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Biography of Roger Federer
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Roger Federer Biography

Roger Federer, also known as “The Swiss Perfection”, “The Master”, “His Majesty”, among others; is a tennis player, businessman, and philanthropist, born in Basel, Switzerland, on August 8, 1981. Federer is considered by many analysts, athletes, players and much of the specialized press, as the best tennis player in history and one of the most outstanding athletes of all time.

Federer holds the most representative male tennis record, being the tennis player who has won the most Grand Slam tournaments, with 19 championships in 29 finals played. Throughout his career has eclipsed multiple generations of tennis players, dominating the sport, also stands out as the tennis player with the most number of weeks at the top of the ATP classification, with 302 weeks as number 1 of the world, without a doubt, a legend for the so-called “White Sport.”

Roger Federer was born in Binningen, a Swiss commune in the canton of Basel-Campiña is the youngest son of Lynette and Robert Federer, his only sister is called Diana, today, all are part of the Roger Federer Managment company. Federer stood out as a great athlete since he was a child, practicing sports such as basketball, soccer, among others. However, he opted for tennis, a sport he started practicing at the age of 8.

He speaks four languages ​​fluently: English, German, Swiss German and French. Roger is married to former tennis player Mirka Vavrinec since 2009, whose union has four children, Myla and Charlene (twins), born on July 23, 2009, and Leo and Lenny (twins), born on May 6, 2014.

 

CAREER

Talk about Roger Federer means to refer to one of the most significant pages in the history of tennis. His idols of childhood were Stefan Edberg, who in the end would be linked some period as his coach; Boris Becker and Pete Sampras. At the age of 14, Federer was already the national champion of all groups in Switzerland and was chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens.

Playing in the Junior category, Roger won the Wimbledon Open in 1998 in singles and doubles, he was also runner-up in the U.S. Open, reaching 5 Junior ITF Championships in singles, which was already seen as a sports promise.

In his first year as a professional (1999), Federer finishes among the 100 best tennis players in the world; ranking that would improve in his second year of activity, in which he managed to get into the 30 best pre-classifieds.

2001 is one of the most representative years in the history of the Swiss tennis player, because, he would achieve his first professional title, winning in the final of Milan to Julien Boutter. Months later, Federer would give a severe blow to authority beating Pete Sampras in the Wimbledon Open, tournament in which the American had forged the best of his career to consecrate 7 times champion; undoubtedly, this victory directed the spotlight towards the young Federer, even though in this edition he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Many agree that that afternoon of Wimbledon in which Roger Federer beat Pete Sampras, there was an exchange of testimony, a change of baton in the hands of the young promise that would soon begin to dominate the circuit.

His first Grand Slam would be at Wimbledon in 2003, defeating the Australian Mark Philippoussis in a comfortable final. No doubt, the reign of Roger Federer had begun. Since 2004, he won 11 Grand Slam tournaments of 16 possible, reaching the final in 13 of them; during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons he kept a winning strake` of 92%.

By 2008, Roger Federer faced one of the most difficult years of his career, for the first time in 4 years he is about to finish a season without a Grand Slam title. In addition, he falls for the third consecutive time in the finals of the Open of France, Roland Garros, a tournament that has already become an obsession for the Swiss, and which is now dominated by Rafael Nadal, his greatest rival.

At Wimbledon things are not better, Federer loses to Rafael Nadal the final of the London tournament for the first time in 6 years, which prevents him from accessing his sixth crown at Wimbledon. However, the end of the season would bring a reward, the title of the US Open, his 13th Grand Slam.

Around 2009, Roger would start a completely renewed season. However, he falls in the final of the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal, to see and feel dejected, the Swiss tennis star in one of the most emotional episodes in the history of tennis, to mourn inconsolably at the time of the awarding before the astonished gaze of his contender and the audience of the Rod Laver. The specialized analysts assured that the time to win Roland Garros for the Swiss had already passed, supporting his theory that Roger was not in his best shape. Moreover, Roland Garros had an indestructible competitor, the Spanish Rafael Nadal. However, Roger Federer would give a blow of opinion when beating Rafael Nadal in the final of Madrid, at home, and on brick, announcing that his intentions to seek the French Open had great determination. Federer advanced to the semifinals like Rafa. However, the Spaniard would stumble against the Swede Robin Söderling, losing the first Roland Garros match of his entire career; of course, the reflectors more than in the Swedish rested on the Swiss.

Federer had the great opportunity to reach his most desired trophy, the most elusive, and which he would achieve by beating Söderling, reaching the Grand Slam in the Race (All Grand Slam titles), in one of the most glorious days that tennis has had. Impelled by his recent success in France, Roger is on track to win Wimbledon with a new motivation, to become the best male tennis player in the history of Grand Slam tournaments, a feat he would achieve when he reached his 15th big title. Roger would reach the Australian Open in the 2010 season. For the first time since 2003, in 2011, Roger Federer did not win a Grand Slam tournament, and although the Swiss manage to be crowned in ATP tournaments, there are those who say that time has taken its toll on the performance of the Swiss, who is easily overtaken by his biggest contenders in matches to 5 sets.

