Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sports Stars of 2006

Here is my pick for the players of 2006.

Fabio Cannavaro
There is no better defender the cannavaro at present, captained Itlay to lift the 2006 Fifa world cup playing his 100th international match. His performance against Germany in the World Cup Semi-Finals 2006 was earmarked as one of the finest individual performance ever seen in football by many pundits.
He earned a spot on the All-Star Team at the end of the competition - awarded by FIFA's Technical Study Group - alongside six other Italian teammates, Gianluigi Buffon, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti and Gianluca Zambrotta.
He was runner up in the race for the Golden Ball, finishing runner-up to French captain Zinedine Zidane. Those who voted for Cannavaro felt that he had played immaculately throughout the tournament, while Zidane only shone in the knockout phase of the competition; it was a close contest with Zidane polling 2012 points to Cannavaro's 1977.
Presently he plays for Real Madrid, shifted from juventus after its relegation to Serie B.

Mohammad Yousuf

Mohammad Yousuf adumbrated any other cricket achievements of this year by breaking one of the longest standing records of all times most runs in a calender year by Sir Viv Richards scored 1710 runs in 1976. He also hit 9 centureis in a year surpassing the 7 centuries scored by Arvinda Desilva and Viv Richards. By scoring 665 runs in a three test match series he broke the record of Zaheer Abbas ( 1978-79 ) of most runs being scored by a Pakistani. He became the first player in Test history to have been dismissed 3 times in the 190's, with all three innings coming in 2006. Hitting nine centuries in a calender year is not a kid's play and Mohammad Yousuf did that elegantly

Mohammad Yousuf 11 1788 99.33 9/ 3

Roger Federer
Piled up records this year , no other player in tennis circuit could match him except Nadal and that too in clay only.

Grand Slams Wins
2006 Australian Open Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2006 Wimbledon Spain Rafael Nadal 6-0, 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3
2006 U.S. Open United States Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Runner Up
2006 French Open Spain Rafael Nadal 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Other wins of 2006

Fernando Alonso

Alonso became the youngest driver, at 25, to win back-to-back F1 world championships. The Spaniard won six of nine races to start the season and seven total, including an emotional victory in his home Grand Prix at Barcelona. He'll also be remembered as the driver who dethroned Schumacher. Alonso had to work very hard to win the 2006 championship, he was way ahead of schumacher in the early races but the German legend bouced back to make a great finish for this season.
It was the Japanese Grand Prix that sealed the win for Alonso as in this race schumacher suffered a mechanical problem. Alonso will be racing for McLaren from 2007.

Tiger Woods

He is what Federer is to Tennis, Schumacher was to F1, Sachin is to cricket in short god of Golf. He has 12 major career Major Victories and is chasing Jack Nicklaus 's 18. Earl Woods, 74, Tiger's father and the guiding force behind his career, died of cancer in early May.In June, Tiger returns to the links and fails to make the cut for the U.S. Open by three strokes. He had made the cut in 39 consecutive majors, a record he shares with Jack Nicklaus.
Tiger snaged his third British Open claret jug with an 18-under-par score. His 11th major win, he won by two strokes over Chris DiMarco, who also recently lost a parent (his mother on July 4). Tiger won the Buick Open in August becoming the youngest player to win 50 PGA tournaments. Jack Nicklaus, who had previously held the record, had been 33 years old when he snagged his 50th title. Tiger cruises through the last round of the PGA Championship to win the title 5 strokes behind his closest competitor and with an 18-under-par score for the tourney. He racks up his 12th major tournament win and continues his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's records—the Golden Bear had 18 major victories in his career.

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