FOOTBALL - Spain’s Fernando Torres is one goal shy of joining all-time Confederations Cup top scorers Ronaldinho (BRA) and Cuauhtémoc Blanco (MEX) on nine goals. Spain face Brazil in the final on Sunday.
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.
HANDBALL - Spain and Denmark to meet in final of 2013 World Men’s Handball Championship. Spain will attempt to secure a fifth world championship gold in front of a home crowd, following Germany (1938), Sweden (1954), France (2001) and Germany (2007). Denmark will hope to become the fifth side to win the title after finishing runners-up in the previous world championship, following Soviet Union (1982), Yugoslavia (1986), France (1995) and Sweden (1999).
BASKETBALL - We have prepared an interactive Infographic that analyses player stats for the players that have made it into the men’s basketball final. Click Read More to see the infographic and then click on it to enable its interactive features.
FORMULA 1 - Fernando Alonso is 31 years old today. The current leader in the drivers’ championship of the 2012 Formula 1 season, is one of only five drivers to have won at least 30 career Grands Prix. He is a two-time former world champion (2005, 2006). He won his first drivers’ title at 24, making him the (then) youngest world champion in F1 history.
Shares birthday with: Dag Hammarskjöld, Patti Scialfa, Stephen Dorff
CYCLING - Miguel Induráin is 48 years old today. The Spaniard dominated the Tour de France in the early 1990s, becoming the first rider to win the race five times in a row, a feat that was later equalled by Lance Armstrong. “El Rey” was an expert time trialist and a keen defender in the mountain stages. He also won the Giro d’Italia twice and an Olympic gold medal in the time trial in 1996.
Shares birthday with: Stewart Copeland, Will Ferrell, Ed Kowalczyk
FOOTBALL - Andrés Iniesta has been named Best Player of Euro 2012 by UEFA. The mercurial Spanish midfielder was also one of only two players (Italy’s Andrea Pirlo being the other) in the tournament to pick up three Man of the Match awards - in both matches against Italy and in the encounter with Croatia. Iniesta takes over from teammate Xavi, who scooped up these honours at Euro 2008.
FOOTBALL - Spain and Italy are back to where Euro 2012 started for them. These countries met in the group stage, where they drew 1-1. This is fifth occasion in history of Euros, on which the same two teams have played each other the in group stage and also in the knockout stage.
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).