DID YOU KNOW

Sunderland shot stopper, Steve Mignolet speaks five languages-German, Dutch, English, French and has a degree in Politics from University of Leuven.

There exists an ATM machine that gives out gold bars instead of notes in the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Marlboro was originally launched as a woman’s cigarette in 1924.

Mozart wrote a piano piece that required the player to use both the hands and nose.

The farther back you sit on an airplane, the better odds of survival in the event of a crash. Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front.

Mauricio Pochettino replaces Nigel Adkins at Southampton. Becomes only 2nd Argentine manager in the Premier League (after Ossie Ardiles).

Uruguay striker, Sebastian Abreu was the last player to score a Panenka-style penalty at the FIFA World Cup when he scored the penalty that took his country to the Semi-finals of the World in 2010 at the expense of Ghana.

Pep Guardiola has signed a pre-contract agreement to take over the reins at Bayern Munchen at the end of the season. He is 1st Spaniard to become Bundesliga head coach and he is reported to become highest earning coach in football (17 mln annual income).

At the ongoing Australian Open, Maria Sharapova became the 3rd woman to record successive double bagels in Grand Slam tournament and 1st since 1985.

Zimbabwe’s Peter Ndlovu was the first African to play in the English Premier League when he donned the colours of Coventry City in 1992.

Frank Lampard scored his 194th career goal for Chelsea against Stoke City last weekend, moving ahead of Dixon to become the club’s 2nd all-time top scorer. (Tambling, 202).

John Walters Walters became the 3rd player in EPL history to score 2 own goals in a single match – after Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher and Sunderland’s David Proctor.

Robin Van Persie won his 4th Player of the Month award last December. Record is 5 by Rooney and Gerrard.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth straight year! Barcelona now have equalled the record of Juventus as club to have winner of Ballon d’Or 4 years in a row.

The four players to score a hat-trick (3 or more) as a substitute in the Premier League era are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Robert Earnshaw, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor.

A study suggests that on average 8.2 seconds of eye contact is required for “Love at first sight ” to happen.

In 2012, boxer Floyd Mayweather had only two fights, totalling less than one hour in the ring and earned $85 million.

Justin Timberlake was the voice behind McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It!” — He was paid $6 million for this song.

Orange juice tastes bad after brushing because toothpaste blocks sweet taste receptors due to a foaming agent that changes the permeability of your tongue cells.

In Japan 75% of men get monthly pocket money from their wives.

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