How likely is it that the Lionesses will dominate the sporting reviews next year as they have in the past week?
Sarina Wiegman, transformational coach, convinced the FA to fly her Euros winner business class to the Women’s World Cup in Australia. They have the capability, and crucially, the mentality to do it again, even though the USA will be stronger than the opposition.
Alessia Russo, Backheel’s Euros hero and goalscorer, could be part in another double at club level. Manchester United’s men and women have the ability to win an FA Cup.
It may seem boring, but Manchester City’s women and Chelsea’s men remain the most likely league champions despite increasing challenges.
The nine-point league Celtic has in the Scottish Premiership is too much for Michael Beale, new Rangers coach.
What about Europe? Manchester City’s long-awaited first Champions League will be delivered by goal machine Erlinghaaland. Pep Guardiola is certain to be in the best position for this game, with a few problems plaguing their most formidable rivals.
Novak Djokovic is the hot favourite to win this year’s first major global event and match Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam wins.
British fans can be hopeful that Emma Raducanu will climb sharply from the 80th position in the world rankings if she gets along with Sebastian Sachs and, most importantly, Jez Green, her new coach.
The Six Nations is the start of the international rugby union year. England’s men and France’s women will win, but the men’s World Cup in autumn will be the dominant.
The fascination is only heightened by the addition of new coaches for England and Wales. However, if Ireland ever want to win the World Cup, this year will be their year.
England’s male cricketers and women in the 50-over, and 20-over formats are also competing for World Cup glory. The trophy that Australia won in 2019 can be retained by the men, but it may not be enough for the women.
Will Australia be a rude awakening to Ben Stokes’s new-look, all-conquering, swashbuckling England in this summer’s Ashes? Instinct tells us that the Stokes wave will continue for a while.
There are British world championship gold medals for athletics (Jake Wightman, Keely Huggkinson) and gymnastics (likewise Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova twins), and swimming (Adam Peaty again against the rest, but can he still manage it at 27). Perhaps.
F1 is a sport that depends heavily on the cars and rules. However, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, a Mercedes British team, may still find Max Verstappen, World Champion, too difficult to crack. But they will be closer in 2022.
Two individuals are left to complete the list: 6ft 9 Tyson Fury (6ft 9 Rory McIlroy (5ft 9 Rory McIlroy).
Oleksandr Usyk, a Ukrainian heavyweight, will be a difficult test. However, Fury boxed more people in 2022 than any Fury fighter. But the “Gypsy King”, who hits as hard as Fury talks, should win again.
McIlroy wins his first major tournament of golf since 2014. He also helps Europe win the Ryder Cup in Rome from the USA.