World of Sport

  • Ecuadorians get Mexican national anthem by mistake

    Ecuador's players were left baffled when the national anthems were played before their World Cup match in Venezuela this week.

    The Ecuadorians, including Manchester United star Antonio Valencia, lined up with their hands on their hearts expecting to hear their anthem Salve, Oh Patria (Hail, Oh Homeland).

    What they got instead was a tune called "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" (Mexicans, at the cry of war), which unsurprisingly is the national anthem of Mexico.

    There seemed to be a mixed reaction from the players: some looked confused, others sniggered, while the number eight - Michael Antonio

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  • The BBC have conducted a massive survey into the cost of watching football in Britain and it has brought up some surprising results — but there is little good news for fans.

    The survey reveals that adult ticket prices across the four divisions in England have gone up 11.7 per cent in the last year — which is five times the rate of inflation.

    Arsenal are the most expensive team to watch. They top the most expensive season ticket (£1,995) and most expensive day out (ticket, programme, pie and tea - £134.30) charts.

    Interestingly, despite being the champions, Manchester City offer the second

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  • Santos striker Neymar, playing only one day after scoring twice for Brazil against Japan in Poland, shrugged off jet-lag to score a stunning individual goal in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Mineiro.

    Neymar, who was wearing the number 200 to celebrate his 200th game for the club, needed only 12 minutes to make an impact against Ronaldinho's Mineiro.

    The 20-year-old received the ball with his back to goal just inside the Mineiro half, flicked it around the outside of one marker and immediately slipped it past a second to leave both players sprawling on the ground.

    He then carried the ball into the

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  • Football officials are meant to be impartial but an assistant referee from Paraguay couldn't resist showing off what a big Lionel Messi fan he was on Tuesday night.

    Nicolas Yegros was working the line for Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile and at half-time he approached the Barcelona star and asked him to pose for a photograph with him.

    A rather bemused Messi granted Yegros his request as the Paraguayan smiled giddily beside his football idol.

    But why would Yegros risk the wrath of FIFA with such a brazenly unprofessional act?

    Well according to the South American media it was his

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  • Before this piece gets going, World of Sport will admit that it, like everyone else in the world, smiled in glee and disbelief at the awesome images of Felix Baumgartner skydiving to earth from 24 miles up on Sunday. It was a great show.

    But since then WoS has had a nagging feeling that it has been had.

    The whole thing was orchestrated so well by Red Bull's exquisitely oiled PR machine that WoS almost bought it hook, line and sinker. But now, looking back, there are just too many things which make it wonder if the whole thing wasn't really quite as magical as it first seemed.

    So here are the

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  • Ronaldo is first sport star to 50m Facebook ‘likes’

    Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first sports star on the planet to get 50 million 'Likes' on Facebook.

    The Portuguese superstar has his fair share of detractors - many see him as fantastically arrogant and irredeemably smug, traits which are only exacerbated by constant comparisons to Barcelona's relatively humble genius, Lionel Messi.

    But it seems that plenty of you out there forgive those foibles and absolutely love the Real Madrid forward - or at least, you like him enough to click a small icon on a social networking website. His tally means that one in 20 people who use Facebook have

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  • Baumgartner retiring after skydiving from space

    Felix Baumgartner is retiring from pulling off record-breaking skydives just a day after becoming a household name with his leap from 24 miles.

    "I'm retired from the daredevil business," he said in Roswell, New Mexico, after Sunday's feat.

    "I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot. I'll fight fires and rescue people. No e-mails, no phone calls."

    The 43-year-old took his decision not just because he has no more worlds left to conquer, but because he claims to have been genuinely scared for his life as he reached 833.9mph.

    "It was like hell," he said.

    "The exit was perfect, then I

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  • Michael Jackson once thrilled the crowds in Blackpool

    Brazilian football has a new star by the unlikely name of Mahatma Gandhi.

    The 20-year-old Atletico Goianense midfielder was a smash hit as he made his debut for the Brazilian top flight club, orchestrating his side's 3-1 win over a start-studded Internacional side at the weekend.

    So what better time could there be to take a look at the footballers who share their names with other global icons? We take a look at some of the best:

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    Robbie Williams: League One play-off winner with Barnsley and Blackpool once of Huddersfield but now with Plymouth Argyle. And the other bloke who enjoys

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  • The Asian Football Confederation has been forced to apologise after referring to the UAE football team as 'sand monkeys' on their official website.

    The AFC got the nickname from Wikipedia but it instantly caused offence to the UAE who said the nickname was racist.

    The UAE released a statement saying: "We express our strong resentment over the use of this bad description by the AFC website.

    "What happened is unacceptable and shows disrespect to others. It is a proof of racist attitudes that are starting to surface."

    The UAE team are usually referred to as "Al-Abyad", or the whites, because of

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  • See Baumgartner’s jump in amazing headcam footage

    Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner has become a household name in the space of 24 hours after his amazing skydiver from 24 miles on Sunday.

    The videos are playing constantly on websites and TV news programmes, pictures of the astonishing leap adorn the front pages of papers and magazines across the globe as people everywhere have been inspired by the 43-year-old's courage.

    But while the video so far released has been eye-catching, new footage has now emerged from the camera attached to Baumgartner's head, giving millions around the world the chance to see from the skydiver's own point of

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