Biography of Pele

Pele is the most iconic football player of the 20th Century. He epitomized the joy and passion that the Brazilians bought to the sport of football.

Born on 23 October 1940 in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil and named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, he was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. He gained a nickname ‘Pele’ in his childhood, after he mispronounced the name of a goalkeeper ‘Bile’.

Having grew up in poverty in São Paulo, Pele was taught to play football by his father but he often had to practice with a sock stuffed with newspapers since he couldn’t afford to buy a football. He also worked as a waiter in local tea shops.

When he was young, Pele played in indoor leagues, which helped increase his speed of reactions. He developed through the youth leagues. When he was 15 years old, he was signed by Santos FC and was soon marked out as a future star. Before he turned 16, Pele was the top scorer in the Brazilian league. So, he received a call up for the Brazilian national team. The Brazilian President declared him a national treasure in order to prevent him being bought by foreign sides such as Manchester United.

Pele scored more than 1,000 goals in professional games. On November 19th, 1969, Pele scored his 1000th goal at Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium, which sparked worldwide celebrations. His strike rate in international matches was one of the highest. In view of 92 countries, he scored 77 goals. In all games, Pele scored 1,283 goals in 1,366 games, an average of 0.94.

In the domestic league, Pele played for the first time for Santos at just 16 years old. He played for Santos in the Brazilian league from the 1972-73 season.

Pele finished his career in the most lucrative US league. In 1975, he signed for the New York Cosmos and played with them three seasons. He led the team to the US title in 1977 – the year of his retirement.

The most famous female athletes in the history of sports (part 2)

Sania Mirza (1986, India, tennis)

Mirza is India’s highest ranking female tennis player with a high profile in her home country. She won two gold medals in mixed doubles at the Asian games.

Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998, US, sprinting)

Joyner won triple Olympic gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. In 1988, she also set world record of 10.49 for 100m.

Katie Taylor (1986, Ireland, boxing)

Taylor is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist at lightweight division and has also represented Ireland at football. She was voted the best sportsperson of 2012.

Tracy Caulkins (1963, US, swimming)

Tracy set five world records and won three Olympic gold medals in 1984. She also won five gold medals at the 1978 World Championships.

Bonny Blair (1964, US, speed skating)

Blair won five Olympic gold medals in three different Winter Olympic Games. In 1994, she was voted Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year.

Marianne Vos (1987, Netherlands, cycling)

Marianne Vos is one of most successful female cyclists in the world. She is dominant in major women’s road races and also took the inaugural 2014 ‘La Course’ by le Tour de France.

Alison Felix (1985, US, sprinting)

Having won Olympic gold at 200m in 2012, Felix is one of the dominant modern female sprinters. She also won gold for 4*100m and 4*400m relay.

Victoria Pendleton (1980, GB, track cyclist)

Pendleton won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. She is also nine times world champion.

Jessica Ennis (1986, GB, heptathlon)

Ennis won the 2012 Olympic heptathlon title in her own home country. Ennis was also a key figure in promoting the sport of heptathlon.

Nelli Kim (1957, Soviet Union, gymnastics)

Kim is one of the top all round gymnasts in the world. She won five Olympic gold medals in 1976 and 1980 and is also five times world champion.

Mehmet Scholl: Biography of former German soccer star (Part 2)

Moving to Munich “Bavaria” 

In 1992, 22-year-old Mehmet Scholl went to Bayern Munich. In the first season, 31 supportive acts were planned for the current football club player (goals and assists). He was illuminated in the newspapers as a “teen soccer idol” 

As part of the Bavarian side, Bavarian has been the eight-time German champion. In total, the Bavarian team won 20 trophies between 1992 and 2007. Here the victory of the Champions League was reached in 2001.

Scholl became a real superstar in his 15-year career in the German Bundesliga. Many football media have consistently regarded him as the best platform in Germany. 

Mehmet Scholl scored similarly for both his left and his right, and at various lengths. This is illustrated by the video clips on his head. The German middleman’s assistance was very reliable. His strategy never fails, though. Mehmet Scholl’s goals remain in the memories of Munich supporters, Munich Bavaria and the German National Team.

International career: a stunning success at the 1996 European Championship 

In 1995, Scholl became a national player and won the European Championship in England in 1996. Before that, he played for 21 years with the German National Youth Team (5 games played and 3 goals scored). He lasted 69 minutes on the pitch at the final European Championships in 1996 with the Czech Republic, during which he was substituted by Oliver Berhoff, who later became the author of the golden score. 

He took part in the 2000 European Championships in Belgium and the Netherlands, where he scored the only goal of the German national team in their group stage match against Romania. 

It was around this period that he was recognised as one of the greatest artistic mediums in the world

On April 23, 2002, just before the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, Mehmet Scholl’s busy health forced him to resign as a national player. 

Among German football fans, Scholl is one of the most popular football players for his distinctive personality and ability.

Career coach 

On 27 April 2009, Mehmet Scholl was appointed acting coach of Bayern Munich II, replacing Hermann Gerland, who later became assistant to Jupp Heinks in Bayern. Mehmet Scholl announced his retirement as a coach in January 2013. He justified his decision by seeking to continue his career as a sports analyst on television.

The most famous female athletes in the history of sports (part 1)

Let’s have a look at some of the most famous female athletes in the history of sports.

Billie Jean King (1943, US, tennis)

Having won a total of 38 Grand Slam titles, including 12 single titles, in 1973, Billie Jean Kingwon the famous battle of the sexes against Bobby Riggs, which was an early advocate of equality for women.

Lottie Dod (1871-1960, England, golf, archery, tennis)

Lottie Dod won Wimbledon singles champions for five times. She also won silver medal archery at 1908 Olympics as well as the British Ladies amateur golf title. She played field hockey for England, too.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956, US, athletics, golf)

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a ground-breaking female athlete who succeed in pro basketball, golf, and track and field as well.

Fanny Blankers-Koen (1918-2004, Netherlands, athletics)

In 1948, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four Olympics gold medals at 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, and 4*100m relay.

Larisa Latynina (1934, Soviet Union, gymnastics)

Between 1956 and 1964, Larisa Latyninawon 14 individual gymnastic gold medals and four team medals, which was a record for a female at the Olympics.

Martina Navratilova (1956, Czech/US, tennis)

Martina Navratilova won177 titles in total, including 18 grand slam titles and 31 major doubles titles, which made her the most successful tennis player of the open era.

Sonja Henie (1912-1969, Norway, figure skating)

Sonja Henie was a three times Olympic Champion, in 1928, 1932, and 1936. She was also the highest paid actress in the history of Hollywood.

Beryl Burton (1937-1996)

Beryl Burton was the world track championships for five times and road champion twice. On the domestic field, Burton also dominated the best all-rounder competition for 25 consecutive years, which was higher than the men’s record at the time.

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, US, track and field)

Wilma Rudolph won three Olympic gold medals at the 1960 Olympic Games at the 100m, 200m, and 4*100m relay. She helped to elevate women’s track to a key presence in the US.

Mehmet Scholl: Biography of former German soccer star (Part 1)

In the last post, we have already known about Joe DiMaggio – an American professional baseball player. And in this post, we will provide you a lot of useful information about a very famous football player – Mehmet Scholl.

Mehmet Scholl – former German professional football player who used to play in the centre. 

He played for German clubs such as Karlsruhe and Bayern Munich throughout his football career

Achievement 

Among the successes of the football player, the following can be determined: eight-time German Bundesliga champion, five-time German Cup winner, four-time German Super Cup winner, UEFA Champions Cup champion, Champions League champion, Intercontinental Cup winner. These milestones were documented during the Bavaria Munich performances. Germany became European champion of the national team in 1996.

Biographies

Mehmet Scholl (Baden-Wurmern, Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), which is now Germany, was born on 16 October 1970. My father is a Turkish man, and my mother is a German. His parents divorced when Mehmet was still young. Later, the mother had married a second time, now German, and the family had adopted a new surname-Scholl. Mehmet Scholl is the cousin of Jan-Michael Richter, a famous painter. Mehmet’s uncle, Lukas-Julian (b. 1996) played with the Bavarian Youth Team for a long time, currently playing in the German fourth division as part of Voker Nordhausen (Regional Federation Northeast).

Career in Football 

At the age of six, Scholl met with football. In 1989, he started his professional career at the Karlsruhe Football Club, where he graduated (from 1976 to 1982, he played at the club Nordwest academy). His professional debut against the Cologne City Team took place in April 1990. During his first three years playing soccer in the Bundesliga, he became a familiar centerman, due to his professional knowledge and his playing skills. In total, Karlsruhe played 58 games and scored 11 goals.

‘Pablito’ Rossi has died at the age of 64

In their 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain, which won him the Ballon d’Or later that year, Paolo Rossi scored six goals for Italy; UEFA confirms the silence of a minute ahead of Thursday’s matches for the former Juventus and AC Milan striker

His passing was confirmed by Italy’s state TV channel RAI Sport on Wednesday evening, where Rossi had been working as a sports expert.

Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti, and the words “per sempre” – “forever” sharing an image of herself and her marriage on Instagram.

She subsequently published a photograph of him on Facebook, along with his three children: “There will never be anyone like you, unique, special, after you sheer nothingness.”

He was awarded two Serie A, European Cup and Coppa Italia titles in his career, but is most gently recalled for his six World Cup goals in Spain in 1982 – where he got the endearing name Pablito from his exploits.

Rossi scored a hat-trick in Italy’s legendary 3-2 victory over Brazil in the second group stage, a match deemed one of the best in the history of the World Cup, despite failing to score in the first four games of the tournament.

Italy led a squad comprising the Brazilians as well as Argentina’s Diego Armando Maradona and advanced to the semi-finals, where Rossi scored two more goals in a 2-0 victory over Poland.

As Italy defeated West Germany 3-1 to win their third World Cup – and their first since 1938 – the former Juventus and AC Milan striker opened the scoring in the final as well.

He was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1982, being just the third Italian to receive the award at the time.

Rossi was born in Prato, Tuscany. He played in Italy during his career as a club. In 1980, in the sense of the Totonero he was suspended for three years, but he still denied any misdemeanor.

The ban was shortened to two years later, allowing him back to Italy in the run up to the winning 1982 World Cup campaign, where Head Coach Enzo Bearzot called him before Series A Top Scorer Roberto Pruzzo. He even called him up.

He also scored three goals at the 1978 Argentina World Cup, and remains Italy, together with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri, the highest scorer of the World Cup with a total of 9 goals.

UEFA say there will be a moment of silence on Thursday before all the games of the Europa League to commemorate Rossi.

Joe DiMaggio Biography

Joe DiMaggio, or Joseph Paul DiMaggio, is an American professional baseball player who was an excellent hitter and fielder and also one of the best all-around players in the history of baseball.

DiMaggio was born to Italian immigrants who made their living by fishing on November 25, 1914, in Martinez, California, U.S. He died on March 8, 1999, in Hollywood, Florida.

He quit school at the age of 14 and joined his brother Vincent to play baseball with the minor league San Francisco Seals at 17. Then the New York Yankees purchased Joe’s contract with San Francisco. He was brought up to the major leagues in 1936 when he batted .323 during the regular season and .346 against the New York Giants during the World Series.

DiMaggio led the American League in home runs in 1937 and led the American League in batting, with averages of .381 and .352 in 1939 and 1940, respectively. DiMaggio was a very consistent hitter. He had a hitting streak of 61 consecutive games during his 1933 season with the Seals.

From 1936 to 1951, DiMaggio helped leading the Yankees to nine World Series titles. During the same period of time, the Yankees won 10 American League championships and DiMaggio missed three seasons (1943-1945) due to serving in the military during World War II.

DiMaggio won the Most Valuable Player award for the American League in three years (1939, 1941, and 1947). He retired from professional football at the end of the 1951 season. He was chosen to the Baseball Hall of Fame four years later.

DiMaggio married film star Marilyn Monroe in 1954, which only added to his iconic status in American culture. Although their marriage lasted less than one year, the couple kept close relationship until Monroe died in 1962.

In his retirement, DiMaggio acted as a spokesman for commercial concerns as well as worked for charitable causes. He was loved by fans not only for his phenomenal playing skills but also for his integrity and dignity.

Top 50 Sports Personalities of All Time (part 7)

Rafael Nadal (Spain, tennis)

Nadal has won Olympic gold in 2008 and 14 Grand Slam single titles. His win rate is 83%, the 2nd highest in open era of tennis.

Haile Gebreselassie (Ethiopia, athletics)

Haile won Olympic gold in 10,000m twice and held world record for the marathon for 3 years.

David Campese (Australia, Rugby Union)

Campese is one of the most entertaining players in the history of rugby. He won World Cup of 1991 with Australia and holds the record for most international tries (64).

Kelly Slater (US, Surfing)

With 11 times winning ASP World Tour Champion, Slater is the most successful surfer of all time.

Paavo Nurmi (Finland, athletics)

Nurmi won nine Olympic gold medals and set 22 new world records from 1500m to 20km.

Brian Lara (West Indies, cricket)

Lara scored about 12,000 Test runs and set a new world record high score of 400*.

Chris Hoy (Great Britain, cycling)

Chris Hoy is a six-time Olympic gold medalist over three Olympics.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, football)

Cristiano Ronaldois one of the greatest football players of all time, having achieved unprecedented club success with Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Juventus now.

