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Many people are into sports, including sitting on the couch or podium and watching their favorite team or athlete. But it's one thing to know everything about your favorites, and quite another - about everything that relates to the topic of sports, from the Olympic Games to well-known facts.


Quiz. Questions and answers about sports that will baffle even a school teacher


Bemorepanda has compiled a list of questions that may interest sports fans and provide an opportunity to show off their knowledge in this area. Don't be afraid; we are not going to ask something very complicated, like what is the national sport in Bangladesh. Our questions relate to more widespread sports worldwide, such as basketball, football, and others, or the Olympics. Although, to be honest, some questions will surely make you break your head.



1. What is the length of the marathon distance?

Answer: 42 km 195 m.


2. The French Open is played at the stadium named after which World War I pilot?

Answer: Roland Garros.


3. Who was the first British player to win league titles in four countries?

Answer: David Beckham.


4. What is the only country that has taken part in all the World Cups?

Answer: Brazil.


5. How many disciplines are there in men's gymnastics?

Answer: Six - jump, rings, floor, crossbar, uneven bars, horse.


6. How many rings are on the Olympic flag?

Answer: 5.


7. What is the record for the most red cards in one football match?

Answer: 36.


8. What is the Tour de France?

Answer: Cycling.


9. Which African country was the first to qualify for the World Cup?

Answer: Egypt.


10. Which city was the first to host the Olympics twice?

Answer: Paris.



11. What is the last competition in the decathlon?

Answer: 1500 meter run.


12. What is the national sport in Canada other than hockey?

Answer: Lacrosse.


13. How many dimples are on the average golf ball?

Answer: 336.


14. What does NBA mean?

Answer: National Basketball Association.


15. What part of the body in football cannot touch the ball?

Answer: hands.


16. What sport uses net, racket and shuttlecock?

Answer: badminton.


17. In what year were women allowed to compete in the modern Olympics?

Answer: 1900.


18. What winter sport uses the terms "stale fish" and "mule kick"?

Answer: snowboarding.


19. How long was the longest point draw in tennis history?

Answer: 29 minutes.


20. How many Olympic Games have been held in countries that no longer exist?

Answer: 3 (USSR, Yugoslavia and West Germany).


21. Name the athlete of the century, announced in 1999 by both the prestigious American magazine Sports Illustrated and the BBC?

Answer: Muhammad Ali.



22. At the 1971 Olympics, Nadia Comaneci became the first gymnast to score the highest score. What country did she represent?

Answer: Romania.


23. What is the only city in the US that has won three of the four major professional sports championships in the same year?

Answer: Detroit won the NFL, NBA and NHL.


24. Who is the youngest heavyweight boxing world champion?

Answer: Mike Tyson - 20.


25. The Olympic Games are held once every how many years?

Answer: Technically every 2 years, because the Summer and Winter Olympics are no longer held in the same year, as they used to be after 4 years.


26. Who has won more Grand Slam tennis titles, Venus Williams or Serena Williams?

Answer: Serena Williams.


27. How many medals did China win at the Beijing Olympics?

Answer: 100.


28. How many players are on the baseball team?

Answer: 9.


29. Who was the youngest player to score 10,000 points in the NBA?

Answer: LeBron James.



30. How old was the youngest professional footballer?

Answer: 12.


31. What was the fastest goal in World Cup history?

Answer: 10.8 seconds.


32. What do the rings symbolize at the Olympic Games?

Answer: Continents of the world.


33. Where were the first ancient Olympic Games held?

Answer: In Greece.


34. In which sport is the strongest identified in a circle with a diameter of 4.5-5 meters?

Answer: Sumo wrestling.


35. Who is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as

Answer: Pele is a Brazilian soccer player.


36. Who has won the most heavyweight boxing world title fights?

Answer: Joe Louis.


37. What do Indianapolis 500 winners traditionally drink in the winning circle?

Answer: Milk.


38. How many dogs are in a dog race?

Answer: six.



39. Which sport is best known as the "King of Sports"?

Answer: Football.


40. In car racing, which flag is waved to announce the winner?

Answer: Checkered.


41. How many holes are played in an average round of golf?

Answer: 18.


42. How big is an Olympic size swimming pool in meters?

Answer: 50 meters long and 25 meters wide.


43. What kind of sport is called the "sport of kings"?

Answer: Polo.


44. Who has won the most consecutive Wimbledon singles titles?

Answer: Martina Navratilova - six.


45. How many Olympic Games have been held in Africa?

Answer: Zero.


46. ​​Which country last hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the same year?

Answer: Germany - 1936.


47. In cricket, how many points are scored if the ball hits the boundary without rebounding?

Answer: Six.


48. What is the only sport in which teams can be seen defending goals of different sizes?

Answer: Water polo.



49. What is the diameter of a basketball hoop?

Answer: 45 cm, and the maximum is 45.7 cm.


50. Which real-life boxer is the classic 1980 movie Raging Bull about?

Answer: About Jake LaMotta.


51. How long is a free program in figure skating?

Answer: Four and a half minutes for men, four minutes for women.


52. During the first modern Olympic Games, what were the first prize winners awarded with?

Answer: Silver medals.


53. Who won the first two FIFA Women's World Player of the Year awards?

Answer: Mia Hamm.


54. What is the name of the very center of the target in archery or darts?

Answer: Apple.


55. What were the first two women's sports included in the program of the modern Olympic Games?

Answer: Tennis and golf - 1900


56. Who is the youngest woman to ever win a tennis Grand Slam in singles?

Answer: Martina Hingis - 16 years 3 months.


57. At what Olympic Games did Mark Spitz win seven gold medals?

Answer: 1972 - Munich.



58. In what sport did famous pediatrician and writer Benjamin Spock win an Olympic gold medal?

Answer: Rowing.


59. What sports equipment is used to hit a tennis ball?

Answer: Tennis racket.


60. When an Olympic athlete wins first place, what color medal does he get?

Answer: Gold.



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Excess weight is an actual problem, and people engage in sports exercises and follow various diets. Some facts about losing weight will surprise you. A lack of calcium in the body can lead to weight gain, the danger of loving low-fat foods, and 50 more facts about weight loss.


How to lose wight - interesting facts


Admit that you must have Googled "How to lose weight in three days" or "Keto diet." Many people have done this - come up with extra pounds and try to achieve perfection, eat nothing all day but an apple and a piece of cheese, and at two in the morning run to the refrigerator and eat three sandwiches, drinking cola. However, nutritionists believe that express diets before some important event are not rational: after all, no matter how much you throw off, during the holidays, you will probably “eat” too much, and later those extra pounds will return in double volume.


The amount eaten at dinner depends on the lighting

The brighter the light, the less you eat - German scientists came to this conclusion. The lack of light distorts the portion size (it seems smaller), and the amount consumed is more challenging to control.


