Goals, gaffes and glory – can you remember who made news in 2010?

The sporting year had its usual share of headlines – but who said, or did, what? (Answers at the bottom of the page)
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1. Which German became his sport's youngest world champion at 23?

2. Which Briton learned that he had become world No 1 for the first time while shopping in a supermarket?

3. What world title did England win with three South African-born players in their team?

4. Which Briton conquered the world in 6.48 seconds in Doha?

5. New Zealand beat England by 10 points in the 2002 World Cup final in Barcelona. In the 2006 final in Edmonton they beat the same opponents by eight points. In this year's final in London they won by three points. What sport?

6. Who hit 60, 39 and 32 to become world champion for the 15th time?

7. Who became the first team to conquer the world after losing their opening match?

8. Which world No 1 missed the last six months of the year after cutting her foot on glass at a restaurant in Munich?

9. Who set a world record by taking his international points tally to 1,188?

10. Which world champion pulled out of a race in London for tax reasons?


1. Which Spaniard held off the challenge of a rival from Luxembourg to win by just 39 seconds in Paris after a race lasting three weeks?

2. Add the missing name at the end of this list: Degerfors, IFK Gothenburg, Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Benfica, Sampdoria, Lazio, England, Manchester City, Mexico, Ivory Coast.

3. Who ran for Slovenia more than 30 years after making her debut at a major event for Jamaica?

4. Whose campaign started in Lithuania in July and was ended by a Uruguayan in Hamburg 10 months and 19 games later?

5. Which Swiss player's run of 23 consecutive appearances in semi-finals was ended by a Swede in Paris?

6. Vitaly Petrov became the first Russian to do what?

7. Where in Suffolk was there a double French celebration on the first weekend in May?

8. How did a Welshman, a Dutchman and a Frenchman help put one over their London team's greatest rivals for the first time for17 years?

9. What did the tennis player Louk Sorensen become the first Irishman to achieve?

10. On the same weekend in April and for exactly the same reason, Bradley Wiggins was forced to withdraw from the Amstel Gold cycling race in the Netherlands, Widnes had to postpone their rugby league Challenge Cup match against Lezignan and Steve Bennett was unable to referee the Manchester derby. What was the reason?


1. Which Premier League manager apologised to Women's Institute members who witnessed a confrontation between two of his players?

2. Which event was temporarily stopped because of high winds for the first time for 12 years?

3. Which national team were attacked by gunmen in Angola?

4. Whose tackle was described as "horrendous" and "unacceptable" by Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager?

5. Which rugby international incurred his coach's wrath after being shown a yellow card for a trip on an opponent?

6. Which Premier League player was ordered to live as a house guest with his captain after appearing in court charged with assaulting a former girlfriend?

7. Whose lifelong ban from his sport was overturned by a French court on the basis that it was illegal?

8. Why did the Wales rugby union forward Andy Powell get in trouble for a trip to a motorway service station?

9. Who was fined £75,000 and banned for six months for bringing his sport into disrepute for failing to tell his governing body after he was approached by an under-cover reporter who discussed match-fixing?

10. To which shop were the players of Shakhtar Donetsk refused entry before their Europa League match away to Fulham?


1. "Typical Germans – surrounding a referee like that."

2. "That was absolutely amazing. That was bananas. Compared to that, the US Open was like playing nine holes with my Dad at Portrush."

3. "Good luck if they want to make an issue of what I said. Then I'll make some issues too. Don't expect me to come out on the television after a game ever because I won't do."

4. "I can cry like Roger. It's just a shame I can't play like him."

5. "I thought about the situation of other players and how they would react if I came back into the squad. I only spoke to Stevie because I was told it had to be kept quiet. Stevie was desperate for me to be involved. We're best mates at the club. He would rather have me there than not, for his own sake really."

6. "All that crap about style and ambition makes you laugh. What did France do tonight? They knew they had to win the game and they had to kill the last 10 minutes to do it. It's what the good sides do."

7. "This summer's been hideous. I'm absolutely worn out. Hopefully the chairman might help me out with a few more players. I'll just take a photo of the league table. I think I'll retire because that's the highest we're going to get."

8. "We are in a meeting with the manager. Whether he starts or finishes it, the players can say how they feel and if it upsets him then I'm on the verge of just saying: 'You know what? So what? I'm here to win it for England'."

9. "I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me."

10. "To be honest I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fair-play ideas. Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers."


1. He was born in Port Elizabeth and represented Eastern Province as a student but made his name playing for another country. He made 75 international appearances and played in four World Cups and two World Cup finals.

2. He made his England debut in 199 8. His high point came in 2005, when he helped his country beat the old enemy for the first time for 18 years.

