By News Team
23rd December 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good chance to look back on what’s been another spectacular year of sport. Here’s our run through of the moments we think are deserving of a mention.
Football: A golden year for Liverpool and Scotland
What a year 2020 has been for Liverpool after the Reds scooped their first Premier League title since 1990 with seven matches still to play.
It was a real record-breaking season for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they notched up 24 home wins in a row and remained unbeaten at Anfield right through the campaign.
Their winning points tally of 99 is the second largest in the competition’s history with their 32 victories tying the record. The awards keep flowing with Jurgen Klopp named as Premier League and World manager of the year.
Up in Scotland and there was more joy for Celtic and their fans as the Hoops became the first side in history to win four consecutive trebles or the ‘quadruple treble’. The astonishing feat was sealed with a nail-biting penalty shootout win over Hearts and will go down as one of the great sporting feats. They couldn’t do it again, could they?
Meanwhile, on the international scene, 2020 proved to be a year to remember for Scotland. The Tartan Army reached their first major tournament since 1998 in a dramatic penalty shootout win over Serbia. The successful qualification ended a number of near misses for the Scots and means they join fellow home nations England and Wales in next year’s finals.
Boxing: Fury and Joshua close to squaring off?
2020 in the boxing world might be remembered as the year that set up one of the biggest fights in history. The stars seem finally to be aligning for Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to take each other on in 2021 after both enjoyed successful 2020s.
Fury put in perhaps one of his most impressive performances to date as he stopped Deontay Wilder in their rematch in America extending the Gypsy King’s professional record to 30-0. Fury showed his usual trickery and awkwardness, but also his power and precision – a combination of factors which, so far, no-one has been able to figure out.
Joshua, meanwhile, retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles with a dominant display against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in London. AJ seems very much back on track after his shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 and he seems focussed on taking on Fury next.
If the formalities are completed and contracts signed, this is one fight that the whole world won’t want to miss.
F1: Lewis Hamilton does it again
Formula One in 2020 will almost certainly be remembered for one man and one man only. That man is of course Lewis Hamilton, who continues to set a pace which none of his rivals can live with. The Englishman was superb again in 2020 and in what was perhaps his most dominant year, it was fitting that he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record for seven world titles.
As if a seventh World Championship wasn’t enough, Hamilton was then voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December – an award few could disagree with given his superb performances behind the wheel of his Mercedes.
It might be hard to better 2020 in 2021, but for Hamilton, a record eighth World Championship might just do that.
Golf: New kids on the block
It was a year of firsts in the golfing world, with two of the three Major winners being first timers. In August Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship in California in impressive fashion, getting the better of England’s Paul Casey who finished two strokes away in second.
Much of 2020 has been spent discussing Bryson DeChambeau and the astonishing distance he hits the ball. There was plenty of talking off the course about Bryson, but at the US Open he certainly did his talking on the course as he battered his rivals into submission to win the tournament by six shots. As if that was impressive enough, he was the only player at Winged Foot in New York to finish under par.
The year ended at Augusta and although it was a strange sight to see the Masters take place in November rather than April at Augusta, Dustin Johnson didn’t mind as he cruised to a five-shot lead in a record tournament score of 20 under par.
NBA and NFL: The old and the new celebrate across the pond
Over in America and it was business as usual in the NBA as Lebron James won yet another NBA Championship. The household name played a big part in the Los Angeles Lakers ending their decade-long wait for their 17th NBA Championship as they overcame Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in a 4-2 series win.
Earlier in the year, Patrick Mahomes lit up the Hard Rock Stadium, as he led his Kansas City Chiefs to victory over the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl in Miami. Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP and finished with a total of 286 passing yards, 29 rushing yards, and three touchdowns. It was the Chiefs first NFL Championship since 1970 and you feel it was the first of many for Mahomes.