15 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 60 minutes of running

According to biomechanics, running is a series of jumps with a relaxed phase of flight after a push. When working with a rope, the muscles of the lower leg of both legs are simultaneously contracted, and circular movements are made in the shoulder joints. This almost quadruples the load.


Everything is possible

The main rule of a good figure: is maintaining a balance of KBJU (calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates). The balance looks like this: 50% protein, 30% fat, 20% carbohydrates for losing weight. The number of calories depends on the level of physical activity. Nutrition should be balanced and varied. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to health problems.


Fat-free foods can help you gain weight

Dairy products contain vitamins A, D, E, and K, but they are not absorbed without fat. Lipids signal the brain to be complete. If they are not in the dish, we eat much more.


Sugar is added to fat-free foods to add flavor, and these are fast carbohydrates from which you can get better.


Weight depends on the condition of the teeth

It has been proven that people with severe chewing surface wear, teeth diseases, and oral cavity gain weight twice as fast—reason: indigestion and metabolism due to insufficient chewing of food.


Short-term diets don't work

First of all, the body breaks up with water and only then - with fat cells. Slow weight loss involves a comfortable diet without starvation and stress, due to which the diet is easier to tolerate. Rapid weight loss negatively affects the work of the digestive tract and is fraught with food breakdowns and a set of extra kilos.


Overweight people have a normal metabolism

Overweight people use more energy. Each move and turn costs them a few more calories. Studies have shown that the metabolism of fat people is about the same as that of thin people.


Weight gain is a long process

Gaining weight is a long process, just like losing weight. If, after a piece of cake, the scales showed +300 grams, this is water, not fat. In the morning, the weight will return to normal. To gain, it is necessary to disturb the balance of KBJU and overeat systematically.


Aromatherapy helps you lose weight

Some aromas send satiety signals to the brain—for example, the smell of peppermint, apples, and bananas. Keep a bottle of essential oil on your desk and occasionally bring it to your nose when you get hungry. When choosing an apple or banana as a snack, try to chew it as slowly as possible to prolong the flavor.


The perfect snack - pine nuts

British scientists have found that pine nuts contribute to the production of cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends a signal of satiety. They are superior to vegetables, fruits, bread, and meat in terms of nutritional value. Bonus: pine nuts contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, tannins, fiber, and carbohydrates.


Dog owners gain weight more slowly

Scientists at the University of Michigan have calculated that pet owners move 34% more every day! Walking the dog is a great cardio workout that triples your energy expenditure.


Sweets are allowed on a diet

For most, sweets are rewards. For this reason, they "seize" the slightest stress with sweets. Moderate consumption of sweets will not affect the figure. Opt for dark chocolate and fruits. Remember, PP pastries and naturally dried fruit sweets are no less caloric than traditional desserts. Don't get carried away!


Calcium deficiency increases appetite

Specialists from the Laval Faculty of Medicine conducted a study: they divided overweight women into two groups and offered a different diet. The basis of the menu of the first group was products with a high content of calcium, the second - with a low range. Result: a menu enriched with calcium helps lose weight several times faster.


Late dinner does not affect the figure

The rule of thumb for weight loss is that you spend more energy than you take in calories. The time of the last meal should be no later than 3 hours before bedtime. If you are a night owl, a late dinner is acceptable and indicated (people with different circadian rhythms have different metabolic patterns).


Long-term diets are ineffective

Scientists in California have proven that prolonged dieting reduces its effectiveness. To continue to lose weight, you need to diversify the menu and practice regular physical activity.


There are no harmful calorie foods

A common myth is that certain foods (celery, for example) take more calories to digest than they provide. Some vegetables and fruits help speed up the metabolism: radishes, broccoli, grapefruit, asparagus, carrots, and others. Their calorie content tends to zero. By eating fatty foods, you will not be able to lose weight!


"Liquid calories" in the account

Dieters scrupulously count every calorie, forgetting to add tea, coffee, juices. A cup of standard latte 500 ml - 256 kcal, fresh - 180! If your goal is to lose weight, drink water with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.


Dessert time – 17.00

French nutritionist Alain Delabaud is sure that the cause of excess weight is the inability to “listen” to the body. Hormones are produced according to the daily "schedule." The peak of cortisol synthesis, which is involved in digestion, is in the morning. Therefore, Alain advises eating more fat for breakfast.


Fast carbohydrates are better absorbed by the evening - with them, the amino acid tryptophan is delivered to the brain and promotes the production of serotonin - the hormone of happiness. This protects against food breakdowns before bed. Delabeau says: "The best time for dessert: 16.00 - 17.00."


It's easier to lose weight in winter

In winter, many get better. The reason: a decrease in motor activity, not a slowdown in metabolism (another common myth!). In sub-zero temperatures, the metabolic rate increases (to generate heat), and calories are burned faster.


Men lose weight faster

Scientists have found that men lose weight twice as fast. The reason: hormones that prepare the body for pregnancy take part in regulating female metabolism. When he receives fewer calories, any incoming product is stored as a reserve, transforming into subcutaneous fatty tissue.


Sleep deprivation leads to weight gain

During sleep, the body produces leptin, a hormone that stimulates metabolism and the mechanism of hunger/satiety. Constant lack of sleep leads to its absence. Outcome: metabolic disorder.


10-minute exercise against extra kilos

Daily exercise for 10 minutes by 11% reduces cancer risk, normalizes blood pressure, and helps burn up to 300 kcal. Charging can be replaced by walking - oxygen promotes the breakdown of fat.


Legumes make the diet easier

Legumes allow you to avoid food breakdowns. The effect is achieved due to the low rate of digestion. John Sievenpiper (St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto) proved that those who eat one serving of legumes a day do not experience acute bouts of hunger during the day.


All diets are the same

This statement was made by a group of researchers led by Bradley Johnston (Canada). The researchers analyzed 48 studies in which participants followed different dietary patterns. Regardless of the diet chosen, the average weight loss was 8-9 kilograms in 6 months.


Salt and diet are incompatible

One gram of salt retains 100 grams of water. The daily dose is 10 g (corresponds to a quarter of a teaspoon). Sodium chloride (salt) is found in foods: meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, and cereals. Half of the norm enters the body with them, and no more than 5 g is left for salting dishes.


Mono-diets are dangerous

Monidiets - the use of one product (buckwheat, rice, kefir) for a certain period. Such a change in the diet gives a quick result. In a stressful situation, the body blocks all sources of fat removal, and after the end of the diet, the weight will begin to grow. On mono-diets, they lose weight due to the withdrawal of fluid and the burning of muscle mass!


Herbal teas for weight loss do not work

Most of them act as potent diuretics. You lose weight by getting rid of fluids. Constantly using herbal teas, you risk getting dysfunction of the excretory system.


