Sports Facts

North Korea had a traveling, hired fan base to support their matches at the 2010 soccer World Cup.

There’s no doubt that North Korea’s wacky way of doing things is met with raised eyebrows across the world, but this story pretty much takes the cake.

After a little bit of digging, it turns out that the group of supporters following the North Korean soccer team had actually been hand-picked by the government.

Even crazier is that another group of fans following the team turned out to be Chinese!

A reporter was told by one North Korean fan that they had been chosen by their government to travel and support the team.

The fans that turned out to be Chinese revealed that they had obtained tickets through a Chinese sports PR agency that was authorised to sell part of the North Korean’s allocated tickets, as North Koreans aren’t allowed to travel.

They were dubbed the ‘fans volunteer army’ and sang the national anthem loudly and cheered when instructed to do so by a conductor type figure. The North Korean’s are infamous for their unconventional way of life, many believing they are incredibly oppressed under the leadership of Kim Jong-il. Back home in North Korea, the matches were only transmitted to the nation when their leader thought it was fit to do so.


How do you get an Olympic gold medal? Make sure everyone around you keeps quiet!

People may equate secrecy with top government programs, mobsters, and the CEOs of their favorite technology companies, but it turns out that being a snowboarder also requires a little privacy—especially when you're looking to take on the world.

Shaun White knew those issues, and went to great lengths to ensure a surprising run to go for the gold.

White was always competitive. He even kicked out his roommate and fellow snowboard star Kevin Pearce when he started beating him, creating a huge rivalry.

It was obvious he took this seriously, which was great for the Olympics but maybe not so great on his personal relationships.

He trained in his own secured pipe for the Olympics, keeping curious eyes away from his inventive tricks and stunts. He even made his girlfriend sign an official binding non disclosure agreement about his secret pipe and what went on in his training hours. Lips were sealed.

Luckily, the most awesome tricks we see in the sport today are not only because of the secretive training, but also because of the rivalry that went on between White and his former roommate.


A crash reversed a paralympian’s paralysis!

Monique van der Vorst, a 27-year-old from the Netherlands, was formerly a paralympian athlete as a hand cyclist. After a collision, when a bike hit van der Vorst, she ended up in the hospital and began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs. Slowly, she began regaining movement in her legs, and after many months of rehabilitation, she gained the ability to stand and walk for the first time in more than a decade! 

Van der Vorst had been paralyzed since the age of 13. Before the accident that restored her ability to walk, van der Vorst was training to be a part of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Because she can now walk, she can no longer compete in the Paralympics as she had been training for, a career she misses. 

Able-bodied, van der Vorst has worked hard to relearn how to ride a traditional bike. She has joined the Rabobank cycling team and is working hard to catch up to the other athletes on the team. It’s her goal to compete in the 2016 Olympics. 

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78% of NFL players are bankrupt just two years after finishing their careers!

Many people would look at that statistic and think there’s no way any person could blow through hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars in a matter of two years, yet professional athletes consistently fall victim to the same fate: bankruptcy. It’s not just football players either, it’s all sports. 

Just a few renowned athletes who went broke are Terrell Owens, Mike Tyson, Dorothy Hamill, and Allen Iverson! 60% of NBA players have no money within five years of retirement and for some reason the trend is getting worse. Why? There are several reasons. It’s unnatural to receive such large sums of money that professional athletes do in their early 20’s, and many never think of a time when the money will stop coming. 

Unfortunately, many of them are ousted from the sports world much sooner than they expect. The average football career only lasts around three and a half years, and many of the huge signing incomes that are promised are not paid. Another reason is the sense of entitlement many athletes seem to have. 

After being held on a pedestal as near immortals, athletes face a harsh reality when they stop playing and realize they are subject to the same rules as everyone else. Many also develop gambling, alcohol, or drug addictions because they have so much money and end up flat broke in their mid-20’s!


Coca-Cola Became Jealous of Their Sponsor Drinking Pepsi and Terminated Him!

Ronaldinho, a soccer player from Brazil had endorsed Pepsi much of his career.

He had also appeared alongside fellow soccer star David Beckham in commercials.

After signing a deal with Coco Cola in 2011, he was caught in July 2012 sipping on Pepsi during a press conference that was being held about his game.

Ronaldinho is one of the world’s highest players in the game of soccer also known as football. He has also graced many covers of the FIFA video game series including FIFA 04, 06, 07, 08 and 09.

A video of him juggling a football was the first video on YouTube to reach one million views. The video happened because of Nike’s advertising with a boot they had given him.

So next time you see your favorite athletes, bands or celebrities representing some of your favorite brands, think about the brand rivalry that happens behind the scenes!

The world of brand marketing and product placement is a brutal game.



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