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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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Michael Oher

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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.

Career

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

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

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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.

 

FAMILY AND BEGINNINGS

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.

 

CAREER AS A DRIVER

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

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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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