joi, 28 mai 2015

Succes 2015: Gianni Rivera, an Italian former football midfielder, who was mostly utilised as an offensive playmaker; he was awarded the Ballon d'Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards in football, in 1969


Giovanni "Gianni" Rivera is an Italian former football midfielder, who was mostly utilised as an offensive playmaker; he was awarded the Ballon d'Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards in football, in 1969. Dubbed Italy's "Golden Boy" by the media, he played the majority of his career with Serie A side A.C. Milan, after beginning his career with Alessandria for a season in 1959. With Milan, he enjoyed a highly successful career in domestic and European football. Internationally, he represented Italy 63 times, scoring 15 goals, and took part at four World Cups (1962, 1966, 1970, and 1974). Rivera is widely remembered for scoring the decisive goal in Italy's extra-time win over West Germany in the semi-final of the 1970 World Cup, leading them to final against Brazil, where they would be defeated 4-1, however. Rivera was also a member of the first Italian side to win the European Football Championship in 1968, on home soil.
Rivera was an elegant, efficitent, and creative offensive midfield playmaker, with an eye for goal, who possessed excellent technical ability, footballing intelligence, vision, and class.[2] He is widely considered to be one of the greatest Italian footballers, and one of the most talented playmakers of all time, due to his passing accuracy and his adeptness at providing assists.[3][4] In 2004, Pelè chose Rivera as part of the FIFA 100 greatest living footballers, and he placed 35th in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.
After retiring from football, Rivera went into politics and he is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the Uniti nell'Ulivo party. He has been appointed as the President of the educational youth sector by the FIGC for the Italy national football team, along with Roberto Baggio and Arrigo Sacchi under head coach Cesare Prandelli.[5]

miercuri, 20 mai 2015

Success 2015: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a French professional tennis player. He is one of only two players to have Grand Slam wins against each of the Big Four (namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a French professional tennis player currently ranked World No. 13. He was born in Le Mans, to a French mother, Évelyne, and a Congolese father, Didier Tsonga, who moved to France in the 1970s to play handball.[2] Tsonga is a member of the Tennis Club de Paris (TCP). His career-high singles ranking is World No. 5, which he achieved in February 2012.
Tsonga rose to fame by virtue of his performance in the 2008 Australian Open when, as an unseeded player, he reached the final, having defeated four seeded players along the way, including earning a straight-sets win over the World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Tsonga eventually lost to the World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the final in four sets, after winning the first set, the only set Djokovic dropped during the tournament.
Tsonga followed this up by winning his first ATP Masters Series championship at the 2008 Paris Masters, thus qualifying for the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China. His best performances in a major tournament since 2008 are semifinal appearances in the 2010 Australian Open, the 2013 French Open and at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012. He also reached the final of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, where he lost to five-time and defending champion Roger Federer. He achieved his second Masters Series win at the 2014 Canadian Open, defeating four top 10 players on the way to victory.
He is one of the few active players on tour to have reached the quarterfinal stage of all four Grand Slams. He is also one of only two players (the other being Tomáš Berdych) to have Grand Slam wins against each of the Big Four (namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

vineri, 15 mai 2015

Success 2015: Lars Eriksson, a former football goalkeeper from Sweden. He participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, 1994 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992

Lars Eriksson (born September 21, 1965 in Stockholm) is a former football goalkeeper from Sweden. He participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, 1994 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992.[1] He played for Hammarby, Norrköping, Charleroi and FC Porto.

International career
 
Between 1988 and 1995 he played 17 matches for the national team, but was often used as bench cover for Thomas Ravelli. He took part in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, 1994 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992.

vineri, 8 mai 2015

Success 2015: Vincent Enyeama, a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for French club Lille OSC and the Nigerian national team, as a goalkeeper. He is the captain and the most capped player ever for the national team

Vincent Enyeama (born 29 August 1982) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for French club Lille OSC and the Nigerian national team, as a goalkeeper. Since making his debut in 2002 for Nigeria, he has since become the captain and is now the most capped player ever for the national team.

