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Directory containing biographies of world famous sportsmen and sportswomen.

Play a few games and get fame and fortune in return; who wouldn’t love that? Athletes and sportsmen, and women, have always been a great sour of inspiration for everyone. A few examples that would come to mind would be people like Michael Jordan, who was actually denied the opportunity to play on the varsity basketball team because he was too short; and Dick Hoyt, better known as Team Hoyt amongst athletic circles for being the father who took to triathlons just so that his disabled son could enjoy being a part of them; he has successfully completed 6 Ironman races. They symbolize the level of fitness, competitive edge, physique, popularity and fame that everyone wishes they had. In some countries, certain sportsmen are so famous and admired that they are actually worshiped. That said, it must be made clear that achieving that level of fame is no easy task and requires years of dedicated practice and training. Great athletes, whether they be cricketers, basketball or baseball players, formula 1 drivers, footballers or rugby players put in a substantial amount of their time and energy in perfecting their skills. To know more about such individuals, their life’s story, timeline, trivia and interesting facts, you just have to breeze though the list of biographies mentioned below.

A. Bartlett Giamatti A. Bartlett Giamatti
(American)

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was a brilliant scholar ...

A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt
(American)

Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. or A. J. Foyt was the ...

Abebe Bikila Abebe Bikila
(Ethiopian)

Abebe Bikila was a well-known Olympic marathon ...

Abhinav Bindra Abhinav Bindra
(Indian)

Abhinav Bindra is a renowned Indian shooter who ...

Aksel Lund Svindal Aksel Lund Svindal
(Norwegian)

Aksel Lund Svindal is a Norwegian alpine ski ...

Al Davis Al Davis
(American)

Allen "Al" Davis was an American football ...

Al López Al Lopez
(American)

Al Lopez was an American professional baseball ...

Alan Hansen Alan Hansen
(Scottish)

Alan Hansen is one of the players who played a ...

Alan Minter Alan Minter
(British)

Alan Minter is a former English professional ...

Alan Shearer Alan Shearer
(British)

Alan Shearer is a retired English footballer who ...

Alan Smith Alan Smith
(British)

At a very young age of 18, Alan made himself ...

Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson
(British,Scottish,Welsh)

Alex Ferguson is a former football player who ...

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez
(American)

Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez, famously ...

Alexander Alekhine Alexander Alekhine
(Soviet Russian,Russian)

Alexander Alekhine was the fourth World Chess ...

Allen Iverson Allen Iverson
(American)

Also known by the nickname, ‘A.I” and ‘The ...

Althea Gibson Althea Gibson
(American)

Althea Gibson was born in a poor family, but her ...

Anatoly Karpov Anatoly Karpov
(Soviet Russian)

Anatoly Karpov is a Russian chess grandmaster who ...

Andre Agassi Andre Agassi
(American)

Andre Kirk Agassi is an American professional ...

Andy Roddick Andy Roddick
(American)

Andrew Stephen ‘Andy’ Roddick is a retired ...

Andy Schleck Andy Schleck
(Luxembourgian)

Andy Schleck is a recently-retired Luxembourgian ...

Anna Bessonova Anna Bessonova

Anna Bessonova is a Ukrainian former individual ...

Anna Chicherova Anna Chicherova
(Armenian)

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won ...

Anna Kournikova Anna Kournikova
(American,Russian)

A former World Number 1 professional tennis ...

Anthony Mundine Anthony Mundine
(Australian)

Anthony Mundine is an Australian professional ...

Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer
(American)

Arnold Palmer turned the status of the game of ...

Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe
(American)

Arthur Ashe, Jr. was one of the most prominent ...

Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna
(Brazilian)

Three-times Formula One champion, Ayrton Senna ...

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Babe Didrikson Zaharias
(American)

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a female athlete of ...

Babe Ruth Babe Ruth
(American)

George Herman Ruth, Jr., better known as Babe ...

Barry Bonds Barry Bonds
(American)

Born in a family with baseball sporting history, ...

Barry Sanders Barry Sanders
(American)

Even though he retired unexpectedly and quit ...

Barry Venison Barry Venison
(British)

Barry Venison is a former English football player ...

Bear Bryant Bear Bryant
(American)

Paul William “Bear” Bryant was a college ...

Ben Hogan Ben Hogan
(American)

Ben Hogan was an iconic golf player and is often ...

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock

Benjamin McLane Spock was an American ...

Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault
(French)

Bernard Hinault is a former French cyclist ...

Beth Tweddle Beth Tweddle
(British)

This enthusiastic and full-of-energy gymnast was ...

Betty Cuthbert Betty Cuthbert
(Australian)

The world of Australian athletics would be ...

Bill Bowerman Bill Bowerman
(American)

William Jay ‘Bill’ Bowerman is known in the ...

Bill Russell Bill Russell
(American)

Regarded as one of the best ever players in the ...

Bill Shankly Bill Shankly
(Scottish,Welsh)

Bill Shankly took the long walk from humble ...

