IN THE NEWS: Spain return record 16 players from WC winning squad

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.

IN THE NEWS: Robben, Sneijder, Van Persie spearhead Dutch 23

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).

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INFOGRAPHIC: Aymar not ready for retirement

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.

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ANALYSE THIS: Bottom half of Ladies singles opens up

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.

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