In 2012, when overcoming a back injury, Roger, the great Federer would reach his Grand Slam number 17 to obtain the crown of Wimbledon, his seventh crown. From then Roger Federer accuses the inevitable wear of the age, and although his purified technique continues causing chaos, the games to 5 sets are still a difficulty for the Swiss.

Federer would spend 4 years without winning a single Grand Slam, and painful and early eliminations arrive; the analysts echo the facts and assure that: “The Swiss is for big games, but not for big tournaments”. The 2016 season would become atypical for the Swiss, for the first time in his career he would undergo an operation (in 18 years of career). Besides, he would retire early in the season, the first without titles in his career.

In 2017, Roger Federer announces his return to the courts, and although the specialized press does not believe that Roger will get titles soon, without a doubt, his return to the courts captures the attention of the world sport. Federer would reappear in Australia in search of his 18th Grand Slam title. He would begin the first rounds with solvency, showing a renewed tennis, a recovered physique and a strategy that allows him to shorten the points. Surprisingly, Federer would advance to the final, and in it he would meet a Rafael Nadal in similar conditions, a renewed Nadal; playing one of the most epic matches in the history of tennis, looking down on the decisive set, Roger would get his best repertoire to go up the set, take the match, and to the amazement and joy of world assistants and spectators, Roger Federer would reach his 18th Grand Slam, a record breaking title that deepens the worldwide belief that the Swiss are one of the greatest athletes in history.

2017 continues its course, and in an unprecedented event, Roger Federer before the astonished look of the sports world, surprised to win the first Master 1000 of the season, by beating his compatriot Stan, in the final of Indian Wells, and becoming the oldest player to get a Master 1000 title. The next challenge was the second Master 1000 of the season and a challenge known as the Sunshine Double, that is, achieve the titles of Indian Wells and Miami in a row. Roger would start the championship with the mentality that reaching the semifinals would be enough, a great goal fulfilled. Nevertheless, he ended up reaching the final of the contest, where he faced Rafael Nadal, with the antecedent of having defeated him in the semifinal of Indian Wells, and with a streak of three games in his favor of consecutive form, but Federer would be awarded the final, the title, the sunshine double; it would extend his winning streak to four against the Spanish, and would climb to the fourth position of the ATP ranking. In addition, he would show a level, which for the specialized press, is the best of his versions, and yes, at his 35.

At the end of March, Federer announced that he would enter a stage of rest until the next Grand Slam, Roland Garros and that his next big goal will be to win Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career. Weeks before starting Roland Garros, and before his absence during the preparation tour in the clay courts, Federer announces that he will not compete in Roland Garros, a decision that would imply that all his expectations were on Wimbledon.

In his return from his break, and as preparation and adaptation to the grass, Roger Federer debuted in Stuttgart. To the surprise of many, Roger fell in the first round against Tommy Haas, thus adding, just his second loss of the season. However, several analysts do not take for granted that Roger is not in a position to dispute Wimbledon, as he came from a break to competing.

Federer’s next challenge would be Halle’s ATP, a tournament he had already won 8 times, and which would serve as preparation to face Wimbledon. Federer would consecrate for the ninth time, after beating Alexander Zverev in the final by a convincing 6- 1 and 6-3. So then, Roger would reaffirm his status as a favorite to win the Grand Slam of the turf. Although, much of the criticism and the specialized press included Roger Federer in the deck of favorites to win the London Open, the idea that at his 35 achieved a tournament of these dimensions was a great challenge. Roger chose to evade his favoritism, seeing in tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, greater chances of winning the Grand Slam. However, the future of the tournament would leave out these great rivals just before the semifinals while Roger would advance to this instance. Already in the semifinals, his favoritism was unobtainable, was the best pre-classified of the four tennis players who remained in dispute, and the idea that the Grand Slam number 19 and his eighth Wimbledon could arrive, was increasingly possible. Roger would advance to the final, defeating in semifinals Tomas Berdych in straight sets, and that would advance to the Wimbledon final without conceding a single set, in a fact that was not achieved since Rod Laver did. In the final, Marin Cilic awaited him, a tough adversary who until now had performed in great form in London. However, and despite the fact that Roger’s favoritism did not predict an easy development, the match was given in a simple way, a masterful Roger Federer before a Cilic absolutely surpassed by the stage, by the historical appointment, and by his rival. In straight sets, Roger Federer would reach his eighth Wimbledon and his Grand Slam number 19, thus becoming the oldest player to reach that record and those great achievements, surpassing the 1100 victories, reaching his ace number 10,000 and sowing as third seed, with the great expectation of reaching the top of the ATP ranking once again.