Serge Blanco (France, Rugby Union)

Played 93 times for France as winger, Blanco is most famous for his flair and try scoring ability.

George Best (Northern Ireland, football)

Played for Manchester United 1963-74, Mercurial is regarded as a genius who has one of greatest natural football talents.

Sir Viv Richards (West Indies, cricket)

Sir Viv Richards is considered one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

Fausto Coppi (Italy, cycling)

 Coppi was the dominant cyclist before and after WWII, having won five Giro d’Italia and two Tour de France titles.

Rod Laver (Australia, tennis)

Laver won 11 grand slams including all the four Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.

Grete Waitz (Norway, athletics)

Grete Waitz is the world’s first women to run the marathon under two and half hours. She won the NY marathons nine times and five gold medals at the World Cross Country Championships.

Biographies of Mourinho- Processes to become a great coach (Part 1)

Mourinho is one of the best coaches of all time and is highly respected for his coaching skills. 

Overview of Mourinho’s biographies 

Date of birth: January 26, 1963

Place of birth: Setubal, Portugal

Height: 1m74

Position: Coach

His full name is José Mário dos Santos Félix Mourinho, born in 1963 into a middle-class family in Setubal, Portugal. He got a son, Maria Julia Mourinho. His father was also one of the professional soccer players for Vitoria de Setubal and Belenenses, and he wore the colors of the Portuguese soccer team. 

His mother was a primary school teacher. Basically, they come from a well-off neighborhood. However with the collapse of Estado Novo’s António de Oliveira Salazar regime in April 1974, the mother’s family lost everything from the Palmela property.

He decided to imitate his father’s example by becoming a soccer player and joined the Belenenses Youth Team

After graduating with honors, he played at Rio Ave, Belenenses and Sesimbra, but in fact he did not become a professional player due to the lack of pace and strength needed. When he understood his own shortcomings, he resolved to follow his goal of being a true coach. 

His mother had other ideas, enrolling him in the School of Economics. He went to school there but dropped out on the first day and decided to concentrate on athletics, deciding to remain at the Instituto de Educação Física Superior-Lisbon Technical University to study sports science.

He taught physical education at multiple schools for several years, graduated and regularly ranked high in the course. After taking part in the coach training course hosted by the English and Scottish Football Confederation, former coach Andy Roxburgh noted the young man’s commitment, reflecting on every aspect. Accordingly, the position of the coach in football has been rediscovered by the blending of teaching philosophy with psychological strategies and physical skills.

Top 50 Sports Personalities of All Time (part 6)

Bob Beamon (the US, athletics)

Bob Beamon wonMexico Olympic gold in Long jump in 1968. He is widely known for his record-breaking jump of 1968 8.90 m – which stood for 22 years.

Ian Botham (England, cricket)

Having taken 383 test wickets and scored 5,200 test runs, Ian Botham is a great all-rounder.

Michael Johnson (the US, athletics)

Michael Johnsonwas theOlympic gold medalist for four times, World Champion eight times and also held World record at 200m and 400m.

Jim Thorpe (the US, athletics, American Football, basketball, and baseball)

Having won 1912 Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, Jim Thorpe succeeded greatly in the NFL and was one of the greatest all-round sportsmen.

Jimmy Connors (the US, tennis)

Jimmy Connors was a successful tennis player, who won eight Grand Slam titles.

Sir Steve Redgrave (Great Britain, rowing)

Sir Steve Redgrave won nine world rowing championships, five consecutive Olympic gold medals in rowing, including Coxless pair, Coxed pair, and Coxed Four.

Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco, athletics)

In addition to being double Olympic gold medalist in 2004, Hicham El Guerroujalso set World Record for the mile at 1500m of 3.26.00 and 3.43.13.

Eric Liddell (Scottish, athletics)

Eric Liddell was the Olympic gold medalist at 400m in 1924 and then dropped out of 100m because of religious beliefs. His life inspired and made into film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

Steffi Graf (Germany, tennis)

Graf won the highest number of Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era of tennis (22 tittles). He was the world’s number one for a record 377 weeks.

W.G. Grace (England, cricket)

Having dominated the game of cricket for decades, W.G. Gracewas an outstanding all-rounder, who captained England and Gloucestershire.

Bernard Hinault (France, cycling)

Having won the Tour de France five times, Bernard Hinault was a great all round cyclist. He also won Vuelta, Giro, Paris-Roubaix, and some other one-day classics.