Highlight of 2013: Jamie Redknapp, Mike Atherton, Will Greenwood and more share their picks
Pundits including Jamie Redknapp, Mike Atherton and Will Greenwood share their picks of the year.
Last Updated: 23/12/13 10:18am
It might be personal, it might be a professional choice, it might be an amazing individual display or a terrific team success, or it might be one magic moment or something that was part of the bigger picture.
Review of the Year
Jamie Redknapp - Football
I'm going to go with the Champions League Final between Borussia Dortmund and eventual winners Bayern Munich. It was an all-German affair at Wembley and the clubs' colours in the stands, combined with the quality on the pitch, made it a really special occasion. The way Bayern played last season was a real breath of fresh air - who can forget them going to the Nou Camp and completing a 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona. That tells you just how good that team were. And they truly were a team. Bayern have lots of very talented players but they're not like Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo, or Barcelona with Lionel Messi, they are genuinely a brilliant football team. The final itself was a tight affair, with Arjen Robben grabbing the winner in the 89th minute, but it was fascinating to see how far the German teams have progressed. I wonder if those sides can repeat that level of performance throughout this season...
Mike Atherton - Cricket
The end of the Durham Test match was dramatic; it went right down to the wire with Australia chasing a victory target of 299 in the fourth innings. They looked like they were going to get there before England really turned it around with Stuart Broad taking 6-50. It was the first Ashes Test match at Durham, the crowd gave the team fantastic support and the final moment when Jimmy Anderson took the catch at mid-off and threw the ball up with the backdrop of the capacity crowd at a really beautiful ground stood out for me. England were playing a fantastic brand of cricket at that point.
Will Greenwood - Rugby Union
What a year 2013 was! For me the privilege of standing on the touchline and watching the British and Irish Lions win their first series in 16 years stands out. It was an incredible win and the emotions and elation were just spellbinding. It was an honour to be able to soak up their jubilation and atmosphere; being able to speak to the like of Jamie Roberts and man of the series Leigh Halfpenny straight after the final whistle just added to the moment. I also got to speak to winning coach Warren Gatland - you could tell how much it hurt him to drop Brian O'Driscoll. It was an enormous call and he had some people saying he had made the biggest mistake in northern hemisphere rugby history. However he was totally vindicated for being a ruthless, hardnosed winner.
Phil Clarke - Rugby League
Most of my best memories of 2013 took place at the Magic Weekend in Manchester in May. In a season with 27 rounds, Play-Offs and a Grand Final it can be difficult to select a match, incident or try but round 16 of 2013 was one I'll never forget. It's rare to see every game in a weekend live, but the Magic concept provides that. I've said before that it's a mid-season 'Beauty Parade' when we see what everyone has to offer, and the 7 games gave us the full range of emotions that come with live sport. I'm not sure if you can have a Magic Moment that lasts for almost 10 hours but the seven games together were my highlight of 2013. I hope to see as many fans as possible at the magic event in 2014.
Rod Harrington - Darts
People have always said the World Championship Final between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in 2007 was the greatest match in darts history, but Taylor's match against Adrian Lewis at the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton this year was probably better in terms of standard. Taylor hit more 180s than I think I've ever seen, and when you break the game down it shows you just how good he is. Adrian threw everything at him bar the kitchen sink, but still lost 16-9 and it shows the quality of Phil's display. It's the greatest game I've ever witnessed and it was a pleasure to be there to watch it.
Martin Tyler - Football
In terms of moments when I had a microphone in my hand I would have to say Bradford City's two matches against Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. At the time I said it defied all football logic, which it did. I was struck by two things; Paul Lambert's dignity on what must have been a devastating night for him given that Villa were strong favourites to get to a final in his first season at the club - and also the deserved success of Phil Parkinson, who typifies the high quality of managers in the lower divisions. That's something that often goes unrecognised. Plus even though Phil and his boys took a bit of a pounding at Wembley, they still had the character and the class to get promotion.
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