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Most goals scored, most majors won, most wickets taken: There are many factors that can make a sportsman great. Have your say as to who should be crowned Sport360’s International Sportsman of the Year from our shortlist of nominees using #360awards.
British racing driver Lewis Hamilton won the Italian, Singapore, Japanese, Russian and United States Grands Prix to achieve five consecutive victories for the first time in his career. His 10th win of the season was also the 32nd of his career, the most any British driver has achieved, and he added one more to that when clinching the title on the final day of the season.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 23, 2014
The Mercedes racer became the world champion for a second time after winning a high-pressure Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, beating team mate Nico Rosberg by 67 points. In winning the F1 world championship, Hamilton scored 384 points via. 11 wins from 19 starts.
This year, the Portugese maestro set another new record by becoming the first player to score 16 goals in a single Champions League/European Cup season. Ronaldo finished the season with 31 goals in 30 league games, winning the Pichichi as the top goalscorer in Spain, and shared the European Golden Shoe with Liverpool striker Luis Suárez.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 4, 2014
The man from Madeira won LFP Best goal, the Champions League, Copa Del Rey and UEFA Super Cup. Fittingly, Ronaldo won the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after leading Madrid to La Decima, scoring in the final and cementing his status as one of the greatest players ever to have played the game.
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio García to capture the third major championship of his career, and joined Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal (awarded to Best Amateur) and The Gold Medal at the British Major. In winning the Open, McIlroy became the first European to win three different majors, and now stands alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of three golfers since the first Masters tournament in 1934 to win three majors by the age of 25.
Thanks everyone for all the @PGATOUR Player of the Year congrats! Always an honour for your hard work to be recognised by your peers!
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) October 1, 2014
McIlroy was not done there, though, winning his first World Golf Championship shortly after The Open and then adding his fourth major title – a second USPGA Championship crown – after beating Phil Mickelson by a shot at Valhala. That triumph drew McIlroy level with greats including Bobby Locke and Ernie Else on four majors and few would bet against him joining Seve Ballesteros and Mickelson on five major wins in 2015.
Charismatic tennis player Novak Djokovic began the year with a victory over Roger Federer in the final of the BNP Paribas Open title and has soared from there onwards. The Serbian beat then world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2014 Sony Open Tennis in straight sets, which set up his third win in Rome after another victory over the Spaniard.
— The Times of London (@thetimes) November 15, 2014
Nadal gained revenge over Djokovic in the final of the 2014 French Open final in four sets but at Wimbledon, Djokovic defeated Federer in the final in five sets and subsequently replaced Nadal as the world No. 1. He then won the Paris Bercy masters title without losing a single set and was awarded the World Tour Finals trophy after Federer withdrew before the final in London.
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke led Australia to a 5–0 whitewash of England in the 2013–14 Ashes series to secure the urn and one of the most important trophies in Australian sport.
On this day you wore my number #389. Today I wore yours #408 I hope I did you proud bro! http://t.co/qzhyxjTAR4
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 13, 2014
The magnitude of his acheivements are, however, not only measured by success on paper. The fact that Clarke’s achievements as captain have come amid career-threatening injuries, the Australian public asking for his retirement and more recently the death of his close friend Phil Hughes makes him an outstanding sportsman in 2014.
AND THE NEARLY MEN…: Kumar Sangakkara, Roger Federer, Manuel Neuer, Marc Marquez, Thomas Muller, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, Sam Burgess, Virat Kohli, Julian Savea, Chad le Clos, David Warner
Unlikely heroes, runaway winners, champions at last: There are many factors that can make a team’s season the best ever. Have your say as to who should be crowned Sport360’s International Team of the Year for 2014 from our shortlist of nominees using #360awards.
GERMANY FOOTBALL TEAM
In Germany’s first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup they routed a much-fancied Portugal containing Cristiano Ronaldo 4-0 courtesy of a Thomas Muller hat-trick. After a draw against Ghana and wins against the United States and Algeria, Joachim Low’s side secured a 1–0 victory over neighbours France in the semi-finals. A record 7-1 humbling of hosts Brazil in the last four preceded a 1-0 win triumph over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final at the Maracana.
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 18, 2014
Germany’s World Cup campaign broke multiple records; Low’s team became the first team to score seven goals in the knockout phase, the fastest scorers of five consecutive goals in a World Cup, the first team to score five goals in the first half in a World Cup semi-final as well as being the subject of the most tweets ever on Twitter about a certain topic when they scored their fourth goal against Brazil.
Los Blancos‘ first title of the 2013-2014 season came in April when they defeated arch rivals Barcelona 2-1 in the final to win their 19th Copa Del Rey. Cristiano Ronaldo was unavailable for the game but Gareth Bale’s late goal ensured a 2-1 win and, before the match, Real had not conceded in the whole competition.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 9, 2014
Real’s biggest achievement, however, was their Champions League triumph – La Decima representing the club’s 10th European Cup success. Madrid had failed to win the trophy since 2002, but lifted the trophy at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final. As European champions, Los Blancos then added a UEFA Super Cup to their bulging silverware collection in August, beating Europa League winners Sevilla in Cardiff, before making a record-breaking start to the new season – winning 21 successive games (at the time of writing), inlcuding all six in the Champions League group stage.
TEAM EUROPE RYDER CUP
In late September, captain Paul McGinley lifted the Ryder Cup after Team Europe defeated their U.S. counterparts by 16.5 points to 11.5 at Gleneagles, Scotland. The United States won two matches and halved another to take the lead after the opening fourballs but that would be the only time Tom Watson’s side would be ahead of their opponents. In the foursomes and the singles, Europe were too strong and claimed the biannual tournament for the third time in a row after Welshman – and Ryder Cup rookie – Jamie Donaldson played the shot that forced Keegan Bradley to concede. It may not have had the drama of 2012’s “Miracle at Medinah” but the impresseive margin of victory served to underline the strength of European golf.
Mercedes took full advantage of the revised engine rules for the 2014 Formula One season and shocked all of their competitors to create an almost unbeatable car for drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who finished first and second in the Drivers’ Championship respectively. Despite the dominance of the two Mercedes drivers, the season was still considered one of the most exciting ever as the winner was only descided at the final race of the year as Lewis Hamilton triumphed in Abu Dhabi.
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) December 9, 2014
Mercedes secured their first Constructors’ Championship in Russia in October and finished the season with 701 points, 296 points ahead of Red Bull Racing in second-place. The German team were totally dominant with 16 race wins from 19 on the calander and have set the standard for teams to aim for next season.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The Spurs clinched the best record in the NBA with 62 wins, which included a franchise record 19 straight wins in February and March. San Antonio played the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals – the Spurs’ third successive appearance in the at that stage – and defeated them to advance to the finals for a second consecutive year, setting up a rematch with the Miami Heat.
— Andrés Ordorica (@TheNakedPenman) December 12, 2014
The Spurs cemented their place in NBA history by wining the 2014 Championship by 4 games to 1, beating Miami by 15 or more points in all four wins. Kawhi Leonard was named MVP for his big game performance – the third youngest player in history to win the award.
And the nearly men…: New Zealand rugby team, Atletico Madrid, Swiss Davis Cup squad, New Zealand Cricket team, England Women’s Rugby Team. Sri Lanka Cricket team