Among the nightmares haunting Rio de Janeiro Mayor EDUARDO PAES before next year's World Cup is "the possibility that his city could go down in history as the scene of a neighbour's greatest triumph," according to Jonathan Watts of the London GUARDIAN. Paes said, "If Argentina beat Brazil, in the final, I'll kill myself. They have [LIONEL MESSI] and the pope. They can't have everything." It is "not the only potential horror facing the head of the city that will soon host a cascade of mega-events:" a papal visit this year, the 2014 World Cup next year, and the 2016 Olympics. Paes has described the challenge of meeting expectations as a "good nightmare," a chance to "upgrade a city that seemed to be in terminal decline a decade or two ago." Paes: "This is a turning point, an opportunity to reinvent the city. I don't care about the racetrack for USAIN BOLT in the 100m. What I care about is what will last for the city." Contrary to the "widely expressed view" that the mega-events will primarily benefit the upmarket resort area in the city's south, the mayor said that development projects "were geared towards reducing inequality." Paes: "There is nothing happening in the rich areas. It's all in the poor areas" (GUARDIAN, 6/10).
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German department store chain Karstadt CEO ANDREW JENNINGS is stepping down at the end of the year. The chain also has 28 speciality sports stores (ISPO).
COACHES/MANAGERS: Portuguese side FC Porto said PAULO FONSECA "is to take over as the northern Portuguese club's coach for the next two seasons." Fonseca will sign a contract taking over from VITOR PEREIRA, who coached Porto since '11 (AP, 6/10). ... The Paraguayan FA said on Monday that the Paraguay national football team coach GERARDO PELUSSO "has left his job with the team virtually out of the running" for the 2014 World Cup (REUTERS, 6/10). ... La Liga Real Sociedad has hired JAGOBA ARRASATE as its new coach after he spent last season as an assistant. Arrasate played for Sociedad as a youth and returned to coach its youth teams in '10 before joining the coaching staff (AP, 6/7). ... League One side Sheffield United has appointed Everton coach DAVID WEIR "as its new manager on a three-year deal." The 43-year-old will succeed DANNY WILSON at Bramall Lane (BBC, 6/10). ... Spanish second division side Mallorca has turned to former Deportivo La Coruña coach JOSE LUIS OLTRA as its next coach. Oltra, who was sacked by Deportivo in January "just six months after leading them back into La Liga," replaces GREGORIO MANZANO, "who was not handed a new contract last week" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/10).
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A warrant for the arrest of "disgraced" former Scottish Third Division Rangers Owner CRAIG WHYTE was issued Monday after the millionaire businessman "failed to turn up for the trial of his two former housekeepers" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 6/10). ... Former British Bronze Medal runner DONNA HARTLEY-WASS died suddenly at the age of 58. Hartley-Wass "died unexpectedly while sunbathing in her back garden on Saturday." She was "found by her husband at their home in Yorkshire" (LONDON TIMES, 6/10). ... World Touring Car Championship race winner PEPE ORIOLA "will switch from SEAT to Chevrolet for the remainder of the season." Oriola, who claimed his first WTCC victory earlier this year at Marrakech, "will race in a Chevrolet Cruze run by the Tuenti Racing Team with RML technical support from Porto onwards." (EUROSPORT, 6/10). ... British Olympic sailer PENNY CLARK "has decided to hang up her sailing boots" following this week’s Olympic classes competition (SAIL WORLD, 6/8). ... Dutch tennis player YANNICK EBBINGHAUS "has been suspended for six months and fined for betting illegally on matches" (AFP, 6/10).
DEATH THREATS: Retired Melbourne footballer and media commentator DAVID SCHWARZ admits he has been ''shaken up'' by an anonymous death threat he received after he wrote that he wanted the Demons to get thrashed. Schwarz "was contacted on his mobile phone by a caller from a blocked number immediately after finishing his SEN afternoon program on Friday evening'' (THE AGE, 6/10). ... Namibia coach ROGER PALMGREN "has quit" after just a month in the role saying that he "fears for the safety of his family after receiving death threats" (REUTERS, 6/10).
RTL's FLORIAN KÖNIG: "Zurück in Europa. Ein Bild noch. Volle Konzentration! 😉#F1 #CanadianGP #RTLFormel1" ... ("Back in Europe. One more picture. Complete focus! 😉#F1 #CanadianGP #RTLFormel1")
London Daily Mirror's OLIVER HOLT: "Mourinho and harmony and humility? An act or sign of a changed man?"
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