From Euros heartache to Emma Raducanu’s fairytale of New York, to last-lap drama, England batting collapses and a golden generation in Tokyo, it’s been an unforgettable sporting year.
But how much can you remember? If you still have room for trivia after opening your Christmas crackers, have a go at Sportsmail’s Quiz of the Year. Answers bottom right…
Sportsmail created a Quiz of the Year including the most iconic sporting moments in 2021
1. Managed by Neil Young, which eighth-tier club hosted Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the FA Cup third round — a gap of 160 league positions in the football pyramid?
2. Manchester City mourned the passing of which ex-player, nicknamed ‘King of the Kippax’ and ‘Nijinsky’?
3. Which Australia cricketer was forced to apologise for sledging India’s Ravi Ashwin, having called him a ‘d***head’ and said: ‘At least my team-mates like me’?
4. High-earner Mesut Ozil finally left Arsenal in January, after a sad ending to his eight-year stint at the club. Which team did he sign for?
5. Who ended Liverpool’s 68-match unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League, a run that stretched back to April 2017?
Mesut Ozil left Arsenal in January, after a sad ending to his eight-year stint at the club
1. Sir Clive Woodward described England’s performance as ‘the worst I’ve ever watched’ as Scotland embarrassed them in their Six Nations opener. Who scored the only try of the match?
2. A pop singer gave Chorley FC a mention after the non-League club celebrated every FA Cup win with a rendition of one of her tracks. Which singer?
3. Novak Djokovic was described as the ‘wizard of Oz’ after triumphing in the Australian Open. How many times has the Serb won it?
4. ‘He’s not Superman, he’s a human,’ said Rory McIlroy — who was he talking about?
5. Seventeen wickets fell in a day in Ahmedabad, India, as England lost the shortest completed Test since 1935. Which unlikely England bowler took 5-8?
Novak Djokovic was described as the ‘wizard of Oz’ after triumphing in the Australian Open
1. Ridden by Jack Kennedy and trained by Henry de Bromhead, which horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
2. Disgraced Gordon Elliott was banned from training horses in Britain for what offence?
3. In what was described as ‘the biggest scandal in British sporting history’, who was the Team Sky cycling doctor who was found guilty of anti-doping breaches?
4. England beat San Marino 5-0. Which striker scored on his debut?
5. Wales won the Six Nations — but where did England finish?
Gareth Southgate’s England side beat San Marino 5-0 in October during the Euro Qualifiers
1. Who did Tottenham appoint as interim manager, aged 29, to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho?
2. The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix start time was brought forward to avoid clashing with what?
3. ‘It’s criminal, deduct all these teams points and put them bottom, enough is enough,’ said Gary Neville. What was he so angry about?
4. Manchester City won their fourth straight Carabao Cup, with Aymeric Laporte scoring the only goal of the final against who?
5. The owner of Spotify, Daniel Ek, launched plans to buy which Premier League club?
Gary Neville was outraged earlier this year and said: ‘It’s criminal, deduct all these teams points and put them bottom, enough is enough’
1. Manchester United versus Liverpool was called off. Why?
2. British boxer Billy Joe Saunders had his eye socket fractured at the hands of whom?
3. After 534 games with eight top-flight clubs over 20 years, which manager was finally relegated from the Premier League?
4. Who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final as Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley?
5. Phil Mickelson became golf’s oldest ever major winner. How old?
British boxer Billy Joe Saunders (above) had his eye socket fractured in May 2021
1. Which country won cricket’s inaugural World Test Championship final?
2. Who scored England’s only goal in their European Championship opener against Croatia?
3. Who became the first Spanish golfer to win the US Open?
4. What was the name of Denmark’s captain who raced to Christian Eriksen’s rescue, later described as a ‘huge role model’?
5. With 286, who finished as the top points scorer in Harlequins’ title win?
Denmark players covered Christian Eriksen when he collapsed on the pitch at the Euros
1. Emma Raducanu was on Sportsmail’s back page for the first (and certainly not last) time in early July as she wowed Wimbledon. Who knocked the No338-ranked player out in the fourth round?
