If you enjoy your sports betting with bet365 Sport, or indeed any other bookmaker, then there are times this year that you may have been a winner and landed a decent return from your bookmaker.
However, there are also likely times when you have been a loser and the bookies have pocketed your cash after your selection didn’t land what you had backed.
Similarly, 2022 has been a year of success for some star football stars and teams, while for others, it has been a year that they will probably want to forget.
In this retrospective review of the year, we take a look back at some of the big football winners and losers of the year, plus we will then take you through some of the best sporting events to come in 2023, all of which you can bet on with bet365 Sport!
So let’s now begin our role of honour for 2022 with a look at some of the big winners of the year.
Winners of 2022
- Argentina National Football Team
Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina team came into the World Cup on the back of a 36 game unbeaten run but tasted defeat in their opener to Saudi Arabia. However, they bounced back to make it into the final of the competition where they defeated France on penalties to land their third World Cup triumph in history.
- Lionel Messi (Paris St Germain & Argentina)
The Champions League may have eluded Lionel Messi once again this season but the Argentinean ace swept up domestically in Ligue 1 with Paris St Germain and just a year or so on from lifting the Copa America with Argentina, he played the key role in securing Argentina’s third World Cup. Messi has now won every honour it is possible to win where he has played and his legacy as one of the best, if not THE best player ever is now secured.
- England Lionesses National Football Team
While England’s men’s team went out of the World Cup at the quarterfinal stage, their female counterparts did what no English football team has done since 1966, and won a major competition. Their Euro 2022 triumph was a landmark day for the women’s game in England and they are now looking forward to trying to emulate that success in the World Cup in 2023.
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France)
Having just announced his retirement from the French National team after injury ruled him out of the World Cup Finals. Karim Benzema’s superb 2022 saw him clinch La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, with him performing superbly in the latter to secure what at times looked an unlikely Champions League victory. His performances deservedly won him the Ballon D’or.
- Newcastle United
After becoming the richest football club in the world with their Saudi Public Investment Fund takeover, Newcastle have produced a stunning set of performances in 2022 which not only saved them from relegation last season very comfortably, but has seen them move up to second in the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s game with Leeds on Wednesday night.
- Erling Haaland (Dortmund & Manchester City)
The big Norwegian striker made a big money move from Dortmund, where he averaged better than a goal a game, to Manchester City in the summer and since joining City, his incredible strike rate has continued with him hitting 18 goals in the Premier League so far and providing City a focal point for their attack.
- Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain & France)
Mbappe has had a mixed year off the field. Trouble with the management at PSG, accusations of a poor attitude in the team when playing and rumours of disharmony with Neymar, however in his good moments Mbappe has shown that he is now the best footballer on the planet outshining both Messi and Neymar at the club, and finishing the World Cup as the top scorer and head and shoulders above any other player at the tournament.
Losers of 2022
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo missed out on the Champions League as Manchester United failed to qualify for the competition in May and then he publicly fell out with manager Erik Ten Hag who didn’t play Ronaldo in this season’s Premier League. An ill-advised interview with Piers Morgan on the eve of the World Cup eventually sealed Ronaldo’s fate and his contract was terminated by mutual consent. A big money move elsewhere is on the cards, but Ronaldo then went on to see his great rival Lionel Messi have a great World Cup and lift the trophy.
- FIFA & Gianni Infantino
After the widespread allegations of bungs to secure the World Cup in Russia and Qatar, and the furore over the abuse of foreign workers in Qatar, it’s attitude to women, the LGBTQ+ movement and more, FIFA’s dismal year got even worse when Gianni Infantino made his World Cup speech where he claimed to know what it was like to be a migrant worker in Qatar. It has even led to calls for European based teams to leave FIFA and set up their own breakaway organisation.
- Harry Maguire
The Manchester United skipper had a very tough 2022 where he was continually lambasted by his own fans and gleeful opposing fans for a number of errors and poor performances which dented United’s chances of landing a Champions League spot. His poor form saw him dropped by manager Erik Ten Hag earlier on this season and despite a good showing at the World Cup for England, he still remains on the sidelines at Old Trafford and seemingly on his way out at the club,
Sporting Events To Look Forward To In 2023!
We’ve had some great sporting events in 2022 such as the Winter Olympics, the women’s European Championships and the FIFA World Cup, and the great news is that there are a number of fantastic sporting events you can watch and bet on in 2023 too.
Here’s our preview of some of the top sporting events of the year in 2023!
Top Sporting Events Of 2023
- 3rd – PDC World Darts Championship Final
- 16th to 29th – Australian Open Tennis Championships
- 2nd – PDC Premier League Darts Begins Night 1
- 4th to Mar 18th – Six Nations Rugby
- 9th – ICC World T20 Women’s World Cup Starts
- 12th – Super Bowl LVII in Arizona
- 26th – Carabao Cup Final
- 5th – Formula 1 Season Starts – F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
- 8th – 21st – World Baseball Classic in Japan
- 14th – 21st – Cheltenham Festival
- 23rd – UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers Start
- 6th – 9th – The Masters Golf Tournament
- 15th – The Grand National
- 15th to 1st May – World Snooker Championship
- 6th – Kentucky Derby
- 6th – 2,000 Guineas
- 7th – 1,000 Guineas
- 18th to 21st – US PGA Golf Championship
- 25th – PDC Premier League Darts Playoffs & Final
- 28th – Indianapolis 500 Motor Race
- 28th – Final round of Premier League Fixtures for 2022/23 season
- 28th to 11th June – French Open Tennis Tournament
- 3rd – FA Cup Final
- 4th – Epsom Derby
- 10th – Champions League Final
- 14th – UEFA Nations League Semi Finals & Finals
- 15th to 18th – US Open Golf Championship
- 16th to 16th Jul – Asian Cup Football Tournament
- 20th – 24th – Royal Ascot
- TBC – Stanley Cup Finals
- TBC – NBA Finals
- TBC – FIFA Club World Cup
- 1st to 23rd – Tour de France
- 3rd to 16th – Wimbledon Tennis Championships
- 9th – Formula 1 British Grand Prix
- 10th to Aug 20th – Women’s Football World Cup
- 15th to 23rd – PDC World Matchplay Darts
- 20th to 23rd – The Open Golf Championship
- 28th to Aug 6th – Netball World Cup
- 1st – 5th – Glorious Goodwood
- 12th – Premier League Season Starts
- 19th to 27th – IAAF World Athletics Championship
- 28th to Sep 10th – US Open Tennis Tournament
- TBC – UEFA Super Cup
- 7th – NFL Season Starts
- 8th to 28th Oct – Rugby World Cup (Mens)
- 9th to 16th – Invictus Games
- 22nd to 24th – Solheim Cup Golf
- 29th to 1st Oct – Ryder Cup Golf
- TBC – World Series Baseball
- 7th – Melbourne Cup
- 21st – Final Round Of Euro 2024 Qualifiers
- 26th – Final race of F1 Season – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- TBC – Mosconi Cup 2023
- TBC – PDC World Darts Championship 2024 Begins