million.

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Basketball history

Basketball history

Upon discovering the history of basketball, we will most likely refer to the history of ball games, and we will go through the first sporting manifestations of hominids, exercises executed around any spherical shape endowed by the environment. Then, we will find antecedents in the Greek, Chinese and Aztec cultures, precedents that disrupt the history of football, of course, around the use of the ball as the epicenter of the leisure time.


How did basketball come about, as we know it today?

However, the History of Basketball as we know it today is relatively modern and dates back to 1891, when the Canadian professor of the International YMCA Training School in Springfield (Massachusetts), James Naismith, devised a sport that could be played on a closed track, to be practiced in winter.

Naismith focused on the mastery of strength and contact skills and was inspired by a childhood game called “duck on a rock”, which was to try to reach an object placed on a rock by throwing a stone. Naismith asked the school manager for some 50 cm diameter boxes but he could only get a few baskets of peaches, which he ordered to hang on the railings of the upper gallery that surrounded the gym.

It was in this way that James Naismith created the sport known as Basketball, the essence of the game, simple, this would be played only with the hands and would aim to put the ball in a basket, where its name comes from, and the requirements of this new sport were expressed from its origin:


  • Affinity for the ball
  • Ease of apprehension
  • Terrain Flexibility
  • Permanent offensive approach
  • The balance between attack and defense
  • Skill Mastery


The first official basketball game was played at the YMCA gym on January 20, 1892. In 1894 the free-kick was established; in 1897 five players are regulated per team and in 1904 the size of the court was defined.


History of Basketball in the Olympic Games

Basketball began as an exhibition sport at the 1928 Olympic Games and the 1932 Olympic Games, achieving the Olympic category at the 1936 Olympic Games. Its creator, the Canadian professor, had the opportunity to witness his creation become an Olympic sport when he was accompanied by Adolf Hitler in the box of honor, in Germany. Women’s basketball had to wait until 1976 for admission as an Olympic sport.

In 1932 the FIBA ​​(Fédération Internationale de Basketball) was founded in Switzerland. Who from that moment was dedicated to regulating the rules of basketball worldwide, as well as to periodically hold competitions and events.

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Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda Biography
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Niki Lauda Biography

Nikolaus Andreas Lauda (February 22, 1949- May 20, 2019) He was born in Vienna, Austria. Austrian motorsport driver, famous for having been Formula 1 world champion on three occasions (1975, 1977 and 1984), with the Ferrari and McLaren teams. He started as a pilot at the end of the 1960s and shortly thereafter made his debut as a Formula 3 racer (1970). He started in Formula 1 under the shield of March in 1971 and four years later got his first big win as a Ferrari racer. Having achieved his first two titles in the seventies, Lauda left Ferrari to join the McLaren team, with which he won his last title in 1984. Known for his precision and great talent, Lauda left the tracks in 1985. Since then he concentrated completely on his role as an entrepreneur while owning the airline Nikki.



Born into a wealthy family, Lauda had Elisabeth and Ernst-Peter Lauda as parents. He received a careful education oriented to the business world. However, he decided to abandon this path to devote himself completely to the world of automobile competitions at the end of the 1960s, contrary to the will of his parents, who hoped that Lauda was a man of business. He began to participate in car races in 1968 and two years entered the world of Formula 3 (1970). Demonstrating his great talent and dexterity, Lauda became a Formula 2 racer in just one year. In 1971, he made his debut as a Formula 1 racer under the team of March Engineering, a team created in the late sixties by Alan Rees Graham Coaker, Robin Herd, and Max Mosley.



After his debut with the team March in 1971, Lauda was known in the circuits of that year and 1972 for his skill and accuracy on the tracks. However, did not get any title. In 1973, he joined the official team of BRM, a team where he remained for a short time, since, in 1974, he was hired by Ferrari, thanks to the good references that also gave the pilot Clay Regazzoni, to the team in which he worked at that time. Starting his adventure with Ferrari, Lauda managed to make his first triumphs on the tracks, getting that same year the Awards of Spain and Holland. His expertise at the wheel, allowed him to make his way to the world and get his first title of world champion in Formula 1 in 1975.

