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Volume 6 No. 192

People and Pop Culture

Among young Indonesian businessmen who in the last five years have established themselves in the economic and business limelight, the 43-year old ERICK THOHIR "stands out," according to Mathias Hariyadi of ASIA NEWS. After a long period of study in the U.S., and relative anonymity, "a few weeks ago he won the covers of major newspapers -- European and non" -- with the announcement of his next int'l takeover: a historic football team, founded in Milan in 1908. Thohir is the son of the co-founder of one of the most important automotive industries in the country, Astra Int'l. However, since last year, his name has been associated with the football club Milan. Thohir "has been propelled to the 'national' limelight and football is enjoying -- even in Indonesia -- a greater visibility." Together with American attorney JASON LEVIEN he has bought a club in the NBA and Major League Soccer side D.C. United. Now "his ambitions are moving to Europe and focusing on the most popular sport on the continent" (ASIA NEWS, 9/26).

Former Spanish national football coach JAVIER CLEMENTE has reached an agreement with Libya to "take over as national team coach." Clemente will replace ABUL HAFIDH ERBEESH and take over a team recently eliminated from the 2014 World Cup (EL PAIS, 9/24). ... Spanish football coach QUIQUE SÁNCHEZ FLORES has been hired to coach UAE Pro-League side Al Ain. Flores replaces JORGE FOSSATI (MARCA, 9/25). ... Cricket Australia announced that former Zimbabwean and English batsman GRAEME HICK has been appointed to the role of High Performance Coach to be based at the CA Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Hick fills the role vacated by former Australian Test player STUART LAW, who took up the position as head coach at Queensland Cricket. Hick played for Zimbabwe from '83-85 before moving to England to pursue a career as a professional cricketer. He first played for England in '91, playing 65 Tests before retiring in '01 (CA). ... The head of the Spanish Players Union, LUIS RUBIALES, "has been elected" as FIFPro VP. The former Levante defender "was elected alongside" new FIFPro President PHILIPPE PIAT "during a meeting of players association heads from each representative country" held in Holland last week (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 9/24). ... Super League Rugby side Hull FC has appointed LEE RADFORD to replace PETER GENTLE as head coach "on a three-year deal." Gentle "was relieved of his duties on Tuesday." At the age of 34, Radford "becomes the youngest head coach in Super League" (BBC, 9/25). ... Nike Golf announced the appointment of DANIEL SCHENK to the position of EMEA marketing director, effective Dec. 1. Schenk, a 10-year veteran of Nike Golf, previously held roles including digital marketing manager and U.S. brand manager before moving into his current position as global brand integration director (GOLF BUSINESS, 9/25).

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Turkish side Galatasaray sacked coach FATIH TERIM just days before the team's match with Juventus and former Man City Manager ROBERTO MANCINI "is favourite to take over." Mancini "is already in Istanbul for negotiations'' (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 9/24). ... Sprinter USAIN BOLT said that Real Madrid's GARETH BALE "could be the fastest football player in the world, but offered to help make him faster." Bolt: "I think Gareth is probably the fastest player in the world at the moment -- but I will help him with his sprinting if he wants. ... I know I could make him an even better player than he already is" (MARCA, 9/25). ... Sales of a '11 Nike shoe "have spiked" after Chinese Internet users spotted "disgraced" politician BO XILAI "sporting a pair of the limited edition kicks at his corruption trial." The shoes Xilai wore when receiving the verdict "have become a hot item" on the Internet. Internet users have identified Xilai's black footwear "as the limited edition Nike Sportswear Air Footscape Woven Chukka Freemotion 3HC" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 9/25). ... Australian cricketers MICHAEL CLARKE, PHIL HUGHES and MEG LANNING joined more than 100 school kids in Sydney to launch the newest junior sports program for kids, MIL T20 Blast. The launch coincides with the signing of a four-year partnership between Nestle Australia's MILO brand and Cricket Australia (CA). ... English Super League side Bradford Bulls Owner OMAR KHAN "sensationally stepped down," paving the way for local businessman MARK MOORE "to take the reins" along with Bradford GM RYAN WHITCUT. Khan "rescued the Bulls from financial ruin" when he and former Sports Minister GERRY SUTCLIFFE "took charge of the club" in September '12. After "a turbulent year in charge, Khan has walked away from the club citing 'ill health'" (Bradford TELEGRAPH & ARGUS, 9/25). ... Serie B Palermo coach GENNARO GATTUSO's "coaching adventure" has lasted only six competitive games as the former Italy and Milan midfielder "was sacked on Wednesday." Under Gattuso, Palermo has "won two of their opening six games, not enough to impress" Palermo President MAURIZIO ZAMPARINI, who has "opted to make a coaching change." Serie A Sina coach GIUSEPPE IACHINI has been named as Gattuso's replacement (PA, 9/25).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "In the happy position of having Indian and South Korean journalist visas in my passport. A lot easier than getting the Chinese one."

N.Y. Times' SAM BORDEN: "That #AmericasCup was so inspiring there are probably millions of kids running into the street to work on their, uh, yachting right now."

London Guardian's MIKE SELVEY: "My friends in NZ will be seriously pissed off right now. How did that one get away? Apart from a British sailor of course."

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