BREAKING – Marathon Man at it again, now at French

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.

Matches with most games played – each Grand Slam, men’s singles (Open era)

Australian Open: 93 – Dennis Ralston bt. John Newcombe (1970)

Roland Garros: 76 – Paul-Henri Mathieu bt. John Isner (2012)

Wimbledon: 183 – John Isner bt. Nicolas Mahut (2010)

US Open: 100 – Franklin Robbins bt. Donald Dell (1969)

BREAKING: England will miss Lampard at Euro 2012

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.

> Frank Lampard scored 3 of Englands10 goals at EURO 2004. Only Wayne Rooney (4) scored more goals for England that tournament.

> Only 4 English players scored more goals at a European Championship or World Cup: Gary Lineker (6 in 1986 and 4 in 1990), Alan Shearer (5 in 1996), Wayne Rooney (4 in 2004) and Geoff Hurst (4 in 1966).

> Lampard played 13 matches at England’s last three big tournaments (EURO 2004, WC 2006 and WC 2010). Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are the only other 2 players that played that many matches for England in these tournaments.


FOOTBALL – Name the two teams to have lost all their matches in qualifying for Euro 2012.

Answer to yesterday’s question: Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, John Barnes.

You will find the answer to today’s question here tomorrow at 14:00 CET. Questions courtesy of Voetbalkenners masters of the quiz (find them on Twitter @Voetbalkenners).

LONDON CALLING – Countdown to the 2012 Olympics: 57

OLYMPICS – With the 2012 Olympic Games in London getting closer by the day, we are in full-on Olympic stats mode here and @Infostrada2012. Every day from 100 days to go until the day of the London 2012 opening ceremony, we will post a statistic related to the number of days left until the Games. Click ‘Read More’ to see today’s 57 stat and all the other ones that we have posted so far.


57 – Emil Zatopek (TCH) ran 57 km, 195m combined to win 3 gold medals in 1952 in the 5000m, 10000m and Marathon.

58 – Great Britain won 58 gold medals combined at the two previous London Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. 

59 –  France have won 59 Olympic medals in Track Cycling, more than any other country.

60 – There are 60 different fencers to have won at least 1 Gold 1 Silver, 1 Bronze at the Olympic Games.

61 – The 61st and final part of the latest Olympic Charter (July 2011, is about Dispute Resolution.

62 – Dawn Fraser (AUS) needed 62 seconds (1:02) to win her first of a record 3 golds in W 100m Freestyle.

63 – The URS ended USA’s 63-match-unbeaten streak in Olympic basketball with a controversial win in the 1972 final.

64 – The Olympic Games return to London after 64 years since the city last held the event in 1948.

65 – With a height of  1.65m Laszlo Papp (HUN) was first to win Boxing gold at 3 Olympics in a row (1948, 52, 56).

66 – Netherlands scored 66 points in the 1996 Men’s Volleyball Final thriller vs Italy to win gold: 15-12, 9-15, 16-14, 9-15, 17-15.

67 – Hiroshi Hoketsu (JPN – Dressage) was the oldest competitor in Beijing at the age of 67. He has also qualified for London 2012.

68 – The oldest standing Olympic Record in any of the current sports is Bob Beamon’s 8.90m long jump in Mexico 1968.

69 – Korea are favourites to win their 69th Olympic Gold in one of the first medal events London 2012, Archery Men’s Team.

70 – Nadia Comaneci (ROU) scored 7 perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics, including the first ever at the uneven bar discipline.

71 – Hungary has won 71 Olympic canoe-sprint medals, the only current instance of any NOC winning 70-79 medals in any sport.

72 – Age of the oldest Olympic medallist: Oscar Swahn (SWE), who won silver in the 100m Running Deer Double Shoot in 1920.

73 – Number of Olympic gold medals amassed by the Soviet Union in all Gymnastics disciplines. The next most is just 29 (USA).

74 – In men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling, Bouvaisa Saitiev (RUS) won 3 Olympic golds (1996, 2004-08). No one else has more than 1.

75 – Record number of gold medals won at a single non-boycotted Olympic Games, by the USA in 1904 in St. Louis.

76 – Number of men who finished the 2008 Olympic Marathon. All 76 had times that would have won at the first four modern Olympic Marathons.

77 – France’s record Olympic medal total in both forms of Cycling Track & Road combined. Their 35 track and road golds are also a record.

78 – In women’s 78kg judo at the #Olympic Games, 4 of the 5 gold medals have been won by Asian countries – China 2, Japan, Korea

79 -79 men have won gold in rugby union which returns at Rio 2016. USA won last edition in 1924.