After the successful 1975 season, Lauda managed to excel in the season towards the 1976 title, winning in four of the six races, however, his path was hampered when he suffered a major accident at the German Grand Prix. In this competition, the runner lost control of the car in a curve, which caused the car to crash with the protection fence and caught fire a few seconds later in the middle of the track. After the explosion, another car collided with this causing the sinister out of proportion, shortly after this, Lauda managed to leave with some injuries on his face and limbs. He was in recovery for a month and a half and returned to the tracks months before the competitions were over.

After coming back into the competitions, Lauda obtained several triumphs that took to him to stand out in the general classification, nevertheless, lost the title before James Hunt by a point. The singular duel of these two competitors during the season of ’96 became the source of inspiration for Ron Howard’s film, Rush (2013). In 1977, Lauda won his second Formula 1 title, winning the Grand Prix of Germany, South Africa, and the Netherlands. Having deteriorated his relationship with the Ferrari team since 1976, Lauda decided to leave the team to join the Brabham-Alfa Romeo team in 1978. He remained in this with a less competitive vehicle until 1979, year in which, tired of the bad results, he decided to get away from the tracks to devote himself completely to his first project as an entrepreneur, the newly created airline Lauda Air (1979 -2000). After being away from the tracks for two years, Lauda returned in 1982 as a member of the official McLaren team.

Two years after joining McLaren, Lauda got his last title of champion by facing his teammate, Alain Prost. After announcing his definitive retirement in 1985, Lauda dedicated himself completely to his business as an entrepreneur, being then the owner of the low-cost airline Niki, which he had consolidated thanks to the alliance he had with Air Berlin. Although he did not return to the tracks, Lauda stayed tied to the Formula 1 until his death, he worked as a commentator and even got to be hired as a counselor of Ferrari, a company with which he worked for several years.

As an adviser of the team, Lauda impulse the signing of Michael Schumacher, a pilot that would give numerous titles to the team in the course of the first years of the new millennium. Beginning in the 2000s, he worked for Jaguar and a few years later joined the commentary team of RTL (2010). During his last years of life, he was the technical advisor and partner of Mercedes. This outstanding Austrian pilot and businessman, died on May 20, 2019, in Vienna, Austria, after suffering several health complications, linked to his advanced age.


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Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović biography
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Zlatan Ibrahimović biography

Zlatan Ibrahimović (October 3, 1981) professional footballer, is a striker for Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer of the United States. He was born in Malmö, Skåne Province, Sweden. Ibrahimović practiced soccer since he was 8 years old in amateur teams such as Malmö Boll & Idrottsförening, Bollklubben Flagg and Fotbollklubb Balkan, all of these belonging to his hometown. But when he was 15 years old, the family’s economic situation was complex and he had to leave his training to work in the docks of Malmö. After a while, the one who would be his agent convinced him and supported him to return to the training sessions.

As his agent had predicted, Zlatan had a great performance and was promoted to the youth team of Malmö F. F. in 1996, and three years later he was promoted to the first team. He had his first Allsvenskan debut on September 19, 1999, his team was in visiting status against Halmstads Bollklubb. Unfortunately, they were defeated in a tough game, the score was 2 to 1. Approximately one month later the Swedish footballer scored his first goal in the professional category assuring the victory to his club on the Västra Frölunda.

His performance in the first season was acceptable, with Malmö playing six games and scoring a goal in the league, his team finished in thirteenth place with twenty-four points, but, although the team improved with his arrival it was inevitable that they would descend to the second division. In the campaign of 2000, the Malmö was the runner-up of the Superettan and managed then to return to the first division. The improvement of the team was very remarkable, so much so that they finished the season in second place with sixty points product of eighteen victories, some defeats, and draws.

Ibra, as he is called in the world of football, was the top scorer of his team with twelve goals. Before the start of the 2001 season, they lost in the semi-finals against the A. I. K. Stockholm match played in the framework of the Swedish Cup. In the 2001 season, he had important interventions and was decisive to overcome several games. In total, he scored three goals in eight games and Malmö finished ninth in the league with thirty-two points. With the team played a total of forty games. He was included by the magazine Don Bola in the list of the 100 best young footballers in the world.

