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December 26 2005

New Year's Eve is the time to take stock of the past year. preoccupied with this problem in advance. So, you might find on our pages with the best, in our opinion, society photographer in 2005 , with the most interesting events in the popular TV show "Dom-2", most film premieres loud ....

Now came the turn to remember the most famous victories of our athletes at the internal, European and global arenas.

If last year someone said that a football club CSKA won the second most important European trophy, to be honest - would have believed? I - no! Although ... yes, the hope was. Painfully cute looked Russian club in the Champions League. Still, little did not have enough army team to exit the group, where their opponents were reinforced concrete Chelsea and in force at the time of the tournament victor Porto. Nevertheless, the third place, ahead of PSG, the team Valery Gazzayev managed to get into the UEFA Cup.

Further, the sly, were one by one removed from the path of the other contenders for the title. And now - the final. But we are always lucky like drowning .... It has long been known that the precious, the most important match of the UEFA Cup will be held in Lisbon, at the stadium, Jose Al Valadier. And of course, the owner of the local arena Sporting eager to present to his fans the coveted trophy.

Hour "X" has arrived. Rostrum overcrowded confident of victory, frenzied Portuguese. Kick-off makes the fall of the Russian fans in the usual gloom - 0:1, we are losing. Still remains a mystery, what did he said his wards Valery Gazzayev a break - the answers to this question is tricky mentor avoid until now. Whatever it was, right after the break, the score compares Alexei Berezutsky displays army forward Yuri Zhirkov, and completes the game in mocking manner Vagner Love.

The first thing that comes to mind - "I do not believe can not be!". But ... that's right - the gold medal and a UEFA Cup handed to the fact the players of CSKA.
Frankly, I've never been a fan of army - have always sympathized with their "worst enemies" on the domestic scene. But this night I, like many sports fans flooded the streets, filled with pride for the entire Russian football. But what we mere mortals when it is not the next day the men of stern government at its meeting arranged an ovation the players of CSKA. For a couple months later the whole country is highlighted in red and blue colors of the Army Club. For the first time the Russian soccer team has won a significant football trophy!

That is why, I put CSKA triumph in the UEFA Cup for first place in the Main Event sports year.

Details of the UEFA Cup final, read the material: "We - the champions!"

Another Russian pioneer safely be put in second place. Yes, you can not go past it can not be overlooked. And not just because its growth is 215 centimeters and weighs close to half quintal. And yet, if only because this man became the first Russian citizen - owner of champion belt in the most prestigious weight category.

One may stipulate that the pier, championship belt, even the two owned Vitali Klitschko, but still there was a moment of bitterness, even envy ....But here is a very new year has finally happened - the Russian heavyweight Nikolai Valuev knocked out world champion title of the naturalized American John Ruiz. By the way, Valuev may well enter into the Guinness Book of Records as the greatest boxer in the world.

See photo essay: "Valuev became the strongest fighter in the world. What's the price?".

Among the positive developments in Russian sport, you can also note the significant rise of the level of Russian hockey. Controversial? I agree. But this spring, our national team has become the best team in Europe, having won the final of Euro Tour in Sweden. Yes, then there was a relative failure at the World Championships in Austria .... This is considered a failure if our company superzvezdnoy bronze World Cup ....

Then, after a year of the lockout began the NHL. So what ... you say - what we care about "their" joys. Yes, in principle, nothing if not a phenomenal game of our countryman Alexander Ovechkin. This guy was able to put his game on his knees all the overseas hockey. The whole capital of the U.S. raving this young man. Though Team of the Washington Capitals, "in which this unique play, lagging behind the entire league, Alexander has called" the Great ". Coupled with excellent game already acknowledged masters of Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Kovalev, things nhlovskie cause oh what positive emotions in Russian supporters.

Another reason to separate the Russian hockey third place in our ranking - the game our team in the current draw of the Euroleague. After a truly triumphant completion of the home tournament (Copa ROSNO), our team has already bled white (almost all the stars drove off across the ocean) goes to the New Year holidays, the leader of a European tour, with 4 points head start in front of their closest rivals. Now, only a very unpleasant set of circumstances will not allow the Russian national team once again compete for the title of best team in Europe.

The victory of our hockey players read: "The triumph of the Russian team at the Cup ROSNO - an occasion for great Olympic hopes"

As regards the first three, I think a lot of doubt should not be. Other events can be put on a completely different place, but that they to some extent, stirred souls Russian sports fans - is undeniable.

So - for 4-10 places settled down following the event.
- Presentation of our great gymnast Alexei Nemov award for «Fairy Play».
- Return to the ice after the terrible trauma of Irina Slutskaya.
- The emergence of the elite of world motor racing - Formula 1 "of the Russian team, the overthrow of the youngest driver Fernando Alonso from the pedestal of the" red baron "Michael Schumacher, revived the intrigue in this class.
- A phenomenal season, which issued a pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.

- Significant progress Russian bobsledder led by Alexander Zubkov and luger Albert Demchenko.
- Remember the joy that overwhelms us when Russian Marat Safin won the Australian Open, pulled out a victory in the semifinals of the tennis monster Roger Federrera. And the fact that our girls the second consecutive year won the Fed Cup .... Our Maria Sharapova became the first racket of the world ....
- The end of an era Koloskova "in Russian football renaissance, and intrigue in the Premier League, when a few rounds to finish four clubs claimed the title. And also an amazing finishing spurt Moscow Spartak, who took second place in the end .

If you think I missed some important sports moments in 2005 - on our forum you can express your opinion. And then we get a real sport 10-ka from

See also:

FIFA World Cup: "Take your places!"

"Kremlin Cup-2005": a drop of honey in a barrel of tar

Wladimir Klitschko: frank interview after a magnificent victory

Elena Dementieva: a true professional, and simply beautiful

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