There have been some standout moments of 2014 and it’s been an extremely exciting year for sport. No one can doubt the world cup was massive and there were a few shocking moments that even we couldn’t predict. Before we reveal too much, below is a timeline of how we saw the year and what made 2014 for us.
England kicked the year off in disappointing fashion, having already lost the Ashes they folded in dismal fashion in Sydney to lose the series 5-0. This is only the 3rd Whitewash in Ashes history and was regarded as the worst performance ever by an England side. Geoffrey Boycott said “It’s pathetic – there is no other word. It’s humiliation.” The fact England were favourites for the series means that the performance was even more embarrassing.
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Seattle Seahawks dominated the sports headlines in February with an emphatic 43 -8 over Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos. The game was billed as the classic battle between the leagues finest offence v the leagues finest defence. It was expected to be a close gritty game but the Seahawks played the Broncos off the park and completely outclassed them on the day surprising everyone watching.
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To start March off with a bang (sorry we couldn’t help it) Alan Pardew head-butted David Meyler after an altercation on the touchline. Unfortunately for Pardew it meant his image & career at Newcastle was tarnished, he was fined £100,000 but was later subsequently headhunted (had to) as manager of Crystal Palace in early 2015.
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Kevin Pietersens controversial sacking by England
February saw one of the greatest batsman ever to wear the England cricket shirt sacked by England in controversial fashion. The reasons given were that the England team wanted to “rebuild”. However it was widely rumoured at the time about major fallouts between KP and the rest of the team. Pietersen later revealed in his autobiography that he was subject to bullying by certain England players, some of whom, he alleged, set up a fake Twitter account parodying him.
Many thought that Alistair Cook should have been the one to go due to his poor form in Australia. However with Peter Moores, who infamously fell out with KP in 2008, earmarked by England to take over as head coach it would have been impossible to have KP in the team when he arrived.
In the Copa Del Rey final we really got to see what Gareth Bale was made of as he sprinted past Marc Bartra in the 39th minute of the game against Barcelona to score a decisive goal. It was a fantastic display of individual pace and brilliance and really cemented the reason why Real Madrid were so keen to have him partner Ronaldo in midfield.
May was a big time for the sporting world and one particular highlight was the Carl Froch Vs George Groves fight. There was so much smack talk and built up to the fight that you couldn’t help but be emotionally involved in the outcome. To say the least the fight lasted 8 rounds and Carl Froch absolutely floored George Groves, it was the moment in the fight we had been waiting for and was the perfect climax to the event.
In the month of May, Arsenal were tasked with beating Hull in the FA Cup final at Wembley. They managed to pull through in the 108th minute extra time with a finish inside the box. This ended their 10 year wait and finally eased the pressure off Arsene Wenger. It may have also aided in the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
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At the End of the 2013-14 rugby season we waved goodbye to 2 true legends of the game.
Whilst Wilkinson stopped playing for England a few years ago he has still been tearing it up for Toulon winning the Heineken cup in his last season, a fitting send off for England’s Greatest ever Rugby player.
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True Irish and Rugby legend Brian O’driscoll also bowed out of Rugby Union. He retires being the most capped Rugby international ever with 141 caps for Ireland.
The Champions League final was another stand out event and delivered as promised. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid squared off in an all Madrid and Spanish final. It was 1-0 to Atletico as Godin put them ahead in the 36th minute. It really looked as though Atletico Madrid were going to win their first champions league title after finishing runners up in 1973-74.
However this was not to be as Ramos scored a screaming header in the 3rd minute of added time. This was when Madrid really got the momentum and ended up winning 4-1 in extra time to make it La Decima and their 10th title.
However a not so glorious moment (especially if you’re a Liverpool fan) is when Liverpool threw away the title to Manchester city. At one point Liverpool were 5 points ahead and only had to play Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Due to an unfortunate Steven Gerrard slip it gave the Chelsea the lead which they went on to win 2-0. This led to a demoralising aura around Anfield and also saw them throw away a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace where it ended 3-3.
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Finally another time that was full of buzz was the news that Manchester United were going to sign Louis Van Gaal. This was after a rather abrupt and swift exit for David Moyes who failed to deliver in the season. Moyes’ campaign also wasn’t helped by the fact the internet continued to meme him at every opportunity:
June was marked as the start of the world cup and there was plenty of hype around the event. Brazil is a footballing nation at heart, so there was always going to be an air of excitement and suspense. One of the first things that shocked the world was no other than Luis Suarez, he was seen lunging into Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s match with Italy. What made it even more bizarre is the fact he has been banned in the past for biting players, so to do it again on the world stage of football certifies him as crazy.