80 – Number of NOCs to have won at least 2 Olympic gold medals in their history.

81 – The 81kg event in Judo has never been won more than once by the same athlete in all 10 editions.

82 – There will be 82 athletes at London 2012 trying to win medals in 4 Canoe-Slalom events.

83 – Rafael Nadal (ESP) won a total of 83 games en route to his Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

84 – The 84 matches in Men’s+Women’s handball in Beijing produced record 4545 goals (54.1 avg/match).

85 – Number of Olympic records broken at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

86 – A record 86 NOCs won at least 1 medal in Beijing as opposed to a record few 11 NOCs in 1904.

87 – USA have won 87 golds in women’s swimming events, the most by any NOC in women’s events in any sport.

88 – Double 8: Michael Phelps (USA) won 8 medals in 2004 before embarking on his record 8 GOLDS in Beijing.

89 – GER won 89 medals at the Berlin Games in 1936, more than double the medals they won in Beijing (41).

90 – Amunike scored a 90th minute winner to give Nigeria the first football gold for Africa in the 1996 final vs Argentina (3-2).

91 – Number of all-time Olympic medals won by Brazil, including 20 gold. Sailing is their best sport with 6 golds & 16 medals.

92 – Japan have won 92 Olympic medals in Artistic Gymnastics, two behind the USA for most among current NOCs (USSR have 182).

93 – Number of countries who participated in the first Olympic Games held in Asia, Tokyo 1964, a record at the time.

94 – The USA have won exactly 94 medals at three different Olympic Games 1972, 1976 & 2000. No other country has ever done it. #countdown

95 – Brazil have scored a record 95 goals in the men’s Olympic Games football tournament, though they have never won the gold.

96 – Success of the Games: 176 athletes competed in 1896 to more than 10,000 in 1996.

97 – 97 years ago, in 1915, the International Olympic Committee headquarters moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, where it is still located. 

98 – There will be 98 male and 98 female participants in Artistic Gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games.

99 – Carl Lewis was the first man to win the Olympic 100m title in under 10 seconds at sea level, finishing in 9.99 seconds at Los Angeles 1984.

100 – Total medals won by China at Beijing 2008, the most ever by an Asian country at one Olympic Games.


BIRTHDAY – 31 May: Joe Namath (American Football)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL – Joe Namath is 69 years old today. The New York Jets were heavy underdogs to the Baltimore Colts going into Super Bowl III, but three days before the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath brashly ‘guaranteed a victory’. His team helped him to back up his words by controlling most of the game, building a 16-0 lead in the fourth quarter. At the final whistle it was 16-7 to the New York Jets and ‘Broadway Joe’ became an instant legend.

Shares birthday with: Gengis Khan, Clint Eastwood, Tom Berenger

RECORD: Iker Casillas sets world record for winning

FOOTBALL – Iker Casillas has set an all-time world record by appearing on the winning side for the 95 time in an international match. Casillas came on for fellow custodian Pepe Reina as Spain defeated Korea Republic 4-1 in an international friendly on Wednesday. We have the top 10 of ‘biggest winners’ right here.

Most international matches played on the winning side

95 – Iker Casillas (ESP)

94 – Ahmed Hassan (EGY)

94 – Lilian Thuram (FRA)

89 – Mohamed Al-Deayea (KSA)

89 – Ali Daei (IRI)

88 – Cafú (BRA)

87 – Claudio Suárez (MEX)

85 – Lothar Matthäus (FRG/GER)

83 – Javier Zanetti (ARG)

83 – Roberto Carlos (BRA)

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IN THE NEWS: Liverpool appoint Rodgers as manager

FOOTBALL – Liverpool have named a successor to Kenny Dalglish, appointing Brendan Rodgers as their new manager. Rodgers had been in charge of promoted side Swansea City, with which he comfortably stayed up. Liverpool’s previous two managers have struggled to earn points in the Premier League. An overview of Liverpool managers.

Average points from Premier League matches by Liverpool managers (PL era)

2.16 Phil Thompson (caretaker, Oct 2001-Jun 2002)

1.90 Rafael Benítez (Jul 2004-Jun 2010)

1.75 Gérard Houllier (Nov 1998-Jun 2004)

1.69 Roy Evans (Jan 1994-Nov 1998)

1.52 Kenny Dalglish (Jan 2011-May 2012)

1.50 Graeme Souness (Jul 1992-Jan 1994)

1.25 Roy Hodgson (Jul 2010-Jan 2011)