When Barcelona, Man Utd, Djokovic, Tiger and others had seasons to forget


Reports within the UK this week steered there’s rising help to void the present Premier League season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admitted the 2019-20 marketing campaign might need to be scrubbed from the data, after Euro 2020 was moved again 12 months.

Although the likes of runaway Premier League chief Liverpool would understandably despair at such a prospect, there are different golf equipment having fun with seasons to forget who may benefit from the escape clause.

With that in thoughts, we took a glance again on the groups and people who may like to expunge an ignominious season or time frame from historical past.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED (2013-14)

The seven years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement haven’t precisely gone swimmingly for United, however that ill-fated first season stays the true low level. 

David Moyes lasted simply 10 months as Ferguson’s substitute because the reigning Premier League champion completed seventh in 2013-14, struggling really humiliating defeats to high two Manchester City and Liverpool alongside the best way. A wretched 2-Zero loss at Moyes’ former membership Everton proved the ultimate straw.

At least it gained the Community Shield in August 2013. 

NOVAK DJOKOVIC (2017)

When Novak Djokovic defeated acquainted foe Andy Murray to win the 2016 French Open, the modern-day legend was in possession of all of tennis’ grand slams. The query was, who can cease this man? Well, the reply was truly himself.

A round-three exit at Wimbledon adopted a month later and, though he reached the US Open ultimate that yr, a barren 2017 adopted. Djokovic didn’t transcend the quarters at any slam that yr and reached only one ultimate on the Italian Open, which he misplaced. Djokovic rediscovered the profitable behavior in slams at Wimbledon in 2018, starting a run of 5 triumphs prior to now seven at tennis’ huge occasions.

TIGER WOODS (2014-2017)

Tiger Woods’ standing as one the best – if not the best – golfer of all time is in little question. By the top of 2013, Woods was standing once more atop the world rankings after profitable 5 instances through the yr, incomes the celebrated PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

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It would take 5 years for Woods to win once more because the American nice endured a horrendous time with debilitating again accidents and lack of kind. At one stage it seemed as if he could have to retire and his world rating had plummeted to a scarcely credible 1,199th in December 2017. But only a yr in the past, Woods was again in major-winning kind as, on the age of 43, he turned Masters champion for a fifth time.

 

Barcelona’s Fernando Navarro (R) battles for the ball with Rayo Vallecano’s Mario throughout their Spanish League match on the Teresa Rivero Stadium in Madrid on December 7, 2002.   –  AFP

 BARCELONA (2002-03)

Years of drift because the 1999 LaLiga title got here to a head in 2002-03, as Barcelona endured a depressing season that noticed Louis van Gaal sacked as coach and led to the departure of president Joan Gaspart. 

Barca ended up sixth within the league – its worst end in 15 years – because the Real Madrid Galacticos dominated. It additionally exited the Copa del Rey within the first spherical and misplaced within the Champions League quarter-finals. 

After that season, in got here Joan Laporta as president, Frank Rijkaard as head coach, and a sure Brazilian referred to as Ronaldinho. And issues received a bit higher. 

ENGLAND (2013-14 ASHES)

England made it three Ashes victories in a row with a 3-Zero house triumph in 2013 – the primary time it had loved such a run of success towards outdated enemy Australia since 1977-1981. However, a rejig of the worldwide cricketing schedule meant a swift return Down Under. The Mitchell Johnson-inspired host exacted brutal vengeance on its means to a 5-Zero whitewash as an amazing England workforce fell to items.

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Off-spinner Graeme Swann retired mid-series and Kevin Pietersen’s tempestuous exit from the worldwide stage was set in movement, whereas Andy Flower – the top coach he despised – stepped down. Of the XI that began the concluding 281-run loss in Sydney, Pietersen, Michael Carberry and debutants Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin would by no means play pink ball cricket for England once more.

REAL MADRID (2008-09)

In Spanish soccer’s nice rivalry, Real Madrid or Barcelona doing effectively is simply half the deal. Success is actually candy if the opposite half of El Clasico’s enduring grudge is having a tricky time. Madrid gained LaLiga in 2007-08, with Barca a distant fourth because the Rijkaard-Ronaldinho period disintegrated beneath the burden of its personal extra.

