SPORTS RECORDS

Hi there, Hugh here again, I thought that I include in a webpage with some sports records because lots of people like
some fun as a break from all the sports facts.

SOCCER RECORDS



MOST APPEARANCES BY A FOREIGN PLAYER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE: The most appearances in the Premier League by a foreign player is 468 by Mark Schwarzer (Australia) playing for Middlesbrough and Fulham between 1998 and the end of the 2011-12 season.

MOST FOOTBALL TOUCHES WITH THE TOES IN ONE MINUTE: John Farnworth (U.K.) has the record for the most football touches with the toes in one minute with 109. He showed off his fleet feet on the B.B.C.'s Match of the Day Kickabout in London, U.K., on 16 September 2011.

MOST TIMES SENT OFF IN THE F.I.F.A. WORLD CUP: Two players have been sent off twice in World Cup matches. The record is shared by Rigobert Song (Cameroon) who was sent off in a game against Brazil in 1994 and then against Chile in 1998, Zinedine Zidane (France), who first received his marching orders against Saudi Arabia in 1998, and then again in the final against Italy in 2006.

RUGBY (UNION) RECORDS



YOUNGEST RUGBY WORLD CUP TRY-SCORER: George North (Wales) was just 19 years 166 days old when he scored for Wales in a Rugby Union World Cup match against Namibia at New Plymouth in New Zealand on the 26th of September 2011. North is the third youngest player to play for Wales, making his debut aged 18 years and 214 days.

LONGEST DROP GOAL: Gerard Hamilton "Gerry" Brand kicked a drop goal 77.7m (255ft) for South Africa vs. England at Twickenham, U.K., on 2nd January 1932.

MOST HEINEKEN CUP WINS: The Heineken Cup is the premier European club competition, and Toulouse (France) have won it four times (1996, 2003, 2005, 2010). On the last occasion they beat Biarritz Olympique (France) 21-19 at the Stade de France in Paris.

TENNIS RECORDS



MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT NO. 1: Roger Federer (Switzerland) spent 231 weeks at the top of the singles rankings, from the 2nd of February 2004 to the 7th of July 2008. He lost the top spot to Rafael Nadal (Spain) after falling to the Spaniard in a five set Wimbledon final.

LONGEST RALLY: Indentical twins Ettore and Angelo A. Rossetti (U.S.A.) played a 25,944 stroke rally at North Haven Health & Racquet in North Haven, Conneticut, U.S.A., on the 9th of August 2008. The attempt lasted 15 hours.

LONGEST PROFESSIONAL MATCH: The 2010 first-round match at Wimbledon between John Isner (U.S.A.) and Nicolas Mahut (France) lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes and stretched over three days. After playing 183 games, Isner finally defeated Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set. Ironically, the pair were drawn together at the 2011 Wimbledon - this time Isner won in straight sets in only 34 games.

GOLF RECORDS



MOST EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT WINS: The most event wins on golf's European Tour is 50, including five Majors, by Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros (Spain, 1957- 2011) between 1976 and 1995.

YOUNGEST WINNER ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR: At the age of 17 years 188 days, Matteo Manessero (Italy) won his first European Tour event - the Castello Masters at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo in Costa del Azahar, Spain - on the 24th of October 2010.

MOST CONSECUTIVE MAJOR WINS: Tiger Woods (U.S.A.) claimed four consecutive Major titles in 2000-2001, winning the U.S. Open, the British Open and the P.G.A. Championsip in 2000 and the U.S. Masters in 2001. This acheivement has been dubbed the "Tiger Slam" - a true Grand Slam involves winning all the Majors in one calender year.