Lionesses, Emma Raducanu and the Premier League: who and what to watch in 2023 | UK News

How lucky are the Lionesses to dominate the sports magazines next year, as they were last week?

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Transformational coach Sarina Wiegman has persuaded the FA to take their business class Euro champions to the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and they have the ability – and more importantly the mindset – to make it happen. happen again, even if the United States, above all, will strengthen the opposition.

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The Lionesses celebrating their victory in London

European heel heroine Alessia Russo could be part of another double, at club level. The men and women of Manchester United have that quality of fulfilling the day that an FA Cup can be won.

Pardon the boring idea, but Manchester City men and Chelsea women remain the most likely league champions, despite mounting challenges.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic’s nine-point league is too big for new Rangers manager Michael Beale to top.

And in Europe? Will Erling Haaland’s goal machine provide the long-awaited Champions League debut for Manchester City? With one or two problems for most of his strongest rivals, now is surely the time for boss Pep Guardiola.

In the first major world event of the year, Novak Djokovic is rightly the heavy favorite to win the Australian Open in tennis and equal Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam wins.

UK fans have reason to hope that Emma Raducanu will embark on a strong rise from 80th in the world rankings, if she succeeds under new coach Sebastian Sachs and, more importantly, fitness guru Jez Green. .

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Will Emma Raducanu find her winning way? Photo: AP

The Six Nations kicks off the international year of rugby (France men and England women win), but the men’s World Cup in the fall will dominate.

New Wales and England managers add to the fascination, but if Ireland are ever to win, this is the year.

England male and female cricketers in the 50+ and 20+ versions are also vying for World Cup glory. The men get to keep the trophy they won in spectacular fashion in 2019; women may find Australia too strong.

In this summer’s Ashes, will Australia provide a rude awakening to England’s conquest and Ben Stokes’ new sword? Instinct says that the Stokes cart will continue for a while longer.

There are British world championship gold medals in the offing in athletics (Jake Wightman and Keely Hodgkinson on the rise), gymnastics (as are the Gadirova twins, Jessica and Jennifer) and swimming (Adam Peaty against the others in New, but he can still do it). At 27? I guess it is true.)

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Will Lewis Hamilton be world champion again?

In F1, as always, it’s all about the cars and the rules, but British Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and rising star George Russell might find world champion Max Verstappen still too hard to break, though they should be closer than ever in 2022.

And two guys to finish: 6-foot-9 Tyson Fury and 5-foot-9 Rory McIlroy.

Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk will be a tougher test than anyone with Fury in 2022, but the “Gypsy King” hits as hard as he talks and should prevail again.

And finally bring McIlroy back to win his first major golf tournament since 2014, help Europe win back America’s Ryder Cup in Rome and play a leading role in sports magazines next year.

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