The week in numbers: w/e 4/12/11

Sócrates, 1954-2011. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

57 – Age of former Brazilian football captain Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira – better known simply as Sócrates – who died in hospital in São Paulo after a three-month battle with illness. Instantly recognisable to a generation of football fans by his trademark beard and headband, he played 60 times for Brazil, scoring 22 goals from an attacking midfield position, and captained his country at the 1982 World Cup.

0 – Number of women in the final shortlist of ten candidates for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which will be awarded on December 22nd.

58 – Winger Shane Williams capped his 87th and final Test with his 58th try in the final move of the game as Wales lost 24-18 to Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

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The week in numbers: w/e 30/10/11

McIlroy walked away with a cheque for $2m (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2,000,000 – In dollars, the prize collected by Rory McIlroy for winning the inaugural (and non-official) Shanghai Masters – $560,000 more than he earned for winning the US Open in June. McIlroy beat Anthony Kim in a sudden-death playoff after squandering a three-shot lead going into the final round.

16 – By setting the fastest time in qualifying for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel recorded Red Bull‘s 16th pole of 2011, a new record for one team in a single season.

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