Author: Miguel Nicolau

The last two MotoGP seasons were arguably the most exciting in recent years. In 2016 we assisted a record-breaking nine different winners, two of which were independent riders. Last season gave us four different championship leaders, twists and turns, and a final showdown with the king of saves – Marc Márquez – and a dark horse – Andrea Dovizioso – who was not expected to be fighting for the championship at first. So, what can we expect for 2018? Certainly, expectations are high amongst fans regarding the show, the excitement and the competitiveness of the coming season. The last two…

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest-growing sport on earth and that is essentially due to its main promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). By 2001 the sport had a bad reputation and was banned in 36 states of the USA, including New York. In this same year the Fertitta brothers and Dana White took over the UFC determined to make a big change. Zuffa acquired the UFC for $2 million by then, and after 15 years of hard work and great promotion they sold it for $4.2 billion last year. To make this happen, the team that managed the…

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“For me Dovizioso’s story is a very good story because he has been through difficult times in his career, especially in MotoGP. Everybody can learn from him because he never threw in the towel, never lost the faith, but he believed in himself.” Valentino Rossi on Dovizioso, December 2017 Andrea Dovizioso has always been a talented rider with much potential which was more visible before coming to MotoGP. When he made it to the top class he showed again some potential in the first years, but, as the seasons went by, it seemed Dovi was a good rider, but there…

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  The world championship of motorcycling is divided in three categories: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. The first one is where most young riders want to be, the pinnacle of motorcycling, while the other two are pools of promising riders who fight for promotion. Moto3 never fails to provide exciting races, reaching the final laps with 10 riders or even more in position to fight for the win. The middle class (Moto2) is the one which is known for having the smallest discrepancy between teams, hence leaving the responsibility for the riders to stand out for their skills. MotoGP teams have…

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This MotoGP season was remarkable due to several factors. Above all, the fact that three different manufacturers clearly dominated in different tracks and phases of the year. Moreover, expectations changed a lot throughout the season. In the beginning it looked like Yamaha and Viñales were going to dominate the championship, however, there were 4 different leaders in the standings throughout the season. Furthermore, there were the usual good and bad surprises, both with riders that were already in the MotoGP class and with rookies. Here you will see the top ten riders with a couple honourable mentions who, in my…

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were, undoubtedly, one of the greatest football team/coach combinations ever. Everyone respected and still respects this coach, especially due to his success while coaching the Red Devils. It was an unparalleled case of long-term success. What’s more intriguing is what was the basis of this success rather than what you can see from the outside. In his book “Leading”, Sir Alex Ferguson describes his approach to the issues he considers more relevant to leadership which definitely helps understanding the foundations of such a career. In the first chapter which is called “Becoming yourself”, the…

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“I already told my family I am only going back to Portugal on the 11th of July! And I will be received with celebrations.” Fernando Santos, 19th June 2016 In his first match as the Portugal national football team coach, played in Saint-Denis, Fernando Santos gave a lecture to his players and together they set a purpose of coming back there on the 10th of July, place and date of the Euro 2016 final. After the qualification for the European Cup and the drawing of pools, Portugal was the favourite team to top their group, of which Iceland, Austria and…

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By looking at a picture or even watching an interview, most people would say Zarco looks way too innocent to be a MotoGP rider. Nevertheless, the rest of the paddock sees him as an aggressive rider. The Frenchman is a humble, hardworking rider. And when he gets on the track, he’s not afraid of fighting toe-to-toe with riders such as Rossi, Márquez and Lorenzo. Not only that, he actually loves it. Zarco is the kind of rider who, in his first season, already shows he can be as fast as the top guys and he is not intimidated by any…

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“I’m an up-and-coming fighter and without a doubt you will see me on the UFC in the near future.” Conor McGregor, 2008 Before this, McGregor started working as a plumber apprentice at 17. One year and a half went by and he gave up the plumbing business, chasing his dreams in the Mixed Martial Arts World. In 2013, his prediction became true: he had his day view in the UFC. There, he could get $60,000 bonus for the Knockout of the Night, which is shocking in contrast to receiving a welfare check of 188€ just one week before that. Three…

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“Especially in the last period the level of aggressiveness and contact raised a lot. (…) This is the game, if you want to play, it’s like this. If you don’t like it you should stay at home.” Does it sound like Rossi or Márquez? Although most people would think it came from Márquez, it was the Italian rider who said this right after the Phillip Island race. Don’t you think Márquez has this same mentality? Well, especially over the last two years we have seen hatred towards Márquez from Rossi fans. Those who follow the sport know it was essentially…

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