INFOGRAPHIC: Zöggeler and Pechstein chase medal in record 6th Olympic Winter Games
OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES - Speed skater Claudia Pechstein and luger Armin Zöggeler have won medals in five different Olympic Winter Games. At Sochi 2014 they can break the record of winning medals in most Olympic Winter Games editions, a record they now share with six other athletes. Click on the picture to view the FULL Infographic on the subject.
REVIEW: Spurs equal over 20 year old PL club record
FOOTBALL - Tottenham Hotspur lost 5-1 at home against Manchester City on Wednesday, equalling a club record of conceding 5+ goals in three Premier League matches in a single season – they previously did so in 1992/93.
INFOGRAPHIC: Demchenko & Kasai make record breaking 7th appearance at Olympic Winter Games
OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES - At Sochi 2014 Russia’s Albert Demchenko (Luge) and Japan’s Noriaki Kasai (Ski Jumping) will make a record 7th appearance at the Olympic Winter Games. Click on the picture to view the FULL Infographic on the subject.
REVIEW: AC Milan win two successive league matches for the first time this season
FOOTBALL - On Sunday, AC Milan came back from 1-0 down to win at 2-1 at Cagliari. Milan have now won both of their Serie A matches under newly appointed coach Clarence Seedorf. Moreover, this is the first time this season Milan win two successive league matches.
FOOTBALL - By defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern München became the first team in Bundesliga history to win 15 of their first 17 matches in a season. The 47 points by Bayern are the most by any team in Bundesliga history after 17 of 34 matches.
REVIEW: Veteran Wawrinka needs 36 attempts for 1st final
TENNIS - Stanislas Wawrinka reached the men’s singles final at the Australian Open in his 36th participation in a Major. Only one player in Open era needed more attempts to reach a GS final. David Ferrer reached the final at Roland Garros last year in his 42nd Grand Slam. Only one player has needed more than 36 attempts to WIN a Grand Slam. Goran Ivanisevic prevailed at Wimbledon in 2001 in an incredible 48th shot at glory.
FOOTBALL - The 19-year-old Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi became the first player in the 85-year history of Serie A to score four times in a top flight match against AC Milan. Berardi accounted for his team’s entire production in a 4-3 win. It also marked the first time in nearly 12 years (3-2 defeat against Udinese in January 2002) that Milan lost a Serie A match after taking a 2-0 lead.
RECORD: Ironman Federer about to set Open era GS record
TENNIS - On Day 2 of the 2014 Australian Open, Roger Federer will start his campaign for an 18th Major crown, appearing in his 57th successive Grand Slam men’s singles championship, by which he establishes an Open era record. The Swiss ace surpasses South Africa’s Wayne Ferreira, who reeled off 56 straight participations between 1991 and 2004. Federer has not missed a beat since foregoing the 1999 US Open.
PREVIEW: Date-Krumm (43) to face 16-year-old at AO
TENNIS - At 43, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest participant in the 2014 Australian Open women’s singles by almost 10 years. The draw has linked her to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who is the second youngest player in the tournament behind Croatia’s Ana Konjuh. The age difference between Date-Krumm and Bencic, more than 26 years, is the biggest ever in a women’s singles match at the Australian Open.
REVIEW: FC Barcelona yet again lead La Liga at halfway point
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona held off rivals Atletico Madrid (0-0) to preserve their La Liga table lead after the comclusion of Matchday 19. For the second season in a row and for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons, they lead the Spanish league at the halfway point. FC Barcelona have won 23 of 30 official matches this season and of the seven encounters they did not win three were matches against Atletico Madrid.
RECORD: Kasai becomes oldest ski jumper to win WC meet
SKI JUMPING - Noriaki Kasai set an all-time record by becoming the oldest ski jumper to win a World Cup competition by emerging victorious in Tauplitz at 41 years and 218 days of age today. He supplants countruman Takanobu Okabe, who won at 38 years and 135 days in Kuopio on 10 March 2009. Apar from both Japanese men, no ski jumper older than 33 has ever won a World Cup meet.
TENNIS - Novak Djokovic will be chasing a record fourth consecutive title (Open Era) when the 2014 Australian Open starts on Monday, 13 January. Click on the picture to view the FULL Infographic on the subject.
IN THE NEWS: Messi goalscoring reaches 'calendar status'
FOOTBALL - On the night when he returns from a 59-day absence due to injury, Lionel Messi scores his 365th and 366th career goals for club and country, enough to fill a calendar with. For a leap year, that is.
REVIEW: City on threshold of first LC final in 38 years
FOOTBALL - Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 victory over West Ham United in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal tie. The Citizens are in a commanding position to reach their first League Cup final since 1976, which was also the last year they won this trophy. They also won it in 1970 and finished runners-up in 1974.
RECORD: Selänne going to record-tying sixth Winter Olympics
ICE HOCKEY - Finland’s Teemu Selänne has been called up for Sochi and will be the second Ice Hockey player to make SIX Olympic appearances . The only other Ice Hockey player that has participated in a half dozen Olympic Winter Games is Selänne’s countryman Raimo Helminen.
