Sandeep Singh-World’s Famous Hockey Player

Despite the unpopularity like traditional sports such as football, baseball, and basketball, Sandeep Singh is every famous for his talents as a hockey player.

Childhood & Early Life

He was born in Shahabad Markanda, a town in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, on February 27, 1986, to Gurcharan Singh Bhindar and Daljit Kaur Bandar. His older brother, Bikramjeet Singh, is also a hockey player and played for Indian Oil.

Sandeep Singh was a talented drag-flicker. However, he could not pursue his dream due to injuries. He later trained his brother in the game.

He learned at Khalsa College in Patiala and continued his B.A. degree from Kurukshetra University.

Career

In January 2004, he made his international debut at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2004, he made his Olympic debut in the Summer Olympics in Greece. During this year, Sandeep Singh scored 16 goals at the Junior Asia Cup Hockey in Pakistan and became the top scorer for the competition.

He then played at the Champions Trophy in Lahore and Chennai and gained three goals each time. He also had three goals during the Indo-Pak Hockey Series in September-October 2005.

In 2006, he scored three goals at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2006, he was hit by an accident while playing the Shatabadi Express and took two years for the recovery.

In 2008, he joined the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament and won the ‘Top Goal Scorer’ award. He was appointed as the captain of the National Team in January 2009. He then led the team to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time in 13 years.

Sandeep Singh helped India join the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after eight years of expectation. However, he left the national team in 2014 and showed his prowess abroad.

In 2014, he was signed by the English field hockey club. He relocated to the UK and joined the 2014-2015 league season of Premier Division 1 with 24 goals scored. He became the Havant’s top scorer and the third top scorer overall.

In 2015, he was bought by the Indian field hockey team for $81,000. Due to the back injury, he did not join games in 2017. He decided to come back to the HIL in 2018.

Michel Platini Biography (part 1)

Michel Platini is the second greatest goal scorer (next to Thierry Henry) in the history of Les Bleus, France’s national football team. Platini netted 41 goals, with a higher scoring average than Henry, and considered as one of the most prominent figures in international football of all time. The football icon has served as a successful offensive midfielder, captain, and manager of the French team. He then became the president of the UEFA, ended in scandalous forms and cracked his great reputation.

Basic facts

Country: France

Birth: 1955

Position: Forward

Clubs

Nancy (1972–1979)

Saint-Étienne (1979–1982)

Juventus (1982–1987)

Stats

National team: 72 matches, 41 goals

Club football: 432 matches, 224 goals

The rise to fame of a superstar

Born in a family of Italian immigrants on June 21st, 1955 in Joeuf, north-eastern France, the talented and ambitious Michel had aspired to become a professional football player from an early age.

In 1972, while still in his teens, Michel joined the reserve team of the French football club AS Nancy where his father Aldo Platini was the director. One year later, he made his first division debut with AS Nancy, in the Lorraine region, scored a total of 17 goals for the club and led them to the 1978 French Cup Championship. The following year, he joined the leading French club Saint-Etienne and diligently played to propel his new team to the Ligue 1 title in 1981.

A french attacking midfielder in his country of ancestry

After three years playing with Saint-Etienne, Platini transferred to the reigning Italian football club Juventus in 1982, emerging as an international football superstar and captaining his club to the European Cup final, the Intercontinental Cup, and the European Cup championships in 1983, 1983, and 1985, respectively. During his 5-year with Juventus (1982-1985), he scored a record 68 goals in 147 games for his team, out of a total of 224 league goals, making him become the top scorer of the Serie A on three different occasions. In 1984, he reached the culminating point in his outstanding football career, as Juventus captured the 1984 UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the league championship.

Derek Sanderson Jeter-Word’s Famous Baseball Player (P3)

The following is the third part of the famous baseball players in the world. The article says about Derek Sanderson Jeter, a legendary baseball player who has played at the Major League Baseball for 19 seasons.

Derek Sanderson Jeter was born in New Jersey on June 26, 1974, to Sanderson Charles Jeter and Dorothy. He and his family moved to Michigan, and here he became pursuing a career in baseball.

He was selected for both baseball and basketball teams when studying at Kalamazoo Central High School. During his junior year, Jeter had a batting average of .508 and increased to .557 in the sophomore year.

