Whilst it didn’t make the bucketlist sporting events to attend on europalace.com, Euro 2016 is bound to serve up some memorable moments. But what have been the best, most memorable sporting moments over the past few years? Let’s take a look…
Murray wins Wimbledon (2013)
When Andy Murray won Wimbledon title in 2013, it was not just the crowning moment of his career so far. By beating Novak Djokovic in the final, the Scot ended Britain 77-year long wait for another men’s champion.
In an electric atmosphere, most of the 15,000-strong crowd at Centre Court, the thousands watching on the big screen outside and millions around the country willed him on.
In a tense match, Murray gave away three match points, but managed to fend off another three Djokovic break points. Murray finally converted his fourth match point to win the Championship 6-4 7-5 6-4 after 3 hours and 10 minutes to claim the second grand slam title of his career.
Germany 7-1 Brazil (2014)
This humiliating semi-final defeat was Brazil’s first competitive loss on home turf in 39 years.
The Germans scored five times in 29 minutes before a crowd of Brazilians who couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing.
Some put this down to bad luck; the absences of Neymar and Thiago Silva through injury being most indicative of this.
Yet the truth is that Brazil underperformed throughout the tournament and they were lucky to get to the semi-finals in the first place.
This was the match that caused the Brazilian football association to take a hard look at its approach to youth development. When David Luiz, who Gary Neville once described as playing “like he was controlled by 'a 10-year-old on a PlayStation”, is their first-choice right-back, it’s not hard to see why.
Usain Bolt: Legend (2012)
We have all known for a long time that Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world. He was world record holder for the 100m going into the London Olympics in 2012. Sure enough, Bolt went on to win the 100m again with an Olympic record time of 9:63.
Yet it was only after the 200m sprint that Bolt could truly lay claim to being the greatest track and field athlete of all time. He had already broken Michael Johnson’s longstanding previous record with a time of 19:19 back in 2009.
In London, Bolt won the 200m with time of 19:32; which matched Johnson’s previous record (which many thought was untouchable).
Yet it was the manner in which Bolt won the 200m which sets him apart. Having slowed due to tightness in his back as he ran around the corner, he cruised over the finish line and won the race with ease. In doing so, Bolt also became the first man to retain both Olympic titles.
Leicester City win the Premier League (2016)
At 5000-1, nobody expected Leicester City to win the Premier League before the 2015-16 season – but they achieved the impossible.
Among the banners one read "A Trophy Earned Not Bought". In an era when only the biggest clubs seem to win anything, the story of Leicester City winning the Premier League may just be the greatest sporting tale of all time; one of team spirit over money.
This was also the season that striker Jamie Vardy went into the record books after scoring in 11 straight league matches.
Vardy was playing non-league football with Fleetwood Town only four years before winning the Premier League; his story is a true rags-to-riches tale that is set to become a Hollywood biopic.
Fury beats Klitschko (2015)
Before this match, nobody expected Tyson Fury to end Wladimir Klitschko's long reign as WBA, IBF and WBO Heavyweight Champion of the World. Pre-match press conferences were notable for Fury dressing up as Batman at one stage.
Yet despite the crude nature of his pre-fight trash-talk, Fury put in a stylish, nuanced performance against the Ukrainian. The Mancunian made full use of his relative youth and height to earn a points win of 115-112 (twice) and 116-111 from the three judges.