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Top 10 of 2010

So here we are at the end of another year of sporting triumph and disaster, of great joy and crashing disappointment. A football World Cup and an Ashes series. Doping controversies sweeping the sport of cycling. Corruption scandals swirling around FIFA‘s Executive Committee and the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. A Commonwealth Games in Delhi which was as shambolic as it was uplifting, and mercilessly criticised by an at times gleeful Western press. A Winter Olympics in Vancouver which was initially overshadowed by a tragic death, but went on to provide some sparkling, spectacular and life-affirming action.

Over the course of 2010, I have written over 250 posts, focussing on many of these subjects and various other topics relating to the world of sport. As 2010 ticks over into 2011, here are my ten favourite pieces of the past year. I hope you like reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Football

1. Something is rotten in the state of England

Following England‘s World Cup exit at the hands of Germany, an examination of England’s true place in the world order, and what needs to be done to improve it.

2. Wilshere stakes claim as Fabregas’ heir apparent

18-year old Jack Wilshere takes centre stage and stakes a claim as Cesc Fàbregas‘ heir apparent as Arsenal hammer Braga 6-0 in the Champions League.

3. Who was greedier: Hicks and Gillett, or Liverpool fans?

As Liverpool FC‘s sale to New England Sports Ventures goes through, a comparison of the relative greed of former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr versus the attitude of entitlement that some of the club’s fans have.

4. The measure of a fan

Why are fans increasingly so impatient with the teams and sportspeople they support, and whose fault is it?

Cycling

Image courtesy of Graham Watson

5. The day sportsmanship died?

After Alberto Contador took advantage of Andy Schleck‘s mechanical misfortune to claim the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, I examine the arguments for and against whether the Spaniard has a case to answer.

6. Tour de France 2010 review: Ten talking points, ten random photos

A post-Tour review in words and pictures, focussing on ten key talking points arising from this year’s race.

7. Defining moments 7: Tom Simpson initiates cycling’s war on drugs

A trip back in time to look at the tragic death of Britain’s first world champion cyclist, and the lasting impact it has had on the fight against doping in sport.

Other sports

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

8. Tweddle’s hat-trick achievement throws Rooney’s millions into sharp relief

Celebrating Beth Tweddle‘s third World Championship gold medal, and considering her (lack of) earning power in the week in which Wayne Rooney doubled his salary at Manchester United.

9. Doping’s enduring legacy continues to hamper women’s athletics

To what extent are the reputation and earnings potential of today’s top female athletes being hampered by the continuing existence of world records from the 1980s, many of which may have been set by systematically doped athletes?

10. Is the Commonwealth Games worth the bother any more?

Reviewing the good, the bad, the ugly and the simply absent of the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Is it still a relevant event in the modern sporting calendar?

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Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to watching and commenting upon another great year of sport in 2011.

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Father of three. Bit of a geek. That's all, folks.

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