His cycle at Malmö ended, the Swedish footballer came to Juventus from Turin at the request of then coach Fabio Capello, the club paid 19 million euros. His debut in the Serie A came on September 12, 2004, against Brescia Calcio, a match that ended with the victory of Turin. His participation in this tournament was very remarkable, thirty-five matches scored sixteen goals, which made his team win the league title after twenty-six wins, eight draws, and four losses. Unfortunately, they did not get the same result in the Italian Cup and in the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League.

That same year he was named Foreign Player of the Year in the Serie A and received the award for the best Swedish footballer of the year: his first Guldbollen. However, in the 2005-06 season, his effectiveness was lower compared to his first season. His role in the team changed: he stopped being a scorer to contribute to the team in the creation of the game, especially as a reference player in attacking plays. Juventus revalidated their title obtained in the previous season in Serie A. In the Champions League finished first, which allowed the advance to the quarterfinals where they lost against England’s Arsenal.

In the Champions League Zlatan played nine games and scored three goals in the group stage. On the other hand, in the Italian Cup, he played two games and did not score. Due to the encounter manipulation scandal known as Calciopoli or Moggigate, the two Italian leagues won were revoked and Juventus was descending to Serie B. This situation affected him so much that he decided to leave the team and sign for Inter of Milan.

He arrived at Inter of Milan in mid-2006, was signed for 24.8 million euros. The player signed a four-year contract. He debuted with the neroazzurra shirt in the Supercopa de Italia, tournament that same year was won by winning 4 to 3 at Roma. However, in the 2006-07 season of Serie A he scored his first goal against Fiorentina, this goal gave the victory to his team. Thanks to his performance, they became champions of the Italian tournament, wherein twenty-seven matches he scored fifteen goals. He also played in the Champions League but did not score goals. His team was eliminated in the second round against Valencia.

In the 2007-08 season, he was a two-time champion of the Serie A. In the UEFA Champions League he again participated in seven and scored five goals in the group stage. The arrival of José Mourinho marked his last stage in Inter, in such period he won the Italian Super Cup by defeating Roma. One of the most significant moments was when he scored in 2008 a magnificent goal against Bologna F. C. was considered the «Goal of the Year». For the Cup, Italy played four games and scored three goals, but was eliminated in the semifinals against Sampdoria. Ibra had the opportunity to sign with F. C. Barcelona for five seasons. His first goal with the Catalan team came on August 31, 2009, in a match against Sporting de Gijón.

Although in the first season he scored 22 goals, the following season his underperformance, he received several questions from the sports press. But, despite his commitment and his desire to fulfill the Spanish team, statements from Pep Guardiola ensured that the player would stay in the club during the 2010-11 season. However, it was only taken into account to play a game against Sevilla F. C. in the Spanish Super Cup 2010 and then returned to Italy. He returned to Milan for two seasons. And then Ibra dressed in Paris Saint Germain’s outfit, he was a very decisive player. He finished the 2014 season with 41 goals in 46 games, of which twenty-six were in the league, ranked second as the tournament’s top scorer.

Until the year 2016 where he played for PSG and was very important giving great victories to this team. Later, on June 30, his arrival at Manchester United became official. He made his debut on the 7th of August for the Community Shield 2016, scoring his first goal, giving him the victory against Leicester City. Currently, he plays for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Zlatan has also been summoned to play for Sweden’s World Cup in Japan and Germany. This player is really a talented center forward, a conceptual player of the game, a scorer, and a complete striker with exceptional ability. The Swedish Football Association published a statement in which it announced that the player will not be in the World Cup in Russia.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady biography
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Tom Brady biography

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. (August 3, 1977) professional football player. He was born in San Mateo, California, United States. Better known as Tom Brady. He plays as the quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL). His father is named Thomas and his mother Galynn. Since attending a San Francisco 49ers game he became a fan of quarterback Joe Montana. Since then he was his inspiration and his idol. Performed tests to play in the San Francisco 49’ers although he passed was not taken into account in the NFL draft. Upon finishing his studies at the Junípero Serra High School, where he played in the position of the receiver in high school.