Fewer calories - healthier food?

In the case of olive, linseed, and other vegetable oils, this rule does not work. Their energy value exceeds 600 kcal per 100 grams! At the same time, nutritionists recommend not giving up oils during the diet - they improve metabolism and lower cholesterol levels.


Anti-cellulite creams do not help you lose weight

All creams, ointments, and gels - fat burners give an effect in combination with the proper diet and regular physical activity. They contain essential oils that improve blood circulation but not burn fat deposits.


Fasting days are useless when losing weight

It takes the body at least 72 hours to switch to fat-burning mode. Daily fasting allows you to get rid of excess fluid. After fasting days, the weight returns with the first meal! Nutritionists say: “It is impossible to maintain a normal weight by fasting one day a week and violating the rules of PP the other 6.”


You don't have to exercise every day

Physical exercise is a must. But the body needs time to restore the muscles - take breaks. Optimal schedule: 4 times a week for 30 minutes with alternating intense, moderate, strength, and aerobic exercises. This will help burn 50 to 100 grams of fat per week.


Exercising regularly, you need to adhere to proper nutrition

Constantly visiting the gym but violating the diet, you will not lose weight. It takes 60 minutes of exercise to burn off the calories of one sandwich of white bread, butter, and cheese, while a pork patty with mashed potatoes equals 20 kilometers of running.


One-time fasting does not “switch” the body into calorie-burning mode

On fasting days, when you limit yourself to a few liters of water per day, your metabolic rate slows down. This does not happen immediately - after 60-70 hours of lack of food. When you start eating again, your metabolism slows down, and all the excess is deposited in the form of subcutaneous fat.


It is impossible to determine the fat content of food "by eye."

Vegetable and butter, margarine - "species fats," which are very high in calories. Some foods contain "hidden" lipids. For example, in a vegetable salad - 20 kcal; if you fill it with a teaspoon of olive oil, the energy value will increase to 65 kcal per 100 g. The result: a dish with 70% fat in the composition. Control it!


Weight formula: height minus 110 does not work!

The ideal weight formula was invented 100 years ago by the French anthropologist Paul Brock. Modern nutritionists are skeptical about it: it does not consider the body's individual characteristics (for example, the presence/absence of muscle mass). The BMI formula is more relevant today: weight divided by height squared. For women, the optimal figure varies from 19 to 24.


Cellulite and excess weight are not the same

Cellulite is a consequence of hormonal imbalance or water-salt metabolism. There are more reasons for excess weight: sedentary work, overeating, not maintaining the balance of KBJU, and others.


Being overweight is not related to heredity

It has been proven that being overweight is a complex phenomenon. Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons, along with hormonal changes, neurological and psychological factors. In 50% of cases, excess weight results from overeating and an unbalanced diet.


Strength training for weight loss equals cardio

Common myth: High-intensity cardio is effective for burning fat. Aerobic exercise should not be more than 20 minutes so as not to "burn" the muscles along with extra calories. Strength training is essential! The more muscles in the body, the more calories are burned at rest.


Bath and sauna do not relieve excess weight

High temperatures stimulate blood circulation but do not get rid of fat. Lipids are broken down during specific chemical reactions, and it is impossible to “evaporate” them. In the bath and sauna, weight loss is due to fluid removal. Steam rooms work in conjunction with physical activity and proper nutrition.


"Local" weight loss is a myth

You can not lose weight only in the buttocks or abdomen! Adipose tissue has nothing to do with nearby muscles. Doing exercises in one area strengthens the muscle corset, and lipids are burned everywhere.


Cutting out carbs won't help you lose weight

Weakness, irritability, lethargy, memory impairment, and insomnia result from carbohydrate-free diets. Without carbohydrates, the body goes into the saving mode, storing fat with each meal. In combination with an excess of protein, this leads to cholesterol plaques.


Mechanical impact on body fat - impossible

Slimming procedures (massage, lymphatic drainage, electrical stimulation, etc.) stimulate blood circulation and metabolism but not break down lipids. For maximum effectiveness, all types of massage should be combined with proper nutrition and cardio training.


You can eat at night

If you are a "night owl" and are not going to bed until 3 am, eat at 12! The body will have time to digest food without consequences. Sleeping on an empty stomach is the cause of insomnia and food breakdowns during the day.


Eating disorders are acceptable

Cake with fat cream will not affect the weight in any way. Nutritionists recommend pampering the body once a week to control appetite. "Reliefs" should be planned - include them in the weekly meal plan.


A weight loss plan may not work

The nutrition plan is developed individually, taking into account the organism's characteristics and physiological indicators. The diet that your friend lost weight on may not work for you due to different metabolic rates, hormonal levels, and other things.


Plant foods don't help you lose weight

Myth: A vegan diet will help you lose weight. Weight gain depends on the presence or absence of meat and animal products. Refusing the latter, the body begins to demand more carbohydrates. Result: extra weight.


Exercise doesn't make you hungry

You are feeling a little hungry after a workout is regular! This indicates an intensive work of metabolism. After the gym, you need to eat no later than 40 minutes to restore energy. Choose protein and fiber if you're looking to lose weight and slow carbs if you're gaining muscle mass.


You don't have to cut out sugar completely

In Edinburgh, scientists conducted studies that proved that a small amount of sugar in the diet contributes to weight loss. The experiment involved 60 women; they were divided into two groups. Sugar was eliminated first. The second - left, picking up an individual "dose." Weighed in two months later, the sugar group lost more pounds.


Have breakfast

A hearty breakfast helps control weight - this is the conclusion of a group of scientists in Cambridge. By eating 50% of your daily calorie intake for breakfast, you give your body time to process them. Without “feeding” him after waking up, you risk switching your metabolism to the “fat reserve” mode.



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A startup that started in June 2009 and has changed the way the world deals with the queries they have and the unanswered questions they have is Quora. Being a top-notch Q&A site is the core of the Quora business model.

On the Quora platform, Internet users ask, answer, and edit questions using real facts, knowledge, or sharing their opinions. Quora's mission, shared by co-founder Adam D'Angelo on the Quora website itself, is to "share and grow the world's knowledge."

The Quora community is a close-knit circle that provides questions, answers, and up and down votes to create a platform for those who need answers to various questions.

This post will help you understand Quora's business model that it adopted to succeed and become one of the "unicorn startups" with a whopping $1.8 billion valuation. We will understand how Quora distributes its features and how revenue streams help it make money.

Quora is a Q&A site that allows people to ask any question and have real people answer it. Initially, Quora did not have a revenue model. He started making money from advertising.

