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Volume 10 No. 24

People and Pop Culture

Former Bayern Munich Sports Dir CHRISTIAN NERLINGER "will become the managing director of Munich-based sports management agency SAM Sports." The agency, which is a subsidiary of German media group ProSiebenSat.1, "confirmed Nerlinger's hire on Friday." SAM Sports "will focus on advising professional football players on their career management" (FOCUS ONLINE, 7/25). ... Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara named ALBERT BENAIGES its director of youth football. Benaiges previously worked as the coordinator of Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia. Players he coached at La Masia included LIONEL MESSI, GERARD PIQUÉ and XAVI HERNÁNDEZ. Chivas Guadalajara's statutes "demand that only Mexicans can play for the club" (MARCA, 7/26). ... Former Indian cricket player SOURAV GANGULY has been elected "to the joint secretary's post at the Cricket Association of Bengal." Ganguly "follows in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors" like POLLY UMRIGAR, BISHAN SINGH BEDI, DILIP VENGSARKAR, JAVAGAL SRINATH, BRIJESH PATEL, SHIVLAL YADAV and ANIL KUMBLE, "who achieved varying degrees of success as cricket administrators." JAGMOHAN DALMIYA was also unanimously re-elected as CAB president (IANS, 7/27). ... The Greek football federation said that former Chelsea Manager CLAUDIO RANIERI "has been appointed coach of Greece." The 62-year-old Italian takes over from FERNANDO SANTOS "whose contract expired following the World Cup where he guided Greece to the last 16." Ranieri "has been handed a two-year deal and his main focus will now be steering Greece to Euro 2016" (PA, 7/25). ... Zimbabwe Cricket Chair PETER CHINGOKA "has stepped down from his post after two decades at the helm." He "was the first black person to assume the role," having taken over from DAVE ELLMAN-BROWN in '92, "just before Zimbabwe attained Test status" (AP, 7/26). ... EPHRAIM MASHABA "was re-appointed as coach of South Africa's national team on Saturday, the fourth time he has taken the helm of Bafana Bafana." Mashaba, more commonly known as "Shakes," has had two previous interim spells with the senior team and was the "permanent coach" between Aug. '02 and Nov. '03 (BBC, 7/26). ... The Nigeria FA board on Saturday in Abuja "passed a vote of no confidence" on its Chair AMINU MAIGARI and "approved his immediate dismissal from the board." The board action "was on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration." First vice-Chair MIKE UMEH was mandated "to act as chairman pending new elections" (NIGERIAN OBSERVER, 7/27). ... V8 Ute Racing Series competitor ANDREW FISHER "has been appointed to the category’s board." Fisher’s appointment "follows the resignation of long-term" Dir BEN DUNN. Fisher "will represent the Ford shareholders at management level" alongside incumbent GARY MACDONALD, while ANDREW EGLINTON was re-elected to represent Holden alongside KIM JANE (SPEED CAFE, 7/25).

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After leading Costa Rica "to its greatest World Cup performance ever," head coach JORGE LUIS PINTO "now will seek out other opportunities in the Americas." The Colombia-born manager "failed to reach a deal with the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) and will part ways with La Sele." Pinto met with Fedefut President EDUARDO LI on Tuesday and Wednesday "to see if they could come to an agreement to keep the 61-year-old coach in charge of the Ticos." Following the World Cup, Pinto "had noted he had received offers from South American sides Ecuador, Venzuela and Peru" (TICO TIMES, 7/24). ... JOSEPH WALTER JACKSON, father of the late MICHAEL JACKSON, visited Camp Nou together with Michael Jackson Foundation President SIMON SAHOURI and other guests (FC Barcelona).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Actually not a bad crowd in the end. Looks better than last weekend anyway. #focusonthepositives #f1"

The AP's ROB HARRIS: "Very different from a usual football crowd at Ibrox tonight for rugby 7s as they dance to YMCA. #glasgow2014"

Journalist JAMES YOUNG: ""We're here because we're professionals...and for the supporters" reads banner carried by Botafogo players protesting non-payment of wages."

London Telegraph's TOM CARY: "Long drive to Paris last night, arriving in wee hrs, but now installed nr Champs ahead of last day of @letour. Leeds feels like lifetime ago"

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