FOOTBALL - Manchester United lost their first FA Cup match under David Moyes, a home match against Swansea City on Sunday (2-1). Sir Alex Ferguson was eliminted only once in 27 years in the 3rd FA Cup round as Man United manager (in 2010 vs Leeds Utd).
REVIEW: Koivuranta first ever to reach podium in NC & SJ
Ski Jumping - Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) won at the Innsbruck hill in the Four Hills Tournament on Saturday. He became first person ever to finish on a World Cup podium in Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping as he previously finished on a WC podium on 27 occasions (including team events).
FOOTBALL - Cristiano Ronaldo has finished the 2013 calendar year on 69 goals in 59 official matches for club and country. He has now netted 60 times in 2011, 63 times in 2012 and 69 times in 2013. Ronaldo netted once against Valencia CF in Sunday’s La Liga encounter, helping his side to a 3-2 away win.
FOOTBALL - Mario Balotelli finished the 2013 calendar year as the top scorer in Serie A, scoring 18 times in the league since 1 January. His main challenger, Internazionale’s Rodrigo Palacio, scored Inter’s winning goal (1-0) in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina, but the Argentine managed no more than his 17th goal in 2013.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes to raise his 2013 season total to 51, establishing a new single season NFL record, surpassing the 50 by New England’s Tom Brady in 2007. Manning’s previous best was 49 in 2004 when still an Indianapolis Colt. Manning and Brady are the only two quarteracks that have thrown 50 or more in a season.
REVIEW: Fast Pedro hat-trick lands Barça winter crown
FOOTBALL - Just like last year, FC Barcelona are leading La Liga at year’s end. Barça needed to come back from 2-0 down to pip Atlético Madrid on goal difference. Pedro provided the spark with three goals in eight minutes, the fastest by a Barça player since Dani needed seven minutes against Real Betis on 25 September 1999.
RECORD: Riedewald is youngest scorer on Eredivisie debut
FOOTBALL - Jairo Riedewald scored on his Eredivisie debut for Ajax at 17 years and 104 days of age, making him the youngest player to score a goal on his Dutch top flight debut. He breaks the record set only last season by Willem II’s Jeroen Lumu (17-111).
FOOTBALL - On Monday, 23 December, Arsenal host Chelsea in a meeting between the highest ranked London-based sides in the 2013/14 Premier League table and the two most successful teams in London derbies in the Premier League era. Click on the picture to view the FULL Infographic.
FOOTBALL - Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho was sent off after fouling Luis Suarez in Liverpool’s 5-0 win at White Hart Lane. Since signing for Liverpool in the 2010/11 season, no Premier League player has caused more red cards than Suarez with five. Ashley Young, Marouane Chamakh and Shane Long are all on four.
REVIEW: Gala advance despite record low goal differential
FOOTBALL - Galatasaray made it through the Champions League group phase scoring eight and conceding 14. No other team has ever qualified with a goal differential lower than minus four. The 14 goals conceded equalled a record high by a team that survived the group phase. Anderlecht conceded as many in 2000/01.
FOOTBALL - The Club World Cup will kick off on Wednesday as Moroccan side Raja Casablanca will take on New Zealand’s Auckland City for a spot in the quarterfinals. To meet the contenders, click HERE to see our full size infographic.
REVIEW: City comeback ends Bayern's record victory streak
FOOTBALL - Bayern’s record streak of 10 consecutive CL wins came to an end, as the titleholders succumbed to a resurgent Manchester City after taking a 2-0 lead. Bayern lose a home match after going 2-0 up for the first time in almost 39 years, since 25 January 1975 (Bundesliga: Bayern München - Kickers Offenbach 2-3). City fell one goal short of winning the group. With 15 points won, Manchester City are ‘the best’ number two in a CL group ever.
REVIEW: Three red cards for Anderlecht sets CL record
FOOTBALL - Anderlecht set a new CL record of receiving three red cards in a single CL match as it saw Cheikhou Kouyaté, Fabrice N’Sakala and Silvio Proto be sent off. Olympiacos became only the second team to be awarded three penalties in a single CL match, after Tottenham Hotspur who scored two and missed one in their group match against FC Twente (4-1 home win) in September 2010.
FOOTBALL - Ryan Giggs becomes the 10th player aged 40 or older to play in the Champions League. He also becomes the fifth outfield player at that, behind Alessandro Costacurta (40-211), David Weir (40-211), Tasos Mitropoulos (40-109) and Donato (40-051). Giggs is 40 years and 11 days old today.
REVIEW: Bordeaux safeguard own record by beating Lille
FOOTBALL - Girondins Bordeaux defeated Lille OSC 1-0 on Sunday, thereby ending their opponents’ streak of 11 French league matches in a row without conceding a goal. The record streak of 12 successive without conceding, which was established in 1993, remains in sole possession of Bordeaux.