A true legend that exhausted by the ink of the world press to cover his feat and limited the qualifiers to describe his sporting greatness. However, 2017 had prepared greater things for Roger Federer. His new marketing agency would devise a unique event, called Laver Cup, a tennis event between selected tennis players from Europe and other parts of the world. In its first edition, the Laver Cup would have a particular ingredient, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were part of the same team and would pair in the modality of doubles, a fact that generated a great expectation. In the development of the Laver Cup, the European team initially won the international team with great solvency, and the pair of doubles formed by the Swiss and the Spaniard would achieve a tight victory, which left some of the most emblematic postcards in the history of the tennis. However, a Berdych (European team) out of form, and a surprise defeat of Rafael Nadal led to the competition was defined in a final game: Nick Kyrgios vs. Roger Federer. The final was developed in a spectacular way, initially dominated by the young Australian who would take the first set and dominated part of the second. However, Federer would take the game to the final tiebreak, taking the second set in a tie-break; the final tiebreaker was dominated by Kyrgios. Surprisingly, the Swiss managed to overcome the tiebreaker and take the game, in what would be one of the most contested and highest levels games of the 2017 season, giving Europe the first Laver Cup.

2017 did not stop for a Roger who takes the season with caution, dosing efforts. He would be part of the Asian tour playing the Master 1000 of Shanghai, reaching the final, where he would meet again with his eternal rival, Rafael Nadal. Undoubtedly, the changes in the game tool and technique, which the Swiss star incorporated, were fundamental to compensate for the weaknesses that the Spanish had previously exploited in their direct confrontations. The capacity of Federer to subdue Rafael Nadal has been unquestionable in the 2017 season, and in his last confrontations. In the final of the Master 1000 of Shanghai, Roger would overcome with an amazing solvency to the Spaniard, with a score of 6-4, 6-3; in an authentic last, where Nadal had no reaction in any part of the meeting. For Roger, this would mean his fifth consecutive victory against Rafael Nadal, and his Master 1000 number 27.

Federer would be cited as usual in the Basel tournament, making progress without frights to face in the final to the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro. In a very disputed final, the Swiss would impose with partial 6/7, 6/4, 6/3. Achieving this way his eighth title of Basel and seventh title of the season, a fact that would mark without a doubt a return without equal in the history of tennis, a historical renovation.

Although the top of the ATP ranking was getting closer, Federer, faithful to his effort, pillar of his performance at 36, decided to get off the Master 1000 in Paris, so then, the fight to finish the season at the highest of the ranking is resigned, and very sure it will be the Spanish Rafael Nadal who finishes as number 1 in the season.

Roger Federer is preparing to play the much-appreciated tournament of Masters. 2018 would start for Roger Federer very different to 2017, from expectations. It is worth considering that 2017 was a revelation, taking into account the time he spent outside the circuit. However, by the beginning of 2018, Federer’s favoritism was a reality. The season began for the Swiss disputing the Hopman Cup, along with his compatriot Belinda Bencic, getting the title for Switzerland, after 17 years of having achieved it with Martina Hingis. So then, the focus was on the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, for which, he was considered by the press as the great favorite, despite his 36 years of age. The Australian Open aroused great curiosity, especially to know the level with which the tournament Rafael Nadal would face; the reappearance of Novak Djokovic, and of course, the idea that Federer could defend the title obtained in 2017.

The tournament was advancing without setbacks for Federer, who agreed to final instances without conceding sets. On the contrary, his most representative rivals were left on the road, to be cited in the grand final against Marin Cilic, whom he would defeat by 6/2, 6/7, 6/3, 3/6, 6/1 in a game that extended by five sets and that concluded in a new consecration of the Swiss, who reached the threshold of the 20 titles of Grand Slam, surpassing his own record and until now sowing a big question: How much more can Roger Federer win?

If anything has marked the career of Federer have been his Grand Slam titles. Roger is winner of a total of 90 ATP titles and has won more than 1100 games; he is winner of the Davis Cup for Switzerland and is an Olympic medalist (gold in doubles and silver in singles); he has won 6 ATP Masters tournaments, and holds an endless record of records, such as

  • Recognized as the number 1 of the year by the ATP in 5 opportunities: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
  • Recognized by the public as the favorite tennis player in 13 consecutive opportunities: 2003 to 2015. Re-elected in 2016.
  • Record of 302 weeks as number 1 in the world
  • Record of 14 consecutive seasons in the top 10, only behind of Connors • Record of being the tennis player with more titles in: Halle (9), Basel (8), Wimbledon (8), Cincinnati (7), Dubai (7), ATP World Tour Finals (6), Australian Open (6) Hamburg (4) and Doha (3)
  • One of the 8 players to win all the Grand Slam
  • 27 titles of ATP 1000. • Winner of 65 consecutive matches on turf.

