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Boris Becker

A Legend lost between success and affairs.

Boris Becker is a retired German tennis player. He won several titles and is until today one of the most popular sportsmen in my country.

Becker had a long and successful career before he retired in 1999. He won 49 titles, of which six were Grand Slams, which are the most important tournaments in tennis. He was ranked number one in the world for several weeks.

In Germany, he became very popular when he won the legendary Wimbledon tournament at the age of 17. Until today he is the youngest Wimbledon champion ever. His professional career began in 1984 and in the following 15 years, he won about 25 Million Dollars of price money. After his career as a player, he switched sides and was the trainer of Novak Djokovic from 2013 until 2016.

Besides his success in his sport, Becker was also known for his moving private life. He was married twice but got divorced both times.

Furthermore, there were some short relationships and even an affair from which he has one of his children.

But those weren’t the only scandals. He also got sentenced for tax evasion and was declared bankrupt by a court in London when a business partner claimed that Becker would owe him money.

Becker’s fame was always connected to both sides of his life. The huge success in his profession on the one hand and his scandals on the other hand. Time will show if he manages to sort his life in the future.

The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

I am a volunteer in Germany, freshly arrived in Madeira. I just finished High School and I am looking forward to seven months of volunteering in the History Tellers project. I love to play tennis or doing other kinds of sports.


Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.