Sports Administrators

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Sports administrators help to ensure the smooth running of a sports organization, which may range from reception work at a local sports club to marketing or human resources at a major sports club. Sport has gained in social significance, with growing public awareness of its contribution to community development and sports administrators have a similar range of responsibilities to administrators in other fields, but are likely to focus on organizing events and running sports facilities. For instance, sports administrators could be focusing their efforts on marketing, fundraising, procurement, supply chain management or general administration tasks. Alternatively, they could be responsible for organizing and scheduling sports events, managing budgets or overseeing the recruitment and training of staff. Sports administrators are available in sports clubs (amateur and professional), sports academies and schools, sports administration and governance bodies, health facilities, sports charities and not-for-profit organizations and community centers. Sports administrators are essentially responsible for making sure sports organizations, events and initiatives are run cost efficiently. Consequently, part of their role involves maintaining databases, managing admin systems and implementing project management processes to ensure everything runs as smooth as silk.This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous sports administrators from all over the world.

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 1 
Vincent McMahon
(Owner, Chairman and CEO of the WWE (1982 - 2002))
Vincent McMahon
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Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

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José Mourinho
(Portuguese Former Professional Football Player and One of the Greatest Managers of All Time)
José Mourinho
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Birthdate: January 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Setúbal

When it comes to great football managers, Jose Mourinho’s name comes right at the top. He is regarded as one of the most tactfully brilliant managers ever, even though his defensive style has at times been criticised. He has had great stints with Premier League clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Alex Ferguson
(One of the Greatest Football Managers of All Time)
Alex Ferguson
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Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær
(Norwegian Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Forward)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
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Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund, Norway

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

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Robin van Persie
(Regarded as One of the Best Football Strikers of His Generation)
Robin van Persie
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Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Once one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, Dutch football coach and retired footballer Robin van Persie is also known as one of the greatest strikers of his time. He had successful stints with Arsenal and Manchester United and was also part of the Dutch squad that was the 2010 FIFA World Cup runner-up.

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Mikel Arteta
(Former Footballer midfielder)
Mikel Arteta
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Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain
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Ronald Koeman
(Dutch Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Defender and as a Midfielder)
Ronald Koeman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

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Jeanie Buss
(President of the Basketball Team 'Los Angeles Lakers')
Jeanie Buss
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Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Daughter of real-estate magnate Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss inherited part of the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers’s stakes from her father. Jeanie, who has previously managed a roller hockey and a tennis team, was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News in 2005.
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Andriy Shevchenko
(Ukrainian Football Manager and Former Professional Football Player)
Andriy Shevchenko
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Birthdate: September 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dvirkivshchyna, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional footballer who played for the Ukraine national team. One of the greatest Ukrainian football players of all time, Shevchenko scored 48 goals for his national team, making him the all-time top-scorer for Ukraine. He is also only the third Ukrainian to receive the prestigious Ballon d'Or. He is currently serving as Ukraine's head coach.

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Marcelo Bielsa
(Argentine Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Defender)
Marcelo Bielsa
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Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Renowned football manager and the current head coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is best known for remarkably improving the performance of the players he coaches. As a manager, his high point arrived when he helped the Argentinean national team bag the 2004 Olympics gold medal and later guided the Chile’s national team to qualify for the 2010 world cup.

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Billy Beane
(American Former Professional Baseball Player and Executive Vice President of the Oakland Athletics)
Billy Beane
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Birthdate: March 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

A former professional baseball player, Billy Beane went on to become a front office executive, a position which he has used to apply statistical analysis called sabermetrics to baseball. This has proved to be a game-changer as teams are now evaluating players based on this statistical analysis. His career inspired the film Moneyball where he was played by Brad Pitt.

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Wes Welker
(American Football player)
Wes Welker
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Birthdate: May 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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Roberto Mancini
(Football Manager & Former Footballer Forward)
Roberto Mancini
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Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
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Mike Tomlin
(American football coach)
Mike Tomlin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States
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Ron Rivera
(American football coach)
Ron Rivera
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Birthdate: January 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: California, United States
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Brendan Rodgers
(Football coach)
Brendan Rodgers
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Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Raúl González
(Football manager, Football player)
Raúl González
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Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Didier Deschamps
(Former Footballer Defensive Midfielder)
Didier Deschamps
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Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bayonne, France

Didier Deschamps is a French former professional football player turned manager. He played as a defensive midfielder for many clubs, such as Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea, and Valencia. He was also a French international. He began his managerial career in 2001 and has been the manager of the France national team since 2012. Former tennis player Nathalie Tauziat is his cousin. 

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Marco van Basten
(Former Dutch Football Star)
Marco van Basten
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Birthdate: October 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Dutch footballer Marco van Basten is known for his successful stints at Ajax and Milan and won the Champions League thrice with the latter. However, an ankle injury cut his career short. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner later took over as the manager of Ajax and the Dutch national team.
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John Harbaugh
(American football coach)
John Harbaugh
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Birthdate: September 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
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Mark Hughes
(Football manager)
Mark Hughes
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Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales
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Brian Clough
(English Football Manager and Player Who Played as a Striker)
Brian Clough
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Birthdate: March 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 20, 2004
Footballer and manager Brian Clough is remembered as one of the highest goal-scorers of the Football League. He had successful stints with Derby County and Nottingham Forest, as a manager, with Peter Taylor as his assistant manager. His rivalry with Don Revie inspired the book The Damned Utd.
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Michel Platini
(Former French Football Player, Manager and 6th President of UEFA (2007 - 2015))
Michel Platini
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Birthdate: June 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jœuf, France

Michel Platini is a former football player, administrator, and manager. Widely considered one of the greatest football players of all time, this French footballer won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award three times during his glorious playing career. Michel Platini also played a key role as France's national team coach before he was banned from football by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

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Alex Cora
(Former Puerto Rican Baseball Player Who Played as an Infielder )
Alex Cora
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Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
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Jimbo Fisher
(American Football coach)
Jimbo Fisher
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Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States
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Graham Potter
(Association football manager)
Graham Potter
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Birthdate: May 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Solihull, England
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Jerry Krause
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Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 21, 2017

Jerry Krause was a sports scout and executive. He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years, from 1985 to 2003. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice. He died in 2017 and was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. 

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Teddy Sheringham
(Football player)
Teddy Sheringham
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Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highams Park, London, England
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Ed McCaffrey
(American football coach)
Ed McCaffrey
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Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States
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Mauricio Pochettino
(Football manager, Former football central defender)
Mauricio Pochettino
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Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Murphy, Argentina

Mauricio Pochettino is an Argentine former football player best known for helping Espanyol win their first trophy in six decades when he won the 2000 Copa del Rey. After retiring as a player, Mauricio Pochettino started his managerial career and is currently serving as the head coach of the popular Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

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Nancy Benoit
(Wrestler)
Nancy Benoit
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Birthdate: May 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 22, 2007

Nancy Benoit first gained fame as a cover girl for Wrestling All Stars. She later appeared in matches, taking up numerous pseudonyms, such as Devil Angel, Woman, and Fallen Angel. She was later killed mercilessly along with her child, by her second husband, Canadian wrestler Chris Benoit, who then committed suicide.

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Mike Shanahan
(American football coach)
Mike Shanahan
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Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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Brandon Staley
(American Football Coach)
Brandon Staley
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Birthdate: December 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perry, Ohio, United States
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Gianfranco Zola
(Football manager)
Gianfranco Zola
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliena, Italy
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Dan Campbell
(American Football Coach)
Dan Campbell
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Birthdate: April 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clifton, Texas, United States
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Vlade Divac
(Serbian Former Basketball Player Who Played as a Center)
Vlade Divac
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Birthdate: February 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prijepolje, Serbia

Vlade Divac is a Serbian former basketball player and one of only seven players in the history of NBA to record 13,000 points, 3,000 assists, 9,000 rebounds, and 1,500 blocked shots. In 2010, he was made an inductee of the FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2019, Vlade Divac was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Charlie Strong
(American football coach)
Charlie Strong
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Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States
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Kliff Kingsbury
(American football coach)
Kliff Kingsbury
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Birthdate: August 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Joe Torre
(One of the Most Successful Baseball Managers in Sports History)
Joe Torre
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Birthdate: July 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Initially MLB’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre has won 4 World Series championships for the New York Yankees, as a manager. He has authored books such as The Yankee Years. He and his wife have launched the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which helps prevent domestic violence.

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Don King
(American Boxing Promoter)
Don King
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Birthdate: August 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Boxing promoter Don King is known for his association with boxing legends such as Muhammad Ali. He promoted iconic events such as Thrilla in Manila and The Rumble in the Jungle. He has faced countless lawsuits and has been accused of fraud and even convicted of one manslaughter.
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Fabio Capello
(Italian Former Professional Football Midfielder and Manager)
Fabio Capello
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Birthdate: June 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy

Fabio Capello is a former footballer and manager. As a player, he won several trophies in a career that spanned over 15 years. Renowned for creating opportunities for his teammates, Capello is considered one of the best Italian footballers of his generation. He also had a successful career as a manager and is considered one of the greatest managers ever.

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Robert Saleh
(American Football Coach)
Robert Saleh
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Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
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Manuel Pellegrini
(Association football manager)
Manuel Pellegrini
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Birthdate: September 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
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Bill O'Brien
(American football coach)
Bill O'Brien
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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P. J. Fleck
(American football Coach)
P. J. Fleck
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Birthdate: November 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States
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Al Davis
(American Football Coach and Executive & Former Owner and General Manager of the ‘Oakland Raiders’ of the NFL)
Al Davis
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Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 8, 2011
Allen Davis was the general manager and owner of the NFL team Oakland Raiders for 39 years. He had also been the Raiders’ head coach. His motto,"Just win, baby," led the Raiders to win three Super Bowl titles. He also hired the first Black NFL head coach.
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Roger Goodell
(6th Commissioner of the National Football League)
Roger Goodell
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Birthdate: February 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States

Though born into the well-known political family, Roger Goodell, the son of senator Charles Goodell, avoided politics and stepped into sports instead. The current NFL commissioner, he was instrumental in bringing about significant changes to decrease on-field concussions of players, by introducing punishments for hitting defenseless players.

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Sourav Ganguly
(Former Indian National Cricket Team Captain and 39th President of the 'BCCI')
Sourav Ganguly
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Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Behala, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Considered India's most successful Test captain, legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, nicknamed Maharaj, was also arguably one of the best one-day batsmen of his time. Also known as the God of the Off Side, he now heads the BCCI as its president. He was initially also a talented footballer.

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Lincoln Riley
(American football coach)
Lincoln Riley
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Birthdate: September 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
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Sean Dyche
(Association football player)
Sean Dyche
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Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kettering, England