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Quora has a great concept for engaging your target audience with the right content. It usually has answers to most of the frequently asked questions that people ask. Here are some examples of common questions:

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Roland Garros” is on the lips of everyone who is not indifferent to tennis, and especially in the second half of May and early June, when the French Open takes place - the unofficial world championship on clay courts. This name is given to the tennis stadium in Paris. However, not all tennis fans know the history of this name. The French championship at the beginning of the 19th century did not have a permanent residence permit and until 1928 was held on the courts of the capital's clubs "Racing Club de France", "l'île de Puteaux" and "Stade Francais". 

In 1925 it was declared "International", after which it began to be considered as an unofficial world championship on clay courts. There were not enough courts at the existing tennis bases. The French Lawn Tennis Federation (FFLT) realized that the time had come to build a tennis stadium with more courts and grandstands and began to look for a place for it. 

In 1928, the owner of the Stade Francais club (author's note - Located in the Parc Saint-Cloud - a suburb of Paris) Emile Lesieur agreed to donate part of his territory (3.25 hectares) for this purpose, but with one condition - the stadium must bear the name of the famous Frenchman Roland Garros, with whom he was on friendly terms since his studies at the HEC Paris business school (1906-1908), and during the First World War they were both pilots. In addition, Garros played for the club's rugby team - the most titled at that time. The condition was accepted. And not only the stadium was named Roland Garros, but the French Championship itself (Internationaux de France, French Open) began to be called by the same name.

Bemorepanda collected more interesting facts below.

1. Roland Garros, which by the way is called the French Open only outside of France, was not always open. The tournament was first held in 1891, and then only men, members of French tennis clubs, could participate in it.

2. A women's rank was added in 1897, and foreign athletes were able to compete on French courts in 1925.

3. Men are winning the Musketeers Cup, named after the "Four Musketeers' ' Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste, who brought France its first Davis Cup victory in 1927. Women get the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, named after the French tennis player who at the beginning of the 20th century won 12 Grand Slam singles tournaments and was an Olympic champion.

4. The tournament bears the name of the French pilot and aviator Roland Garros, who participated in the First World War.

5. Garros was the first to cross the Mediterranean in an airplane, and invented a machine gun that could be mounted behind a propeller and fired without damaging it. Well, besides this, Garros loved rugby and, of course, tennis. The pilot was a member of one of the French tennis clubs and regularly went to the court while studying in Paris.

6. First, the arena that hosts the French Open was named after him, and then the entire tournament.

7. The arena, which bears the name of Roland Garros, was built specifically in 1928 for the French tennis team, which had won the Davis Cup a year earlier and was supposed to defend the title against the US team. There were simply no other suitable structures in France.

8. When the stadium was built, it was handed over to the French Tennis Federation on the condition that it would bear the name of the famous pilot.

9. This is the smallest arena of all that hosts Grand Slam tournaments, and the organizers plan to reconstruct it in 2016.

10. It was Roland Garros that became the first Grand Slam tournament, which allowed both professional and amateur tennis players to take part in competitions. This happened in 1968.

11. The tournament has been held since 1891, but during the Second World War, the competition was still interrupted. However, even in wartime conditions, small tennis tournaments were held in France. Only the French could participate in them.

12. The question of moving Roland Garros to another city was raised, but the unequivocal decision was made that the tournament should remain in Paris.

13. This is the only Grand Slam tournament that takes place on clay, and the participants require special stamina - the balls fly slower and higher, and good preparation is needed to stay in the game.

14. In addition, the clay surface deprives the masters of the serve, for example, Andy Roddick, during his career at Roland Garros, could not go beyond 4 rounds.

15. The hosts of the Parisian courts cannot boast a long list of achievements. Only three girls and two men have won Roland Garros in singles.

16. The last winner with a French passport was Mary Pierce, who won the tournament in 2000. In men, the last victory of the hosts dates back to 1983 - it was won by Yannick Noah.

17. Yannick Noah was not only the last French winner of the Roland Garros, but also the first black winner of this tournament. His son Joachim Noah did not become a tennis player and plays basketball, he currently plays for the Chicago Bulls NBA team.

18. In women, the first black winner was American Atea Gibson. She won the competition in 1956, the same year she also won the doubles Roland Garros. In addition, she is the first black winner of Wimbledon.

19. Roland Garros, like many major tournaments, has its own museum, which is called "tennisseum". It was opened in 2003 and covers 2200 square meters.

20. This is the first multimedia museum dedicated to tennis, with almost 4,400 hours of audiovisual programs on the history of the tournament, the oldest of which date back to 1897.

21. In addition to multimedia materials, the museum also presents ordinary exhibits. For example, more than 100 rackets, the oldest of which date back to the 50s of the XX century.

22. The youngest winner in 1989 was the American Michael Chang, at that time he was 17 years and 3 months old. In the women's category, the youngest winner is an American of Yugoslav origin, Monica Seles. In 1990, she won the tournament at the age of 16 years and 6 months.

23. Roland Garros record holders for the number of victories are Chris Evert in women and Rafael Nadal. Both won on the Parisian courts 7 times.

24. Spaniard Nadal won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. American Chris Evert won the tournament in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1986.

25. Nadal won the French Open 4 times in a row (as did Bjorn Borg, who won a total of 6 victories at Roland Garros) and defended the title in the 2013 season. In the women's part of the tournament, the current winner is Russian Maria Sharapova.

26. In 1891, the Union of French Societies of Athletic Sports (USFSA) organized the first French tennis championship, which took place within one day in Paris on the clay courts of the Racing Club. The tournament did not arouse much interest either among tennis players or among spectators, since only the French or members of French tennis clubs were allowed to participate. But by the beginning of the twentieth century, the championship became the largest French tournament.

27. However, in 1912, the number of participants decreased sharply, as a new World Clay Tennis Championship appeared, organized in cooperation with the Stade Français club. After 11 years, this tournament exhausts itself, which leads to the resumption of the previous championship of France. In 1925, foreign players were admitted to the championship for the first time, and it acquired the status of the French Open. Tournaments start at the same time on the courts of Stade Français and Racing Club.

28. In 1927, the magnificent French four Jacques Brunion, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste, whom the press and fans called only the “four musketeers”, defeated American tennis players in the Davis Cup. The rematch was supposed to take place in the home of the Musketeers, and such a major sporting event required a stadium of a decent standard. The Stade Français club is donating three hectares of land to the French Tennis Federation in Porte d'Auteuil, a suburb of Paris.

29. The only stipulation was that the new stadium would bear the name of former French hero club member and military pilot Roland Garros, the first person to fly non-stop across the Mediterranean and who died just five weeks before the end of the First World War. In May 1928, the opening of the stadium took place, on the courts of which a few weeks later the French championship was held, and then the long-awaited rematch with the Americans took place. Since that time, the French Open has received a permanent registration and became the fourth Grand Slam tournament. In 1968, the French were the first of the big four to allow professional players onto their courts.