Enyeama made his second FIFA World Cup participation in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. In Nigeria's opening match, he was named man of the match, producing a defiant display to restrict Argentina to a 1–0 win. Enyeama, who was playing his 56th international for the Super Eagles, made six fine saves against the two-time world champions, four of them from Lionel Messi. Argentine coach Diego Maradona praised him as the reason Messi was not able to score a goal. Enyeama was also awarded man of the match in the team's next fixture, a 2–1 loss to Greece, but was at fault for Vasilis Torosidis' winning goal.[8]
At the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Enyeama deputised for regular captain Joseph Yobo, who stayed on the bench for most of the competition.[6] On 10 February, Enyeama led Nigeria to its third continental victory, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 defeat of Burkina Faso in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final. He was named to the team of the tournament as first choice goalkeeper, conceding only four goals in six matches.[9]
In June 2014, Enyeama was named in Nigeria's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10] In the Super Eagles' first fixture, he kept the second FIFA World Cup clean sheet of his career as the team drew 0–0 with Iran.[11] He subsequently recorded a second consecutive shutout in the fixture against Bosnia and Herzegovina, a 1–0 win which gave Nigeria its first win at the tournament since the 1998 edition.[12] He conceded three goals in the last match of the first round against Argentina, a game which ended in a 3–2 defeat for Nigeria, placing them second in the group and thus qualifying them for the second round for the first time in 16 years.[13]
On 26 March 2015, Enyeama won his 100th cap for Nigeria in a 1–0 loss to Uganda.

duminică, 3 mai 2015

Mircea Crișan, actor, cabaretist, regizor și umorist, celebru în România anilor 1950-1960

Mircea Crișan (n. Mauriciu Kraus la 8 august 1924, CFR – d. 22 noiembrie 2013, Düsseldorf, Germania) a fost un actor, cabaretist, regizor și umorist, celebru în România anilor 1950-1960 și în Germania restul vieții.

Evreu[3] născut în România (într-un vagon de tren care traversa Maramureșul) și declarat la oficiul stării civile la 9 august[4]).
Când era copil, mergea în turneu cu părinții (angajați la un parc de distracții ambulant).[5]
La 19 ani s-a angajat ca vânzător de mezeluri și, tot pe-atunci, a debutat mai mult figurant decât ca actor, la Teatrul Barașeum, actualmente Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat, în spectacolul Lozul cel mare de Sholem Aleichem. A studiat apoi la Conservatorul de Artă Dramatică, clasa Maria Filotti (1944-1946).
După absolvire a jucat la Teatrul Armatei, la Teatrul Savoy, la Teatrul de Estradă, în spectacole de varietăți alături de actorii Nicolae Stroe, Gogu Trestian, Ion Antonescu-Cărăbuș, Horia Căciulescu, Zizi Șerban, Elena Burmaz, Tanți Căpățână, Puiu Călinescu. Multe din textele din perioada din România au fost compuse în colaborare cu Alexandru Mandi.
Prin Decretul nr. 514 din 18 august 1964 al Consiliului de Stat al Republicii Populare Romîne, actorului Mircea Crișan i s-a acordat titlul de Artist Emerit al Republicii Populare Romîne „pentru merite deosebite în activitatea desfășurată în domeniul teatrului, muzicii, artelor plastice și cinematografiei”.[6]
În 1968, cu ocazia unui turneu la Paris la teatrul Olympia, a rămas în Occident[7] și s-a stabilit ulterior în Germania, unde a început să-și scrie numele Mircea Krishan[8]


În Germania a colaborat, sub acest nume, cu mulți artiști de scenă cunoscuți, între care Rudi Carell și Gisela Schlüter.
Mircea Crișan și-a petrecut ultimii ani de viață internat într-un azil pentru vârstnici din Düsseldorf, suferind de boala Alzheimer. A fost înmormântat în cimitirul evreiesc din Düsseldorf.