2016 – You’ve been a funny old year in the world of sport. Leicester City won the Premier League (weird), Marcus Willis ended up playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon (weirder) and England were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland (not weird at all). Legends were made, stars were born and heroes fell. So to top off a superb annum of sporting action, Teams on Tour present The Greatest Sporting Moments of 2016.
Leicester City win the Premier League
It was the big “will they, won’t they” story of the year and they most certainly kept us waiting. But Leicester City finally tied up the ending of their Fairytale rise to the pinnacle of English football on the 2nd of May 2016 after Chelsea did the tiger’s dirty work for them by disposing of Tottenham 2-2. Cue a Vardy party that united football fans all over the country. Truly remarkable.
Mo Farah does the double-double
Not only was 2016 a European Championship year, but we also got to marvel at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Great Britain enjoyed a massively successful campaign, achieving a huge collection of 67 medals coming second to only the USA in the medal table. But it was Mo Farah who took the headlines, winning the now famous double-double and finding time to perform the “Mobot” along the way.
But Mo Farah wasn’t alone in his Olympic success. Another huge victory for Team GB came in the form of the Women’s Hockey Team. Nobody expected Sam Quek and co. to make it far, but everybody cheered them on when they made their dreams come true, beating the Netherlands on penalties to bring home the gold and become household names. Gwarn girls!
Over to the world of combat sports now and there was perhaps no story from the world of fighting that captivated the paying public more than Conor McGregor’s historic victory over Eddie Alvarez to add the UFC Lightweight Championship to his Featherweight belt. He was stripped of the latter only a month later, but the sight of McGregor lifting both belts is historic and is set to become iconic before long.
Murray mounts the Tennis world
2016 will forever be a landmark year for Great Britain’s Andy Murray. In June, he became the first male British player since Bunny Austin to reach the French Open final, he then went on to win the Queen’s Club Championships. This set him up for a historic win at SW19, winning his second Wimbledon title. Murray won gold at the Rio Olympics and a title at the China Open. Fast-forward to December and Andy was named the world number one for the first time ever, earning him a record third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Red Devils rising
Manchester United long seemed a team in the dumps after the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Fans of the Red Devils suffered through the reign of David Moyes and had groaned through much of the team’s performances under the command of Louis van Gaal. So, when the reds won the FA Cup in May 2016 there was a sense that the reds were back in business. But it was unfortunately not enough for poor Louis, who lost his job to Jose Mourinho less than 24hrs later.
Swing low, sweet chariot
2016 proved to be a landmark year for English Rugby. After the disappointment of 2015’s Rugby World Cup, the roses fought back brilliantly to go undefeated in all competitions, sweeping aside all who opposed them in the Six Nations and then making history with a perfect test series in Australia. All down to messers Ford, Hartley, Rokoduguni and Jones.