DOWN BUT NOT OUT

By Ahmed Yahaya Joe

1. “Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe Lincoln. Possibly the most successful politician in American history – abolished slavery, united the country after the Civil War to preserve the union, modernised the economy and put America on a path to greatness. But Lincoln was not always a raging success.
In 1831 at the age of 23, he owned a general store in New Salem, Illinois. The town was booming. However, his choice of business partners wasn’t great, and the business was run into the ground. Abe then ran for the Illinois General Assembly. He lost. Lincoln then bought a half a share in another General store. This store also went bust, his business partner died, and Abe – who borrowed money to invest – was broke. He spent several years paying off the debt.

Lincoln ran for US Senate in 1854, but was defeated. In 1858, he ran for the Senate again and won the popular vote. But through a quirk of the electoral process at that time, the Illinois State Legislature chose Lincoln’s rival anyway. This guy could not catch a break. However, he managed to come back from all this and was elected President in 1860. He is generally considered to be the greatest American president in history. He was perhaps, too good a president. His achievements inspired a wing-nut – who hated Lincoln for abolishing slavery – to shoot him in the back of the head while at the theatre. A tragic for America.”

2. “In a boxing match, you can lose the first 14 rounds. All you have to do is nail your opponent in the last 10 seconds of the 15th round and you’re the world’s heavyweight champion” – Ross Perot.

3. “At the start of the Munich Games in August 1972, Lasse Viren, a 23-year-old Finnish policeman from the small village of Myrskyla, was not widely known. Indeed, the heats of the 10,000 metres were his Olympic debut. But when he stumbled and fell just before the halfway mark in the final his chance of victory seemed to have gone.

The Tunisian Mohamed Gammoudi (who had won the 5,000 metres at the 1968 Olympics) tripped over Viren and gave up two laps later. But the Finnish runner calmly got to his feet and chased his way back into contention, overtaking Britain’s David Bedford, the long-time leader, to not only win the gold medal, but set a world record of 27min 38.4sec. Ten days later, he also won the 5,000m (in an Olympic record time) – a double that he repeated in Montreal in 1976”

Soccer’s Strange But True…… by Matthew Ennin

Some Strange But True And Amazing

Football Facts.

1. When Barcelona’s Xavi was 19, he almost

signed for Milan. His father gave his “yes”

to him but his mother said “if Xavi leaves

Barca, I will divorce!”

2. While Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s youth team

was 4-0 down, he came in as a substitute

and scored 8 goals.

3. Juan Mata is the first player in history to

have joined Manchester United from

Chelsea.

5. Alex Song has 27 siblings – 17 sisters and

10 brothers.

6. Ryan Giggs is the only Premier League

player to score 100 goals without scoring a

hat- trick.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo was named after

former US President Ronald Reagan.

8. Steven Gerrard has swapped his jersey

with more than a hundred players, but

never with a Man United player.

9. Ronaldinho first gained media attention

when his youth team won 23 – 0. He scored

all 23 goals.

10. Chelsea have been relegated more times

than they have won the English league.

11. The difference in Messi’s age and

Ronaldo’s age is 869 days, the same

difference as between Messi’s son and

Ronaldo’s son.

12. Zinedine Zidane was never caught in

offside position in his whole career.

13. Only one GOLD Premier League trophy

has been awarded and it was to Arsenal

because in 2003/2004 season, they didn’t

lose any match.

14. Brazilian legend, Pele, scored 92 hat-

tricks, 4 goals on 31 occasions, 5 goals on 6

occasions, and 8 goals on an occasion.

15. When Mourinho says you have a bright

future, it means you can’t make his team at

the present.

16. Cristiano Ronaldo was expelled from

school at the age of 14 after throwing a

chair at his teacher for mocking his family’s

financial status.

17. CR7 has no tattoos because he

frequently gives blood and getting a tattoo

will render him unable to do so for 6

months.

18. Real Madrid sold 50,000 James

Rodriguez jerseys in one day. Juventus sold

0 (zero) Bendtner jersey in one season.

19. In January 2003, Louis Van Gaal was

SACKED by Barcelona after leaving them just

3 points above the relegation zone.

20. Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes

attended the same Tactical Management

School.

21. Arsenal bought Anelka, Overmars, Petit,

Henry, Vieira, Fabregas, RVP, Adebayor and

Nasri all together for £42 million. Then sold

them for £206 million.

22. Hearts of Oak never lost a game in the

Ghana Premier League but they couldn’t

clinch the league title.

Which One Of Them Do You Find

Interesting??