What will you remember from the 2018 year in sports? As the year comes to a close we are looking back at some of the most memorable moments in sports in the last 12 months.
1. Germany’s Dreadful Outing The World Cup:
The defending champions went into the World Cup as one of the favourites to win the title. Unfortunately, the reverse was the case. Germany failed to get out of the group stages for the first time in its history. The German Machine fell to South Korea 2–0 for the earliest exit for a German team at the World Cup since 1938.
2. Arsene Wenger 22-year reign at Arsenal came to an end:
After 22 years in charge of Premier League side Arsenal, the legendary French coach Arsene Wenger finally parted ways with the Gunners. With just 3 premier league titles in 22 years, Arsenal faithful grew impatient and became frustrated with the results and lack of trophies. The final nail on Arsene Wenger coffin was when Arsenal lost a place in the Premier League top four for two consecutive seasons, hence were relegated to the second-tier European competition which is the UEFA Europa League. The board just had to let him go.
3. Roger Federer becomes the oldest world No1:
Personally, Roger Federer is my all time best tennis player and seeing him become world number again after being dethroned first by Rafael Nadal and then Novak Djokovic was a very happy moment for me. The 36-year-old Swiss won his 20th grand slam title by claiming a sixth Australian Open, replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings.
4. Manchester City Breaks Premier League Records On Their Way To Winning The Title:
Pep Guardiola’s side landed the league title in style in 2018, winning it with the most points (100), most wins (32), most away wins (16), most goals (106), most consecutive wins (18), Most away points(50), Most passes completed in a match (942), and best goal difference (+79) in Premier League history.
5. Lebron James Joins The Lakers:
LeBron James decided to join the Los Angles Lakers and follow in the footsteps of legends (like Kobe Bryant), agreeing to a four-year, $154 million contract. The four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion also inspired change in 2018. He opened his groundbreaking “I Promise School,” to help educate some of Akron’s children with difficult backgrounds.
6.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Overhead kick Goal Against Juventus:Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best of all time. In the Champions League Semi-Final, CR7 conjured a moment of magic. His bicycle kick goal was so good that Juventus fans had to clap for him.
7. Kylian Mbappe Arrives As France Wins The World-Cup:
A dynamic, diverse and young France held off Argentina, Belgium and Croatia their way to winning a second FIFA World Cup title. During France’s run to the title, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé scored four times in seven matches in Russia, including France’s final goal of the World Cup in the 65th minute of the final. Mbappé became the only teenager beside Pele to score in the final. Recently, French prodigy won the French Player Of The Year Award, what a way to cap off the year.
8. Ibrahimovic’s Arrival In L.A.
The Swede “God” swapped European football for MLS action by joining the Los Angeles Galaxy. In his debut game with the L.A. Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored MLS’s goal of the year—an impressive volley from 40 yards out to level the match at 3–3.
There you have it. 2018 had so many memorable moments, such as Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Luka Modric ending Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi duopoly and so much more.
2018 gave us so much joy, I’m patiently waiting for 2019. First up is the African Nations Cup