4. Johan Cruyff – Won it in 1971, 1972 and 1974 as a player, and in 1992 as a manager – A true football legend, Cruyff sadly passed away earlier this year. His legacy lives on though, as will the memories of his three consecutive European Cup triumphs with Ajax in the 1970s, and his win as manager of Barcelona in 1992. That several of his former players are such successful managers prove his influence on the Beautiful Game will be endless. 7 7 7 7 7 2. Giovanni Trapattoni – Won it with AC Milan in 1963 and 1969 as a player, and 1985 as a manager – Famously man-marked Eusebio as AC Milan beat Benfica 2-1 at Wembley in 1963, he won it with them again in 1969 as they dispatched an Ajax team including Johan Cruyff 4-1. As a manager he guided Juventus to glory in as they defeated Liverpool 1-0, thanks to Michel Platinis second-half penalty. Zinedine Zidane could become the seventh man to lift the European Cup/Champions League as a player and a manager on Saturday night. Click the right arrow above to find out which six men have already completed the incredible feat… Zinedine Zidane is no stranger to making history.As a player, the Marseille-born star, was one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation, using his grace and elegance to baffle opponents.Trophies were Zizou’s reward, with title wins in Italy and Spain complementing his World Cup and European Championship wins with France in 1998 and 2000, respectively.He only won the Champions League once, but he did it in style, volleying home a Roberto Carlos cross to help Real Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in in 2002.Now, as a manager, he has the opportunity to lift Ol’ Big Ears once again and, if he does, he will join a list of just seven men to win the trophy – either in it’s guise as the European Cup or Champion League – as a player and as a manager.So who are the six coaches who have already put their names in the history books? Click the right arrow above to find out… 7 7 1. Miguel Munoz – Won it with Real Madrid in 1956, 1957 and 1958 as a player, then 1960 and 1966 as a manager – Hes won it five times the same amount as Liverpool have as club. The Spanish midfielder was in the right place at the right time, ending his career with three consecutive European Cup wins in the first three editions of the competition. After a year coaching their reserves, Munoz then came back to manage the first-team, helping them lift the trophy in 1960, where the firepower of Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano helped them beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 at Hampden Park. Then, in 1966, he watched his charges beat Partizan Belgrade 2-1 in Brussels. 3. Carlo Ancelotti – Won it in 1989 and 1990 as a player and 2003, 2007 and 2014 as a manager – Another man who has won it five times overall, Ancelotti has the potential to win even more now hes becoming Bayern Munich boss. As a player he helped AC Milan to victories over Steaua Bucharest and Benfica. Meanwhile, in managerial roles, he led Milan to glory in 2003 and 2007 before helping Real Madrid, finally, claim La Decima with a 4-1 triumph over city rivals Atletico, in extra-time. 5. Frank Rijkaard – Won it in 1989, 1990 and 1995 as a player, and as 2006 as a manager – The Dutch defensive midfielder lifted Ol Big Ears twice with AC Milan as a player, scoring the winner against Benfica in 1990, before ending his career winning it as a part of Ajaxs famous team in 1995. After embarking on a managerial career, he eventually led Barcelona to glory in 2006 as they came from behind to beat Arsenal who had 10 men 2-1 in Paris. 6. Pep Guardiola – Won it in 1992 as a player, and in 2009 and 2011 as a manager – The brilliant midfielder was in the centre of the park as Ronald Koeman gave Barcelona their first ever European Cup final win, as Johan Cruyffs Dream Team defeated Sampdoria 1-0. He then went on to manage a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to glory over Manchester United in 2009 and 2011.
“Steph Curry,” said the … How you know that the NBA’s fantabulous, super frenzied free-agent sweepstakes has just about come to a halt:Damon Jones is talking unpurified nonsense.Jones? You might recall him from his peripatetic NBA career (which included 10 stops). These days he spends some of his days on ESPN’s “First Take.”It was there Friday morning that Jones was asked which NBA luminary — the Warriors’ Stephen Curry or Houston’s James Harden — has more to prove this season.