 

Outside the courts

If there is a phrase that defines Roger Federer is: “A gentleman inside and outside the court”. In fact, there is no athlete in the world who enjoys more popularity than the Swiss tennis player, who was recognized in 2011 as the 2nd person with the highest reliability index in the world, behind Nelson Mandela and ahead of renowned personalities of the size of Bill Gates, Oprah, Bono, among others.

Roger founded in 2003 the Roger Federer Foundation, focused on helping sports and educational projects in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Switzerland, reaching donations for more than 15 million of dollars, helping more than 277,000 children; activities in which not only provides financial aid but also actively supports, participating in social, cultural and sports events. Regarding business, the brand Roger Federer is one of the most recognized sports.

His earnings are appreciable in all aspects, a large part of this is derived from what the Swiss athlete represents, which has managed to lead an unblemished life, which has allowed him to be for many years the image of brands such as Rolex, Mercedes Benz, CreditSuisse, swears, Möet, Wilson, Nike, Sunrise, NetJets, Lindt, among others.

His style is also a great value recognized, numerous magazines and brands highlight him as a man with class, recognized in 2016 as the man with more style according to the GQ scale. His RF clothing brand is undoubtedly a bulwark in the world of fashion, especially in sportswear.

The story of Roger Federer is not over yet…

 

 

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Erling Braut Haaland

Erling Haaland
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Biografía de Erling Braut Haaland

Erling Braut Haaland (born July 21, 2000) is a Norwegian-English professional footballer who plays as a forward. He achieved success with Borussia Dortmund, becoming the first player in Champions League history to score a hat trick in his debut match. Haaland began his career at Bryne F.K. at the age of 15, later moving to Molde in 2016 and signing with Salzburg in 2018. With Salzburg, he made history in 2019. With Borussia Dortmund, he became one of the most famous players in the Bundesliga. He has also been a member of the Norwegian national under-20 team.

Early Years

Haaland was born on July 21, 2000 in Leeds, England. He is the son of sports couple Alf Inge Haaland and Gry Marita. His father was a footballer who played for Leeds at the time of his birth, while his mother was an athlete and a Norwegian champion in heptathlon. From a very young age, football became his passion. Even when an injury forced his father to retire from the game, Haaland continued to play.

Erling Haaland’s Early Career

Haaland began his career at the age of 15 with the Norwegian team Bryne F.K. During the 2015-16 seasons, he played for Bryne 2, the team’s reserve squad, where he scored 18 goals in 14 games. In May 2016, Berntsen gave him his first chance with the first team. He made his debut on May 12, 2016 in a first division match against Ranheim. With Bryne, Haaland played in 16 games.

Molde (2017-18)

In February 2017, it was announced that he had signed with Molde. He made his debut for the team on April 26, 2017, scoring his first goal in a 3-2 victory against Volda TI in the Norwegian Cup. Two months later, on July 4, he made his league debut as a substitute against Sarpsborg 08. Haaland scored the winning goal in that match, his first in the Eliteserien. On September 17, 2017, he scored his second goal against Viking FK. Haaland ended his first season with 4 goals in 20 appearances with Molde.

During his second season under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Haaland scored 16 goals in 30 games. One of his most notable performances during his second season was on July 1, 2018, when he scored four goals against SK Brann in the first 21 minutes of the match. His impressive talent attracted the attention of Juventus and Salzburg.

Red Bull Salzburg (2018-20)

Haaland joined the Austrian team on August 19, 2018. His first season, however, did not go as expected. He played only five games and scored only one goal, so he was hardly taken into account. In the 2019-20 season, everything changed after he scored 9 goals in the under-20 match against Honduras. After this surprising match, Haaland became a key player for Salzburg. He made history with the team and in the Champions League, by scoring a hat-trick in the first half of his Champions League debut against Genk on September 17, 2019. In his second season with Salzburg, he played a total of 22 games, starting 11, and scored 28 goals.

Borussia Dortmund (2020-22)

At the beginning of 2020, Haaland signed with Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga. He made his debut on January 18, 2020 against FC Augsburg, scoring his first hat-trick in 23 minutes. He became the second player in the team’s history to score three goals during his Bundesliga debut, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. On February 18, 2020, Haaland scored both goals in the 2-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. He had several standout performances before the league closed due to the pandemia.

On May 16, 2020, he scored the first goal after the league break against Schalke; it was his tenth goal in domestic competition. A month later, he scored two goals in a 2-0 victory against Leipzig, securing a spot in the Champions League for the following season for Dortmund. On September 19, 2020, he scored another double in the 3-0 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Then he returned to score in the 2-3 loss on September 30th against Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup and in the league again against Bayern on November 7th. On November 21st, he scored four goals in 32 minutes in the 5-2 thrashing of Hertha Berlin. On the same day, he became the first Norwegian to win the Golden Boy award. Three days later, on November 24th, he scored a double in the 3-0 victory over Club Brugge. He became the fastest player to reach 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League, with only 12 appearances in the tournament.

