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UAE CRICKET TEAM
In 2014, the UAE participated in the ICC World Twenty20 and finished second in the ACC Premier League. But their crowning glory was managing to qualify for the 2015 World Cup, which is going to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February.
ABU DHABI HARLEQUINS
Harlequins won 10 out of 10 matches in the Gulf Top Six but narrowly lost in the final to Jebel Ali Dragons. However, that disappoint was forgotten when Quins clinched the UAE Premiership title after beating Dubai Hurricanes. They followed up that tiumph by also lifting the Dubai Rugby Sevens title in December to reassert themselves at the top team in the Gulf.
The Riyadh-based side were runners-up in the Saudi Premier League this year and the Saudi King's Cup. They fought well but ended up as second best in the AFC Champions League after losing to West Sydney Wanderers 1-0 on aggregate. A superb effort nonetheless.
Another memorable year for the Red Knights. Al Ahli won their sixth UAE league title, lifting the Arabian Gulf League trophy. It was their first league title after a gap of five years. On top of that in 2013-14, they also emerged victorious in the Arabian Gulf Cup and the Arabian Gulf Super Cup.
QATAR FOOTBALL TEAM
Qatar grabbed their third Gulf Cup title after defeating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Riyadh, ending a 10-year wait for the crown. The win for Djamel Belmadi's side was one of the biggest shocks in the GCC in recent memory, coming without absent star duo Khalfan Ibrahim and Sebastian Soria.
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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