The Premier League and Magical Records

The Premier League and Magical Records

What is known today as the Barclays Premier League was founded in 1888. It is also the oldest known competition in the world of football. Let’s have a quick look over some of the interesting records and stats of the Premier League season.

Not many professional football competitions have magical records quite like the Barclays Premier League. The 2014 – 2015 season kicked off on August 16, and all participating teams are looking forward to winning the prestigious Premier League crown. While ongoing season may bring new records to the contest, let’s have a quick look on some of the record-breaking stats and numbers from the previous seasons.

1. 16 Years and 271 Days
James Vaughan – the youngest goal scorer (Everton v Crystal Palace– April 2005).

2. 40 Years 268 days
Teddy Sheringham – the oldest goalscorer (West Ham United v Portsmouth– December 2006).

3. 9.7 Seconds
Unbelievable time for the fastest league goal – scored by Ledley King (December 2000).

4. 5 Goals scored by goalkeepers
Peter Schmeichel (Aston Villa v Everton – 2001), Brad Freidel (Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic – 2004), Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – 2007), Tim Howard (Everton v Bolton Wanderers, 2012) and Asmir Begović (Stoke City v Southampton, 2013) have scored a goal each while playing as goalkeepers.

5. 632 – Most ‘Premier’ Appearances
Ryan Giggs has appeared in the most number of Premier League games. He played for Manchester United from 1992 to 2014.

6. 11 – Highest Goal Scoring Match
Portsmouth scored seven goals against Reading in September 2007. Reading surprisingly ended on the losing side after scoring four goals.

7. 16 Years 65 Days – Youngest Premier League Debut
Matthew Briggs presently holds the record for appearing in Fulham v Middlesbrough match in May 2007.

8. 43 years and 162 days – Oldest Premier League Debut
John Burridge look refreshed at his debut for Manchester City in May 1995.

9. Awesome Threesome
Henning Berg is one player to have won the Premier League crown three times playing with two different clubs. He was part of the winning squad with Blackburn Rovers in 1994 – 1995 and Manchester United in 1998 – 1999 as well as 1999 – 2000.

Ashley Cole won the prize playing for Arsenal in 2001/02, 2003/04 and Chelsea in 2009/10. Carlos Tevez was part of the winning side with Manchester United in 2007/08, 2008/09 and Manchester City in 2011/12.

10. 49 – The Long Run
49 games is the longest unbeaten run by any club. Arsenal emerged victorious on all 49 occasions (spanning over three seasons) from May 2003 – October 2004.

11. 21 Years
Sir Alex Ferguson holds the record for the longest serving manager. He was associated with Manchester United from July 01, 1992 to June 30, 2013.

10 Players Worth Following in Premier League 2014

10 Players Worth Following in Premier League 2014/15

It’s certainly not easy to shortlist top ten players in the Barclays Premier League 2014-15 season mainly because they’re so many great competitors. Of course, the list has to be pruned to just ten names so here are the top ten stars you need to keep your eye on.

1. Diego Costa – Chelsea
Blistering play and impressive technique highlights the Spanish striker known as Diego Costa. He undoubtedly is a major attraction when it comes to Chelsea – Costa recently represented Spain in the FIFA world cup. Manager Jose Mourinho was looking for a clinical striker who comes out good and it looks as if he has made the right pick. Diego Costa scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last year.

2. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
This Chilean adds an extra bit of brilliance to the brilliant Arsenal attack. Moving from Barcelona this year, Sanchez has strong intentions to extend his FIFA World Cup form in one of the most prestigious football leagues in the world. Those of you who missed Sanchez’s display in Brazil should definitely watch him on English pitches. How well the Chilean attacking striker would do is yet to be seen but expect to be awed with some magical footwork.

3. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
Football fans call him the ‘goal scoring machine’ and the Spaniard lives up to this title. Having played for Barcelona and Arsenal, Fabregas looks to put up a good show for Chelsea this Premier League season.

4. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool
Sterling was extraordinary last season and this year, his value as only increased as Luis Suarez has moved to Barcelona. Liverpool fans would love to see Raheem Sterling creating pressure on the opponents with the level of his game. In April 2014, he was named as one of the six players picked for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

5. Robin van Persie – Manchester United
This Dutchman not only is a superb striker, but he scores every time his team needs it the most. Clearly one of the top ten players this year, Manchester United fans want him to show the same flash of brilliance he did in the goal against Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

6. Luke Shaw – Manchester United
A good season with Southampton helped Luke Shaw become one of the priciest defenders in Premier League history. Manchester United paid 27 million GBP to bring in the 19 year old. Red Devil fans hope to see this young gun live up to challenge of bringing home the Premier League crown.