In December 2020, Haaland suffered a tendon injury that kept him out of action until January 2021. He returned to the team on January 3, 2021, in the match against VfL Wolfsburg. Six days later, he scored a double in the 3-1 victory as a visitor against Leipzig. Then, he scored two goals in the 2-4 defeat against Mönchengladbach on January 22nd. He scored two goals and recorded an assist in the 2-3 victory against Sevilla F.C. in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, and later scored two more goals in the return match to secure Dortmund’s passage to the quarterfinals. Although Dortmund was eliminated, Haaland became the top goal scorer of the competition (with 10 goals).

With the season finished, Haaland was named the best player of the Bundesliga 2020-21 after scoring 27 goals in 28 matches played.

Manchester City (2022)

On June 13, 2022, the transfer to Manchester City F.C. was completed with a five-year contract. He made his debut on July 30, 2022, in Manchester’s 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.

Teams

  • Bryne F. K. (2016)
  • Molde F. K. (2017-18)
  • C. Red Bull Salzburgo (2018-19)
  • Borussia Dortmund (2020-22)
  • Manchester City F. C. (2022-act.)
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Saúl Álvarez

Biography of Saul Alvarez
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Biography of Saúl Álvarez

Santos Saúl Alvarez Barragán, known in the world of boxing as Canelo Alvarez, was born on July 18, 1990 in San Agustín, Guadalajara, Mexico. His nickname was assigned by his manager, José “Chepo” Reynoso. At five years old, Canelo moved with his family to Juanacatlán. His decision to dedicate himself to boxing came from his brother Rigoberto, who is also a professional boxer. At 13 years old, Canelo began training boxing and quickly participated in tournaments.

2004 – beginnings in boxing

In 2004, Canelo won the silver medal in the National Juvenile Championship in Sinaloa, and a year later, he obtained the gold medal in the 2005 Youth Olympics in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. With an amateur record of 44 wins, several by KO, and two losses, Canelo entered the professional ring in 2005, making his debut at the Chololo Larios Arena in Tonalá, Jalisco, at just 15 years old. He won by technical KO in the fourth round.

2008 – welterweight title of the North American Boxing Federation

Over time, Canelo increased his skill in the ring. In 2008, he obtained the welterweight title from the Latin American Federation of Professional Boxing Commissions, recognized by the World Boxing Association (WBA), by defeating boxer Carlos Adán Jerez. He also participated in the Scotiabank Forum in Mexico City, where he surprised the audience by knocking out Tony “Mazatleco” Fitch, thus becoming welterweight champion of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF).

Latin welterweight title of the World Boxing Organization

That same year in Zapopan, Jalisco, Canelo knocked out Dominican Euri Gonzalez in a long eleven round fight. With this victory, Canelo won the Latin welterweight title of the World Boxing Organization. In 2010, he had the opportunity to debut as a boxer within Golden Boy Promotions, facing José Miguel Cotto, covering the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. Canelo Alvarez won by technical KO in the ninth round.

Canelo Alvarez, one of the great boxers of Mexico

With less than 30 years old, this Mexican boxer has conquered the world of boxing, captivating fans all over the world with his action-packed, charismatic and brave fighting style when facing big rivals like Kazakh Golovkin. His figure has been admired and compared to great Mexican boxers like Barrera, Morales, Sanchez and Chavez. The most relevant moment of his career was when he defeated Mathew “Magic” Hatton for the CMB Super Welterweight World Champion title in March 2011.

Since then, Canelo has defended the title against Ryan Rhodes and obtained stoppage victories over Alfonso Gomez and former world champion Kermit Cintron. He also had a fight against veteran Sugar Shane Mosley, for 12 rounds. The victory over Mosley led to the fight against Josesito Lopez on September 15, 2012, in which he knocked out Lopez before finishing the fight with a technical KO in the fifth round.

2013 – World Champion, fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather

Canelo imposed his dominance by unanimously defeating the AMB Super Welterweight World Champion, Austin Trout, in front of 39,000 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, making him a world champion. On September 14, 2013, Alvarez faced Floyd “Money” Mayweather. This fight was considered the biggest of the year and the highest-grossing in history, and it was the second-highest rated boxing event on television in Mexico. Since then, Canelo has won several championships, defeating boxers such as Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, and Liam Smith. The confidence Canelo developed in his talent was such that he dared to challenge champion Gennady Golovkin on camera.

Fight with Gennady Golovkin.

