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Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Verein für Leibesübungen 1900 e. V. Mönchengladbach known as Borussia Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach or Gladbach, is a professional football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, that plays in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football; the club has won five League titles, three DFB-Pokals, two UEFA Europa League titles. Borussia Mönchengladbach were founded in 1900, with its name derived from a Latinized form of Prussia, a popular name for German clubs in the former Kingdom of Prussia; the team joined the Bundesliga in 1965, saw the majority of its success in the 1970s, under the guidance of Hennes Weisweiler, they captured five league championships with Die Fohlen team. Mönchengladbach won two UEFA Cup titles during this period. Since 2004, Borussia Mönchengladbach have played at Borussia-Park, having played at the Bökelbergstadion since 1919. Based on membership, Borussia Mönchengladbach is the fifth largest club in Germany, with over 75,000 members; the club's main rivals are Bayer Leverkusen.

A forerunner of the club Borussia Mönchengladbach was a group of players who, after leaving the sports club Germania, founded the new club on 17 November 1899 in the restaurant "Anton Schmitz" on the Alsstraße in Eicken district of Mönchengladbach, which became a sports club with the name FC Borussia in 1900. The name "Borussia" derives from the Latinized form of Prussia, the kingdom in which the city of Mönchengladbach was situated from 1815. By 1912, Die Borussen found itself in the Verbandsliga, at the time the highest division the club could play in. In March 1914, the club purchased the ground on which the Bökelbergstadion would be built; the First World War halted the progress of both the stadium and FC Borussia, but by late 1917 the team had begun to play games once more. In 1919, FC Borussia merged with another local club, Turnverein Germania 1889, becoming 1899 VfTuR M. Gladbach; the club achieved its first major success in 1920, defeating Kölner BC 3–1 to win the Westdeutsche Meisterschaft final.

The union between Germania and Borussia only lasted a matter of two years. V. M. Gladbach. Following the rise of the Nazi Party to power in 1933, the German league system was reformed to consist of 16 Gauligen – Gladbach found themselves playing first in the Gauliga Niederrhein, in various Bezirksklassen. While under the Third Reich, Mönchengladbach's first international player was capped. After the outbreak of World War II, play continued as usual, other than for the 1944–45 season. Mönchengladbach resumed play in June 1946, gaining successive promotions to the Landesliga Niederrhein in 1949 and the top flight, the Oberliga West, in 1950. Following many years of promotions and relegations, Borussia won their first Oberliga title in the 1958–59 season. In August 1960, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated 1. FC Köln in the West German Cup. Weeks the club won the DFB-Pokal, clinching their first national honours after defeating Karlsruher SC 3–2 in the final. Borussia therefore qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1960–61, where they were defeated 11–0 on aggregate by the Scottish club, Rangers.

Rangers won 8 -- 0 in Glasgow. The following year, the club took on the now-familiar name Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach after the city of München-Gladbach became Mönchengladbach; the 1961–62 season in the Oberliga ended again with Borussia in 13th place in the table. In 1962–63, the club hoped in vain to join the circle of DFB clubs which would start next year in the newly founded Bundesliga. Helmut Beyer, who remained in office for 30 years, took over the responsibility of president that season and Helmut Grashoff took over as second chairman. In July 1962, Borussia signed Fritz Langner, who had won the West German championship in 1959 with Westfalia Herne, as their new coach. To Langner's chagrin, the new leadership sold Albert Brüllsfor a record fee of 250,000 DM to FC Modena in Italy in order to rehabilitate the club financially. Helmut Grashoff, who collected the fee in Italian lira in cash in a suitcase said he had feared, after the money transfer, "being thought a bank robber"; the proceeds from the transfer enabled Langner to rebuild the squad with the signing of players like Heinz Lowin, Heinz Crawatzo and Siegfried Burkhardt.

That year, the A-Youth team won the West German championship with a squad that included future professional footballers, Jupp Heynckes and Herbert Laumen. Further honours would have to wait a decade. Borussia's results in the ten years leading up to the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 were not strong enough to earn them admission into the ranks of the nation's new top flight professional league, so the club played in the second tier, the Regionalliga West. In the next season, 1964–65, the club signed the youngsters, Jupp Heynckes and Bernd Rupp, some of the youth team joined the professional squad, their average age of 21.5 years was the lowest of all regional league teams. They earned the nickname "foals" due to their low average age as well as their carefree and successful play. Reporter Wilhelm August Hurtmanns coined the nickname in his articles in the Rheinische Post, he wrote that they would play like young foals. By April 1965, the team had won the Regionalliga West and thus secured the participation in the Bundesliga promotion round in Group 1.

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Early life of Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting is a former Australian international cricketer, born on 19 December 1974. He made his One Day International debut for the Australian cricket team against the South Africa cricket team in New Zealand at the age of 20 on 15 February 1995; the eldest of three children, Ponting emulated the feats of his father, playing cricket in summer and Australian rules football in winter, before breaking his arm while playing the latter sport for a junior North Launceston Football Club team as a 14-year-old. He was educated in the Tasmanian state school system, studying at Mowbray Heights Primary and Brooks High School. Ponting received a bat sponsorship with Kookaburra Sport at 14, before being acclaimed the best 17-year-old batsman that Australian Cricket Academy coach Rod Marsh had seen. At 17 years and 337 days, Ponting made his first-class cricket debut for Tasmania, breaking David Boon's record as the youngest player to represent the state. In the season, he became the youngest Tasmanian to score a first-class century at 18 years and 40 days, eclipsing Boon's record of 19 years and 356 days.

