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- Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pelé is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.
He is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time, and is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national football team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups:
1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do in the world.
Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games.
Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo. He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant. Taught to play by his father, he could not afford a proper football and usually played
with either a sock stuffed with newspaper and tied with a string or a grapefruit.
- Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals;
he holds the all-time records for number of Olympic gold medals (23), which is more more than 100 nations having combined number of gold medals.
- The average NFL career lasts just over three years and translates into average career earnings of about $4 million after taxes; and
around 78 percent of NFL players go bankrupt within two years of their careers ending.
- The National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) have an average annual revenue of $9 billion and $7.2 billion, with a profit of 1 billion and $49 million, respectively.
- The National Football League (NFL) and the Major League Baseball (MLB) consist of 32 teams and 30 teams, with an average team value of $1 billion and $523 million, respectively.
- From its near $4.5 billion in revenue from broadcasters, sponsors, hospitality and licensing deals for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA distributes just over $400 million to the 32 national federations taking part in the tournament.
- The first prize of the 2014 World Cup is $35 million (up from $30 million in 2010) in prize money paid to its national federation; the runner up gets $25 million (up from $24 million in 2010), while the third- and fourth-place teams get $22 million and $20 million, respectively.
Quarterfinalists get $14 million, round of 16 losers get $9 million and those which failed to advance from the group get $8 million. In addition, FIFA paid $1.5 million (up from $1 million in 2010) in advance to each of the 32 federations to prepare for the tournament. FIFA has also set aside $70 million to distribute at a rate of $2,800 per player per day that each was on World Cup duty.
- The Summer Olympic sports are archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe / kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, judo, jumping, running, mountain biking, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming,
synchronized swimming, shooting, fencing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, triathlon (swimming, biking, running), volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
- The Winter Olympic sports are alpine skiing, bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice
hockey, luge, Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing), skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating. and target shooting.
- Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to change the format of having both the Summer and Winter Games in the same year. Summer and Winter Olympics now alternate every two years.
- The U.S. set its new record for the highest total of medals won at a single Olympic Winter Games with 37 at the 2010
Vancouver Winter Olympics. The team won 25 in
Turin, Italy (2006), 34 in
Salt Lake City, UT (2002), and 13 in
Nagano, Japan (1998).
- At a 2005 meeting in Singapore the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to eliminate baseball and softball from the 2012 Olympics, the first sports to be dropped since polo in 1936.
- Germany had set 36 medals (record) at Salt Lake City in 2002, and was the only nation to win a medal in every day of competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (30 medals).
- The host Greece has won the most medals (47) at the first Summer Olympics held in Athens in 1896.
- Norway has won the most medals (263) at the 1924 Winter Olympics held in Chamonix, France.
- The Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.
- Baltimore Orioles baseball player, Cal Ripken, Jr. never missed a game in 16 years, he played in 2,632 consecutive games.
- San Francisco's slugger Barry Bonds broke the all-time single-season record for home runs when he hit 73 in 2001.
- Boxing became a legal sport in 1901.
- Soccer, which was developed in London’s famed Newgate Prison in the early 1800s, is the most watched sport in the world.
- Known as “soccer” in the United States and Canada, the sport is known as “football” elsewhere
- A professional soccer player runs 6 miles (10 kilometers), in an average soccer game.
Dallas Cowboys and
San Francisco 49ers set the record for most Super Bowl wins. Each team had 5 Super Bowl titles.
- The four
Grand Slam tournaments -
French Open, and
Australian Open - are the most yearly important tennis events in terms of world ranking points and prize-money awarded.
- Slazenger has provided all the tennis ball for Wimbledon tournament since 1902. About 42,000 tennis balls are used for each Wimbledon tournament.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is founded in 1954. It is a non-profit tennis hall of fame and museum at the
Newport Casino in
Rhode Island, USA.
- The first Wimbledon Championship was held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon in 1877.
- American professional tennis player Michael Chang hold most significant youngest-ever record when he won the French Open
at the age of 17 years and 3 months in 1989, to become the youngest male player ever to win a Grand Slam title.
- Swiss professional tennis player Martina Hingis became the youngest women's tennis player and was ranked number 1 in the world at the young age of 16, in 1997.
- In 1985 Germany's Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tournament at the young age of 17.
- As a tennis amateur, Australia's Rod Laver won all four men's Grand Slam titles in 1962.
- American tennis player Pete Sampras is tennis's all-time biggest money winner with $43,280,489 in his 15-year career earnings.
- British tennis player Greg Rusedski had the world's fastest serve (149 mph); he served 685 aces, accounting for 79% of his points in 1999.
- Fishing is the most participant sports in the world.