Since the school days, he was a promising baseball player. During his college years, Jeter played for the Michigan Wolverines via the offer by the University of Michigan.

He then achieved a lot of awards during his baseball playing career. Derek Sanderson Jeter played minor baseball league for four seasons from 1992. In the first seasons, he struggled with a batting average low at .202 in 47 games.

Luckily, he won the first honor of the “Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year” in 1992. Two years later, he was awarded “Baseball America’s ‘Minor League Player of the Year.”

Jeter won the “World Series Most Valuable Player” Award in 2000, the New York Yankees “Player of the Year” in for five times in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2009, and the distinguished Golden Gove Award for five times in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010.

Besides, he gained the Silver Slugger Award for five times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012, the Hank Aaron Award in 2006 and 2009.

He also achieved the Kalamazoo Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 2010 and 2011. Notably, he was honored by being chosen for the American League, the ‘All-Star’ group 13 times from 1998 to 2012.

Who is the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020

According to the 2020 Forbes ranking, paydays for the world’s highest-paid athletes dropped for the first time in four years since the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on sports and canceled or postponed a lot of sporting events for the first time since World War II.

This year witnesses Roger Federer taking the top spot of the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time, with $106 million of pre-tax earnings, standing before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who took the top spot in three of the past four years. The two football icons earned a combined $209 million during the past 12 months, a $28 million drop from 2019, because of the salary reductions at many European football clubs when the leagues was halted in March.

With the best endorsement portfolio in sports, Federer is just the ninth athlete to have taken in the top spot since 1990, the first year Forbes started tracking athletes’ earnings. He is also the first tennis player in the past 30 years to land at No. 1 after drawing $100 million off the court, thanks to his big deals with Uniqlo, Mercedes-Benz, Credit Suisse, and 10 other partners. Meanwhile, Messi pulled in $32 million from Adidas, MasterCard and PepsiCo and Ronaldo earned $45 million from Nike, Herbalife, Altice, and his own CR7 brand.

Athletes from 21 countries and 10 sports make the final cut in 2020, as do two women, including Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, the first time more than one female athlete has made the ranks since 2016, when Williams appeared with Maria Sharapova. Having earned $3.4 million in tournament pay, Osaka is another dream endorser by collecting $34 million from brands such as Nike, Procter & Gamble, and Nissan Motor. There is no female athlete from any other sport besides tennis has made this elite rank before.

While NBA players make the list more than any other sport, NFL players had the best year as a group because of the season’s late-summer start having left them unaffected by the pandemic.

With Nascar and German football the only major sports leagues resuming so far, the earnings downturn seems to extend for another ranking season.

Famous Baseball Players in the World-Part 2

In the first article, we listed Alex Rodriguez and Mike Trout as the most famous baseball players in the world.

Today, we will continue learning about two more professional baseball players Vincent Edward Jackson.

4/ Vincent Edward Jackson

Vincent Edward Jackson was born in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S. on November 30, 1962. When he was 20 years old, he entered “Auburn University” to excel in baseball, football, and track.

In 1985, he achieved the “Heisman Trophy” at Auburn University. Jackson also gained the NFL’s “Rookie of the Year Award” and the “Bert Bell Trophy” in 1987. Two years later, Jackson was voted the “American League All-Star” and “All-Start Game’s MPV.”

He was named among the “25 Most Intriguing People” in 1990 and won the “Jim Thorpe Legacy Award” and the “Power to Overcome Award” in 1992.

In 1993, he was named the “Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year.” Jackson was inducted into the “Alabama Sports Hall of Fame” in 1996 and the “College Football Hall of Fame” in 1999. 

In March 2013, he was named the “Greatest Athlete of All Time” by ESPN Sport Science. 

5/ Deion Sanders

Born on August 9, 1967, Deion Sanders was not only a baseball player but also a football player. 

He started playing many sports, including football, basketball, and baseball, when going to the North Fort Myers High School in Florida. In 1985, he was named in the Florida High School Association All-Century Team.

He attended Florida State University and became the All-American Comeback twice in 1987 and 1988.

