2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer

  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    1/12 January: Zinedine Zidane inherits a locker room in turmoil at the start of the year and, in no time at all, manages to completely turn the Real Madrid ship around, winning the Champions League and coming within a whisker of LaLiga glory. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    2/12 February: Manchester City prematurely announce they have struck a three-year deal with the hottest name in football management, Pep Guardiola, prompting incumbent coach, Manuel Pelligrini, to put his feet up for the rest of the season. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    3/12 March: Johan Cruyff, the most influential player of his generation and one of the most pioneering coaches the game has ever seen, loses his battle with lung cancer at the age of 68. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    4/12 April: Despite a stuttering start to the campaign (winning just three of their opening ten games), Juventus are crowned Serie A champions for a fifth successive season. Getty
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    5/12 May: A Cinderella story to rival Cinderella herself, Leicester City are crowned Premier League champions after defying all logic and 5000/1 odds in a mesmerizing title run that culminates in Jamie Vardy’s kitchen. Getty
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    6/12 June: One year on from lifting their very first Copa América title, Chile win the tournament for a second time, breaking Argentinean hearts in the final once again. Getty
  • Euro 2016
    7/12 July: The curtain draws on Euro 2016 with hosts France suffering a shock defeat to a Portugal in the final. Tournament highlights: Iceland beating England, Wales reaching the semis, Irish fans, Kiraly’s sweatpants and Antoine Griezmann. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    8/12 August: Neymar thumps home the winning spot kick at the Maracana to clinch Olympic Gold for Brazil after an intense extra time penalty shootout against Germany, alleviating the trauma of the 7-1 drubbing of the 2014 World Cup. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    9/12 September: An uncover Daily Telegraph investigation costs Sam Allardyce his dream job as England manager. After one game in charge the portly coach is shown the door in disgrace. On the bright side he leaves with his 100% win rate intact. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    10/12 October: Carlos Alberto, the scorer of the ‘perfect goal’ and captain of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning squad, considered by many to be the greatest team of all time, dies of a heart attack aged 72. Getty
  • 2016 In Review: A Year In Soccer
    11/12 November: The world of football comes to a standstill as the news breaks that the plane carrying Brazilian side Chapecoense, on their way to playing the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, crashes in Colombia. Getty
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    12/12 December: Cristiano Ronaldo caps off a stellar 2016 by picking up the fourth Ballon d’Or of his career. In case who’ve been living beneath a rock for the past 12 months, the Portuguese had a phenomenally successful year, even by his standards. Getty