2019 in review: A year packed with shocks, surprises and new champions

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2019 was a long year across all sports: new UCL winners, history was broken in England while the European giants flexed their muscles domestically. There were emerging stars in the tennis world, boxing had plenty of intriguing storylines and new NBA champions were crowned too. Here’s a breakdown of the last 12 months…

Here’s a chronological order for my pieces – four per month, the most important and noteworthy things that I covered on a month-by-month basis – as we enter a new decade! Enjoy:

January

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Djokovic was victorious in the year’s first Grand Slam

Klopp praises Ki-Jana Hoever after 16-year-old makes Liverpool debut

Reports: Bayern make £35m bid for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi

Terence Crawford to face Amir Khan in world title fight, April 20

Australian Open 2019: Djokovic masterclass vs. Nadal earns record-breaking 7th title

February

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Eubank Jr finally settled the score with DeGale and forced him into retirement

After a great 2018, why Dillian Whyte must choose his next fight wisely

Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: Aguero, Silva and Sterling shine as hosts enjoy rout

Chris Eubank Jr impressive during commanding points win over James DeGale

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea (4-3 on pens): Sterling seals successive Carabao Cup win

March

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Bayern splashed big money on Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez as a signal of their intent

PSG 1-3 Manchester United: 5 Hits and Flops

Big knockout wins for Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde at Royal Albert Hall

Bayern Munich set to sign Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez for record £68m

How Angel di Maria went from Manchester United flop to key PSG man

April

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Barca were crowned La Liga champions with more than a month left of the campaign

UCL QFs: Juventus (2) 1-2 (3) Ajax, Man City (4) 4-3 (4, away goals) Tottenham: Analysis

Terrence Crawford earns sixth-round TKO win over Amir Khan with dramatic finish

Barcelona clinch successive La Liga title with 1-0 win vs Levante – 5 Hits and Flops

Emile Smith-Rowe: Life at Leipzig, Arsenal future and what awaits the talented teen

May

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While City needed a 4-1 win over Brighton on the final day to be crowned champions again

Brighton 1-4 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points as Pep’s men retain Premier League title

Deontay Wilder retains WBC title with devastating first-round KO vs Breazeale

Ribery and Robben score in fitting finale, Bayern clinch Bundesliga on final day

Charlton promoted to Championship, Villa to PL and Chelsea win Europa League

June

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Liverpool brushed aside their PL heartbreak, beating Spurs to record a sixth UCL trophy

Liverpool beat Tottenham, crowned Champions League winners – 5 Hits and Flops

Two weeks after AJ’s shock loss, Tyson Fury wins in style with R2 KO vs Tom Schwarz

Man Utd agree £50m deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, why the deal makes perfect sense

Vincent Kompany: A colossus, model pro and future City boss in the making

July

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Cori Gauff: A rising star was born at SW19 — while Djokovic won his second Slam of 2019

Wimbledon 2019: Wonderkid Cori Gauff beats Venus Williams in straight-sets

Tanguy Ndombele: Why Tottenham’s new £60m signing is a signal of their intent

Djokovic wins SW19 trophy in five-set classic, Halep decimates Serena in Ladies’ Final

Dubois wins British HW title, Whyte beats Rivas to become Wilder’s mandatory

August

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Stipe Miocic regained his HW strap vs Cormier, setting up an intriguing third fight in 2020

Arsenal break club-record fee for Nicolas Pepe, Man Utd splash £80m on Harry Maguire

Liverpool thrash Norwich in season opener, Derby win away in Phillip Cocu’s first game

Leroy Sane tears ACL, Osimhen nets brace on Ligue 1 debut, Lyon sign Reine-Adelaide

UFC 241: Stipe Miocic reclaims HW title with fourth-round KO win vs. Daniel Cormier

September

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Another new star? Bianca Andreescu blitzed past opponents, storming to US Open glory 

Euro deadline day: PSG sign Navas and Icardi, Romania 1-2 Spain: Talking Points

US Open 2019: Andreescu seals title vs Serena, Nadal beats Medvedev in five sets

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: 5 Hits and Flops, PSG 3-0 Real Madrid: 5 Hits and Flops

Errol Spence Jr beats Shawn Porter, unifying middleweight gold in memorable battle

October

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Israel Adesanya won middleweight gold in the UFC, with a brutal R2 KO of Robert Whittaker

Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis

UFC 243: Israel Adesanya wins middleweight strap after R2 KO of Robert Whittaker

Lonzo-Zion among exciting core for Pelicans, Siakam earns $130m 4YR max Raptors deal

NBA 19/20 Week 1 Review, Stephen Curry sustains broken hand in defeat vs Suns

November

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Future is now: Tsitsipas shone despite a partisan crowd in London to win the ATP Finals

Chelsea 4-4 Ajax: Erik ten Hag’s men dig deep in crazy eight-goal thriller

Dele Alli and football’s fickleness personified, Henry’s US managerial venture is brave

ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas makes history, wins three-set thriller vs. Dominic Thiem

Pochettino abruptly sacked, 5 players who may benefit from Jose Mourinho’s arrival

December

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Two-time: Joshua reclaimed his HW belts with a decision win vs. Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Ballon d’Or 2019: Messi pips van Dijk to win record sixth title

Anthony Joshua regains heavyweight titles with disciplined points win vs. Andy Ruiz Jr

Fati makes UCL history in Turin, Arteta new Arsenal boss, Leicester 0-4 Liverpool: 5 TPs

Despite scare, Crawford retains welterweight gold with R9 KO vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas


As always, there will be much more where that came from in 2020 and beyond! You can find more of my content through the various navigation bars, with the most recent pieces at the top.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @Football365Mo and if you haven’t already, follow so you get post notifications when I write! Thanks for supporting me in 2019, I wish you Happy New Year! 

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