On June 5, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was announced as the location of the fight. In the early rounds, the Kazakh imposed himself, but then Canelo showed a great ability to evade Gennady’s punches. In the end, the result was a split decision draw; this was the second in Saúl Alvarez’s career and the first in Gennady Golovkin’s. This generated great questioning from boxers and sports businessmen. Definitely, Canelo was able to measure up to the great boxer Gennady.

World titles.

The Mexican boxer has several world titles:

  • WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
  • WBA Super Welterweight World Champion
  • WBO Super Welterweight World Champion
  • WBC and The Ring Middleweight World Champion
  • WBA Fedecentro Welterweight Champion
  • NABF Welterweight Champion
  • WBO Latin Welterweight Champion
  • WBC Youth Welterweight World Champion
  • WBC Silver Super Welterweight Champion.
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Dani Alves

Dani Alves
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Biography of Dani Alves

Dani Alves (born May 6, 1983) is a professional soccer player. He was born in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil. He played for Paris Saint-Germain Football Club from 2017 to 2019. His full name is Daniel Samuel Alves da Silva. Since 2006, he has played for the Brazilian national team, with whom he recently won the 2019 Copa America. He made his professional debut in 2001 with Esporte Clube Bahia, winning the Campeonato Baiano and two Copas do Nordeste.

 

Dani in the Spanish League

He later joined Sevilla Football Club, with a transfer fee of €500,000. In January 2004, the Sevilla team acquired him permanently for €850,000. At this team he played as a fullback, but his style has always been offensive. He also performs well in the midfield and even in the forward position, he played in a game as a forward against Sevilla and Zenit St. Petersburg. In 2003, he made his official debut in the Spanish League against RCD Espanyol. His first goal came on November 9, 2003 against the renowned team Real Madrid. In the summer of 2005, he acquired Spanish nationality.

In August 2007, Dani expressed his desire to play for Chelsea F.C. in the English Premier League, but Sevilla’s high financial demands prevented the transfer from happening. This caused several problems with the team, to the point where he refused to travel to play a crucial match against AEK Athens for their Champions League qualification. A year later, he was finally transferred to Football Club Barcelona.

 

Alves at Barcelona (2008-2016)

On July 2, 2008, Alves was officially presented as a Barcelona player, with his contract lasting until 2012. At the event, the president of the club, Joan Laporta, referred to him as “the best right-back in the world.” His transfer fee of €35.5 million made him the second most expensive signing in the club’s history after Marc Overmars, later surpassed by Zlatan Ibrahimović. He scored his first goal for Barcelona at the Camp Nou against UD Almería on October 25, 2008.

Alves played for Barcelona until June 2016. He became an integral part of the team’s defense and established himself as the starting right-back. His contributions to the team and his performances were always admired for his attacking ability, speed, assists, and free-kick taking. In the 2013-14 season, he wore the number 22 in honor of his former teammate Éric Abidal. At that time, he was the second foreign player with the most appearances for Barcelona.

In 2014, rumors of his departure from the team began to surface. Barcelona attempted to renew his contract for one more season, until 2016, but the negotiations were unsuccessful. However, Dani later renewed his contract until 2017 with an optional extension to 2018. But in 2016, he left Barcelona to join Juventus in Turin.

 

From Juventus to PSG

He only played one season with the Italian club, winning two titles and reaching the final of the Champions League. In 2017, he joined Paris Saint-Germain of the French Ligue 1 and was presented as a new player for two seasons. With this team, he was the star player and became the champion of the 2017 French Super Cup.

On May 8, 2018, Dani was crowned champion of the French Cup after defeating Les Herbiers. In June 2019, it was announced through a post on his social media that he was leaving the team.

 

São Paulo (2019-21)

On August 1, 2019, it was confirmed that he had joined São Paulo FC, signing with the team until December 2022. However, due to delays in paying his salary, he did not show up to training on September 10, 2021, and was fired. Later it was known that the team owed him more than 11 million Brazilian Reals.

 

Return to Barcelona (2021-22)

 

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On November 17, 2021, Alves was officially presented as the new player of Barcelona, returning to the team he had played for until 2016. He was called up for the first time since his return to the team on January 5, 2022, starting in the Copa del Rey match against Deportivo Linares. The match ended with a 1-2 victory for F.C. Barcelona. A month later, on February 6, Alves scored his first goal in a 4-2 victory against Atlético Madrid, provided an assist, and was sent off in the 69th minute. On June 15, 2022, his departure from Barca was confirmed after 6 months in the Club.

 

Pumas UNAM (2022)

On July 21, 2022, Alves signed with Pumas UNAM for the Apertura 2022. This signing marked his entry into the Mexican league. He will wear the #33 shirt.

 

Brazil National Team

Alves is an international with the Brazilian senior team, he was preparing to play in the 2018 World Cup but was unable to participate due to injury. He has played with the team since 2006, and has been a champion of the 2007 Copa America, the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cup, and also played in the 2019 Copa America. He has accumulated over 41 national and international titles with clubs and the national team, and is one of the most decorated players in the history of football. In August 2021, Alves was also crowned Olympic champion.

