Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Diego Armando Maradona Nicknames: El Diez, Pelusa, El Pibe de Oro, El Diego
Date and Place of Birth:
October 30, 1960 at Villa Fiorito, Argentina
Club Career Appearances and Goals:
Argentinos Juniors - 166 appearances, 116 goals1981-1982 Boca Juniors - 42 appearances, 28 goals1982-1984 FC Barcelona - 58 appearances, 38 goals1984-1991 SSC Napoli - 259 appearances, 115 goals1992-1993 Sevilla FC - 29 appearances, 7 goals1993 Newell's Old Boys - 5 appearances, 0 goals1995-1997 Boca Juniors - 29 appearances, 7 goals 1976-1997 TOTAL: 588 appearances, 311 goals
International Career:
Argentina - 91 appearances, 34 goals
Club Honours:
1981 Argentine league (Boca Juniors)1983 Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)1987 Serie A champions (SSC Napoli)1987 Italian Cup (SSC Napoli)1988 Italian top-scorer (SSC Napoli)1989 UEFA Cup (SSC Napoli)1990 Serie A champions (SSC Napoli)1991 Italian Super Cup (SSC Napoli)
International Honours:
1979 FIFA World Youth Championship: Winner1982 FIFA World Cup: Second round (11th place)1986 FIFA World Cup: Winner1990 FIFA World Cup: Runner-up1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy: Winner1994 FIFA World Cup: Second round (10th place)
Personal Honours - during his career:
1979–1981, 1986 Argentine Football Writers' Footballer of the Year1979, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992 South American Footballer of the Year (El Mundo, Caracas)1986 Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Year1986 Golden Ball for Best Player of the FIFA World Cup1986–1987 Best Footballer in the World (Once)1986 World Player of the Year (World Soccer Magazine)
Personal Honours - after his retirement:
1996 Golden Ball for services to football (France Football)1999 Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Century2000 "FIFA best football player of the century", people's choice.2002 "FIFA Goal of the Century" (1986 (2–1) v. England; second goal)2005 Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement.
About Diego Maradona:
Born in 1960 in Villa Fiorito, Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona went on to almost single-handedly lead his country to one World Cup Final victory in 1986 and then back to the Final four years later where they were beaten by West Germany. As well as leading unfashionable Napoli to two Italian League titles and breaking the world record transfer fee when he joined Barcelona in 1982, Maradona went on to become regarded as perhaps the greatest footballer who ever played the game. With such great talent on the pitch came a similar talent for attracting trouble to himself off of it. His sublime second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is often overlooked seeing as it followed his infamous “Hand of God” opener where Maradona blatantly punched the ball past Peter Shilton in the England goal and helped Argentina to a 2-1 victory on their way to winning the tournament. A 15 month suspension from football in 1992 for cocaine led to his departure from his beloved Napoli and two years later he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the USA having tested positive in a drugs test for ephedrine doping. Diego claimed that he has been given the backing of FIFA to take the drug for weight loss purposes so that the World Cup wouldn't lose appeal without him in it only to see them renege on their promise and have him sent home in further disgrace. This claim has obviously been vigorously denied by FIFA. Scandal continues to follow him in Naples where he was embroiled in an illegitimate child row where he refused DNA tests to ascertain paternity and further questions were asked about his friendships with members of the Naples mafia. Whether it's opening fire on waiting journalists with an airgun or gaining copious amounts of weight and then having radical gastric bypass surgery to lose it again or having a heart attack following a cocaine overdose, Diego Maradona maintains his position as one of world football's most brilliant and troubled enigmas.
The Rock
AKA Dwayne Douglas Johnson
2-May-1972Birthplace: Hayward, CA
Gender: MaleRace or Ethnicity: Multiracial [1]Sexual orientation: StraightOccupation: Wrestling, ActorParty Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United StatesExecutive summary: Yeah, yeah -- we smell it
Dwayne Johnson was the first third-generation wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). His maternal grandfather was wrestler "High Chief" Peter Maivia, and his father is wrestler Rocky Johnson.
Johnson grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and played football well enough to be offered a number of scholarships. He chose the University of Miami, he said, because they didn't actively recruit him. Johnson was a part of the Hurricanes 1990 NCAA National Championship team. After college, Johnson signed a three year contract with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, but a back injury caused him to be cut from the team after his first season. Johnson knew he wanted to be an entertainer, so he spoke to his father about becoming a wrestler. His father was opposed to the idea, but agreed to train his son. Johnson tried out and did well. He joined the United States Wrestling Association and, playing up his Samoan heritage, wrestled as "Flex Kavana". Johnson was a "face", meaning a good guy.
When he moved up to the WWF in 1996, he combined his father's and grandfather's names and wrestled as "Rocky Maivia". Though he was still a face, the crowds were harder to please than they'd been in the minor leagues, and would insult players that seemed too soft. "I became so hated that when I went into the ring I was bombarded with batteries, coins, cans, you name it," he remembers. "I had to leave every night with security covering my head." His persona switched from "face" to "heel", and Johnson began to wrestle as The Rock. His admittedly bad temper led to some memorable moments, as when he furiously chased a San Diego State mascot around the football field during a televised event. He learned to control his temper by "turning the other cheek", and The Rock began to resemble Dwayne Johnson -- charismatic, cocky, and taunting his opponents with lines that are now famous: "lay the smack down!"
As The Rock's popularity grew, he was widely credited with a surge in the popularity of wrestling, and as a result he began crossing over into non-wrestling territory, appearing in
Wyclef Jean's video of "It Doesn't Matter", and hosting Saturday Night Live. Acting offers began to come in, and The Rock appeared as his own father on That 70s Show, and played "The Champion" on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He had a tiny role in a 2000 flop called Longshot, but made a more auspicious debut as the Scorpion King in Brendan Fraser's lukewarm sequel The Mummy Returns in 2001. He has since starred in an eponymous sequel, The Scorpion King, and played a gay bodyguard in Elmore Leonard's Be Cool, with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. His success has been such that The Rock didn't renew his WWF contract when it lapsed at the end of 2004.