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POWERLIST 2010
CHRIS POWELL LUOL DENG
Chairman, Professional Footballer’s Association and player, Basketball player, Chicago Bulls and Great Britain
Leicester City FC
NEW ENTRANT NEW ENTRANT
Powell has been the chairman of The Sudanese refugee whose
the world’s oldest professional family fl ed to England and settled
sportsmen’s association since in London’s South Norwood area
2005 and plays a pivotal role in the has replaced Michael Jordan as the
organisation’s job of protecting, iconic face of the Chicago Bulls.
improving and negotiating the Deng capped a breakthrough 2007
conditions, rights and status of all season with the Bulls by winning
professional players – some 4,000 the NBA players’ prestigious
in total. “Absolutely anything and sportsmanship award for his
everything can be dealt with by “ethical behaviour, fair play and
the PFA,” he says. Powell began his integrity” on the court. Deng also
career in 1987 as a Crystal Palace won the 2006-2007 Golden Icon
trainee and has subsequently award for best sports role model
played for numerous clubs where as well as the 2008 UN Refugee
he was invariably the PFA representative. Now in his 22nd year Agency’s humanitarian of the year award. He is a spokesperson
in the game as a player, the former England left-back is a hugely for the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian
respected fi gure. Powell, who admits to feeling a responsibility to agency, and donates $50 (£30) for every basket he shoots, to the
help promote the presence of black coaches, is an ambassador for UN’s ninemillion.org rescue package for southern Sudan. Deng’s
League Football Education, an educational and vocational training annual basketball camp at Loughborough University in England is
charity for apprentice footballers. regarded as one of the best in Europe.
Infl uential because… Quietly gets on Infl uential because… The Sudan-born
with making a difference to the lives of Brit has replaced legend Michael Jordan
hundreds of professional footballers. as an iconic face of the Chicago Bulls.
BOBBY BARNES
HOPE POWELL
Deputy chief executive, Professional Football Association
Head coach, England Women international football team
NEW ENTRANT
The former West Ham winger is the highest ranking black person When Powell was appointed as
among the administrators of the professional game in Britain and the fi rst full-time national coach
has been seen by some as a successor to Gordon Taylor, the PFA’s of the England women’s team in
current chief executive. Formerly the PFA’s fi nancial executive, 1998, she not only became the
Barnes is involved in a number of functions of the team’s youngest and fi rst female
organisation, among them offering members coach, she was also the fi rst
assistance with the negotiation of contracts black head coach of any England
with their clubs. He is a board member of football side. She now oversees
FIFPro the international federation of players’ the whole England women’s
unions and as part of the FA’s campaign set-up from the under-15s to the
to host the World Cup in 2018 he was under-21s. In 2003 she became
instrumental in appointing bid ambassadors. the fi rst woman to gain the Uefa
As the PFA’s political liaison chief he Pro Licence, the highest coaching
represents the organisation at the TUC and qualifi cation available in the game.
at the All-Party Parliamentary Football Group. Internationally, Powell is widely regarded as one of the best
He negotiates at ministerial level on legislative female football coaches in the world and was chosen by Fifa to
matters relating to players’ working conditions. manage a global all-star women’s side in 2007. As a player she
won 66 caps for England, scoring 35 goals. She is a patron of
football’s Kick It Out campaign and also of the Women’s Sports
Infl uential because… In
Foundation.
the modern game, player
power is the dominant Infl uential because… Her longevity and the
force in football. Barnes respect she commands make her the women’s
represents that force. football equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson.
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