TWITTER QUIZ: Thursday, 28 February

imageFOOTBALL – Today’s question: QUIZ – Who am I? I am one of a world record 12 players from my country to have collected 100+ caps. And I am my country’s record holder.

Today’s answer: Cobi Jones

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Points earned in today’s quiz:

5 – @ali_brookman

4 – @ByrneSupremacy

3 – @marcobinnekamp_

2 – @alfro_j

1 – @Aashu_Salotra

Weekly standings:

11 – @sportzeloot

11 – @marcobinnekamp_

7 – @G_o_s_h_a

6 – @alfro_j

5 – @ali_brookman

4 – @ByrneSupremacy

3 – @___10___

3 – @DimJeTong

3 – @BasVGN

2 – @gordonberry

2 – @Jasper_

1 – @JuaniiMueller

1 – @Datenmann

1 – @Aashu_Salotra

TWITTER QUIZ: Wednesday, 27 February

imageFOOTBALL – Today’s question: QUIZ – Who am I? I am Austria’s most capped player and the only one to have represented my country on more than 100 occasions.

Today’s answer: Andreas Herzog

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Points earned in today’s quiz:

5 – @G_o_s_h_a

4 – @marcobinnekamp_

3 – @BasVGN

2 – @Jasper_

1 – @sportzeloot

Weekly standings:

11 – @sportzeloot

8 – @marcobinnekamp_

7 – @G_o_s_h_a

4 – @alfro_j

3 – @___10___

3 – @DimJeTong

3 – @BasVGN

2 – @gordonberry

2 – @Jasper_

1 – @JuaniiMueller

1 – @Datenmann

REVIEW: Real Madrid reach Copa del Rey final for record 38th time

FOOTBALL – On Tuesday, Real Madrid reached the Copa del Rey final for a record breaking 38th time, by beating FC Barcelona 3-1 at Camp Nou.

> Barcelona had last suffered such a big defeat at Camp Nou on 11 September 2010, losing 2-0 to Hércules CF in La Liga.

> Real scored 3 goals at Camp Nou for the first time in 5 years, since drawing 3-3 at Barcelona on 10 March 2007 in La Liga.

> Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice tonight. He beat Lionel Messi to become the first player to score in 6 successive Clásicos away from home.

> Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more goals than Lionel Messi in all competitions in 2013 (16 vs 15 goals).

> Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score two successive braces in El Clasico away matches.

> FC Barcelona have now conceded the opening goal in 5 of the 6 matches they played in the month of February.

TWITTER QUIZ: Tuesday, 26 February

imageFOOTBALL – Today’s question: QUIZ – Who am I? I played in four successive World Cups, in my last captaining my country to a fourth place finish in front of a home crowd.

Today’s answer: Hong Myung-Bo

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Points earned in today’s quiz:

5 – @sportzeloot

4 – @marcobinnekamp_

3 – @DimJeTong

2 – @gordonberry

1 – @Datenmann

Weekly standings:

10 – @sportzeloot

4 – @alfro_j

4 – @marcobinnekamp_

3 – @___10___

3 – @DimJeTong

2 – @G_o_s_h_a

2 – @gordonberry

1 – @JuaniiMueller

1 – @Datenmann

TWITTER QUIZ: Monday, 25 February

imageFOOTBALL – Today’s question: QUIZ – Who am I? Was a legendary striker for my country, sporting long blonde locks in my prime. Top scored for ‘El Tri’ at 1998 World Cup.

Today’s answer: Luís Hernández

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Points earned in today’s quiz:

5 – @sportzeloot

4 – @alfro_j

3 – @___10___

2 – @G_o_s_h_a

1 – @JuaniiMueller

Weekly standings:

5 – @sportzeloot

4 – @alfro_j

3 – @___10___

2 – @G_o_s_h_a

1 – @JuaniiMueller

PREVIEW: La Liga Matchday 25

FOOTBALL – The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the La Liga this weekend. The matches we have looked into are Deportivo La Coruña – Real Madrid and FC Barcelona – Sevilla FC.

 

Deportivo La Coruña – Real Madrid (Saturday 23 February, 20:00 CET)

> Real have won only one of their last 19 visits to Depor, a 3-1 win in January 2010.