Further into the 1992–93 season, Ponting scored two centuries in a match against Western Australia—the youngest player in Sheffield Shield history to do so. He played non-international games against national teams for Australia A in the 1994–95 World Series Cup, before making his Australian debut. Born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 19 December 1974, Ricky Thomas Ponting is the eldest of Graeme and Lorraine Ponting's three children, his brother Drew is two years younger. Their uncle Greg Campbell played cricket for Australia in 1989 and 1990. Graeme was "a good club cricketer" and played Australian rules, while Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. "Fiercely contested" in the 1950s and 1960s, vigoro is a mix between cricket and baseball played in the Australian states of Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. Ponting's parents first lived in Prospect 4.1 km south of the city centre, before moving into the working-class area of Newnham, 6 km north of central Launceston. The suburb is near Tasmania's largest capacity stadium.

Residents of the area were known as "swampies" because the land was swamp on the banks of the Tamar River. Introduced to cricket by father Graeme and uncle Greg, Ponting was able to play for the Mowbray Under–13s team at the age of 11 in 1985–86. In January 1986, he took part in the five-day annual Northern Tasmania junior cricket competition. On the Monday, he struggled to trouble the scorers, however, he bounced back with a century on Tuesday. Wednesday saw him make 117 not out and he continued his form into Thursday and Friday, scoring centuries on both days. Afterwards, bat manufacturer Kookaburra gave Ponting a sponsorship contract when he was still only 14 years old. Ponting took this form into the Under-16s week-long competition less than a month scoring an century on the final day. Ted Richardson, the former head of the Northern Tasmanian Schools Cricket Association said: "Ricky is the equal of David Boon at this level. At his age he's the best, his technique and temperament are all excellent and he has the modesty he will need to progress further."Australian Rules football was a big part of Ponting's sporting life.

Ponting's arm was so badly damaged. Told to endure a 14-week lay-off, he never played competitive football again, he wrote: "At one stage I was concerned that the arm injury might stop me from playing cricket but they did a pretty good job on pinning the bones—and it hasn't bothered me since."In 1986, Ponting said: "I'd love to play for Australia I look up to David Boon because he's from here." During Tasmanian Sheffield Shield matches at the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association Ground, Ponting served as a scoreboard assistant, thereby surrounding himself with first-class and international cricketers. After leaving school at the end of year 10 as a 16-year-old in 1990, he began work as a groundsman at Scotch Oakburn College, a private school in Launceston. In 1991, the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association sponsored Ponting so that he could attend a fortnight's training at the Australian Institute of Sport's Cricket Academy in Adelaide; the two weeks turned into a full two-year scholarship as he was acclaimed to be the best 17-year-old batsman Academy coach Rod Marsh had seen.

Playing five games for Tasmania in the 1992 Under–19 tournament in Perth, Ponting scored 350 runs, earning him selection in the 13-man national Under–19 development squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa—the first Australian cricket team to make an official tour to the country since Bill Lawry's team in 1970. Under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist, the Australians played four one-day and four three-day games, winning five and drawing three. Ponting scored 430 runs at an average of 45.67. Recalling the excitement of the experience, Ponting wrote: It dawned on me when I was being fitted for my traveling uniform that I was about to represent my country; when that hit home it was a proud moment in my life. Though it was not a real representative tour it felt like it to me It wasn't until we all gathered at the airport that I got the real rush of excitement because there I was, this sixteen year-old kid about to take o

Miku Nishimoto-Neubert

Miku Nishimoto-Neubert is a classical pianist. Born in Tokyo, she studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts. On a recommendation of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling she completed her studies in Hannover at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, where she took the concert exam in 2001, she won awards in international competitions, including in 1994 a first prize at the Concurso Internacional de Musica da Cidade do Porto in Portugal, in 1997 a finalist prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Vevey and a finalist prize at the Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, in 1998 third prize at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. She has been teaching piano accompaniment at the Musikhochhschule in Munich from 2002; the pianist is known for collaboration in projects. She participated in a concert of the Hochschule to celebrate the 75th birthday of Wilhelm Killmayer with performances of his songs, recorded live on 17 November 2002. On 23 June 2013 she accompanied soprano Nadja Michael in a program Orlando Misterioso of staged songs by Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, ending with "Morgen!" by Richard Strauss at the Theater an der Wien.

On 18 January 2013 she was the pianist in the premiere of an interactive video opera by Helga Pogatschar for a performer and eight instrumentalists, based on Kafka's Das Schloss, performed in the Reaktorhalle München. She recorded works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including his Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, the Partitas No. 2 in C minor and No. 6 in E minor, the French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816, the Italian Concerto. Her playing has been described as avoiding a lyrical attitude, "moving between capricious high spirits and a meditative inwardness", adding that she "applies pedal as a special effect, each note in her melodic lines is distinct and articulated", she recorded Klavierstücke Op. 118 and Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms in 2013. She played works from her last CD at her debut concert in Berlin, at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 22 October 2013, along with Praeludium, Op. 32, by Graham Waterhouse and Mendelssohn's Variations sérieuses, Op. 54