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SBD Global/July 18, 2014/People and Pop Culture
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Published July 18, 2014
BRAZIL BEGINS OVERHAUL: The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Thursday that former World Cup winning goalkeeper GILMAR RINALDI "has been appointed Brazil's new technical director." His appointment comes three days after coach LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI and his backroom staff "resigned." Rinaldi served as technical director at Flamengo and was also a player agent. He has "informed his final clients he will no longer represent them." Brazil hopes to appoint a new coach to replace Scolari by next Tuesday but Rinaldi said there "was no chance of them hiring a foreign coach for the first time." He said, "I think this is the time to look inside our own house, for someone who knows our problems and qualities -- and there are many" (REUTERS, 7/17).
ALL IN FOR LANCE: Disgraced former U.S. cyclist LANCE ARMSTRONG "should be handed back his seven Tour de France titles, according to 12 of the 25 surviving winners of cycling's biggest race." Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf "published the results of a survey it conducted with the surviving winners of the race." Only FERDI KUBLER and ROGER WALKOWIAK "failed to respond, and of the remaining 23 more than half were of the opinion that the disgraced American should be rewritten into the history books." Irishman STEPHEN ROCHE, who won the Tour in '87, said, "Armstrong should stay on that list. .. Doping has been part of sport, not only for cycling, for decades. Who tells me JACQUES ANQUETIL won clean. Should we take his victories away?" (London TELEGRAPH, 7/17)
IN BARCELONA: Barcelona's LIONEL MESSI "has become the biggest contributor in Spain after paying tax authorities €53M over the past year." He "is likely to be forced to pay an additional" €3M ($4M) for "not declaring image rights for three years." The sum includes taxes on salary and image rights from '13, plus complementary declarations from '10, '11 and '12. Messi has reportedly paid more than €100M to the Spanish tax authorities over the past seven years (EFE, 7/17). ... Spanish judge PABLO RUZ has asked NEYMAR for "documentation of payments that Barcelona made related to variable fees and reimbursement for expenses linked to Neymar and his family's move to Spain." Ruz also asked Neymar "to reveal the exact date when the club has to pay him" €900,000 ($1.2M) for image rights from the '13-14 season. The judge "has given Neymar 10 days to provide the documents" (EFE, 7/17).