> Depor have lost five Liga matches in a row. Only time they recorded a longer streak was in Apr 1967 – Oct 1968 (seven matches).
> Depor will record their fewest total points after 25 Liga matches as they cannot overtake the 20 points from 25 matches from 1964/65. They now have 16 from 24 matches.

> Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six Liga goals against Depor, but all goals came in home matches. Three of these goals were penalties.
> Ronald’s efficiency rate from shots to goals in La Liga this season is 19.7%. Messi leads La liga at 38.1% (players with 10+ goals).

FC Barcelona – Sevilla FC (Saturday 23 February, 22:00 CET)

> Sevilla have not scored in their last four visits to Camp Nou, currently their longest scoring drought in away matches vs a Liga club.
> Barcelona last lost a home Liga match vs Sevilla in Dec 2002 (0-3). Carles Puyol and Xavi played for Barcelona in this match. José Antonio Reyes came on for Sevilla.

> Lionel Messi has scored in La Liga against all clubs this season except Sevilla and Celta de Vigo.
> Messi is on 37 goals after 24 Liga matches. Last year he had 28 after 25 matches (Ronaldo had 30 after 25 matches last season).
> The record for most league goals in a top flight season in ESP, GER, ITA, ENG is 60 set by Dixie Dean (Everton) in 1927/1928.

PREVIEW: Premier League Matchday 27

imageFOOTBALL – The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Premier League this weekend. The matches we have looked into are Arsenal – Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers – Manchester United and Manchester City – Chelsea.

Arsenal – Aston Villa (Saturday 23 February, 16:00 CET)

> Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four matches against Aston Villa in all competitions, since a 2-1 defeat in the PL in May 2011 when Darren Bent scored both of Villa’s goals, and Robin van Persie netted for Arsenal.

> Arsene Wenger has only won more PL matches as manager against Everton (23) and Blackburn Rovers (18), than he has against Aston Villa (17). He has also won 17 against West Ham United.

> This will be Arsenal’s 400th PL home match. They have won 253 (63%), drawn 95, and lost 51.

> Mikel Arteta has committed 53 fouls in the PL this season, the equal-most alongside Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
> Lukas Podolski has been substituted in 19 of his 21 PL starts for the club this season.

Queens Park Rangers – Manchester United (Saturday 23 February, 16:00 CET)

> QPR have lost each of the last three PL meetings. They haven’t picked up a point since March 1996 when they drew 1-1. Denis Irwin scored an own goal and Eric Cantona scored a last-minute equaliser.

> Harry Redknapp hasn’t won any of his last 11 PL matches against Manchester United, since his Portsmouth side won 2-1 at home in August 2007. In total, he has won three of 32 career PL matches against them (21 defeats).

> United have 65 points from 26 PL matches this season – they have never had more at this stage of a PL season. Only Chelsea (2004-05 and 2005-06) have had as many points at this stage of a PL season, and went on to win the title in both seasons.
> Only three clubs in top flight history have had a better record after 26 league matches – Tottenham (68) in 1960-61, Liverpool (66) in 1987-88 and Chelsea (66) in 2005-06. All won the title that season.

> Robin van Persie is the PL top scorer with 19 goals this season. He can become the sixth different player to score 20 goals in a single PL season for United after Ruud van Nistelrooy (4 times), Wayne Rooney (2 times), Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov and Dwight Yorke.

Manchester City – Chelsea (Sunday 24 February, 14:30 CET)

> Manchester City have won their last three PL matches against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, since a 3-1 defeat in September 2008. Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka scored for Chelsea, Robinho netted for City.

> City are winless in their last three PL matches. They last went four without victory between September and November 2009, when they were on a run of seven consecutive PL draws under Mark Hughes.

> Rafael Benitez is unbeaten in his last 11 PL matches against Manchester City, drawing the last four. His only defeat in 13 PL matches against them was 1-0 away in April 2005. His first ever PL win came against them – Liverpool’s 2-1 home victory in August 2004.

> Chelsea have 49 points from 26 PL matches this season, three more than they had at the same stage last season (46).

> Fernando Torres has scored three goals in nine PL matches against Manchester City, and has been unable to score in his last six against them.