WORLD RECORD – One of the first contests that all of us aspiring athletes were ever involved in in our lives was building the ultimate paper airplane. And making it fly. Since this week, the world record stands at 226 feet (click for clip). What is your favourite ‘low profile sport’? Snorkling face-down through a muddy stream? Scampering butt-first down a hill chasing a runaway cheese? Share your favourite ‘most bizarre sport’ with us!
FOOTBALL – Has your countdown started towards Euro 2012? Have you already started painting your face in the colours of your country? Do you tend to amaze your friends with your knowledge of your national team? If so, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because we would like to pick your brain and possibly even include you in our team that is preparing for Euro 2012.
FOOTBALL – Bahrain needed to beat Indonesia by at least an eight goal margin to have any chance of advancing to the next round of Asian World Cup qualifiers. They beat Indonesia 10-0. But it was not enough as a late Qatar equaliser against Iran seals their fate.
> Bahrain’s awkward vantage point was created in large part by a 6-0 defeat against Iran, a match in which they had a player red carded in the first minute (!).
> Today, the opposing Indonesians were reduced to 10 men in the second minute. Bahrain were awarded four penalties in the match. Two of the four spot kicks were converted.
> Four different Bahrain players scored. Two got a hat-trick and two got a brace.
> Bahrain came agonisingly close to reaching the 2010 World Cup. In their OFC/AFC playoff qualifier against New Zealand they drew the home leg 0-0 and were trailing 1-0 in New Zealand when they squandered a penalty, which could have won them the tie on the away goal rule.
> What made today’s 10-0 whitewash remarkable, in our humble opinion, is that the population of Indonesia is 192 times greater than the population of Bahrain.
FOOTBALL – Feyenoord striker Guyon Fernandez has been slapped with a five-match ban by the Dutch FA after headbutting an opponent last weekend. Earlier in the season, he was banned for six matches after striking an opponent. That is now 11 matches of suspension. He has scored six goals for the Rotterdam side.
FOOTBALL – Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker is the 16th oldest player to earn his first England captaincy at 31 years and 138 days. Remarkably, the record holder, Alexander Morten, was nearly 10 years older than Parker (41-113) when he first captained England on 8 March 1873.
FOOTBALL – On Wednesday, 29 February, Korea DPR successfully defended their football world title by salvaging a 1-1 draw at challengers Tajikistan. Click here to read more about it.
SWIMMING – Exactly 48 years ago, on 29 February 1964, legendary Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser registered her 11th and final world record improvement of the world record in the Women’s 100m Freestyle. Click here to read her profile on the Infostrada Sports Wall Of Fame.