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Volume 10 No. 23

People and Pop Culture

Former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON's second autobiography was launched in London on Tuesday ahead of its full release on Thursday -- "and some of his former players will be keeping an ear out for what he has to say," according to the London DAILY RECORD. Ferguson "has put into prose his stories and memories" since the club's '99 Treble-winning season. DAVID BECKHAM, ROY KEANE, RUUD VAN NISTELROOY and JAAP STAM are all set to feature as their ManU careers "ended on clouded terms with the manager" (DAILY RECORD, 10,22). In London, Jeremy Wilson reported Arsenal Manager ARSÈNE WENGER "summed up the mixture of anticipation and trepidation that will be coursing through British football" with the release of  Ferguson’s memoirs. Wenger joked “we all fear the worst” (TELEGRAPH, 10/21). BLOOMBERG's Christopher Elser wrote Ferguson said in his autobiography that Beckham failed to become one of the top football players in the world after he left ManU "because he was distracted by his pursuit of fame." Ferguson wrote, "For my money, after the change, he never attained the level where you would say: that is an absolute top player." Ferguson says of Beckham in the 400-page book, "At some point in his life, he may feel the urge to say: I made a mistake" (BLOOMBERG, 10/22).

Adidas has promoted former Product Marketing Dir GAVIN THOMSON to the role of managing director of its North Europe operations, including the U.K., "following a restructure of the business." Thomson, who has been senior VP of global sales at adidas's Wholesale Centre of Excellence since Oct. '11, will replace GIL STEYAERT "when he takes up the post" on Jan. 1. Steyaert "has been promoted to the new position of managing director for Western Europe." The rejig, designed to consolidate adidas's regional make-up, "will not affect adidas's UK marketing structure." Thomson "has been at adidas for 18 years." Before his current role, "he spent six years as sales director for adidas UK." Prior to this "he held several national account manager roles and was a product marketing director for five years" (MARKETING MAGAZINE, 10/22). In Portland, Matthew Kish reported the announcement came as Nike "is closing the gap in Europe." Western Europe is the biggest sales territory for adidas, but it has "been struggling there." In the first six months of this year, sales in Western Europe fell 9% on a currency neutral basis to roughly $2.6B. Nike's sales grew nearly 5% in the six months that ended Aug. 31 to $2.3B (PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/22).

IN ARGENTINA...: Argentine first division side Quilmes has signed BLAS GIUNTA to replace NELSON VIVAS as coach. Vivas resigned after "punching a fan during his team's game against Atletico Rafaela." Giunta will make his Quilmes coaching debut Monday against Estudiantes (OLE, 10/22). ... The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) on Monday said that SANTIAGO PHELAN "has resigned as Argentina coach ahead of the Pumas' European tour that includes tests against England, Wales and Italy next month." Phelan, whose contract had been due to end in December, "brought forward his decision to leave after his team finished bottom of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship for the second year in succession with six defeats" (REUTERS, 10/21).

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A-League side Melbourne Victory coach ANGE POSTECOGLOU "has accepted an offer to become head coach" of the Australian national team but his club is still demanding A$1M ($970,000) in "compensation before releasing him." Postecoglou was "one of three candidates in the running -- the other two being Central Coast's GRAHAM ARNOLD and Western Sydney's TONY POPOVIC -- he was the only one to be offered the role" by Football Federation Australia (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/22). ... Former FIFA exec committee member RICARDO TEIXEIRA "appears to have lost his bid to be granted residency in the tiny tax haven of Andorra" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/22). ... CONCACAF President JEFFREY WEBB has been awarded the 2013 UNAIDS "Protect the Goal" Special Award for the Diaspora (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/22). ... Scuderia Toro Rosso announced DANIIL KVYAT will drive for the team from the start of the 2014 F1 season as the replacement for DANIEL RICCIARDO, who moves to Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Scuderia Toro Rosso). ... Australian Football League side St. Kilda Head of Football CHRIS PELCHEN "vehemently denies he tendered his resignation to the club's board earlier this month, despite suggestions that Pelchen has told friends he had become disenchanted with the job" (THE AGE, 10/23). ... Discus thrower KRISHNA POONIA is expected to join the Congress Party on Wednesday at a rally in Rajasthan, "where she is also likely to contest in the upcoming state Assembly elections" slated for Dec. 1 (PTI, 10/22).

Official Twitter feed of WORLD SOCCER TALK: "Lovely! Just got a nasty e-mail from the Premier League demanding that an animated GIF of Jack Wilshere's goal be removed from our website."

Yahoo Sports' SHANE BACON: "Not to defend Rio, but hundreds of alligators on the golf course might actually make Olympic golf watchable."

BBC's PHIL MCNULTY: "Kenwright & Everton feeling towards Man Utd will not be improved by Ferguson's revelation he discouraged Moyes from signing new deal in Feb."

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