 

Personal Life

In 2017, he married Spanish model Joana Sanz.

 

Scandal and Arrest for Alleged Sexual Assault

In January 2023, he was arrested in Spain on suspicion of sexual assault, and a judge ordered him to be held in pre-trial detention without bail while awaiting trial. Despite the accusations, Alves has denied any illegal or inappropriate actions and his wife, a Spanish model, has publicly supported him and stated that the accusation makes no sense. As a result of these events, his contract with Pumas UNAM was terminated.

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
Rafel Nadal, from Instagram

Biography of Rafel Nadal

Rafael Nadal Parera was born on June 3rd, 1986 in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain. He is a Spanish tennis player, currently ranked second in the ATP. Nadal is considered one of the best tennis players in history due to his talent and skill on the court. He has won numerous tournaments, including eleven Roland Garros, two Wimbledon, and three US Open. Currently, his main opponent is the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is ranked first in the ATP and winner of the 2019 Australian Open. Nadal’s career began in 2001, when he enrolled in the ATP at rank 818. The following year, he made his debut at the Mallorca Open, where he defeated Paraguayan player Ramón Delgado. Four years later, he was already seen as one of the new figures in tennis, holding the second place in the ATP at the age of nineteen. Later, he became the number one at the age of 22, dethroning Roger Federer. Since then, he has achieved a great number of triumphs, consolidating himself as one of the most outstanding figures in tennis.

Family, beginnings in tennis.

Rafael Nadal Parera is the son of Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera, and has a sister named María Isabel, who is his most enthusiastic fan. The young tennis player was raised in a well-off family with a long tradition in Mallorca. His father, Sebastián, is a businessman and the director of a company dedicated to the construction of paddle courts, and also an organizer of sports events. The young tennis player was named Rafael in honor of his grandfather. Since his family was involved in the world of sports, he gradually became interested in it. He played all kinds of sports, such as soccer, in which he stood out playing in the lower categories. A short time later, tennis caught his attention, influenced to a great extent by his uncle, Toni Nadal, who, upon perceiving his talent in the area, became his coach. He guided Rafael in a strict and disciplined manner, and later became his representative.

Giving up academic studies

During his training with his uncle Toni, Rafael Nadal chose to play with his left hand, despite being right-handed in his daily life. This decision has characterized his career as a professional tennis player. Due to the demands of his career, he left school at an early age and focused fully on his career as a professional tennis player. This decision affected his mother, who expected him to complete his education. However, over time, she understood how difficult it would be for him to make a career as a professional while studying at the same time.

Rafael Nadal’s professional career path

Rafael Nadal’s professional career began at the end of 2001, when the young tennis player enrolled in the ATP at the age of 15, occupying the 818th position. At that time, he belonged to the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. He made his debut on April 29, 2002, at the Mallorca Open, where he defeated Paraguayan player Ramón Delgado. After his appearance in Mallorca, he expected to participate in the Roland Garros in 2003, but an injury kept him away from the courts throughout the circuit. At the end of the following year, he returned to the courts, winning the Sopot tournament and the Davis Cup. At that time, his performances on the court earned him a place on the list of the top 100 tennis players in the world.

In 2005, Rafael Nadal won the French Open and Roland Garros, becoming one of the leading figures in tennis. His name spread worldwide and he climbed the ATP rankings to the number three position, a position he surpassed in 2008, when he held the number one spot on the ATP list, surpassing famous player Roger Federer. That same year, he also won the Olympic title in Beijing, winning the Roland Garros and his first Wimbledon Championship consecutively. For his sports achievements, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Sports Prize.

Rafael Nadal Foundation, Awards, Trophies

In 2008, he created the Rafa Nadal Foundation, an organization dedicated to social work, helping children and young people through sport and education, including those with intellectual disabilities. Between 2008 and 2010, he continued to reap successes in the Masters 1000, Grand Slam, Roland Garros tournament, Wimbledon Championship, Australian Open and US Open. After winning the US and Australian Open in 2010, he was recognized with the Laureus Best International Sportsman award. That same year, he returned to be number one in the ATP. The following year, he defeated Federer again in the Grand Slam final with a score of 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7 and 6-1. Later, he won his third Grand Slam title against Novak Djokovic, and shortly after, he again surpassed the Serbian player in the Masters 1000. That same year, he broke the record of the Swede Björn Borg, after winning his seventh title at Roland Garros. At the beginning of 2013, he held the fourth position in the ATP. Throughout the year, he triumphed in Sao Paulo, Acapulco, Indian Wells, and Viña del Mar. He won the Madrid, Montreal, and Cincinnati Masters, as well as the US Open against Djokovic. He closed the year in Beijing, once again occupying the number one position.