30. In 1974, 18-year-old Bjorn Borg and 19-year-old Chris Evert won in Paris. These two victories marked the beginning of a new era. From 1974 to 1981, the Swede won the championship six times, and the American won seven titles between 1974 and 1986. These successes have made tennis players Roland Garros record holders. In terms of the total number of victories won in all categories, the best are the Frenchman Henri Cochet (nine titles) and the Australian Margaret Smith Court (13 titles).

31. In 1983, 37 years after the victory of Marcel Bernard, to the delight of all France, their compatriot Yannick Noah won. And the last Frenchwoman to win in Paris was Marie Pierce in 2000. In total, French athletes have won 16 titles in the 85-year history of the Open Championship (ten men, six women). The champions among men are the Spaniards (13 titles), and among women, the Americans are out of competition (27 times).

32. In 1989, the tournament was won by Michael Chang. He is only 17 years old, becoming the youngest champion of the French Open and the first American in 34 years (the last was Tony Trabert in 1955). Among the girls, the youngest champion is Monica Seles (16 years 6 months).

33. Monica is also the third tennis player in the history of the French Open, who managed to win the tournament three times in a row (1990-92). Helen Wills-Moody (1928-30) and Hilde Sperling (1935-37) did it before her. In the future, this achievement will be able to repeat Justine Henin (2005-07). The record among men is four victories in a row. Two managed to do this - Bjorn Borg (1978-81) and Rafael Nadal (2005-08).

34. Helen Wills-Moody holds another record - she has not lost a single set in all four championships she has won. Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980), Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010) and Justine Henin (2006-07) each have two such championships.

35. Most victories on the courts of Paris won: for men - Guillermo Vilas (56 wins in 73 matches), for women - Steffi Graf (84 wins in 94 matches).

36. The record holders for the longest matches in the championship are the French: for men - Fabrice Santoro - Arnaud Clement 6:4, 6:3, 6:7, 3:6, 16:14 (2004, 393 min.), And for women - Virginie Busson - Noel van Lotton 6:7, 7:5, 6:2 (1995, 247 min.).

40. The shortest final was played in 1988, when Steffi Graf defeated Natasha Zvereva - 6:0, 6:0 (34 min.) The German woman also holds the record for the longest final (1996), in which she defeated Arancha Sanchez - Vicario 6:3, 6:7, 10:8 (184 min.) Among men, the longest final was played in 1982 - Mats Wilander - Guillermo Vilas 1:6, 7:6, 6:0, 6:4 (282 min.).

41. In 1993, 12-year-old Martina Hingis at Roland Garros became the youngest champion in the history of junior Grand Slam tournaments. It's a paradox, but it is the French championship that will remain a white spot in her professional career. Among men, the main loser of Paris is considered to be the great Pete Sampras.

42. In 1997, Gustavo Kuerten won in Paris, being the 66th racket of the world. It was the first professional title in the Brazilian's career. In 2001, he won the tournament for the third time and became the first champion of Roland Garros, who had to play match points on the way to the title. 

43. Three years later, another unseeded player, Gaston Gaudio, will win a sensational championship victory, while winning back two championship points. In total, in the history of the championship, only four men won without being seeded players.

44. Among women, the only unseeded champion was Margaret Scriven (1933). Until last year, this was the only time that a tennis player not included in the Top 10 seeding became the champion.

45. The record holder for the number of performances in Paris is the Frenchwoman Natalie Tosia (18 times).

46. The 1998 Men's Championship went down in history as the first Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era in which only one of the top eight seeds made it past the second round. In addition, at the French Open, it has not yet happened that a tennis player who made his way to the main draw through qualification defeated the current champion: Marat Safin - Gustavo Kuerten 3:6, 7:6, 3:6, 6:1, 6:4.

47. In the same year, the Williams sisters played their first Grand Slam final. In the mixed doubles competition, the victory went to the eldest: Venus, paired with Justin Gimelstob, defeated Serena and Luis Lobo 6:4, 6:4.

48. Russian finals were played twice in Paris: in 2004, Anastasia Myskina beat Elena Dementieva 6:1, 6:2, and in 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dinara Safina 6:4, 6:2. And the first Russian woman to win the Roland Garros was Olga Morozova, who won the doubles title in 1974. In total, Russian tennis players have won seven titles. Yevgeny Kafelnikov became the champion in singles (1996) and won three times in doubles. Evgenia Manyukova and Andrey Olkhovsky won the mixed doubles competition (1993).

49. Roland Garros is considered the most romantic Grand Slam tournament. As many believe, this is facilitated by the nearby Bois de Boulogne and the special Parisian aura. More than one tennis romance happened here. And the biggest love story was born in 1999, when Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were celebrating their victories.

50. Pink geranium has always been an indispensable attribute of the center courts of the stadium. However, in the middle of the last decade, for unknown reasons, this color began to annoy some tennis leaders, and the geranium bloomed its current red color.

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Now it is difficult to imagine the football life of Europe without such a tournament as the Champions League. However, the history of this tournament is not much more than 50 years old.

Preparations for the first draw of the most prestigious European club trophy started a month after the first UEFA Congress, held on March 2, 1955 in Vienna. Interestingly, the idea of ​​organizing the "European Cup" did not belong to the football union.


At that time, members of the football union were concerned about the organization of tournaments with national teams, and the editor of the French sports newspaper L'Equipe ("Equipe") Gabriel Hanot suggested the creation of a club tournament on a European scale. !December 6, 1954, the next issue of the newspaper came out with a catchy "hat" - "We offer the football European Cup." Ano and his colleague Jacques Ferrand proposed to play the matches of the new tournament on Wednesday evening.


Ano's proposal received a favorable response from most of Europe's top teams. Already in January 1955, the editors of "Ekip" sent out to all European clubs and football associations the regulation on the draw, which, with minor changes, was valid until the beginning of the 90s. On April 2, sixteen representatives of European club football gathered in Paris and signed a document on the birth of a new competition - the European Champions Cup.


Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about the UEFA Champions League.



1. France is the country with the most players (471)


2. Players from 124 nationalities participated in matches


3. Daniel Amokachi - scorer of the first goal (11/25/1992 Brugge-CSKA 1:0)


4. Lionel Messi and Luis Adriano have scored the most goals in one match (5)


5. Francesco Totti is the oldest goalscorer (38 years and 59 days)


6. Celestine Babayaro - the youngest debutant (16 years and 87 days)


7. Raul is the youngest hat-tricker at the age of 18 years 114 days (10/18/1995 Real Madrid 6-1 Ferencváros (24, 25, 84 minutes)


8. 13 Spanish teams have participated in at least one Champions League (Atletico, Atlético, Barcelona, ​​Betis, Valencia, Villarreal, Deportivo, Málaga, Mallorca, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Celta)


9. Luis Figo and Ruud Van Nistelrooy have scored the most penalties (10)


10. Manchester United - team with the most draws (52 times)


11. Most own goals scored by Barcelona (9)

According to the rules agreed by the organizers, participation in the drawing of the champions of individual countries was not mandatory at first. The L'Equipe team considered that it would be more profitable to invite the most popular clubs to participate in the tournament.


