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George Foreman

George Foreman

George was one of America’s most-loved professional boxers, but his incredible career has seen him become a successful author, an ordained Baptist minister, and an entrepreneur–with his name being associated with a world-famous piece of cooking equipment: the George Foreman Grill. He is a two-time former World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist. A gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics, George won the world heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. He made two successful title defenses before losing to Muhammad Ali in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. He fought on but was unable to secure another title shot and retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977 and became an ordained Christian minister. Ten years later George announced a comeback, and in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the heavyweight championship. Continue Reading »

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Gianluca Vialli

Gianlucca is a legend of world football and one of Italy’s greatest-ever strikers. During his twenty years long career as a professional footballer he has scored 259 goals at club level, 16 goals with the national team, 11 goals with the under 21 national team for a total of 286 goals in more than 500 appearances. Since retiring, he has gone into management and punditry and is a commentator for Sky Sport Italia. He started his career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984. During which time he scored 85 league goals, won 3 Italian cups, the Serie A and the European Cup Winners Cup. Italian Serie A Career At Sampdoria he formed a prolific strike partnership with team mate and Continue Reading »

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn is a former footballer who became idolised during his time at Totenham Hotspur. He is also fondly remembered for his successful stint as England manager. He started his career at Watford having been a product of their youth academy. In April 1974 Hoddle joined Totenham Hotspur as a schoolboy apprentice, and in the following year made his first-team début as a 17-year-old substitute against Norwich City. In 1987, Hoddle also found himself in the pop charts, with the single Diamond Lights making the UK Top 20 in a duet with Spurs and England team-mate Chris Waddle. Hoddle made his International début in England’s Euro 80 qualifying tie against Bulgaria on 22 November 1979, scoring in a 2-0 win at Wembley. He was also included in the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cup squads, playing an important role in the Continue Reading »

Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness

Graeme is a former Scottish professional football player, a successful manager, and a well known commentator for Sky Sports. He had colourful career that started at Tottenham Hotspur, but it was at Liverpool where his career really took off. As a manager he found success at Rangers and often found himself in the media spotlight. He was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s and player-manager of Rangers in the late 1980s as well as captain of the Scottish national team. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and Sampdoria in a long career. Liverpool Success Graeme Souness’s playing career is best remembered for his seven seasons at Liverpool, where he won five League Championships, three European Cups and four League Cups. In 1983–84, Souness lifted three trophies as Liverpool again retained the League title and League Cup, with Continue Reading »

Graham Poll

Graham Poll

Graham grew up in Bandley Hill and Shephall, and attended Ashtree Junior School and Alleyne’s School. He took up the whistle in 1980, progressing from the Isthmian League to become a Football League assistant referee in 1986. Five years later he became a full Football League referee, before being selected for the list of Premier League referees in 1993. With 26 years of experience, he was regarded as one of the most prominent referees in the Premiership, often taking charge of the highest profile games. Having held a FIFA badge since 1996, he took charge of quite a few European matches, of which possibly his most important was the UEFA Cup final between CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon in 2005. Poll also took charge of many international matches, refereeing at top FIFA and UEFA tournaments such as Euro 2000, where Continue Reading »

Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski

Greg is a former British Canadian tennis player who had a reputation on the circuit as one of the biggest servers in the game. He has provided commentary and analysis on the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage. He turned professional in 1991 and played until his retirement on 7 April 2007, at the age of 33. He is a former British Number 1 and ATP World Number 4. Rusedski’s first career singles tournament title was at the Hall of Fame Championship inNewport, Rhode Island in 1993. Rusedski reached the singles final of the US Open in 1997, where he lost to Pat Rafterin four sets (shortly thereafter reaching his career high rank of World No. 4). He also won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. On 7 April 2007, Rusedski officially retired from tennis after partnering Jamie Murray to a doubles victory over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup match, a result which gave Continue Reading »

Guy Mowbray

Guy Mowbray

Guy is one of Britain’s best and most well-known football commentators who has worked for both Eurosport and the BBC. Whilst working for Eurosport at the 1998 World Cup, he became the youngest ever television commentator on a World Cup Final, aged 26. He became the youngest ever BBC World Cup Final commentator at the 2010 competition at the age of 38. Guy was educated at Huntington School in the north of the city. He also plays cricket regularly for Bishopthorpe Cricket Club second team alongside the promising young cricketer Alex Jubb, and occasionally for the first team. Emerging in the mid-nineties through the Clubcall network – a series of premium rate phone lines containing club information and commentaries – he went on to join BBC Radio York. There he covered rugby league, cricket and football before moving on to Continue Reading »

Ian Wright MBE

Ian Wright MBE

Ian is one of the best known footballers in Britain, and one of its greatest goalscorers. Since retiring he has carved out a very successful television career. He has also been awarded the MBE. He first turned professional for Crystal Palace in August 1985, just three months short of his 22nd birthday. A Crystal Palace talent scout, Peter Prentice, happened to see Wright playing for Dulwich Hamlet and invited him to have a trial at Selhurst Park. In 1991, Wright signed for Arsenal for £2.5 million, which was at the time a club record fee. In his first season for the Gunners he won the Golden Boot by scoring 29 league goals. Wright was handed his England début by manager Graham Taylor in February 1991. He started in the 2–0 victory against Cameroon at Wembley and helped England reach the finals of Continue Reading »

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie has become a popular media personality since retiring from football. He was admired by the Kop faithful in his time at Liverpool, and is now admired by thousands as a team-captain on the incredibly entertaining A League of Their Own. He also lends his footballing expertise to Sky Sports and the Daily Mail as a pundit and columnist. A midfielder, Jamie Redknapp played for England 17 times between 1995 and 1999. At club level, he scored 34 goals from 314 appearances in the domestic leagues. He won one major trophy during his career – the 1995 League Cup with Liverpool. In a career that was blighted by a succession of injuries, Jamie was as famous for his media profile off the field as much as on it. He married the pop singer Louise in 1998. Jamie comes from a well-known footballing family. His father, Harry Continue Reading »

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