3. No England striker with more than 20 caps has averaged fewer goals per game. He represented his country 62 times and scored just seven goals before retiring from international competition.

4. He announced his retirement from Test cricket after just one match as captain.

5. This Cornishman, who retired at 34 with a neck injury, made his international debut in 1998, helped his team win one World Cup and captained them when they lost in the final four years later.

6. He resigned after only one league match in charge of his latest club and announced that he was retiring from football management.

7. He scored the final try at the ground which had been his team's home for 120 years. His statue will stand outside their new stadium.

8. This reigning Olympic champion was regarded as the best woman player of recent times not to have won a Grand Slam title, having lost in two finals.

9. This speed merchant took off his green cap for the last time after playing 76 times for his country.

10. He won 27 caps for England but was forced to quit because of knee problems. The 28 minutes he played against South Africa in Johannesburg last year proved to be his final international appearance.


1. Who agreed a new contract, estimated to be worth around £200,000 a week, after he had criticised his employers for failing to attract top players?

2. David Trezeguet scored after 90 seconds of the second leg to give his team a 4-1 aggregate lead. Who went on to win?

3. What, to England's despair, did Jorge Larrionda and Mauricio Espinosa fail to see?

4. Which Premier League manager resigned five days before the start of the season?

5. Who joined Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld in the history books with his team's victory in Madrid?

6. Which international manager sent his team out in a 4-6-0 formation for a European Championship qualifier, only to see them lose 1-0?

7. Which Welshman scored a second-half hat-trick in Milan but still ended up on the losing team?

8. Which manager paid £ 7.4m for a striker and then admitted that he had never seen him play, even on video?

9. Who said during the World Cup that England had "gone backwards into the bad old days of kick and rush"?

10. What milestone, last achieved by Tottenham Hotspur in 1961, did Chelsea pass in winning the Premier League?


1. Who took a break to allow his opening partner to become the 79th captain of England?

2. Who became England's oldest debutant for 60 years when he faced Montenegro at the age of 33?

3. Who was born in Johannesburg, raised in Cape Town and made his England debut in Bangladesh?

4. Who had Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey as his assistants as he became the first Englishman to officiate at the pinnacle of his sport for 36 years?

5. Which 22-year-old was said to have jeopardised his England hopes by moving to Melbourne?

6. Where did Graeme and Graham save England by hanging on for 17 balls?

7. In what annual competition were there no English players for the first time in 133 years?

8. Who celebrated with a double on scoring his first Test century for England for 21 months?

9. Which England team won Down Under for the first time since their World Cup triumph?

10. Which Asian country beat England for the first time at the 21st attempt?


They enjoyed brief moments in the spotlight. How?

1. Siphiwe Tshabalala

2. Tom Prydie

3. Vanessa Peroncel

4. Kenny Huang

5. Viktor Troicki

6. Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii

7. Tamim Iqbal

8. Shane Smeltz

9. Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Kvitova

10. Jabulani.


1. Who claimed his 800th victim – a world record – in his final appearance?

2. Which match lasted 11 hours and five minutes, beating the previous longest contest in the sport by four and a half hours?

3. How did 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa make history at Quail Hollow in North Carolina with a score of 58?

4. Which pair of batsmen established a Test record by reaching 332 at Lord's?

5. Who beat Antonio Margarito to become the first man in history to win world titles in eight different categories?

Quiz answers


1. Sebastian Vettel, the Formula One world champion

2. The golfer Lee Westwood

3. Michael Lumb, Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen were in the England's World Twenty20-winning team

4. Dwain Chambers, who won the gold medal at the world indoor athletics championships

5. Women's rugby union

6. Phil Taylor, who beat Simon Whitlock to become Professional Darts Corporation world champion

7. Spain, who lost 1-0 to Switzerland but became the first team to win the World Cup after losing their first match

8. Serena Williams

9. The New Zealand rugby union player Dan Carter

10. Usain Bolt withdrew from an athletics meeting at Crystal Palace over Inland Revenue policy on taxing overseas sports starts


1. Spain's Alberto Contador won the Tour de France by 39 seconds from Luxembourg's Andy Schleck

2. Leicester City, who this year became the latest team to be coached by Sven Goran Eriksson

3. Merlene Ottey ran at the world athletics championships in Barcelona aged 50 – 30 years and three days after she represented Jamaica at the Moscow Olympics

4. Fulham, who lost the Europa League final after Diego Forlan hit both goals in a 2-1 win for Atletico Madrid

5. Roger Federer, whose Grand Slam run was ended by Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals of the French Open

6. Drive in Formula One

7. Newmarket. French horses won both Guineas races (Mafki – 2000 Guineas, Special Duty – 1000 Guineas)

8. Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul scored as Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal away for the first time in the league since 1993