However, the tables flipped spectacularly subsequent time round – Barca stormed to an unprecedented treble beneath rookie coach Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi leaped from distinctive expertise to generational celebrity as Madrid was walloped 6-2 by its sworn foe on the Santiago Bernabeu and a dynasty was born.

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Madrid completed a distant second, was thrashed 5-Zero on mixture by Liverpool within the Champions League last-16 and coach Juande Ramos adopted predecessor Bernd Schuster out of the exit door.

PAULA RADCLIFFE (2004)

After setting a brand new world document in London in 2003 and having gained the 2004 race in New York, Radcliffe was favorite for marathon gold on the 2004 Olympics. 

However, after struggling badly to proceed, Radcliffe withdrew 23 miles in and was taken for a medical check-up. She later competed within the 10,000 metres however once more retired.  In a tearful look on British TV, Radcliffe refused to blame the warmth and humidity in Athens and admitted she was “desperately trying to find a reason for what happened”. 

A yr later, she was again profitable and breaking the world document on the London marathon – regardless of a short bathroom break by the aspect of the highway – earlier than taking gold on the World Championships in Helsinki.

 

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Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors holds his ankle after an damage towards the LA Clippers at Chase Center on March 10.   –  AFP

 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (2019-2020)

After a fifth straight NBA Finals look in 2019, issues went quickly downhill for the Golden State Warriors. All-Star duo Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins left in free company, whereas ‘Splash Brothers’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been out injured – the latter is but to play this season. 

The Warriors sit backside of the Western Conference and have the worst total document within the NBA at 15-50. An improved likelihood of getting the primary choose within the 2020 draft is the aspect’s solely solace.

MANNY PACQUIAO (2012)

After shedding to Erik Morales in 2005, Manny Pacquiao went on a sensational 15-fight profitable streak that established him as an unprecedented seven-division world champion. The Morales loss was twice avenged by way of stoppage, with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto equally dispatched. A mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr awaited, just for the wheels to fall off in 2012.

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Timothy Bradley halted Pacquiao’s streak when he was – considerably farcically – awarded a split-decision verdict over the Filipino nice. Juan Manuel Marquez knew all about scorecard controversy from his earlier three conferences with Pacquiao and duly took them out of the equation, chillingly leaving his rival face down and immobile on the Las Vegas canvas that December. The Mayweather bout had to wait till 2015, however that’s one in every of solely two losses suffered since by Pacquiao, who reigns as WBA welterweight champion at 41.

CHELSEA (2015-16)

Chelsea gained the Premier League title in 2014-15 and 2016-17. What got here in between was nothing wanting full shambles. Jose Mourinho had returned for a second spell in cost and collected a 3rd winner’s medal in England’s high flight however the Portuguese’s famously abrasive tendencies then appeared to put on his gamers down at an alarming price.

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Beginning with the 2-2 draw towards Swansea City that ignited Mourinho’s sapping spat with membership physician Eva Carneiro, Chelsea gained solely one in every of its opening 5 Premier League fixtures. That kind was removed from a blip and it was 16th when Mourinho was sacked within the wake of a 2-1 December loss to would-be champion Leicester City. Caretaker boss Guus Hiddink restored a modicum of respectability with a 10th-place end earlier than Antonio Conte arrived and the Stamford Bridge devoted have been quickly questioning if it had all simply been a nasty dream.

SERENA WILLIAMS (2006)

Williams began the yr by shedding her Australian Open crown with a third-round exit to Daniele Hantuchova, earlier than accidents compelled her to miss tournaments in Tokyo and Dubai. Come April, she had dropped out of the WTA high 100 for the primary time since November 1997, and it got here as a little bit shock that she competed at neither the French Open nor Wimbledon.

After a fourth-round exit on the US Open, Williams ended a title-less yr 95th on the planet.

It meant she returned to the Australian Open in January 2007 as an unseeded participant. She gained it.

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