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FIFA World Cup
Soccer is a football game, in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal. FFIA is a professional world cup tournament
established on May 21, 1904 in Paris by the football ( soccer) federations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The World Cup was founded in 1930 by Frenchman Jules Rimet, the creator of the world championship games. The cup was designed and made by Abel Lafleur. Made of pure gold, the cup is 30 cm tall, and weighs 1.82 kg. In 1950 the
statuette was named the Jules Rimet Cup after its founder. It was a trophy passed on to each winner and the team to win the tournament three times got to keep it. Brasil achieved this in 1970 (Pele is the only player to win the
Rimet Cup 3 times, in 1958, 1962 and in 1970). In 1983 the Cup was stolen and was never found. The FIFA World Cup was designed by Silvio Gazzanigi of Italy in 1971. Made of 18-carat gold and malachite, the cup is 36 cm tall
and weighs 5 kg. The trophy is passed on to each winning team that gets to keep an identical (but gold-plated) replica.
World Cup Events
Major League Baseball (MLB)
Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, played on an enclosed field.
The Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. The MLB, under the direction of its Commissioner, hires and maintains the sport's umpiring crews, and
negotiates marketing, labor, and television contracts. The Major League season generally runs from early April through the end of September. In all there are 30 teams in the two leagues: 16 in the elder National League (NL)
and 14 in the American League (AL). Each team's regular season consists of 162 games, a duration established in 1961. From 1898 to 1960, a 154-game schedule was played. Games are played predominantly against teams within each league
through an unbalanced schedule which heavily favors divisional play.
Professional Teams & Players
National Basketball Association (NBA)
Basketball is a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored
by throwing the basketball through an elevated horizontal hoop. The NBA is a U.S. professional basketball league. The NBA currently consists of 30 teams, in major cities of the United States and Canada. The NBA was founded in 1946 as
the Basketball Association of America. It adopted the name National Basketball Association in the fall of 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League. The NBA expands into Canada by adding the Toronto Raptors and the
Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. |
Professional Teams & Players
National Football League (NFL)
U.S. football is a game played with a ball on a rectangular field, 100 yards in length, with goal lines and goal posts at either end. Opposing teams of 11 players each attempt to gain possession of the ball and advance
it by means of running and passing plays across the opponent's goal line. A team doing so scores a touchdown, worth six points, and then has the opportunity to kick the ball over the goalpost crossbar for one extra point.
The first professional football game in the United States took place in 1895 in the town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between a team
representing Latrobe and a team from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. In the following 10 years many professional teams were formed. During its early years the professional game attracted only limited public
support. In 1920 the American Professional Football Association (APFA) was formally organized. The APFA gave way in 1922 to the National Football League (NFL). Thereafter, professional football attracted larger
numbers of first-rate college players, and the increased patronage made the league economically viable. The NFL includes American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) with six division format.
The NFL currently consists of 32 teams, in major cities of the United States. The Pro Football Hall of Fame's was also established to appreciate people who significantly
contributed to the U.S. professional football field.
Professional Teams & Players
National Hockey League (NHL)
||The first hockey game, in which players use sticks to propel a hard,
round disk into a net-backed goal, was originated in Canada in the 1800s, and the first modern indoor hockey game was played in Montreal in 1875. By the 1890s it had become
extremely popular and had spread to the United States. Since 1917 the National Hockey League (NHL), with teams in both countries, has been the primary professional association.
The NHL's current 30 teams play in two conferences, the Eastern and Western, each with three divisions. Though most NHL players have always been Canadian, an increasing number
of players from the United States and Europe have appeared since the 1980s. |
Professional Teams & Players
The PGA of America
Founded in 1916, the PGA of America is the largest working sports organization in the world, comprised of more than 28,000 dedicated men and women promoting the game of golf to everyone,
everywhere. The Association’s origins date back to 1916 led by Rodman Wanamaker, to promote the game of golf and help
elevate the vocation of the golf professional. Among other things, that meeting led to the first PGA Championship, held later that same year. Today the PGA Championship is one of golf’s four major championships,
and the trophy given to the winner still bears Wanamaker’s name. more ... |
Professional Tournaments Organizers & Events
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- World Golf Championships -
Events sponsored by the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA TOUR, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Southern Africa Tour.
- PGA Tour of Australasia -
Tournament news, event schedules, results and statistics and photo galleries
- Asian Tour -
Tournament news, event schedules, results and statistics and photo galleries and player information.
- Evian Masters -
Full details of this French tournament along with results and statistics and photo galleries and player information.
- Women's British Open -
Tournament news, event schedules, results and statistics and photo galleries plus information for spectators.
- Australian Open -
An overview of golf tournaments, results and statistics, photo galleries plus player profiles and general information.
- Japan Golf Tour Events -
Tournament news, event schedules, results and statistics, photo galleries plus details from past years.
- BMW Open - BMW Golf tournaments played around the world
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