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Volume 6 No. 211

People and Pop Culture

NFL player ODELL BECKHAM JR. showed off his football skills during a visit to Munich, Germany, last week. Bundesliga club Bayern Munich invited the N.Y. Giants wide receiver to hang out with the team after practice. Beckham, who is reportedly a fan of the German champions, also received a personalized No. 13 jersey from the club.

Bayern Munich and the NFL shared videos and images of Beckham's visit to Germany on their social media accounts, using the hashtag #OBJinGermany. Beckham even challenged Bayern's XABI ALONSO to a juggling contest in which the Spaniard had to use an American football.
SBD Global understands that the NFL and the Bundesliga club are discussing doing more cross-promotional events going forward. Bayern Munich, which opened its first int'l office in N.Y. in '14, continues to look for ways to increase its presence in the U.S., while the NFL has global ambitions that include a potential regular-season game in Germany.

Patrick Kluivert
Former Netherlands int'l PATRICK KLUIVERT "has been appointed director of football" at Paris St. Germain. The arrival of the 40-year-old "follows the appointment of UNAI EMERY as head coach, replacing LAURENT BLANC last month." PSG said that Kluivert will "play an active role in the national and international development of the club" and "defining the club's long-term sporting strategy." Kluivert was appointed coach of Ajax's U19 squad in May this year "but opted to leave the club once the extent of PSG's interest became clear" (PA, 7/15). ... Asics America named Puma Head of Global Merchandising ANDREW RICHARD VP of regional sales. Prior to Puma, Richard led national sales and merchandising teams at Timberland and Reebok (Asics). ... Sponsorship agency Connect Partnership Group named Circuit of the Americas Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships CHANNING BUTLER director of sales (THE DAILY).

COACHES/MANAGERSDIEGO OCAMPO will be the new coach of Spanish Basketball League (ACB) club Joventut. He replaces SALVA MALDONADO and will sign a two-year contract. Joventut will be the third ACB club that Ocampo has coached (EL PERIODICO, 7/15). ... ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO has been appointed as Ukraine coach on a contract until the end of 2018 World Cup qualifying. The 39-year-old will succeed MYKHAILO FOMENKO, whom he assisted during Euro 2016, where Ukraine lost all three games without scoring. Shevchenko will be aided by MAURO TASSOTTI and ANDREA MALDERA, both former members of AC Milan's coaching staff, and SERHIY REBROV's ex-Dynamo Kyiv No. 2 RAÚL RIANCHO (UEFA). ... Belgian FA President FRANCOIS DE KEERSMAECKER announced that Belgium sacked national football team Manager MARC WILMOTS on Friday after its "highly fancied team of talents" failed to advance beyond the quarterfinals at Euro 2016. Keersmaecker said, "The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum." A search was "under way for a coach with international experience to take over before a friendly against Spain on Sept. 1 ahead of the World Cup qualifiers" (REUTERS, 7/15). ... Mlada Boleslav Manager KAREL JAROLIM "will take over as coach of Czech Republic." The Czech federation said that Jarolim "will get a two-year-contract, starting Aug. 1, with an option for another two years." Friday's announcement "comes after a week of negotiations between the federation and Mlada Boleslav, the Czech club where Jarolim is under contract." Jarolim replaces PAVEL VRBA, "who terminated his contract with the national team after being eliminated in the first round at the European Championship" (AP, 7/17).
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U.S. VP JOE BIDEN had "a tough choice to make on Sunday." Back his hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground -- Carlton -- or U.S. President BARACK OBAMA and Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister JULIE BISHOP’s West Coast Eagles. The "Blues won out." Biden was "taking time out from his trip to Australia to help open the PETER MAC Cancer Centre in Melbourne." One of the "most powerful men in the world toured the MCG" with Australian Football League CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN before being presented with a Carlton jumper by injured captain MARC MURPHY (NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA, 7/17). ... National League South side Oxford City Managing Dir COLIN TAYLOR has "been found dead at the team's ground." Taylor's body was "discovered by a member of the public" at about 9:20am at the Marsh Lane site in Marston. Thames Valley Police said his death "was not thought to be suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner." In a statement, the club said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Colin's family and friends at this time" (BBC, 7/17). ... Wimbledon finalist MILOS RAONIC and women's world No. 5 SIMONA HALEP of Romania have "pulled out from next month's Rio Olympics" due to fears over the zika virus. They, along with twice Australian Open champion VICTORIA AZARENKA, who is pregnant, "will not be making the trip to Rio even though they were included in the final list of participants" issued by the Int'l Tennis Federation on Friday (REUTERS, 7/15). ... World No. 8 TOMAS BERDYCH has "pulled out of next month's Olympic Games in Rio" because of concerns about the zika virus. Berdych, 30, lost in the Wimbledon semifinal to eventual winner ANDY MURRAY earlier this month. Berdych: "It was a hard decision for me to take after a long and painstaking discussion with my dearest" (BBC, 7/16).

WRITING ON THE WALL: Over the past few months Olympique de Marseille President VINCENT LABRUNE has “lost the majority of his power” at the club, and now after five years of service at the club, “VLB” will be quitting OM. Labrune said, “I will not be there for the resumption.” At the club’s next general assembly, a “new governing structure will be announced” by Owner MARGARITA LOUIS-DREYFUS with a president, “likely more detached from day-to-day operations than its predecessor, a general director (ARNAUD MARION’s name is being circulated but it is far from certain), and a sporting director." It will be a “transitional setup before a possible sale in the coming months.” Labrune said, “I think that when you stop, you really stop. And I really want to stop” (LA PROVENCE, 7/14).

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