There was a lot of build up to the world cup and it was a chance for the younger players to really show what they’re made of & boy did one of them do that. Enter a young 22 year old man from Columbia called James Rodriguez, he stunned the world when he chested the ball facing away from goal and produced a sublime swivel volley in the top left hand corner. It was voted goal of the tournament and he got the golden boot with six goals, he was later bought by Real Madrid who saw his potential.
Come July and we were in full swing of the world cup knockout stages. Brazil had a real sense of support and purpose in this world cup as they were hosting it and managed to reach the semi-final. However all their hopes came crashing down when they were annihilated by Germany in a 7-1 thrashing. It sent the world, and especially the nation of Brazil into shock as fans went on to riot and burn flags throughout the night.
Germany went on to lift the trophy as they beat Argentina in the final as Mario Gotze scored in the 113rd minute of extra time.
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Wimbledon is always a massive event every year and it had the makings of new dog vs legend. The final was Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer. As you would expect of any Federer final it was extremely intense as the match went the full 5 sets. However, in the final point of the game Federer hit the ball into the net making it a thrilling end to the game, and giving Djokovic his 2nd Wimbledon title.
July also saw Yorkshire in the sporting limelight as it hosted Le Grand Depart stage of the Tour de France. The race attracted an estimated 2.5 million spectators including Prince Harry, William and Kate Middleton.
It was considered a massive success and the crowds were described as “Incredible” by event organisers. After Yorkshire the next stage of le tour was from Cambridge to London before moving onto France.
With Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish retiring from the Le tour due to injury the chances of a British winner for a third year in a row were ruined.
- The winner of the Yellow Jersey was Italian Vincenzo Nibali.
- The winner of the Green Jersey was Slovakian Peter Sagan.
- The winner of the Polka-Dot jersey was Polish Rafal Majka
- The winner of the White jersey was French Thibaut Pinot.
In August we saw yet again why Usain Bolt is a top performer in the athletics field by proving that at the commonwealth games. He ran away with the 4x100m relay and helped Jamaica to the gold. Jamaica beat the games record with a time of 37.58, what made it even more impressive is the fact that Usain Bolt only had 6 weeks to train … well done sir!
The new football season started in September, but besides that it signified the start of the Ryder cup. It’s always fierce competition between Europe and the United States especially since Europe dethroned USA in 2012. Here is one moment of the Ryder Cup that really stood out … The Ian Poulter Fist pump:
Unfortunately it wasn’t all positivity surrounding the event as Phil Mickelson was seen to lash out at the US captain Tom Watson. This in essence summarised the disappointment the USA felt.
Kitbag also launched our Ryder Cup range featuring official accessories and polo shirts from the event.
Even though there are plenty of great goals throughout the year, we just feel there was something special about Erik Lamela’s Rabona kick. Most probably because we didn’t expect it coming, and we haven’t seen Rabona like that in such a long time.
We recommend you give it a watch if you’ve never seen it:
In October Peyton Manning broke the record for touchdown passes with his 509th playing for Denver Broncos against San Francisco 49ers. The Record was previously held by legend Brett Favre, however with Manning still having plenty of years left in him we could see his total reach well into the 600’s.
In November we witnessed the climax of one of the most thrilling head to head battles, not only in Motorsport, but in sport between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes team dominated all season and it went down to the last race of the season until we found out the winner. Lewis Hamilton, in the end, was the deserved winner after winning 11 Grand Prix’s compared to Nico Rosbergs 5.
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Now there’s only one man that’s probably had more stick in his lifetime for being involved in football than David Moyes, and his name is Emile Heskey. However, he put all his critics to shame when he was signed by Bolton and scored on his debut by an Eiður Guðjohnsen assist. This caused quite a stir and also mean Paddy McGuinness had to clean his boots … Poor Paddy!
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Bonus (not really in 2014 but so close and good we just had to include it):
Ahh the derby of Spurs vs Chelsea is always one to watch, as let’s say, both sets of fans don’t really like each other. Besides that, it can produce some great games when the tensions have boiled over in the past.
Let’s just say Harry Kane produced a wonder performance that enabled spurs to win 5-3. England callup anyone?
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