FOOTBALL - Atlético Madrid stunned crosstown rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in extra time in winning their 10th Copa del Rey in club history. They also trumped Real in another aspect. Since José Mourinho’s arrival in Madrid in the summer of 2010, Atlético Madrid have won four major trophies against Real Madrid’s three.
FOOTBALL - According to our statistics friend @2010MisterChip Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the following Real Madrid players by scoring in at least two Copa del Rey finals: Prast, Sánchez Neyra, Lazcano, Hilario, Pruden, Puskás, Pirri and Santillana
FOOTBALL - Today’s question: QUIZ - Which is the only country to have won two penalty shooutouts in the same FIFA World Cup?
Today’s answer: Argentina
Association quiz answer: Mario Kempes was born in 1954 in Argentina. His clubs included Valencia CF and River Plate. He was the top scorer at the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
FOOTBALL - Thomas Schaaf will step down at Werder Bremen following the 2012/2013 season, his 15th in succession at the club. When he embarked on the current campaign Schaaf broke the Bundesliga record of 14 consecutive seasons in charge of the same club. That record was held by Otto Rehhagel (1981-1995), remarkably enough also at Werder Bremen.
FOOTBALL - FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic travel to Arsenal on Tuesday probably needing to win their last two matches to have any hope of survival in this year’s Premier League. There has been some media focus on their finish to last season’s competition but that run of five wins in their last six matches was an extremely rare occurrence for the club during their eight Premier League seasons.
FOOTBALL – After 36 matches of this Premier League season, Newcastle United have taken 25 points fewer than they did from the same 36 fixtures last season when they finished fifth. Declining so much from one season to the next is relatively rare and has only occurred 15 times in the past 31 seasons and just once since 1995/1996.
FOOTBALL - By holding Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw, RCD Espanyol have helped city rivals FC Barcelona to their 22nd La Liga title and their fourth in the last five seasons. Spanish league titles since La Masia, FC Barcelona’s youth academy, reopened in 1979: Real Madrid (13), FC Barcelona (13), others all less than three.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, the penultimate matchday of the 2012/2013 Portuguese Liga Sagres season features the top two ranked teams, FC Porto and Benfica, who are both still undefeated, facing each other. Should this match be drawn, it becomes very likely that FC Porto complete an undefeated season and miss out on the championship. This has occurred once in the Portuguese top flight. In 1977/1978 undefeated Benfica came second.
FOOTBALL - Wigan Athletic have won the 2012/2013 FA Cup. They are still not safe from relegation in the Premier League. No top flight club has ever won the FA Cup final and been relegated in the same season.
CYCLING - Alex Dowsett and Sir Bradley Wiggins finished first and second respectively in Saturday’s individual time trial in the Giro d’Italia. Before July 2012, British riders had never recorded 1-2 finishes in individual time trials in Grand Tours. Now, this feat has been achieved three times in the last 10 months.
FOOTBALL - Frank Lampard scored twicetoday to become the outright highest ever goalscorer in Chelsea’s history with 203 goals, moving one ahead of Bobby Tambling (202). Lampard scored his 164th and 165th PL goals – the outright-fourth most of any player in the PL era. Lampard scored his 12th and 13th PL goals against Aston Villa – more against them than any other team he has faced in his career.