BREAKING: United appoint Van Gaal

FOOTBALL – Manchester United have appointed Louis van Gaal as their new manager. Van Gaal becomes the first overseas coach to take charge of the Old Trafford side. Van Gaal, who has won 19 trophies at club level and has won at least one domestic league title with each of the four club sides he has coached: Ajax, FC Barcelona, AZ and Bayern München.

BREAKING: Giggs 10th player over 40 to play in CL

FOOTBALL – Ryan Giggs becomes the 10th player aged 40 or older to play in the Champions League. He also becomes the fifth outfield player at that, behind Alessandro Costacurta (40-211), David Weir (40-211), Tasos Mitropoulos (40-109) and Donato (40-051). Giggs is  40 years and 11 days old today.

BREAKING: Tokyo voted host city of 2020 Olympic Games

OLYMPIC GAMES – Tokyo outlasted Istanbul and Madrid in the IOC vote that determined the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo has now won the bid three times. They won the right to host the Games in 1940, but they were scratched because of World War II. In 1964, Tokyo hosted the Games for the first time. Tokyo joins London as the only cities in the world to have won the bid to host the Olympic Summer Games at least three times.

BREAKING: Longest Bundesliga coaching stint ends

FOOTBALL – Thomas Schaaf will step down at Werder Bremen following the 2012/2013 season, his 15th in succession at the club. When he embarked on the current campaign Schaaf broke the Bundesliga record of 14 consecutive seasons in charge of the same club. That record was held by Otto Rehhagel (1981-1995), remarkably enough also at Werder Bremen.

BREAKING: Bayern clinch fastest Bundesliga title ever

FOOTBALL – Bayern München have clinched their 23rd German league title and 22nd in the Bundesliga era and have thereby broken the record for earliest decision on the calendar beating Köln’s 1963/1964 clincher on 18 April and the record for most matchdays remaining (six). Click on the picture below to enable ALL of our Infographic’s interactive features.

BREAKING: Wrestling to lose Olympic status

OLYMPIC GAMES – Reports indicate that wrestling will be on the Olympic curriculum for the last time in 2016, as the IOC intends to scratch all 18 events (11 in Freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman) by 2020. Wrestling has featured in all Olympic Games in the modern era except 1900.

The country arguably hit hardest by the omission of wrestling is Turkey, which has won 28 of its 39 Olympic gold medals in wrestling events. Torrid detail: Istanbul is one of the last three remaining cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the first one that will not feature wrestling.

BREAKING: Redknapp first to manage five in EPL

FOOTBALL – Harry Redknapp will replace Mark Hughes as Queens Park Rangers and thus become the first to have been in charge of five different clubs in the Premier League era. Redknapp emerges from a group of managers, including Mark Hughes, who have managed four different clubs.

Most teams managed in Premier League

5 – Harry Redknapp (West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Spurs, QPR)

4 – Ron Atkinson (Aston Villa, Coventry City, Sheffield W, Nottingham Forest)

4 – Graeme Souness (Liverpool, Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle United)

4 – Sam Allardyce (Bolton, Newcastle United, Blackburn, West Ham United)

4 – Roy Hodgson (Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom)

4 – Mark Hughes (Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR)