FOOTBALL – Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has summoned 16 world champions from 2010 to join him in his team’s title defence in Brazil. This is the greatest number of World Cup winners returning in history. In 2002, France returned with 13 members of their 1998 winning squad. Nineteen of Spain’s 23 players have previously been selected to a Euros or Worlds squad, or both, for a combined 61 previous selections.
FOOTBALL – Dutch team boss Louis van Gaal named his 2014 World Cup squad on Saturday and it is spearheaded by veterans Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie. Robben and Sneijder have been selected to go to their sixth major tournament (World Cup and European Championships). Only Edwin van der Sar and Aron Winter have been included in more major tournament squads (7).
FOOTBALL – Arsène Wenger has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at Arsenal until 2017. Since arriving in September 1996, Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 676 Premier League matches, winning 392, drawing 167 and losing 117.
TENNIS – Serena Williams’s shock defeat in Round 2 at Roland Garros made this the first Grand Slam tournament (women’s singles, Open era) in which neither of the top two seeds reached the third round. Second seeded Li Na was sent packing yesterday.
HOCKEY – Luciana Aymar (36) is the only player in Argentina’s squad that was part of both Las Leonas World Cup winning campaigns (2002 and 2010) and she is hoping to equal Holland’s Lisette Sevens, Elsemieke Havenga-Hillen and Sandra le Poole as the only players to win the World Cup on a record three occasions. Click HERE to check out our infographic on Aymar’s trophy hunt.
TENNIS – Media focus may have been on Caroline Wozniacki’s shock first round defeat after her break-up with golfer Rory McIlroy but the big shock of the ladies’ singles first round at Roland Garros in Paris was number 2 seed Li Na’s elimination by France’s Kristina Mladenovic. At Infostrada Sports we have developed a tennis ranking as part of our Forecast range of products which can not only forecast tournaments but can also put shock results into context.
CYCLING – Nairo Quintana, 24, won the 16th stage in the 2014 Giro d’Italia. It was the second Colombian stage win this Giro following Rigoberto Urán’s victory in the time trial in stage 12. The last Grand Tour in which Colombian riders won two individual stages was in the 2005 Giro, when Iván Parra won two stages. Continue reading