SAIDS has launched a campaign to rootout doping among South Africa’s athletes.(Image: Sports and Recreation) SAIDS’ Shuaib Manjra and sports ministerFikile Mbalula launched the campaign. SAIDS urged professional athletesto sign the campaign’s pledge.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Khalid GalantCEO, Institute for Drug Free Sport+27 21 761 8034Bongani NkosiThe South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has launched a major campaign to raise awareness about illegal performance-enhancing substances and curb doping among local athletes.SAIDS introduced its “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign at a media conference in Johannesburg on 14 June 2011.“The core of our campaign is ‘I Play Fair’, let’s bring ethics back into sport,” said Shuaib Manjra, SAIDS chairperson.The drive, targeting professional and amateur athletes across the country, will provide education on banned substances and run actual doping tests. The campaign’s pillars are deterring, detection and prosecution, said Manjra.SAIDS’s latest statistics show that there has been a 100% increase in positive tests for doping over the last two years. The number jumped from 19 in 2009/10 to 50 in recent months. More than 2 000 athletes were tested in each year.Doping is an unacceptable practice that needs to be rooted out for the benefit of the country, said the Cape Town-based institute. The problem of doping is compounded by lack of broad knowledge on banned supplements in local athletics. Manjra conceded that some sports people were inadvertently taking the drugs.The Department of Sports and Recreation has thrown its weight behind the new campaign. “We support the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in this regard to aggressively attack the use of drugs in sports,” said its minister, Fikile Mbalula.Mbalula will attend the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks at Loftus stadium in Pretoria on 18 June to raise awareness about the drive. His deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, will do the same at the clash between the Cheetahs and Stormers in Bloemfontein, also on 18 June.The government would like to see the campaign reaching out even to the “far-flung areas of our country”, said Mbalula. “It must be brought to the attention of everybody … that using drugs is cheating”.I Play Fair will also enter the realm of social media to reach its targets and campaign road shows are planned for the country’s rural areas.The South African Rugby Union became the first sports association to support SAIDS’s campaign. “We hope that more sports federations will endorse the initiative,” said Manjra.Bryan Habana, a Springbok wing, became the campaign’s first ambassador after signing its pledge.Schools’ permission neededSAIDS appealed to schools to give it permission to conduct doping tests among adolescents, as part of the campaign. The agency is to sign memoranda of understanding with academic institutions. “We’re willing to work with schools. All they have to do is come forward,” said Manjra.Parents are also urged to endorse testing in schools. “We have to intensify our awareness efforts, working with parents and young people,” said Mbalula.SAIDS’s initiative also has the backing of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Doping is a huge threat to sports all over the world and it’s critical that federations promote campaigns that deter the trend, the world body’s director general David Howman said in a statement.Regulating supplements sectorThe supplements manufacturing and distribution sector remains largely unregulated, according to SAIDS, and new legislation needs to be introduced.Lack of regulation is to blame for the general accessibility of supplements that contain banned drugs, like anabolic and prohormones stimulants.“This is an industry which is jeopardising the future of many of our athletes and we need to regulate it,” Manjra pointed out.SAIDS has launched its intelligence unit to uncover manufacturers and traffickers of illegal sports drugs. It alleges that these individuals are targeting unsuspecting athletes across the country.“We believe that every athlete who leaves the shores of the country to represent us is an ambassador of the country,” Manjra said.“We want a pledge from our athletes for clean play.”
18 November 2014 President Jacob Zuma flanked by international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and finance minister Nhlanhla Nene during the informal BRICS meeting. (Image: GCIS)An interim board of directors has been set up by BRICS to lead the next phase to establish the National Development Bank (NDB), an institution similar to the International Monetary Fund that will support the five emerging national economies.This was announced by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during an informal meeting on the first day of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane, Australia from 15 to 16 November, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).Appointment of NDB presidentThe leaders of BRICS also recommended their finance ministers to appoint an NDB president and vice-president well in advance of the next BRICS Summit to be held in the Russian city of Ufa in 2015.The bank, which will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, will focus on BRICS infrastructure projects, but will be also open to new members from the United Nations. Each BRICS country will contribute US$2-billion to the bank’s funds from their budgets over the next seven years. The bank’s authorized capital will be set at US$100 billion.BRICS cooperation at new levelBRICS leaders underscored that the signing of the agreements establishing the NDB and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) brought BRICS cooperation “to a fundamentally new level with the creation of instruments to contribute to the stability of the international financial system’, according to DIRCO.“The Leaders asked their Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to ensure that, by the next BRICS Summit, the CRA Working Group concludes the procedural rules and operational guidelines of the Governing Council and the Standing Committee of the CRA. They also asked their Central Bank Governors to ensure that the Inter-Central Bank Agreement foreseen in the CRA be concluded by the Summit in Russia.’On the G20 Leaders’ Summit, BRICS leaders discussed some of the issues on the agenda, which include measures to promote growth and job creation; investment and infrastructure; trade; and cooperation on tax matters.Global economySix years after the international financial crisis, BRICS leaders noted that a full recovery is yet to be experienced by member countries. However, emerging market economies have been contributing to global economic activity by sustaining high growth rates, despite adverse circumstances and spill-overs from policies of major advanced economies, especially monetary policies.“The Leaders noted the G20 efforts, but underscored that more needs to be done to support global demand in the short-run, especially by advanced economies, and to promote an increase in investment and long-run growth potential. They underscored that investment and economic reforms are critically important to boosting demand and lifting long-term growth. Emerging market economies remain in general well prepared to face external shocks,’ said DIRCO.The BRICS leaders also noted their concern at the non-implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund reforms, and its impact on the Fund’s legitimacy and credibility. They said in the event that the United States fails to ratify the 2010 reforms by the end of 2014, they called on the G20 to schedule a discussion of the options for next steps that the IMF has committed to present in January 2015.EbolaThe Ebola epidemic is of concern and has severe economic and social impact, the BRICS leaders noted. They also expressed their commitment to work with the international community in the response to this epidemic and supported efforts made by the United Nations and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, as well as other institutions.In addition, BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce full-fledged intra-BRICS cooperation as agreed at the Fortaleza Summit in Brazil earlier this year. They said they look forward to the formulation of a long-term economic cooperation framework to forge closer BRICS partnership.SAinfo reporter