During his career, Deion Sanders won the 1988 Jim Thorpe Award, a prestigious college football award. He became the NFL Pro Bowler for eight times from 1991 to 1999 and was adjudged the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

Notably, he was the only sportsman to have played in both the Super Bowl and the World Series. 

Five sports biographies you must read right now (part 2)

3. Open, written by Andre Agassi

From one of the most gifted men to ever step onto a tennis court, Open is dubbed to be among the most honest and haunting autobiographies that have ever been written in sporting history.

The former World No. 1 Andre Agassi who is credited for having single-handedly revived the popularity of tennis in the ‘90s, is at the top of his game when he narrates the story of his life with wit, intelligence, and determination to tell it as truthfully as possible.

Although he reminisces every pivotal game with near-photography memory, Open is not a blow-by-blow account of tennis matches but is the diary of a confused, ever-evolving man who is struggling with his inability to accept defeat and the love-hate relationship that he has with the game which he happens to be exceptional at.

Much more than a simple story of a well-known sports athlete, Open is a sincere lesson on life, stressing the importance of facing both highs and lows, being focused and ready to hit back harder than ever before – irrespective of a win or a loss.

4. A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke, written by Ronald Reng

Following a serious bout of depression in 2009, Robert Enke stepped behind a passing train and killed himself. However, to let that event itself define the former German national goalkeeper would be a genuine shame. The biography by award-winning writer Ronald Reng, who is also his close friend, sets out to define the life of the young sportsman before the tragedy.

The public eye usually tends to look past the human side of the professional athletes, what Enke’s story does is change the way sporting individuals are perceived in the world. The amount of the stress and pressure they face on a daily basis is a situation not everyone can withstand.

More importantly, A Life Too Short is a brilliant understated piece of work talking about the depression with the right restraint and sensitivity while maintaining the dignity of the subject under scrutiny.

5. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, written by Thomas Hauser

Widely considered as one of the most celebrated sportmen of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay was a polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. Thomas Hauser’s biography of Muhammad Ali tells his story from the very beginning, from his very humble upbringing in Kentucky, to winning the Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold medal at the age of eighteen and claiming the World Heavyweight crown from Sonny Liston to his marriages, his stubbornness, and his refusal to retire.

This unique compilation of different people’s accounts of Ali – from more than 200 of Ali’s family members, friends, opponents, and others who have known him – emerges the story of the real man, one who was generous and religious and ultimately an extraordinary human being.

Famous Baseball Players in the World- Part 1

Besides football and basketball, baseball is one of the most popular sports in the world. The following are some of the most famous baseball players worldwide.

1/ Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez was born in New York City in July 27, 1975 to Victor Rodriguez and Lourdes Navarro. When Rodriguez was about four years old, he and his family moved to Miami and settled there.

He started loving playing baseball and this sport became his sole solace when his father left the family to live in New York City.

During his baseball playing career, Rodriguez won the “AL All-Star” for 12 times and the “AL Silver Slugger Award” for ten times. Besides, he was honored as the “Seattle Mariners Player of the Player” twice and also the “Babe Ruth Home Run Award” for three times.

Rodriguez was named Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, the Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Year, the Sporting News Player of the Year, the Midwest League All-Star, the Hitter of the Year, and This Year in Baseball Awards: Player of the Year.

2/ Mike Trout

Mike Trout was born in Vineland, New Jersey, on August 7, 1997 to Jeff and Debbie Trout. His father was also baseball players for “Minnesota Twins” and had to retire due to an injury. 

He was keen on sports and playing basketball and baseball for his high-school team. He began baseball as a pitcher and later played in the outfield. Notably, he was coached at “Arsenal” from the age of 14 and achieved the reputation of being the strongest and fastest player by the time of 17.

During his career, Mike Trout won many prestigious awards such as two American League MVP in 2014 and 2016, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, two ‘Baseball America Major League Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, the ESPY Award for Best Major League Baseball Player in 2015, and five consecutive Silver Slugger Awards in 2012–2016.

Five sports biographies you must read right now (part 1)

Professional athletes such as Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo see a yearly turnaround in figures that others can only dream of ever earning in a whole lifetime. They are true idols, the finest among us, and a chance to discover more about their principles and values, their lives, is not to be passed upon.

From baseball to gymnastics, this biographies and autobiographies list of some of the greatest sports figures in the world make for compulsory reading.

1. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, written by David Maraniss

Killed in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve of 1972 when he attempted to deliver food and medicine to an earthquake-stricken Nicaragua, Roberto Clemente is one of the true heroes of American baseball. He was the first Latin American and Caribean player to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The star is known to have played the game better than most of his contemporaries and have won the Golden Glove for 12 consecutive seasons from 1961 to 1972. The only reason he didn’t enjoy the same amount of fame and stardom may be down to the fact that he played for the underachieving Pittsburgh Pirates.

Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning David Maraniss, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero captures the myth and the real man.

2. Letters to a Young Gymnast, written by Nadia Comaneci

The name Nadia Comaneci is synonymous with gymnastics. The young Romanian girl became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0. Nadia ushered in a new era for women’s sports as she attained the impossible at the young age of 14 in the Olympics1976.

In the Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia Comaneci writes as if she is replying to a pen pal’s questions about her life, narrating both dramatic and interesting anecdotes from the past, as well as describing the way how she set out to be a world-beater from such a young age. Letters to a Young Gymnast also reveals her relationship with the famous coach Bela Karolyi, which gives an interesting insight into the rarely understood dynamic between a coach and an athlete.

LeBron James Biography (part 3)

Career

  • At the end of the 2012-13 season, against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami transformed a seemingly impossible championship win into reality, winning their second consecutive national title with a 3-4 victory.
  • In 2014, LeBron James opted out of his contract with Miami Heat and signed with Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2014–15 season, Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA finals and in the process James became first player since the 1960s to play in five consecutive NBA finals.
  • His 2015–16 season was marred by controversies which also included the midseason firing of Cavaliers’ coach David Blatt. But in spite of all this LeBron James performed admirably and the third player to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals Game.
  • LeBron’s stint with Cleveland Cavaliers ended in 2018 and thereafter, he signed a contracts with Los Angeles Lakers.
  • In February 2019, James became the fifth NBA player to reach 32,000 points. On March 6, 2019, in a game against Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan to become the fourth highest scorer on the NBA list.

Awards & Achievements

  • James’ team Miami Heat won the NBA championship for 2 consecutive years from 2012 and he was declared the NBA Most Valuable Player, which he had won for two years already.
  • He was part of the Olympic gold winning American team at Beijing (2008) and London (2012) games, and a bronze at Seoul Olympics (2004). He also has gold and a bronze FIBA Americas Championship medals.
  • The 2011-12 season ended with Miami Heat beating Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA Championship – James’ first NBA title. In the final game, he scored 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.
  • He made NBA history in 2013, at age 28, he became the youngest and 38th NBA player to score 20,000 points, succeeding Kobe Bryant of the Lakers—who accomplished this feat when he was 29.

Biography profile of World’s Football Star Neymar

When asking everyone to list some names of famous football players in the world, they will, of course, answer Messi, Ronaldo, or David Beckham. Another name will be “Neymar,” a Brazilian football star and one of the world’s leading footballers. The followings are the biography profile of Neymar.

Childhood & Early Life

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, known as a short name Neymar, was born on February 5, 1992, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His father, Neymar Santos Senior, was also a professional football player and used to be his teacher.

When he was a child, Neymar played street football and futsal with his friends, helping him hone his skills as a football player.

In 2003, he began representing the youth ranks of the “Portuguesa Santista” team and moved to a city of Sao Vicente. In that year, Neymar joined the famous Brazilian football club “FC Santos” when he was at the age of 11.

He inked his first senior contract with the club when he was only 17 years old. Over the next four years, Neymar became a prolific goal scorer for his time. He gained a total goal of 54 in 102 appearances.

In 2013, he signed a contract with “Barcelona” with a transfer fee of $96.5 million.

Awards & Achievements

During his football playing career, Neymar has so far received many achievements. In 2011, he won the “World Soccer Young Player of the Year” award and the “FIFA Puskas Award” for scoring the best goal of the year.

In 2013, Neymar won the “Golden Ball” for his performance at the “FIFA Federations Cup.” He was named “La Liga Best World Player” in the 2014-2015 season. During the season, he recorded the greatest achievement as a football with 39 goals. After the season, his club “Barcelona” won the treble.