Cup fans break TV watching record

Australia’s loss to Germany may have dampened some spirits, but it didn’t deter two Sydney sisters from catching every single moment of World Cup action.


Joanne and Alanah Argyrou, 22 and 24, set a new world record on Thursday morning after watching 87 hours of uninterrupted television.

The women, from Sydney’s inner west, called it quits about 6am today after beating the previous record of 86 hours held by Dutchman Efraim van Oeveren.

The feat needs to be verified by officials from Guinness World Records, but organisers are confident the record will be recognised.

The sisters, self-professed soccer fanatics, outlasted two other couch potatoes in the marathon session at Star City Casino that began more than three-and-a-half days ago.

The other contenders – Tim Chan and Joel Martinot – dropped out as the hours wore by, leaving the young women with the screen to themselves and a world record in sight.

24-hour soccer

In between live World Cup matches, most of which were broadcast in the early hours of the morning, the contestants had a choice of watching recorded matches or soccer documentaries.

The epic task was monitored by a team of officials who ensured the girls never broke the rules by taking their eyes off the screen for more than five seconds.

They were allocated one five-minute break every hour during the marathon, and were allowed no more than five cups of coffee per day.

On completing the task, the Argyrou sisters called it a day and went home for a well-deserved rest.

The sisters will receive an entertainment package worth $7600 and have the chance to compete against former Socceroo Steve Corica in a virtual penalty shootout.