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Curt Johnson

professional soccer player, later became the charismatic leader of the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA; Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forces in eastern Angola during the Angolan Revolution. He subsequently broke with the leadership of the MPLA and led a faction opposed to MPLA President Dr. Agostinho Neto. In the Angolan Civil War, his faction was allied with Holden Roberto’s Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola (FNLA; Front for the National Liberation of Angola) and Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA; National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) against Neto’s MPLA.

Daniel Júlio Chipenda, an Ovimbundu, was the son of Jesse Chipenda, a prominent Protestant clergyman and activist who died in a Portuguese prison camp in 1969 The younger Chipenda associated with Angolan dissidents in Luanda He later was a popular student athlete at Coimbra University in Portugal 1958 ...


Jeremy Rich

athlete and administrator, was born on 3 September 1951 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His father was Alexander Jordaan, and his mother was Magdalene. They belonged to the colored ethnic community, which primarily consisted of people of mixed African and European descent. While the colored community was treated as a separate racial category from other Africans under the apartheid South African racist government, Jordaan still faced discrimination, such as housing segregation, as he grew up. As a student at the University of the Western Cape in the early 1970s, he joined the South African Students Association (SASO), and became deeply influenced by the cultural nationalism of SASO's Black Consciousness movement. Steve Biko, SASO's leader and a pioneer of Black Consciousness, had a profound influence on Jordaan. Jordaan chose to become a secondary school teacher, and taught at a number of schools, including Arcadia Senior Secondary School in 1979 ...


Although a number of ancient societies practiced games that involved moving a ball to a goal, the game of soccer in its modern form arose from an agreement between British gentlemen in 1863, when the sport was effectively unified. The sport was soon exported by the British along with other products, so that in turn-of-the-century Latin America, for instance, soccer as well as a variety of industries were dominated by British companies. The introduction of soccer in different Latin American countries thus followed similar patterns, with Englishmen founding the first clubs in Argentina (Buenos Aires F.C.), Chile (Valparaíso F.C.), and Uruguay (Albion F.C.) in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Charles Miller, the man credited with introducing soccer to Brazil, was Brazilian-born, of British parents.

Although at first the practice of soccer was limited to privileged European expatriates gradually local elites joined the Europeans in the ...


Steven J. Niven

Liberian soccer star and presidential candidate, was born George Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah on 1 October 1966 near Monrovia Liberia He was the son of William T Weah and Anna Quayeweah His father who was a mechanic left the family when George was an infant His mother sold small items from a stall on the Monrovia waterfront leaving George to be raised with 12 other children by his grandmother Emma Klon Jleh Brown in her shack on a reclaimed swamp on Bushrod Island His childhood and early teenage years was a time of intense poverty and few opportunities Like many of his contemporaries Weah made some pocket money selling popcorn and rummaging through garbage heaps for empty bottles He later recalled that he occasionally indulged in marijuana and spent some time gambling and that many of his friends turned to crime or hard drugs Under his grandmother s watchful ...


David Dabydeen

The first black British footballer in the Football League. Wharton was born in Jamestown, Accra, Gold Coast (present‐day Ghana), to a half‐Grenadian and half‐Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother. Always a gifted sportsman, he set the first world record in 1886 for the 100‐yards dash during the Amateur Athletics Association sprint. Apart from football, he was also involved in other sports such as cricket and cycling. Wharton signed up with Preston North End in 1886 as goalkeeper after being spotted while playing for Darlington While at Preston North End he played in the FA Cup semi finals one of the high points of his career Subsequently he played professionally for various football clubs such as Rotherham Town Sheffield United Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton North End At Sheffield United he played three games for the club s first team Despite his strength as a goalkeeper he could not maintain his ...