Subsequently, he was recruited in the Major League Baseball by the Montreal Expos team. He went to the University of Michigan where he had an excellent performance in both football and academics. Brady graduated with honors cum laude. He was a reserve player during his first two years at the Michigan Wolverines. When he enrolled at the University of Michigan, the team was in seventh place in the standings and had to work hard to get playing time. At one point he began to feel depressed, frustrated and therefore started seeing a sports psychologist.

But finally, Brady decided to fight for his dream and reached the number one position quarterback with Drew Henson, he started in the 1998 and 1999 seasons under the supervision of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. In the first year, he set the record for Michigan for the biggest pass attempt (350) and pass completions (214). Unexpectedly, Brady solidified as one of the best passers in North America, was part of the ideal team of the conference of the Big Ten, during both seasons and as captain of the team in his last year at university. The Wolverines won several games in a row. Brady finished that season with a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Citrus Bowl in Florida.

In the 1999 season, he was responsible for an unexpected win at the Orange Bowl over Alabama, he managed 369 yards and four touchdowns by air. Therefore, it is in the third position of the ranking in the history of the University of Michigan with 442 complete passes of 710 attempts. Thanks to his good performance the American athlete was called by the New England Patriots in the sixth round with the global selection 199 of the NFL draft. They did the selection test between quarterback Tim Rattay and Brady. In the end, the Patriots chose Brady, who was considered the biggest “acquisition” in the history of the NFL draft.

Brady was promoted to starting quarterback in 2001 because Drew Bledsoe suffered a hemorrhage during a match. The Patriots won eleven out of fourteen games with Brady as a starter. Brady finished with 2843 yards, with eighteen touchdowns, and twelve interceptions he was chosen for the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury during the AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortunately, the Patriots won the game and got their ticket to Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams. The player recovered and in this match, the Patriots won the game with a great joint feat where Brady participated.

He was the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. In the 2012 season, he led the league with twenty-eight touchdown passes and had 921 yards more than the previous season. In the middle of the season, Brady had a shoulder injury. The following year he recovered and led the Patriots to win twelve consecutive games, getting the title of the AFC East Division. Statistically, his best game was against Buffalo, where he achieved the highest rate of the season. Brady impressed the audience and the fans with his game. On February 1, 2004, he led the Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers, in Super Bowl XXXVIII and was reappointed as the Super Bowl MVP.

During the 2004 season, he helped the Patriots set an NFL record with twenty-one games won consecutively since last season. The team won the title of the AFC East Division for the third time in four years. In a game against Pittsburgh, Brady had a pass rating of 130.5, his highest of the season, even though he had had a high body temperature the night before. On February 6, 2005, he led the Patriots to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, getting his third NFL championship in four years.

At the end of the season, the Patriots finished with a record of 10-6 and got their third title of the AFC East Division consecutively. The player suffered a hernia and had to be operated on surgically. In the 2007 season, the team was reinforced with important receivers such as Donté Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington, and Randy Moss. In addition to tight end Kyle Brady; and the runner Sammy Morris. It can be said that this was Brady’s best season; He broke many records, personal, franchise, and NFL.

Brady did not play a game of the preseason 2008, because of an injury to his right foot. Apparently, this year was quite hard for the athlete because he then suffered a serious injury to the left knee where the middle and crossed ligaments were affected. Days later the Patriots confirmed that the rest of the season would be lost. In the 2009 preseason, he could not participate, Brady had to undergo antibiotic treatment to eliminate the infection, in addition to two surgeries on his knee. In his first official game after the recovery, he played against the Buffalo Bills pitched for 378 yards and two touchdowns.

After the game, Brady was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the AFC for the 13th time in his career. In 2010 he extended his contract four years more, for 72 million dollars, making him the player best paid in the history of the NFL. Shortly after, he suffered a car accident from which he was unharmed. In 2011 Brady became the fourth quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season; beating Dan Marino’s record of 5,084 yards. He finished the 2012 season with 4,827 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, only 8 interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.7.

2014 season was not very good because several key players were injured. In 2015 Brady was suspended as punishment for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal. On February 5, 2017, Brady won his fifth championship ring and his fourth MVP in the defining match.

On February 3, 2019, The Patriots won their sixth championship after defeating the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, in this way, Tom Brady became the only player in history with six rings of the NFL champion.

Tom Brady has a relationship with the Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, and two children with the actress Bridget Moynahan.

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