2014-2017

The following year he had a tough season, losing consecutively to Novak Djokovic, but later defeated him by winning the Roland Garros again. Later, he was operated due to appendicitis, which kept him out of play at the end of the year. In 2015, he started strong at Roland Garros, but fell in the quarterfinals against Djokovic. The next year, representing Spain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he won a gold medal in doubles and placed fourth in singles. Throughout 2017, he achieved his tenth title in Monte Carlo, becoming the player with the most clay titles. He also won the Barcelona Open, Roland Garros and US Open.

Eleventh title at Roland Garros, marriage

In the summer of 2018, Rafael Nadal won his eleventh title at the Roland Garros by defeating Dominic Thiem. Later, he participated in the Wimbledon Championship, reaching the semifinals where he was defeated by the Serbian Novak Djokovic. He then took part in the Canadian Masters 1000, in which he defeated Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, due to severe knee pain, he withdrew from the Grand Slam and took a two-month break, announcing his retirement from the season. In the course of 2019, the Spanish tennis player participated in the Australian Open, where he was defeated by the Serbian Djokovic, who currently holds the number one position in the ATP. Shortly after, he married María Francisca Perrello, known as Xisca, whom he has been in a romantic relationship with since 2005.

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Mykhailo Mudryk

Mykhailo Mudryk
Mykhailo Mudryk, from Instagram

Biography of Mykhailo Mudryk

Mykhailo Mudryk is a professional Ukrainian football player born on January 5, 2001 in Krasnohrad, Járkov Oblast. He is internationally recognized as one of the young promises of European football thanks to his outstanding performances in the Champions League with Shaktar Donetsk. In January 2023, his transfer to Chelsea F.C. generated great media attention.

 

Family life

Mykhailo Mudryk grew up surrounded by his family, consisting of his parents Inna Nikolaevna Mudryk and Petrovyche Mudryk, as well as his sister Tatyana. His deceased grandmother, Fedorova Lyudmila Dmitrievna, played an important role in his personal and spiritual formation, helping him overcome his fears from an early age.

 

Beginning in Football

Mykhailo Mudryk began his football career in the youth divisions of Shaktar Donetsk, making his professional debut on October 31, 2018 in a Ukrainian Cup match. In 2019, he was loaned to the same competition’s team, Arsenal Kiev, where he made his debut on March 3, 2019.

After his loan period ended, he returned to Shaktar Donetsk to face the 2019-2020 season. With the team, he won the local league title and played in three games, accumulating more than 80 minutes.

In the 2020-2021 season, he was loaned again, this time to FC Desna Chernihiv in Ukraine, where he played in ten games in the first half of the season. For the end of the season he returned to Shaktar Donetsk where he played in six games, demonstrating exceptional performance which led him to be recognized as the best player of Shaktar in the months of November and December. This predicted a starring role for what would be the 2021-2022 season.

The 2021-2022 season would launch Mykhailo Mudryk as the figure of Shaktar. After playing 12 games he managed to score 7 goals and give 7 assists, which would make him the leader of his team in the local tournament. However, his international recognition came thanks to his outstanding performances in the Champions League, especially for the media impact that faced teams like Inter Milan, Celtic of Scotland, and the most times winner of the competition, the legendary Real Madrid. Mykhailo Mudryk managed to score 3 goals and give 2 assists in 6 games, besides showing a high level in each of the games played in the group stage. According to local media, Mykhailo Mudryk was recognized as the best Ukrainian footballer of the season.

 

Mykhailo Mudryk and his move to Chelsea F.C

After long negotiations that seemed to bring the Ukrainian player to Arsenal in England, an unexpected turn placed Mykhailo Mudryk as the new player of Chelsea F.C. On January 14, 2023, the player’s transfer was officially announced for a total of 100 million euros (70 million direct and 30 million in bonuses). This operation became the highest transfer of a Ukrainian player in history and the highest of the winter market in England, at the time the operation was completed.

“Dear God,

if today I lose hope,

please remind me that

your plans are better than

my dreams…”

Tattoo on Mykhailo Mudryk’s chest.

 

Curiosities about Mykhailo Mudryk

  • Mykhailo Mudryk had problems with nightmares in his childhood, but he overcame them thanks to the help of his grandmother, who helped him overcome his fear of darkness through a portrait of the archangel Michael and advising him to make the sign of the cross before going to sleep.
  • He is known for having religious tattoos, which indicates that religion plays an important role in his life.
  • He began his football career in the youth divisions of Shaktar Donetsk and made his professional debut in a match of the Ukrainian Cup in October 2018.
  • He was loaned twice to teams of the same competition, first to Arsenal Kiev and later to FC Desna Chernihiv, where he showed outstanding performance.
  • He was recognized as the best player of Shaktar in the months of November and December of the 2020-2021 season, which forecasted a leading role for what would be the 2021-2022 season.
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