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.
FOOTBALL - The 2014 World Cup draw produced ominous results for Netherlands, Spain and United States who will all start their 2014 campaign against the last World Cup opponents they faced. Netherlands and Spain contested the 2010 World Cup final, as the United States will have an attempt to exact revenge on Ghana, who knocked the Americans out of that tournament.
FOOTBALL - Ever since the term ‘grupo de la muerte’ was coined by Mexican sportswriters ahead of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, popular debates have raged over what is the most competitive group produced by a World Cup draw. We have made six different calculations and will leave you to determine which is the ‘Group of Death’ next summer.
FOOTBALL - By defeating Valenciennes 1-0 on Saturday, Lille OSC have kept their 10th consecutive clean sheet in Ligue 1 and become the second side to achieve such a run in the French top flight. Girondins Bordeaux holds the record with 12 clean sheets in a row (Jan-Apr 1993).
FOOTBALL - Arjen Robben scored his 50th and 51st Bundesliga goals on Saturday, lifting his side past Eintracht Braunschweig. Robben became only the third Dutchman to record a Bundesliga half century behind Willi Lippens (92) and Roy Makaay (78). Another Dutchman, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, is one shy of 50.
FOOTBALL - On Tuesday, 26 November, AC Milan became the third team in Champions League history to field a starting line-up not containing any numbers from 1 to 11, following Valencia CF (05 December 2006) and Arsenal (09 December 2009). Milan’s lowest starting number today was 14 (Valter Birsa) and their highest was 45 (Mario Balotelli).
FOOTBALL - Bayern München travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The two teams have divided 10 of the last 12 possible German trophies among themselves and have been dominant in Europe recently. See below are Infographic of the trophies they have won, including the Super Cup corresponding to the season they qualified for that final. Click HERE for the bigger version of the Infographic.
FOOTBALL - Uruguay qualified for the 2014 World Cup to complete the field of 32, by seeing off Jordan in their intercontinental playoff tie. Just like in qualifying for the 2002 and 2010 World Cup, Uruguay were the last of all 32 teams to punch their ticket.
FOOTBALL - On Tuesday, 19 November, six more teams earned a berth for the 2014 World Cup, meaning that 30 of 32 teams have now qualified. The six to punch their ticket tonight: Ghana, Algeria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal and France. The following is a recap.
FOOTBALL - Cristiano Ronaldo fired a hat-trick to propel his goals total to 47 for Portugal, equalling Pauleta’s team record. For Ronaldo, it was his second career hat-trick for Portugal, his first having come on 6 September of this year in a 4-2 victory at Northern Ireland.
FOOTBALL - With Ukraine losing to France tonight, Netherlands remain the only UEFA side to remain undefeated in 2013. The Dutch drew 0-0 with Colombia, taking their record on the year to seven wins, five draws and zero defeats. The Dutch had enjoyed 11 previous unbeaten years, but none of which in they played this many matches.