Billie Jean King Billie Jean King
(American)

Billie Jean King is a former world No. 1 ...

Billy Sunday Billy Sunday
(American)

Billy Sunday was best known for his participation ...

Björn Borg Björn Borg
(Swedish)

Björn Borg is a Swedish former World No. 1 ...

Bo Jackson Bo Jackson
(American)

Bo Jackson is an American former baseball and ...

Bob Uecker Bob Uecker
(American)

A multi-talented personality, Bob Uecker enjoys a ...

Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden
(American)

Robert Cleckler Bowden, popularly known as ...

Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer
(Icelander,American)

A chess prodigy, Bobby Fischer went on to become ...

Bobby Orr Bobby Orr
(Canadian)

Robert Gordon “Bobby” Orr is a former ...

Boris  Becker Boris Becker
(German)

Boris Franz Becker is one of the most successful ...

Brett Favre Brett Favre
(American)

Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former football ...

Bruce Jenner Bruce Jenner
(American)

William Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn ...

Cadel Evans Cadel Evans
(Australian)

Cadel Evans is a former Australian professional ...

Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
(American)

While Jesse Owens brought popularity and ...

Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony

At 6ft 8inches height with sturdy arms and a ...

Casey Stengel Casey Stengel
(American)

Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel was an ...

Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman
(Australian)

Cathy Freeman is a former Australian sprinter and ...

Chris Evert Chris Evert
(American)

Christine Marie Evert also called Chrissie or ...

Chris Froome Chris Froome
(British)

Chris Froome is a Kenyan born British ...

Christy Mathewson Christy Mathewson
(American)

Christopher 'Christy' Mathewson was an American ...

Chuck Norris Chuck Norris
(American)

Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris is a martial art ...

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
(Portuguese)

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is often ...

Cy Young Cy Young
(American)

Cy Young was an American Major League Baseball ...

Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt
(American)

Dale Earnhardt was born to, a NASCAR Grand ...

Dan Gable Dan Gable
(American)

Dan Gable is a former Olympic wrestler and head ...

Dan Marino Dan Marino
(American)

Dan Marino is a former American football ...

Danica Patrick Danica Patrick
(American)

Danica Patrick is an American car racing driver ...

Daniela Silivas Daniela SilivaÈ
(Romanian)

Viorica Daniela Silivaș-Harper, better known as ...

David Beckham David Beckham
(British)

David Robert Joseph Beckham is a former English ...

David Ortiz David Ortiz
(American)

David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as ...

Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
(Australian)

Dawn Fraser is an Australian former freestyle ...

Dean Smith Dean Smith
(American)

Dean Edwards Smith is a former American ...

Deion Sanders Deion Sanders
(American)

Deion Sanders is not just an athlete; he is a ...

Derek Jeter Derek Jeter
(American)

Derek Jeter is a legendary baseball player who ...

Dhyan Chand Dhyan Chand
(Indian)

The winner of three Olympic gold medals in field ...

Diego Maradona Diego Maradona
(Argentine)

Excellent dribbling action, powerful assists, ...

Don Budge Don Budge
(American)

Don Budge was an American tennis champion counted ...

Don King Don King
(American)

With an outrageous and rather odd hairdo and ...

Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson
(American)

Dwayne Johnson is professional wrestler turned ...

Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx
(Belgian)

Eddy Merckx is a former professional bicycle ...

Emil Zatopek Emil Zatopek
(Czech)

One of the greatest long-distance runners of the ...

Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith
(American)

When Emmitt Smith first chose to play football, ...

Eric Cantona Eric Cantona
(French)

Eric Cantona was one of the most dashing football ...

Eric Liddell Eric Liddell
(Scottish)

Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby ...

Ernie Banks Ernie Banks
(American)

Ernie Banks is one of the most admired black ...

Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara
(Swiss)

The new king of cycle racing, Fabian Cancellara ...

Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
(Spanish)

Fernando Torres is one of the most popular ...

Francesco Totti Francesco Totti
(Italian)

Francesco Totti is an Italian footballer and ...

Frank Gifford Frank Gifford
(American)

Frank Gifford was a famous American football ...

Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard
(Dutch)

Frank Rijkaard is a retired Dutch footballer ...

Fränk Schleck Fränk Schleck...
(Luxembourgian)

Fränk Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional ...

Franz Beckenbauer Franz Beckenbauer
(German)

Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former ...

Fred Perry Fred Perry
(British)

Fred Perry was one of Britain’s most popular ...

Gabriel Batistuta Gabriel Batistuta
(Argentine)

Gabriel Batistuta is a retired Argentine ...

Gabriela Sabatini Gabriela Sabatini
(Argentine)

Gabriela Sabatini is an Argentine former ...

Garry Kasparov Garry Kasparov
(Russian)

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster ...

Gary Lineker Gary Lineker
(British)

Gary Lineker is a retired English footballer who ...

Gary Player Gary Player
(South African)

Gary Player is a South African golfer considered ...

George Best George Best
(British,Northern Irish)

George Best was arguably one of the most talented ...

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