7. Stevan Jovetic – Manchester City
Jovetic had injury issues in his first season at Manchester City, but he has been fantastic in this pre-season. In fact, he gives new hope to City at the start of the new Premier League season with Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo both down with injuries.

8. Ander Herrera – Manchester United
Manchester United finally have signed Herrera, who will play alongside Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher. His outstanding passing ability should give the much needed ‘creative’ link to Juan Mata. Overall, he is a fantastic signing for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.

9. Ross Barkley – Everton
The 20-year-old maestro known for exceptional skills and goal scoring ability was re-signed by Everton. There were rumors of him leaving his dream club but in the end, he received a new four-year deal. Everton fans can’t wait to see Barkley back on the Premier League pitches.

10. Juan Mata – Manchester United

Mata is the man to look out for when it comes to extraordinary agility on the field. Moving from Chelsea to Manchester United this year, Juan Mata is the star Red Devils needed to become one of the toughest contenders for the title.

US Open 2014

US Open 2014: Return of the Grand Slam Love

When you love tennis, you would want to get something more than just the scores. Let’s check out some interesting stats from the US Open.

1. The United States Open is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world. It is the only tennis Grand Slam tournament played regularly every year since 1881.

2. The first edition of the US open kicked off at the Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island. It was won by Richard Sears who went on to win seven consecutive Men singles titles.

3. Since 1987, the United States Open is played as the fourth and final tennis Grand Slam tournament in a calendar year. The other three major tennis tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open (Roland Garros) and Wimbledon.

4. The annual edition of US Open is held in late August and continues over a two-week period. The competition consists of five main event championships namely men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. An additional tournament is held for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.

5. Right-handed players have won a total of 103 championship matches in the US open while left-handers have won 24 titles.

6. Bill Tilden has the record of playing most men’s singles finals. He has played 10 finals – 1918-25, 27 and 29. Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl hold the record for Open Era. Both men have played 8 singles finals.

7. Molla Mallory holds the record of most final appearances in the women’s singles category. She has also played 10 finals – 1915 to 18, ‘20-24 and ‘26.

8. Bill Johnston has a unique record of losing most finals to the same opponent. He lost five times to Bill Tilden – 1920, 22-25. Andre Agassi holds the same record in the Open Era. He lost to Pete Sampras three times – 1990, 1995 and 2002.

9. Andy Murray made history at the 2012 US Open when he lifted the Champions Cup. Murray’s win over defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic was his first career Grand Slam singles title. This title also brought a men’s Grand Slam singles crown to Great Britain for the first time since 1936.

10. The 2013 US Open was a tremendous hit with fans. The final tally of 713,026 appearances is ranked fourth-highest in tournament history.

English Premier League

Fantastic Five: EPL Teams to Watch Out for This Season

You might say it’s too early to pick up favorites for the English Premier League 2014-15. Well, you are absolutely right, but it is definitely useful to select the top five teams for one of the most exciting English professional football battles.

1. Manchester United
A new EPL season is about to begin and there have been many Manchester United moments over the past few years that went down in history. The 2013-14 season was certainly not the best – in fact, it was one of the worst seasons MU has ever had.

This time Manchester United looks up to Louis Van Gaal, who helped the Netherlands finish third in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Wayne Rooney, Marcos Rojo and Robin van Persie are confident Manchester United will bounce back this season, so keep your fingers crossed.

2. Liverpool
Liverpool’s match winning star and leading goal scorer Luis Suarez has moved to Barcelona, but the side still has an astonishing attack. Key players including the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard believe that Liverpool is a strong challenger for the title despite a bitter Suarez blow.

3. Arsenal
Arsenal should be feeling confident this EPL season especially after ending the FA title drought last year. The already strong player lineup is further strengthened this season with Alexis Sanchez moving from Barcelona. Arsenal looks healthy as a team so let’s hope Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are able to cast their magical spell on the opponents.

4. Chelsea
Chelsea nearly clinched their 4th EPL title last season but fell slightly short. Jose Mourinho has his eyes set on the third English premier League title with Chelsea and Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are pumped up to get what they want.

5. Manchester City
They won the English Premier League crown last season and are ready to defend their title for the second time in three years. Players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Edin Dzeko, and Samir Nasri are the strength of Manchester City and football fans all over the world are enthusiastic to see how the 22 men squad performs in every game.

