On October 8, 1871, legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn belonging to Patrick and Catherine O’Leary located at 137 DeKoven Street on the southwest side of Chicago.
Dry weather and an endless supply of wooden buildings provided the ideal fuel as the ensuing fire—whose true cause is still a mystery—spread throughout the Windy City. Over the course of two days, the conflagration turned thousands of buildings into ash and rubble, killed 300 people and led to an estimated $200 million in damages.
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During his tenure at Everton FC from 2013-16, Roberto Martinez managed three Belgian players: Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini.
Born to Congolese parents, Lukaku grew up in Antwerp, a large metropolis located in Belgium’s northern Flemish Region where Dutch is the main language. Mirallas, whose father was born in Spain, grew up in Liege, part of Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon Region. Fellaini, born to Moroccan parents, was brought up in Brussels, the focal point of the nation’s bilingual Brussels-Capital Region.
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Whenever Leland Archer arrives for training at the Hibernian Training Centre, he enters the facility with a smile on his face—even when it’s cloudy or raining, which can often be the case in Scotland.
Part of that is due to his personality, but another major reason for Archer to smile is his appreciation of the opportunity at hand. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Archer is one of the first players to benefit from a new partnership between the Charleston Battery of the USL Championship and Scottish Premiership side Hibernian FC.
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For 10 years, Danny Cortenraede worked in the telecoms and consumer electronics industry. He spent six years working at Vodafone before joining Sony and then T-Mobile.
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The 2019-20 season might be the longest and most turbulent in the history of soccer, but for Paulo Dybala, he’ll never forget the year of ups and downs.
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Ray Warren will admit he wasn’t the biggest soccer guy when he was hired as Telemundo Deportes president in September 2016.
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Less than a month into the coronavirus pandemic, Tom and Melissa Penn were sitting at their kitchen table discussing a recent poll which revealed approximately 80% of those surveyed would feel uncomfortable attending a sporting event during the current climate.
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Growing up, Landon Donovan was more interested in the ownership and operations side of soccer than actually playing. Instead of running up the score against the AI when playing video games like Madden, Donovan was more intrigued with scouting, drafting and signing players in order to build a successful virtual franchise.
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Chicago Fire midfielder Brandt Bronico knows a thing or two about risk. He and teammate Jeremiah Gutjahr became more active investors while Major League Soccer was suspended for approximately three months during the coronavirus pandemic. The two roommates, who both majored in accounting in college, spent their soccer-less days improving their financial literacy and calculating speculation of certain companies and the market as a whole.
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LaLiga, the second major European soccer league to resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic, saw international viewership grow by more than 48% on its first matchday of the league’s restart.
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