June 21, 1955 The UEFA Emergency Committee decides to organize a tournament called the European Cup. It is noteworthy that by this moment even the pairs of teams of the 1/8 finals had already been named - the only case when the composition of the pairs was determined not by a draw, but by the organizers. Despite the name, not all participants represented the champions of their countries, and many national federations refused to delegate their representatives to the European Cup. Among those who refused were the founders of football, the British, as well as the USSR.


So, 16 teams participated in the first draw, divided at the discretion of the organizers into eight pairs (drawing lots were already held at the subsequent stages). The first match of the European Cup took place on September 4, 1955 in Lisbon. The honor to open a new competition fell to the local "Sporting" and the Belgrade "Partizan". In the debut match of the new tournament, "Sporting" and "Partizan" scored each other three goals. In the second leg in Belgrade, the Yugoslavs celebrated the victory with a score of 5: 2, and they advanced to the next round.). The Portuguese striker Martins became the author of the first goal scored in the 14th minute after the start of the match.


The first Champions Cup final was played in Paris on June 13, 1956 between the teams Stade de Reims and Real Madrid (Madrid) and ended with a score of 3:4, in favor of Madrid.

During the first five draws, the best club team was the Spanish "Real" (Madrid), which was a kind of team made up of the "stars" of South American and European football. He had the longest winning streak, subsequently winning the trophy after another 5 years, however, he had to wait 32 years for the next win, when in 1998 he finally won the Champions League Cup.

In addition to Real Madrid, Ajax and Bayern had a series of victories, and Liverpool won four victories between 1977 and 1984 with four almost different compositions.



12. Marco Van Basten - the author of the first hat-trick in the Champions League (11/25/1992 Milan-Gothenburg)


13. Glasgow Rangers - the team that won the first away victory (09.12.1992 CSKA-Glasgow Rangers 0:1). Although formally the meeting was held in Bochum (Germany)


14. Donetsk Shakhtar - the author of the biggest away victory 7:0


15. Real Madrid have not scored the most penalties (11)


16. Most referees sent off players against Barcelona (29 times)


17. ​​Real Madrid is the team with the most wins in a single competition (12 - 2001/2002)


18. Maccabi Haifa (2009/2010) and Deportivo (2005/2005) didn't score a single goal


19. Iker Casillas is the player with the most starts (149 times) and the most finisher (145 times)


20. Alessandro Nesta - player who has not scored in 99 matches


The turning point in the development of the tournament is the 1992/93 season, when the Champions League came to replace the Champions Cup. The group stage tested a year before was added to the playoff stages. The growth in popularity has led to the fact that the number of participants in the main draw of the tournament has grown over time from 16 to 32. Champions League matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


The popularity of the European Cup and the number of its participants grew every year, and soon two more tournaments appeared in Europe - the Cup Winners' Cup (now merged with the UEFA Cup) and the Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Cup).


There are three qualifying rounds. They involve the champions of those countries that have a "low" football level, as well as teams from countries of a "high" football level that have not taken the necessary places to get into the main draw automatically. The participating teams are divided into pairs and play two matches according to UEFA rules (home and away matches). Teams that are defeated in the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds on aggregate leave the tournament. If a football club loses in the 3rd quarter. round, he advances to the 1st round of the UEFA Cup. Teams that successfully pass the qualifying rounds enter the main draw of the Champions League.


The group stage is the first stage of the Champions League main draw. 32 European teams play here. Participants are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each (groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H). Each football club must play with opponents in the group twice (home and away matches). Teams that take first and second place in their group go to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. The third-placed football club continues to play in Europe, namely, in 1/16 of the UEFA Cup.


16 teams participate in the 1/8 finals. Participants are divided into pairs, two matches are played according to the rules of UEFA (home and away matches). The winner of the pair advances to the quarter-finals, and the winners of the quarter-finals to the semi-finals. Matches 1/4 and 1/2 finals of the Champions League are held by analogy with the 1/8 finals. Only in 1/4 there are already 8 teams (4 pairs), and in 1/2 - 4 teams (two pairs). The winners of the two semi-final pairs meet in the final, where they will compete for the most important and prestigious football trophy in Europe.


The final consists of one match. The venue for the final is determined long before the start of the Champions League tournament. In case of a draw after the end of normal time, two more halves of 15 minutes are added before the Silver goal. If the score remains tied after two added halves, the match is decided in a penalty shoot-out. The winner of the Champions League receives a cup, which you can find out about on this website in the section "About the main trophy"



21. Vanden Borre - 23 consecutive unbeaten player


22. Xavi is the player with the most wins (91)


23. Raul was the first to play 100 Champions League matches


24. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring most times in matches (29 times)


25. Biggest win in tournament history - Liverpool-Besiktas 8-0 (06.11.2007)


26. Carles Puyol as captain has won the most trophy - 3 times


27. Roy Makaay - the author of the fastest goal 10.12 seconds (03/07/2007 Bayern-Real Madrid)


28. Milan most played in finals (6 times), Bayern, Barcelona and Juventus (5 times), Real Madrid and Manchester United 4 times each


29. Juventus lost the most finals (4 times), Milan and Bayern 3 times each



30. Real Madrid (4) and Porto (1) have never lost a final


31. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most in one competition - 17 goals (2013/2014)


32. The biggest difference in the final - Milan-Barcelona (4:0) 05/18/1994


33. Liverpool-Milan (3:3) - the most productive final (05/25/2005)


34. 5 players scored doubles in finals - Daniele Massaro (1993/1994), Karl Heinz Riedle (1996/1997), Hernan Crespo (2004/2005), Filippo Inzaghi (2006/2007), Diego Milito (2009/2010)


35. 4 players scored in two finals - Raul (1999/2000 and 2001/2002), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/2008 and 2013/2014), Lionel Messi (2008/2009 and 2010/2011), Samuel Eto'o (2005 /2006 and 2008/2009)


36. Carlo Ancelotti has won the trophy three times (2002/2003, 2006/2007 with Milan and 2013/2014 with Real Madrid)


37. Coaches who won the trophy with different teams - Otmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1996/1997 and Bayern Munich 2000/2001), Jupp Heynckess (Real Madrid 1997/1998 and Bayern Munich 2012/2013), José Mourinho (Porto 2003/2004 and Inter 2009 /2010), Carlo Ancelotti (Milan 2002/2003, 2006/2007 and Real Madrid 2013/2014)



