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 - Bayern München have clinched their 23rd German league title and 22nd in the Bundesliga era and have thereby broken the record for earliest decision on the calendar beating Köln’s 1963/1964 clincher on 18 April and the record for most matchdays remaining (six). Click on the picture below to enable ALL of our Infographic’s interactive features.
OLYMPIC GAMES - Reports indicate that wrestling will be on the Olympic curriculum for the last time in 2016, as the IOC intends to scratch all 18 events (11 in Freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman) by 2020. Wrestling has featured in all Olympic Games in the modern era except 1900.
FOOTBALL - Harry Redknapp will replace Mark Hughes as Queens Park Rangers and thus become the first to have been in charge of five different clubs in the Premier League era. Redknapp emerges from a group of managers, including Mark Hughes, who have managed four different clubs.
FOOTBALL - Roberto Di Matteo has become the first manager to be released by a Premier League club this season. The Italian led Chelsea to the Champions League and FA Cup last season. Di Matteo was sacked a day after losing 3-0 to Juventus, leaving Chelsea on the brink of elimination in the Champions League.
FORMULA 1 - Michael Schumacher has announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2012 season. The German holds many significant records in the elite league of motorsports. We have collected some of the most significant for you. Click Read More to see them.
TENNIS - With Rafael Nadal’s announcement to return to the tennis court in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December, his 2012 season has officially come to an end. The Spaniard will forego the ATP World Tour Finals (for which he had already qualified) and the Davis Cup final, both tournaments taking place in November.
FORMULA 1 - Fernando Alonso’s early exit in today’s Grand Prix of Belgium made the Spaniard narrowly miss an all-time F1 record, for collecting championship points in most successive races. Alonso’s run was halted at 23. Click Read More for the best streaks in history.
FOOTBALL - Ryan Giggs has been selected to Great Britain’s men’s Olympic football squad, enabling the Welshman to become the oldest outfielder in the history of men’s Olympic football and the second oldest overall. Giggs will thereby break an Olympic record that has stood for 88 years.
FOOTBALL - Germany’s Lukas Podolski, who has only recently celebrated his 27th birthday, will make his 100th international appearance tonight. He is the seventh youngest player in history to achieve the milestone and the youngest player ever to record the feat representing a national team from Europe.
CYCLING - One of the big favourites to win the 2012 Tour de France, Andy Schleck, has had to withdraw from the race due to a spinal injury. He won the 2010 General Classification, when Alberto Contador had been stripped of the yellow jersey post-race. The younger of the two Schleck brothers also won the Youth Classification (White Jersey) in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and finished runner-up to winner Cadel Evans last year.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros at the expense of Nicolás Almagro on Wednesday, giving Nadal his 50th singles win at the Porte d’Auteuil. He improved his career record to 50-1 at Roland Garros, having suffered his only defeat in the fourth round of 2009, when he was beaten by Robin Söderling.
TENNIS - John Isner, famous for his gruelling marathon match with Nicolas Mahut, setting records for the longest tennis match in professional matches, was at it again. Isner fought Paul-Henri Mathieu at Roland Garros and the two recorded the longest ever Open era French Open match in terms of games played.
FOOTBALL - Frank Lampard (90 caps and 23 goals) misses EURO 2012 due to a thigh injury. The Chelsea midfielder will be replaced by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. Lampard made three goals at England’s previous ECh appearance (2004 in Portugal). He was named in the team of the tournament by UEFA.
FOOTBALL - Miroslav Klose’s inclusion in Germany’s Euro 2012 squad means that the veteran striker will have a chance at a significant record. Klose has now scored 16 goals in major championships (World Cup and European Championships combined) and is only two goals shy of the record.