JOSEPH CONFORTH

WORLD CUP 2014

The tournament was said to be one of the most entertaining football tournaments for some time, boasting many world class players, great goals and a deserved winner in Germany. The entertainment value was so high that many of us were able to overlook England’s disappointing campaign after being knocked out of the group stages for the first time since 1958. If omens are a symbol of hope, then let us hope we will bring the World Cup trophy back home in 2022! 2014 equalled the record for most goals scored in a World Cup tournament, matching the 171 goals scored in 1998. 2014 also broke the record for most goalscorers in a tournament with 121, and Germany’s 7-1 win against Brazil in the semi-final was the largest win in a semi-final.

RYDER CUP 2014

Europe managed to retain the Ryder Cup 2014 at the tournament in at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland by winning 16½ points to USA’s 11½. Paul McGinley and Tom Watson were the captains for Europe and USA respectively. The press conference before the tournament featured some spats between the opposing captains.

SUPERBOWL 2014

One of the biggest nights that happened in Brunel over the past year was the Superbowl XLVIII, which was screened in Loco’s and The Academy. National Football Conference champions Seattle Seahawks secured their first ever Superbowl title with a comprehensive 43-8 over American Football Conference Denver Broncos. The scoreline was the third highest winning margin in Superbowl history. The halftime show featured Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers and it was the most watched halftime show ever.

QBE INTERNATIONALS

Preparations for next year’s Rugby World Cup began in the QBE Autumn Internationals. England began the internationals with defeats by South Africa and New Zealand, but then managed to secure wins against Samoa and Australia, who England defeated to secure the Rugby World Cup in 2003. England will also be looking forward to the RBS Six Nations tournament, which will be taking place next February.

WIMBLEDON 2014

Andy Murray had won the 2013 championships, and the world was watching whether the Great Britain number one could repeat the feat. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Murray as he was knocked out by Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. Novak Djokovic, Murray’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final, secured his second Wimbledon title with victory over Roger Federer.