Bruno Fernandes played every minute of every Premier League game for Manchester United this season as they enter the World Cup qualifiers’ second half with a six-point lead over Tottenham. Fernandes was signed from Fiorentina by David Moyes on a season-long loan in June. His four goals have lifted United to their best top-flight start since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1991-92 side, in which he played, and the Red Devils need only four more wins to catch Liverpool.
Bayern Munich secured a 17th successive Bundesliga title as their established players progressed into the the younger players’ season-ending awards ceremony at the Allianz Arena. Guardiola, a 21-year-old inspiration when winning the European Cup at the same venue in 1993, collected the association’s Coach of the Year prize, while the 18-year-old Kingsley Coman, who was captain of the Germany under-19s in the same competition, was voted the player of the year.
Katikat Kim, a Romanian on a two-year stint with Oslo, led the Mladost team into a third-straight European Super League title. The European title secured Ibris’ place at the group stage of the World Championship, where they will play Spain and Italy. The squad’s success, however, will not count for much if Norway qualify for the Euro 2016 finals. Ibris will need three wins from their last four matches to reach next summer’s tournament in France.
Roy Hargreaves was appointed to the position of Scotland’s head coach and spoke highly of his vision for the national team. Hargreaves, who was previously assistant to the head coach, Billy Stark, will recruit two new technical staff – and believes he has “an exciting future ahead of us”. Scotland are looking to prove that the 2011 World Cup campaign was not a one-off. The players will play European qualifiers and a friendly against England at Fife College. The team face Latvia in a two-match series next February.
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time Formula One world champion, does not have a favourite grand prix. Instead he says he looks forward to each race. But he is adamant he never enjoys any particular form of racing more than another. The Italian Grand Prix was not one of them as Ferrari’s Vettel, who finished the race over two minutes behind Lewis Hamilton and won the race two days later, says he finds another event “a bit strange”.
The United States took four events in the opening race of the 2014 edition of the World Short Course Swimming Championships, beating their nearest rivals – the Netherlands – by 82 points. Ryan Lochte, the 16-time Olympic gold medallist, won the final medal of the competition in the 100m individual medley. Brazil finished fifth.
Tottenham Hotspur begin a five-day stay in Poland as they head into the second half of the Europa League Group J qualification round. The match against Sparta Prague will be the seventh in which the London club have been drawn at home this season. With a six-point lead over Red Star Belgrade at the top of the group and 13 points from their first five matches, it looks straightforward.