If you have enjoyed a wager at bet365 Sport over the course of the year, you will likely be aware that 2022 has been a year where upsets have been the name of the game.

From an 80/1 winner in the Kentucky Derby, to dramatic comebacks with just seconds remaining in key Champions League games, to World Cup shocks aplenty across multiple sports, this year has given us plenty to enjoy, bet on and talk about.

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So with that in mind, lets take a retrospective look back at some of the highlights of the year in the shape of our awards for 2022.

The BRC Award for Team Of 2022

Nominees

  1. GB Men’s Gymnastics Team (Bronze Medalists in World Championship)
  2. GB Women’s Curling Team (Olympic Gold Medal Winners)
  3. England’s 4x100m Relay Team (Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Winners)
  4. England Women’s Football Team (Euro 2022 Winners)
  5. England T20 World Cup Team (T20 World Cup Winners)

And The Winner Is …. – England’s Women’s Football Team

Landing the country’s first major football trophy since the 1966 World Cup, Sarina Wegmann’s team defeated Germany in an exciting final to clinch a 2-1 win and win their first piece of major silverware. The team is now amongst the favourites to win this summer’s Women’s World Cup which takes place in Australia and New Zealand.

The BRC Award for Overseas Team of 2022

Nominees

  1. Argentina Men’s Football Team (World Cup Winners)
  2. Real Madrid (Champions League & La Liga Winners)
  3. Ireland Rugby Union (Triple Crown Winners, Ranked 1st in World Rugby)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (Super Bowl LVI Winners)
  5. Morocco Men’s Football Team (First African team to reach World Cup Semi Finals)

And The Winner Is …. – Argentina Men’s Football Team

After losing their opening game of the World Cup 2-1 to Saudi Arabla, Argentina effectively were playing knockout football from then on but inspired by Lionel Messi, the team rallied to come through the Group Stages and Knockout phase to reach the final where after an enthralling game, they clinched the World Cup on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

The BRC Award for Manager Of 2022

Nominees

  1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
  2. Sarina Wiegman (England’ Women’s Team)
  3. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
  4. Matthew Mott (England T20 Head Coach)
  5. David Murdoch (Team GB Curling Coach)

And The Winner Is …. – Sarina Wiegman (England’s Women’s Football Team)

The Dutch coach has turned an England team with promise into one that is now successful and instilled in the team a fierce will to win. Allied to a burgeoning pool of talent, Wegmann led her team to Euro 2022 success and she will now go on to manage the team at the forthcoming World Cup in the summer of 2023.

The BRC Award for Overseas Manager of 2022

Nominees

  1. Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid Manager)
  2. Andy Farrell (Ireland Rugby Union Head Coach)
  3. Nick Sirianni (Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach)
  4. Walid Regragui (Morocco Manager)
  5. Lionel Scaloni (Argentina Manager)

And The Winner Is …. – Walid Regragui (Morocco Manager)

It is incredible to think that Walid Regragui had only been in the job a matter of months before he took Morocco to the World Cup Finals. There he oversaw his team coming through a group that also consisted of Belgium and Croatia, defeating the former, before they also despatched Spain (on penalties) and Portugal on their way to becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi final. There they lost 2-0 to France before losing the third place playoff 2-1 to Croatia.

The BRC Award for Young British Sporting Star Of 2022

Nominees

  1. Jessica Gadirova (Gymnast)
  2. Jude Bellingham (Footballer)
  3. Sky Brown (Skateboarder)
  4. Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (Diving)
  5. Rehan Ahmed (Cricket)

And The Winner Is …. – Jessica Gadirova (Gymnastics)

The 18-year old was recently named Junior BBC Sports Personality of the year after she won gold on the floor and silver in the team but her bronze in the all-around event was a historic one for women’s gymnastics as she was the first to claim any individual all-around medal. She repeat her success on the floor and team silver at the European Championships a few months later.

The BRC Award For British Sporting Superstar Of 2022

Nominees

  1. Tyson Fury (Boxing – Heavyweight World Champion)
  2. Ronnie O’Sullivan (Snooker – World Champion)
  3. Beth Mead (Arsenal & England Lionesses)
  4. Matt Fitzpatrick (Golfer – US Open Champion)
  5. Ben Stokes (England Cricket Captain)

And The Winner Is …. – Beth Mead (Arsenal & England Lioness)

After missing out on the Olympic team in 2020, Beth Mead broke into the Lionesses team in 2021 and in 2022 she was the star as England claimed their first ever major trophy with a 2-1 win over Germany in the Euro 2022 Final. Her 5 assists and 6 goals were tournament leading marks and she also claimed the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy a few weeks back.

The BRC Award for Overseas Sporting Superstar of 2022

Nominees

  1. Max Verstappen (Formula 1)
  2. Lionel Messi (Football)
  3. Oleksandr Usyk (Boxing)
  4. Steph Curry (Basketball)
  5. Kylian Mbappe (Football)

And The Winner Is …. – Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi had won everything there was to win in football, bar the World Cup. Now at age 35, he has achieved that and cemented his legacy as arguably the greatest player of all time. He played an inspirational role in firing Argentina to victory scoring seven goals adding four assists and producing moments of magic that will define his legacy for years to come.

Which Sporting Teams And Superstars Should We Be Watching (And Backing) In 2023?

With so many great sporting events to come in 2023, who are the teams and individuals that will be the ones that we are talking about this time next year?

Here’s our list of names and teams to watch across a wide variety of sports and disciplines:

Football

  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund & England)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich & Germany)
  • Lauren James (Chelsea Ladies & England)
  • Pedri (Barcelona & Spain)
  • Endrick (Palmeiras/Real Madrid & Brazil)

Darts

  • Josh Rock (Male)
  • Beau Graves (Female)

NFL

  • Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jalen Pitre (Houston Texans)
  • Aidan Hutchinson (Detroit Lions)

NBA

  • Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)