38. The oldest winning coach - Raymond Gutals (71 years and 232 days)


39. 6 times the winner was determined in a penalty shootout - Juventus-Ajax (1995/1996), Bayern-Valencia (2000/2001), Milan-Juventus (2002/2003), Liverpool-Milan (2004/2005), Manchester United-Chelsea (2007/2008), Chelsea-Bayern (2011/2012)


40. 1 time winner determined in extra time - Real Madrid-Atletico 2013/2014 (4:1)


41. The oldest field player - Alessandro Costacurta 40 years and 213 days (21.11.2006 AEK - Milan 1:0)


42. Clarence Seedorf is the only one to win the Champions League with 3 different clubs (Ajax 1994/1995, Real Madrid 1997/1998, Milan 2002/2003, 2006/2007)


43. Frank Rijkaard is the only one to have won the Champions League as a player (Ajax 1994/1995) and coach (Barcelona 2005/2006)


44. Final Milan-Liverpool (2004/2005, 2006/2007) and Barcelona-Manchester United (2008/2009, 2010/2011) played twice



45. Real Madrid and Bayern are the teams with the most consecutive victories (10)


46. 130 teams have participated in the tournament at least once


47. Barcelona have won the most away games - 45 matches


48. 20 different stadiums hosted the Champions League final


49. 13 of them had a different winner


50. 14 teams lost every match in the Champions League group stage - Kosice (1997/1998), Fenerbahce (2001/2002), Spartak Moscow (2002/2003), Anderlecht (2004/2005), Rapid (2005/2006), Levski (2006/2007), Dynamo Kyiv (2007/2008), Debrecen (2009/2010), Zilina (2010/2011), Partizan (2010/2011), Maccabi Haifa (2009/2010), Villarreal (2011/2012), Ocelul (2011/2012), Olympique Marseille (2103/2014)


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The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. The club was founded in 1946 and has won the NBA title 17 times since its inception.


The Celtics first became champions in 1957. From 1959 to 1966, Boston won the championship eight times in a row, a record winning streak in North American professional sports. During this period, the club met the Los Angeles Lakers team 5 times in the finals, which influenced the birth of the most famous confrontation in the NBA.


Boston players won the title in 1974 and 1976, the team leaders at that time were: Dave Cowens, John Havlicek and Joe Joe White. Since the 1981-82 season, the Celtics have played: Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale - these basketball players are now known as the "Big Three". During its existence, from 1980 to 1992, Boston won the championship three times.


Below you can read some more interesting facts about the Boston Celtics.



1. In 1987-2007, the Celtics never went beyond the conference semifinals, often did not get into the playoffs at all (except for the 2001/2002 season, when the Celtics reached the conference finals, where they lost to the New Jersey Nets). 


2. During this period, the team's current basketball player Reggie Lewis and a young player selected by the Celtics in the 1986 draft, Len Bias, tragically died. In the course of the 2006/07 season, the long-term coach and general manager of the team, Red Auerbach, passed away.


3. Before the start of the 2007/08 season, the team was replenished by multiple All-Star players: Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Together with Paul Pierce and under the guidance of coach Doc Rivers, these players became NBA champions in 2008.


4. Four Celtics basketball players have received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Bob Cosey, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, and Larry Bird. John Havlicek is the team's most productive player in its history; in games for Boston, he scored 26,395 points .


5. One of the most successful franchises in sports history, the Celtics won 11 of the 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from 1957 to 1969. Overall, they have won 17 NBA titles.



6. Founded in Boston in 1946 by Walter Brown, the Celtics were charter members of the Basketball Association of America, the predecessor of the NBA (founded in 1949). 


7. At the time of the team's founding, Brown also ran the Boston Garden, on which the Celtics' distinctive green-and-whites played, and thrived until the franchise moved to a new arena, now known as TD Garden, in 1995–96. 


8. The team posted a losing record in each of its first four seasons, prompting the hiring of head coach Red Auerbach in 1950.


9. The Celtics' athletic dynasty began in the mid-1950s under Auerbach, who later served as the team's general manager and president. 


10. The team won its first title in the 1956–57 season after defeating the St. Louis Hawks in the final series, which included Game 7 in double overtime. 


11. With a Hall of Fame roster including Frank Ramsey, Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, ball master Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, dominating center Bill Russell (5-time MVP), and then Sam Jones, KC Jones and John Havlicek, the Celts won eight consecutive NBA titles between 1958–59 and 1965–66—a record for the four major North American team sports—and were victorious again in 1967–68 and 1968–69.



12. Boston's rise coincided with the post-war spread of television in the United States, helping the team and its players become iconic figures as the sport grew in national importance. 


13. Highlights from the Celtics' unprecedented championship included Russell collecting two NBA Finals-record 40 rebounds per game (1960, 1962) and Havlicek's streak-grabbing streak in Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Division Finals, which elicited the famous cry, "Havlicek stole the ball announcer Johnny Most. 


14. Matches between Russell, who was the player-coach of the Celtics from 1966 to 1969, and Wilt Chamberlain, first for the Philadelphia 76s and then for the Los Angeles Lakers, were at the center of some of the most dramatic games in NBA playoff history.


15. Havlicek was still a key contributor, along with Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and Joe Jo White, on Heinson's coached title-winning teams in 1973–74 and 1975–76. The second of these championships included a dramatic treble over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Finals. 


16. In 1978, the Celtics were involved in an unusual deal after the NBA banned team owner Irv Levin from moving the franchise to his native California. Instead, Levine and John Y. Brown, owner of the Buffalo Braves, traded franchises. 



17. That same year, Boston acquired one of the greatest players in league history - and arguably the most beloved Celtic of all time - when they selected hit forward Larry Bird in the NBA draft. 


18. The NBA rose to a new level of popularity thanks to the hype generated by the battle for supremacy between the Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, and the Celtics, led by Byrd (who had a rivalry with Johnson back in his college days). Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Dennis Johnson, who is five reached the NBA Finals once in the 1980s and won championships in 1980–81, 1983–84, and 1985–86.


19. In the mid-1990s, the Celtics experienced the first extended playoff drought in franchise history, six straight years since the 1995–96 season. When the Celtics returned to the postseason, they often lost in the early rounds. 


20. That changed in the 2007–08 season, when the Celtics made the biggest single-season shift in NBA history, finishing with the league's best record and 42-win improvement after adding superstars in the offseason.


21. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to a team that already included perennial All-Star Paul Pierce. They advanced to the NBA Finals where they defeated the Lakers for the ninth time to win the 17th title in franchise history. 



22. The two franchises again won their respective conference championships and met for the NBA title in the 2009–10 season, with the Lakers winning the championship in seven games.


