There are only a couple of weeks left until the year 2020 comes to an end. A completely atypical and strange year that will undoubtedly go down in history for many reasons. In spite of the difficulties, the world of sport was able to move forward and gives us very important moments. Today, Balls and Bells reviews some of them.
A touching farewell to a legend:
February 24, 2020 will be remembered as one of the most emotive days in the history of basketball. Thousands of people gathered at Straples Center to honor the memory of the legendary Kobe Bryant (who died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26), as well as his daughter Gianna and the seven other people who lost their lives in that event. Basketball legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Phil Jackson attended this commemoration.
The end of a 50-year drought:
On February 2, 2020 the Super Bowl LIV took place. The National Conference champions, the San Francisco 49ers, faced the American Conference champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. In a great game, the Missouri team won 31-20. In this way, the Chiefs lifted their second Super Bowl after 50 years of waiting, since the only time they had achieved this feat had been in 1960.
A German machine overshadowed the coronavirus:
On 23 August 2020, Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League final. The match took place in a strange context, however, that did not matter to an unstoppable German team that won their sixth Champions League title in a brilliant season in which they also won the Bundesliga and the German Cup. Not to mention the spectacular display of football by the Bavarians who crushed Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals. Robert Lewandowski won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Back to the top:
On October 28, 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers, led by Julio Urias, won the MLB World Series after beating the Tampa Bay Rays, ending a long wait of 32 years.
On 11 October 2020, Rafael Nadal trashed Novak Djokovic 6-0; 6-2; 7-5 in the Roland Garros final and won his 20th Grand Slam title, matching Roger Federer’s record.
On 25 November, a heart attack ended the life of football legend Diego Maradona. Thousands of people in Argentina and all over the world gathered to commemorate the iconic world champion.
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