Names In The News
Bundesliga club Bayern Munich designated President KARL HOPFNER is "reportedly thinking about heading the club's supervisory council." He said, "That's not impossible." The nine-member council "will decide after the club's special general meeting on May 2 who will become its leader" (SID, 4/24). ... On Thursday, "FERNANDO ALONSO and a number of F1 drivers will to visit the Imola circuit" for the 20th anniversary of the death of former F1 champion AYRTON SENNA (EL MUNDO, 4/27). ... Dutchman MART NOOIJ "has signed a two-year contract to take charge of Tanzania as they prepare for the upcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers." It is the second national team job for the 59-year-old who spent four years as coach of Mozambique until '11 (REUTERS, 4/27). ... Caterham F1 Team confirmed that team reserve driver and racing GP2 race driver ALEXANDER ROSSI will drive in two FP1 sessions this season at the Canadian and U.S. Grands Prix in Montreal and Austin (Caterham F1). ... Documents show that since F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE's divorce in '09 he has received $500M from his ex-wife's trust fund. In a "highly unusual divorce settlement," rather than Ecclestone paying SLAVICA ECCLESTONE a good chunk of his fortune, she "appears to be paying him" at the rate of $100M a year. The details of the divorce settlement are disclosed in a 256-page indictment, laid before a German court last week. Ecclestone "is currently on trial in Munich" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 4/27). ... Former Romanian tennis champion ILIE NASTASE -- at one time one of the highest-earning players in Europe -- "has announced he will run for a seat in parliament." The player "once seen as the bad boy of tennis, with a talent for drama as well as the racket," said on Wednesday that "he will stand in the Bucharest by-election for a seat in the Romanian Senate." Nastase, who is now 67, "will be a candidate for the Conservative Party" (CHINA DAILY, 4/25). ... French coach STEPHANE MORELLO has brought a case against the Emir of Qatar after "he was prevented from leaving the Gulf state following a row over unpaid wages." Morello "was denied an exit visa by the Qatari authorities for nearly five years before he was finally able to leave the country in November last year" (ESPN, 4/24).