23. As the Celtics' veteran roster grew older, the team's success on the court declined. Allen went into free agency in 2012 and the team switched Garnett and Pierce after the 2012–13 campaign to encourage a recovery process centered on younger players. These efforts paid off much faster than many observers expected as the Celtics returned to the playoffs in 2014–15. This season saw the addition of point guard Isaiah Thomas to the team, and he turned into an All-Star Game, leading the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2016–17. 


24. The team's season ended in the Conference Finals after the Celtics lost four games to one to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics traded Thomas and other assets for star guard Kyrie Irving during the off-season and also signed All-Star forward Gordon Hayward. 


25. Both players were limited by major injuries during the regular season, but the Celtics' remaining young core outperformed expectations, leading Boston to a second-best record in the Eastern Conference and an unexpectedly long playoff streak that ended in a seven-game conference final loss. to cavaliers. Boston remained relatively healthy throughout the 2018–19 season, but the team was easily eliminated from the playoffs in the second round.



26. Robert Parish is the third longest-serving player with the Boston Celtics behind John Havlicek (16 seasons) and Paul Pierce (15). He went to Boston in a "fraudulent" trade, along with a first-round pick, which was subsequently chosen by Kevin McHale, in exchange for two other first-round picks (Ricky Brown and Joe Barry Carroll).


27. Parish spent the first 4 seasons of his career with the Golden State Warriors, and then spent 14 consecutive seasons in Boston green. In his first 8 years with the Celtics, he went to 8 All-Star Games and became a champion twice. 


28. His average performance in this segment is 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. In his first season with the Celtics, the team had 62 regular season wins and Larry Bird led the team to the title. 


29. For the first four seasons, Parish was second in scoring on the team behind Bird, and then passed by McHale, but he was still the third head of the Bird-McHale-Parish three-headed monster throughout the 80s and into the early 90s. Parish played in Boston until the 1993-94 season, and then spent two more years in Charlotte and one in Chicago before retiring at the age of 43.


30. Kevin Garnett spent the first 12 years of his career in Minnesota, including seven years in a row when the team reached the first round of the playoffs and only once managed to go past the first round. 



31. Big Ticket was a ten-time All-Star and was already 31 years old when he was traded to Boston to form a big trio there in 2007. All this paid dividends in the same season, Boston immediately transformed and became the champion in 2008.


32. Although all three members of the Big Three sacrificed personal statistics for the benefit of the team, Garnett was one of the players who really contributed to the success on both sides of the court. 


33. At the age of 31, he won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year title and was a key player in Boston's best defense that season. At the same time, he managed to work out in the attack.


34. Although his average dropped below 20 points for the first time since the 1997-98 season, he still averaged 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. 


35. Garnett had missed only 12 games in the previous 5 seasons in Minnesota (and if you exclude the rest-time non-meaningful matches in the endings of three more seasons before this, it turns out that due to injuries he missed only 12 games in 8 years). 



36. This amount of playing time began to slowly affect Garnett's health. In the 2007-08 season, Kevin played only 71 games, and the following season only 57 due to problems with an injured knee. His injury rate was starting to become a problem and although his scoring average hadn't dropped as much and he had fantastic defensive play, KG's slump came perhaps a little faster than expected. Along with Paul Pierce, Garnett was traded to Brooklyn in the summer of 2013 before ending his career with Minnesota in the 2015-16 season.


37. Given his performance in Minnesota, Garnett will eventually become a Hall of Famer without question. His period in Boston was only 1-2 years of his prime.


38. Paul Pierce spent 15 seasons in the form of Boston, second only to John Havlicek in this indicator. In the first three years of his career, the team did not make the playoffs, but it was in the third year that he achieved an individual breakthrough in scoring, increasing his performance to 25.3 points per game and 38.3% of three-pointers made. 


39. In the 2001-02 season, Pierce became a member of the All-Star game for the first time, and Boston returned to the playoffs after the break. From that moment began the countdown of seven seasons, during which Pierce was the best player in this strong team, averaging 24.8 points, including 5 seasons when he averaged over 25 points per game. Not too dissimilar to Garnett and Allen, Pierce only made it past the first round of the playoffs twice before the Big Three were assembled.



40. This brings us to the 2007-08 season and the acquisition of Garnett and Allen. Even with the arrival of the other two allstars and the distribution of offensive workloads, Pierce was still averaging 19.2 points per game for the next 6 years of his career in Boston until they were traded along with Garnett to Brooklyn. Pierce ended his career with one season with Washington and two with the Clippers under his old mentor Doc Rivers. 


41. Like Garnett, his career began to decline after leaving Boston, and in the twilight of his career he played more of the role of a three-point shot specialist. 15 consecutive seasons with the Celtics, 10 All-Star appearances and 1 championship. Not a bad resume for a future Hall of Famer and certainly enough to be one of the Boston Celtics' top 8 players of all time.


42. Dave Cowens is the fifth 70s-era player on our list (note original top 30 list) with two league titles in those 10 years (hint: there's one more to come). As a short center (Cowens is 206 cm), Cowens was second in scoring on the team that won the championship in 1973-74. 


43. The following year, he already became its top scorer, having reached the Eastern Conference Finals with the team and held this title the next season, when the Celtics won their next title.



44. Cowens began to prove himself the best player on the team when Havlicek was already closer to forty. Don Nelson and Jo Jo White were the team's other stars, but Cowens was a consistently effective big man and dominated the paint. 


45. He struggled with injuries midway through his career, but he played to his full potential when he was on the court and was effective in every aspect of the game. In fact, Cowens led the Celtics in five statistical categories (points, tackles, assists, steals and blocks) during the 1977-78 season, which speaks to his versatility.


46.Kevin McHale spent his entire thirteen-year career in Boston. According to this indicator, he shares the fourth place in club history with four other Celtics legends. 


47. McHale entered the league in 1980 at the age of 23 and immediately became a champion. Although he was not a regular player in his rookie season, he nevertheless scored 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.


48. In his second season, McHale started 33 games already and his performance improved slightly. This trend continued and in 1985-86 McHale was already a solid starter. That season, Boston became the champion for the third time in his career. 



49. McHale was a regular starter from that point on until his career began to decline in the early 90s. McHale has twice led the league in shot percentage. Both times with the same rate of 60.4% in 1986-87 and 1987-88. He was called up to 7 All-Star Games, including 3 times when he wasn't even a starter on his team. It is widely reported that McHale broke a bone in his foot at the end of the 1987 season - that year he averaged a whopping 26.1 points per game. 


50. He played with the effects of injury and yet was still effective, averaging over 20 points in the next three seasons, but obviously couldn't keep up once he hit 30. McHale will be remembered for his 13 seasons in green, for his 7 all-star appearances and for his 3 league titles in the 80s. It's been a fantastic career and deserves to be in the top 6 of our list.


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