The past year 2020 witnessed some unique sporting and football events and phenomena, most notably the Corona virus freezing of global activity and postponing the Olympic Games “Tokyo 2020” for next summer.
We monitor the 6 most prominent events in 2020:
1- Barcelona’s historic loss
Barcelona’s landslide 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League is the team’s second-worst defeat in a single game in its history, preceded only by its 11-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Spanish League in the 1940-1941 season.
It was the heaviest European defeat for Barcelona in a single match that did not seem to happen when David Alaba canceled with his own goal Thomas Muller’s early advance to Bayern in the fourth minute in the match that took place in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
But Barcelona collapsed in front of the ferocity of Bayern after Ivan Pericic brought back the German champion who ended the first half 4-1, and Luis Suarez reduced the difference, but substitute Philippe Coutinho, loaned by Barcelona to Bayern at the time, capped the landslide victory by scoring the last two goals.
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2- The departure of Messi
2020 was not the ideal or expected year for the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, as he witnessed more than one crisis between Messi and Barcelona, the most prominent of which was the player entering into a struggle with the club’s management to leave during the last summer transfer period before his current season, which is the last in his contract with Barcelona in a precedent that did not happen. From before.
Despite his stay with Barca, who remained committed to obtaining the value of the fictional penalty clause in the player’s contract of 700 million euros, the fire is still under the ashes between the two parties, and the next few weeks may witness Messi signing to any other club in preparation for the transfer to him in a free transfer deal after the end His last season – the current one – with the Catalan team.
3- General of deaths
Besides being the year of Corona, 2020 was a year of financial losses for clubs and sorrows after the departure of many prominent stars and sport legends.
And it began in January with a tragedy that shook the world with the killing of the legendary US national team and the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Kobe Bryant, who was killed at the age of 41 in the crash of his helicopter that was carrying him with his 13-year-old daughter Joanna.
2020 also witnessed many deaths of sports stars, most notably Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who died at the age of 60 last November.
Maradona, who led the Argentina national football team to win the World Cup in 1986, underwent surgery for a brain hemorrhage in the same month, and doctors said it was successful, but it was not long before he died of a health crisis.
Maradona is widely considered by fans of the footballer to be one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The deaths remained in the forefront until the last month of the year, when another legend died, the Italian star Paolo Rossi, the top scorer for the 1982 World Cup, who led his country to crown the third World Cup title in the history of the Azzurri.
4- Postponing the Tokyo Olympics
In a unique historical event, the International Olympic Committee and Japan announced last March that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 would be postponed to 2021, due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus around the world.
In an official statement, the Olympic Committee confirmed that it was agreed to reschedule the Tokyo Olympics until after 2020, in line with World Health Organization data, without exceeding the next date, summer 2021.
5- Bayern Munich dominance
The past year witnessed the domination of Bayern Munich over all European and local titles that it competed in, the last of which was the German Super Cup at the beginning of the current season, after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in an exciting match, so that the European champion won his fifth title this year.
Bayern won the national league and cup championships for the 2019-2020 season, and also crowned the Champions League and European Super Cup in 2020.
6- Liverpool the Premier League champion
Liverpool embraced the Premier League title well-deservedly for the 2019-2020 season, ending the 30-year fast for the tournament, which some experts classify as the strongest domestic competition in the world and also the most expensive.