Spain win the world handball championship in the most lopsided final in the history of the competition, defeating Denmark by 16 (35-19). The previous biggest margin of victory was 10 (Sweden beating Czechoslovakia 22-12 in 1958. The defeat was the second biggest ever for Denmark in a major international competition. Torrid detail: Denmark entered the final as the tournament’s lone remaining undefeated team in the tournament.
TENNIS - Andy Murray defeated Tomás Berdych to reach his fifth career Grand Slam final and giving himself the opportunity to break his duck. The Scotsman has played in four previous Major finals and has lost them all. The only other player to lose his first four is Murray’s current coach: Ivan Lendl. No player has lost his first five.
FOOTBALL - Fernando Torres is hoping to become the first player to score in more than one European Championship Final. He can also join three German players that have all scored two goals in a ECh final, however they all scored three goals in the same final. They are Gerd Müller (1972), Horst Hrubesch (1980) and Oliver Bierhoff (1996).
FOOTBALL - Napoli have won the 2011/2012 Coppa Italia and they are the only side from the southern part of Italy to have won it. For the first time in 25 years, the Italian Cup is travelling south. Napoli denied Juventus a record-setting third domestic double and dealt them their first defeat in their 43rd and final official match of the season.
FOOTBALL - The 2011/2012 Coppa Italia final will be an affair between Juventus and Napoli. Juve, already Serie A champions this season, will attempt to win their third domestic double. If they succeed they will become the first Italian club to achieve that feat three times. Click below to see which five Italian clubs are double winners.
ICE HOCKEY – This year’s final at the World Ice Hockey Championship will not be as common as last year’s, however it will be the seventh final fixture that has been contested twice in the competition. Tonight, Russia will hope to exact revenge on Slovakia, who won their first and only world title at the expense of Russia in 2002.
FOOTBALL - Chelsea is the first London club to win the CC/CL. Now, six European capitals have produced a CC/CL winner. The other five: Madrid (9), Amsterdam (4), Lisbon (2), Bucharest (1) and Belgrade (1). Chelsea become the second side to win the CC/CL in the year their city hosts the Olympic Summer Games (Barcelona in 1992). Click Read More for the rest of our recap.
FOOTBALL - Seven players will be suspended for tonight’s final. Chelsea’s John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires and Bayern’s David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo and Holger Badstuber will be sidelined tonight. No previous CL final involved more than three (in 2009) suspended players. Franck Ribéry is among those eligible to play. He was Bayern’s lone suspended player in the 2009/2010 final, which the Bavarians lost 2-0 to Internazionale.
FOOTBALL - If Chelsea prevail in tonight’s Champions League final, London will become only the sixth European capital city to provide a Champions Cup/Champions League winner. Capital cities account for 30% of total overall victories in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
FOOTBALL – Bayern München coach Jupp Heynckes is no stranger to winning the Champions League. In 1997/1998 he led Real Madrid to victory over Juventus in the final. Heynckes can become only the fourth coach to win the Champions Cup/Champions League with two different teams. See whom he can join.
FOOTBALL - Generally, the team scoring the opening goal in a football match goes on to victory and this pattern has again been seen this season across the European leagues. Remarkably enough, this does not always hold true for the biggest of European finals. We have analysed just how much weight needs to be attached to opening goals and especially the early ones.
FOOTBALL - For the seventh time in the history of Europe’s three major cup competitions, a club will contest a (one-legged) final at the ground where they play their home matches. Four of the previous six home sides prevailed, whilst two saw the visiting side run away with the trophy.
FOOTBALL - The UEFA have appointed Portugal’s Pedro Proença as the man in charge in Saturday’s Champions League final. History says it is a decision that favours Chelsea. English clubs are undefeated in seven matches under this referee (5 wins, 2 draws), whilst Bayern have lost both matches under Proença, including the match that knocked them out of the Champions League last season (Bayern - Inter 2-3).