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

England Get the Crown at the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

England fans felt enough hasn’t been accomplished in the last 20 years when it comes to women rugby, but this time around, plenty of pleasant surprises were in store. Rugby world cup drought finally ended as England bagged the prestigious prize beating Canada 21-9. This sensational moment of glory was experienced in front of 22,000 spectators at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris – a historic stadium built in 1925.

Interestingly, this long-awaited victory for England comes after a hat-trick of successive losses in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final at the hands of the New Zealand women rugby team.

England’s journey to the final at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup was splendid right from the start. During the group stages, England beat Samoa and Spain and played a draw against their opponents in the finals, ‘Canada.’ Ireland was sent crashing out of the tournament in the semi-final stages as England finished 40-7.

The final encounter on Sunday, August 17, 2014 had a number of great England legends playing for the team and Emily Scarratt raced into the corner to seal the victory on the big day. The jubilant captain Katy Mclean had great praise for the Canadian side – “they were fantastic, but we worked really hard for this.’

Captain Kelly Russell leading the first time finalist Canadian team said she was proud of her girls. She also gave credit to the England players for being so brilliant. “They were the better team,” said Russell after the match.

As for the other playoffs, host nation France managed to finish third. The 2014 hosts defeated Ireland 25-18. New Zealand overcame USA and Australia beat Wales to steal the fifth and seventh spots respectively. The Spanish women’s rugby team secured the ninth place by beating South Africa. Samoa this year picked up their first victory in the playoffs and secured the 11th place in the tournament. Kazakhstan finished 12th in this year’s Women Rugby World Cup.

Top Three NBA Games You Cannot Afford to Miss

2014-15 Season: Top Three NBA Games You Cannot Afford to Miss

All the NBA lovers out there – here’s a quick line up of games you cannot afford to miss during the upcoming season. The schedule has been released and there’s absolutely no doubt that the games this year will keep you on your toes. Of course, every season has exciting contests, but NBA fans already are looking forward to these top three games in the 2014 – 15 season.

1. LeBron James Returns Home

December 25 will see the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers – Miami Heat fans surely would remember the two titles he won for the side for a long time. After 4 years and some amazing moments with Miami Heat, James comes back home. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and more importantly, Heat Fans perform without the former star.

2. The Battle for New York
The Battle for New York sounds exciting and it still remains one of the hottest rivalries in NBA. The power involved in the match up when New York Knicks clash with the Brooklyn Nets is expected to have some fireworks. November 07 game will be the highlight for both teams and all NBA fans are bound for a treat regardless of the end result. Brooklyn Nets also have the vocal Jason Kidd coming back, which means there’s also going to be lots of talking.

3. Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Oakland, November 5, Oracle Arena is rated as one of the toughest battles for Clippers. Golden State Warriors did give Clippers a tough time in the first round of the playoffs last season. Warriors had Andrew Bogut missing – the defender was left out with a broken rib. What’s so exciting about this match? Well, you have LA’s very own Steve Kerr moving to the Golden State squad. Not just this game, but the entire 4 games are a must-see for every NBA fan.

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

Ten Glorious Stats – XX Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

All good things perhaps end too soon. The XX Commonwealth Games, 2014 are officially closed, but sports lovers around the globe would love to know some glorious stats about their favorite event.

Participants and Spectators
1. With over 71 participating nations and 11 days of competition, these games were watched by approximately 1.5 billion people around the globe.

2. About 20,000 spectators took part in an interesting survey to voice their opinions about the game. A whopping 91% of survey participants were satisfied with the arrangements and the spirit of competition.

3. They also had superb things to say about the Commonwealth Games. Top three words used for encouragement in the feedback were ‘fun,’ ‘exciting’ and ‘fantastic.’

Food and Drinks
Like any special gathering, you must be keen to know more about the food that was shared with the athletes and support staff to get them into the mood. Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 actually served healthy breakfasts. If you thought athletes only grabbed a bowl of cereal before taking their place on the field, prepare yourself to be mind blown.

4. About 100 tons of fresh fruits and veggies were delivered to the site hosting the Commonwealth Games.

5. Athletes, as you can guess find smoothies to be a pretty impressive meal. Shockingly, players taking part in different competitions consumed 65,000 fruit smoothies.

6. The Athletes’ Village also had 500,000 meals delivered throughout the entire duration event.

News and Records

7. The delivery of healthy meals might be one of the reasons nine world records were set and 142 Commonwealth Games records were broken during 11 days of competition.