9. Victory in a Grand Slam match in the Open era, against Lu Yen-Hsun at the Australian Open

10. The volcanic ash cloud


1. Hull City's Phil Brown apologised after an "unsavoury" incident between Jimmy Bullard and Nick Barmby

2. The Open at St Andrews

3. The Togo football team, who were on their way to the African Cup of Nations

4. Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross, who was sent off for a tackle that broke the leg of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

5. Alun Wyn Jones, in Wales' 30-17 defeat to England

6. Newcastle United's Andy Carroll, granted bail on condition that he moved in with his captain, Kevin Nolan

7. Flavio Briatore, banned from Formula One for his part in the "Crashgate" race-rigging plot in 2008

8. He drove to a service station in a golf buggy, while over the alcohol limit in the small hours of the morning

9. Snooker's John Higgins

10. Harrods, then owned by Mohamed al-Fayed, the Fulham chairman


1. Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League

2. Graeme McDowell, who secured the final point for Europe's winning Ryder Cup team

3. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp after the FA investigated his comments after a controversial Luis Nani goal

4. Andy Murray after losing to Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open

5. Jamie Carragher on his return to the England squad for the World Cup

6. England rugby union manager Martin Johnson after losing 12-10 in Paris

7. Ian Holloway, Blackpool's manager, after his team's 4-0 win at Wigan on the opening day of the season

8. John Terry after England's poor start to the World Cup

9. Tiger Woods, appearing after private life revelations

10. Fifa's Sepp Blatter on the failed 2018 World Cup bid


1. Mike Catt, the England rugby union player

2. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff

3. Emile Heskey

4. Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, who quit after losing by 150 runs to Australia at Lord's

5. Phil Vickery, the England rugby union player

6. Steve Coppell, who left Bristol City

7. Keiron Cunningham, the St Helens rugby league player

8. The Russian tennis player Elena Dementieva

9. Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who quit through injury

10. Harry Ellis, Leicester, England and Lions scrum-half


1. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

2. Fulham scored four goals to beat Juventus and reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League

3. The referee and assistant failed to see Frank Lampard's shot crossing the line against Germany in the World Cup

4. Aston Villa's Martin O'Neill

5. Internazionale's Jose Mourinho became the third coach to win Europe's premier club competition with two clubs after the Champions League win over Bayern Munich

6. Craig Levein, whose Scotland side lost to Czech Republic

7. Gareth Bale, whose Tottenham Hotspur team lost 4-3 away to Internazionale in the Champions League

8. Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed the Portuguese striker Bebe from Vitoria de Guimaraes

9. Franz Beckenbauer, former German player and coach

10. Chelsea became the first team to win with more than 100 goals in a season (103) since Spurs (115 in 1961)


1. Andrew Strauss temporarily handed over the reins to Alastair Cook for England's tour to Bangladesh

2. Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies

3. The England cricketer Craig Kieswetter

4. Howard Webb, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974

5. Wasps rugby union star Danny Cipriani

6. Newlands, South Africa, where England's Graeme Swann and Graham Onions held on for a draw

7. The Wimbledon men's singles

8. Kevin Pietersen, with 213 in the Adelaide Test

9. The England rugby union team – 21-20 in Sydney

10. Bangladesh, who beat England by five runs at Bristol


1. South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of football's 2010 World Cup

2. Tom Prydie became Wales' youngest rugby union international, facing Italy aged 18 years and 25 days

3. Vanessa Peroncel was the woman at the centre of the controversy surrounding Wayne Bridge and John Terry

4. Kenny Huang, a Chinese businessman, was briefly the favourite to buy Liverpool FC

5. Viktor Troicki won the final rubber of the final against France to give Serbia their first Davis Cup victory

6. The two members of Fifa's executive committee were suspended after allegations they offered to sell their votes for the World Cup bidding

7. Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal scored a century off 94 balls, the fastest by an overseas player at Lord's for 20 years, in the first Test against England. He needed only six more to score another century in the second Test

8. Shane Smeltz put New Zealand ahead against Italy in the World Cup. The match ended 1-1

9. Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Kvitova were losing semi-finalists at Wimbledon, beaten by Vera Zvonareva and Serena Williams respectively

10. Players at the World Cup complained about the new Adidas Jabulani ball


1. Muttiah Muralitharan achieved the feat with his last ball at Test level as Sri Lanka beat India at Galle

2. John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-7, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 at Wimbledon

3. Ishikawa, aged 18, shot 58, the lowest score ever recorded on a major golf tour

4. Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad shared a world record eighth-wicket stand in the fourth Test against Pakistan

5. Manny Pacquiao, the first boxer to win world titles at eight different weights