2. England beat Denmark to reach the Euros final at Wembley, but who scored their extra-time winner?
3. Which British cyclist equalled Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins in the Tour de France?
4. What was the score in the penalty shoot-out as Italy beat England to win Euro 2020?
5. Rower Mohamed Sbihi was one of two Team GB athletes to carry the flag at Tokyo’s Olympics opening ceremony. Who was the other? (Clue: she is a sailor…)
Emma Raducanu stole the hearts of the nation when she won the US Open earlier this year
1. Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi became the first athletes to do what in the men’s high jump final at Tokyo?
2. Skateboarder Sky Brown became Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist. How old was she?
3. Jack Grealish became the most expensive English footballer ever at £100m, taking whose record?
4. Who kicked the winning points to win the series — again — for South Africa against the British & Irish Lions in the third Test?
5. How many gold medals did Adam Peaty win at Tokyo 2020?
Sky Brown became Team GB’s youngest Olympic medallist after winning bronze at Tokyo
1. The fifth Test of England and India’s series was called off at the 11th hour, at which venue?
2. Who did Raducanu beat in her US Open final?
3. Who did Djokovic lose against in the men’s final?
4. Lewis Hamilton said: ‘I feel blessed that someone was watching over me, it saved my life’ about what device on his F1 car after his crash with Max Verstappen at Monza?
5.Jimmy Greaves died at what age?
Lewis Hamilton when head to Max Verstappen in one of the most thrilling F1’s seasons to date
1. Which manager was sacked at Watford, becoming the 14th in the last 10 years to leave the club?
2. Speaking to Sportsmail, which Premier League co-owner said: ‘We want to be like City or PSG, we can win the league’?
3. Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in which round?
4. Racing’s bullying row boiled over as which jockey was alleged to have said: ‘The next time I ride against you, I promise I will put you through the rail’?
5. Liverpool beat Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford. What was the score at half-time?
Tyson Fury (left) knocked out Deontay Wilder (bottom) in their trilogy fight in October
1. Who did England lose to in the T20 World Cup semi-final?
2. Harry Kane hit four as England thrashed San Marino by what score in November?
3. Australia captain Tim Paine was forced to quit for sending what to a co-worker?
4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked after a humiliating loss to which team?
5. Which former Leeds Rhinos star ran 101 miles in 24 hours to raise money for charity to support Rob Burrow, who has motor neurone disease?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as the Manchester United manager after a run of bad form
1. What was the name of the climate phenomenon which put the first Ashes Test at Brisbane in doubt?
2. Ellen White became England’s all-time leading scorer during a 20-0 rout against who?
3. What reason did Jo Konta give for her retirement from tennis?
4. Which driver’s crash dramatically changed the outcome of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?
5. Rory Burns fell in the first ball of the Ashes — who was the bowler?
Former British No 1 Jo Konta (above) announced her retirement from tennis earlier this year
QUIZ OF THE YEAR ANSWERS
JANUARY 1. Marine 2. Colin Bell 3. Tim Paine 4. Fenerbahce 5. Burnley
FEBRUARY 1. Duhan van der Merwe 2. Adele 3. Nine 4. Tiger Woods 5. 81
MARCH 1. Posing for a picture astride a dead horse 2. Ryan Mason 3. Richard Freeman 4. Ollie Watkins 5. Minella Indo
APRIL 1. Fifth 2. Prince Philip’s funeral 3. European Super League proposal 4. Tottenham 5. Arsenal
MAY 1. Fans stormed the pitch in an anti-Glazer protest 2. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 3. Sam Allardyce 4. Youri Tielemans 5. Five
JUNE 1. New Zealand 2. Raheem Sterling 3. Jon Rahm 4. Simon Kjaer 5. Marcus Smith
JULY 1. 338 2. Harry Kane 3. Mark Cavendish 4. 3-2 to Italy 5. Hannah Mills
AUGUST 1. Share the gold medal 2. 13 3. Harry Maguire 4. Conor Murray 5. Two
SEPTEMBER 1. Old Trafford 2. Leylah Fernandez 3. Daniil Medvedev 4. Halo 5. 81
OCTOBER 1. Xisco Munoz 2. Amanda Staveley 3. 11th 4. Robbie Dunne 5. 4-0
NOVEMBER 1. New Zealand 2. 10-0 3. Sexually explicit texts 4. Watford 5. Kevin Sinfield
DECEMBER 1. La Nina (accept El Nino) 2. Latvia 3. Stress and pain 4. Nicholas Latifi 5. Mitchell Starc