8. Glasgow did have a glorious bit of share in trending news on social media. Glasgow 2014 was mentioned about 3.5 million times.

9. The Games app was downloaded about 450,000 times and this clearly shows the enthusiasm of the sports lovers around the world.

10. Leaving the athletes and attendees aside, about 1000 staff and 15,000 volunteers worked diligently to ensure that the event takes place smoothly.

Top 5 Points Usain Bolt

Do You Know the “Lightning Bolt”?

You might have heard a lot about Usain “Lightning” Bolt, but if you haven’t, get ready to know more about possibly the most incredible athlete out there. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Usain Bolt or the ‘Lightning Bolt” as he is famously called, is a professional sprinter best known for storming through the track events. Here’s more about the fastest man in the world.

1. Get … Set … Go!
Bolt won the Olympic gold for completing the 100m and 200m race in record times in Beijing, 2008. His team, Jamaica also finished first in the 4x100m relay. The remarkable ‘Gold’ feat was repeated in the 200m race at the London Olympics, 2012 and Bolt is the only athlete to do so.

2. Untied shoelaces and chicken nuggets helped Usain break the world record in 2008.

Interestingly, Bolt set a world record for the 100m race in Beijing of course by running faster than other competitors, but with a stomach full of chicken nuggets and his shoes untied for the entire run.

3. Lightning Bolt is the highest paid track and field athlete in the history of the sport!
Bolt signed a pretty amazing deal with Soul Electronics and has his own line of headphones. His endorsements include some of the best names in the business with Puma been with him the longest. The electrifying list of endorsements includes Nissan Motors, Visa, Virgin Media, Hublot and Gatorade.

4. The tall Jamaican loves to play football and cricket.
Usain bolt definitely knows how to conquer the track events, but he seriously wants to play football (Shop Football Clothing by AthletiClothing Here) for Manchester United. Bolt is willing to take on the challenge once he bids farewell to Olympics.

5. The ‘Bolt’ App
Usain Bolt partnered with a company called RockLive to create a mobile app about him. He also runs his very own restaurant called Tracks and Records in his home ‘Jamaica.’

Badger Sportswear – Sports Apparel for Spring Time

Badger Sportswear Apparel

Badger Sportswear

Poets and philosophers have always thought of the spring season as a harbinger of change. Good frolicking change at that. It’s a chance to start over, making new and impact changes to your lifestyle. Spring as they say, isn’t just the change of weather. It’s more intrinsic and intuitive than that. Ever heard the term spring-cleaning? Out with the old and in with the new? That’s the general idea. And for people who are just itching to get into the fitness game, there’s no better time than spring honestly. And what better way to start the new season than by shopping for the right sports apparel (from brands like Badger Sportswear) and gear up.

The pleasantness of spring time makes more people to go out more and partake in great sporting expeditions. There’s no time like spring to bring out the best in people. In this journey of new beginnings, an upgrade to your sports wardrobe is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Badger Sportswear spring collection has been designed with this in mind. They want their customers to feel more sure and confident of themselves. How you look in sports apparel has a direct bearing on how you feel about yourself. And since spring is about been born anew, perhaps it’s time you made the right call, keeping things interesting by absorbing new experiences. You get to decide.

Men’s Athletic Wear – Stay ready

Men' Athletic Wear

Men’ Athletic Wear

That clarity and focus when you’re zoning are beyond compare. There’s a reason why they call it a ‘runner’s high’—because you can’t get that feeling any other way. Often times though, guys can’t get there because of things like cramps, chaffing, over-heating, etc. It’s the sensitivity to the details that allow you to ‘get in the zone’ in the first place. How many times has your attention shifted because your pants were falling off or your shirt was riding up? Yeah, I figured.

It’s important to know that not all men’s athletic wear is right for you. The right combination of jackets, pants, shirts, jerseys and shorts go a long way in boosting your performance and morale. By mixing up your workout gear, (rather than a uniform t-shirt and shorts, for example), you’re less likely to get bored with the routine. Men’s athletic wear comes in different fabrics as well–spandex, cotton and polyester being the main ones, offering you with options that better suit your needs.

Stocking up on the right gear is important, it helps you boost your self-esteem and morale before any big game or workout. It helps you train, prepare, commit and surpass the goals that you’ve set for yourself. Constantly improving your fitness takes a higher valuation of how you house your body. Clothes that are too tight cause strained circulation and higher chances of over-heating, clothes that are too loose are in danger of getting caught on things or falling off; so take inventory and update your grocery list. We’ll be waiting.