FOOTBALL – By scoring a brace late in a 5-0 victory over Córdoba CF, Lionel Messi raised his total of official goals for FC Barcelona in the 2014 calendar year to 50. At club level, Messi has now cracked the half century in four of the last five calendar years. The only exception in that span was last seasson, when he finished with 39 goals for the blaugranas.
When counting his goals for Argentina, Messi finishes the 2014 calendar year on 58 official goals for club and country
ALPINE SKIING – This weekend, Lindsey Vonn will be vying to equal the all-time record for World Cup race victories in ladies’ alpine skiing. The American comes into the weekend in Val d’Isère as one of the favourites for both the Downhill and the Super G. Her 60 career World Cup race wins are two shy of the record by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Click on the picture to see the FULL SIZE Ingographic.
FOOTBALL – Thierry Henry has retired on 16 December 2014. France’s all-time top scorer Paris became an international superstar and played for AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls. read more here.
Due to basing the seedings for the Europa League draws on six matches within uneven groupings which were created by the UEFA coefficient systems, the seedings for today’s Europa League draw do not actually separate the best and worst remaining teams into two separate groups. Using a longer term rating system, the Euro Club Index, reveals that the seeded and unseeded groups both contain some of the best teams left in the competition and the absolute best trio left in the competition are all unseeded.
FOOTBALL – Bayern München secured their 20th winter championship (‘Herbstmeister’ in German) after a 4-0 away win at Augsburg on Saturday. See below how many times they have converted that title into an actual league championship.
FOOTBALL – On Sunday, Manchester United and Liverpool meet for the 163th time in the league and for the 45th time in the Premier League. Louis van Gaal’s team have won five league matches in a row for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while Liverpool are nine points, seven places and 15 goals worse off than after 15 matches last PL campaign. Continue reading →