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PeteFromLeeds
post Jul 22 2019, 07:00 PM
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Welcome to the World Cup of Sportspeople! With the Women's Football World Cup in full swing just finished and the Men's World Cup being a resounding success last year, we'll be following on with a tournament, not of countries, but of the sports-men and women themselves. This contest is designed to select the greatest sportspeople from each continent through a number of rounds, selecting the best of the best, and pitting them together to show who we really think is the best sportsperson of them all!

This is the Voting stage for Europe. We received 193 different nominations in all - taking away our auto-qualifiers, Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo, this gives us four groups of 47/48 players*. Here's how this stage is going to work.

- You can vote for up to 25 sportspeople, but you must vote for at least 10.
- You must rank your votes in order of preference, either by numbering or by the standard Buzzjack +25, +24 ... +1 (Or down to however many you vote for)
- You must vote for sportspeople from at least three different sports
- You must vote for at least one male and one female sportsperson.
- Each sportsperson has been given a short description of their major achievements to make it easier for you to make up your mind.
- The seven sportspeople with the most votes in each group will advance to the Final, whilst the three next highest players will advance to the Intercontinental Playoffs. Everyone else will be booted out.

*Group 3 is slightly smaller as a result of some nominated sportspeople being ineligible:
Lennox Lewis is ineligible as he most recently competed for Canada


Group 3

Ben Ainslie (England - Sailing - 4 Olympic Golds, 8 World Championship Golds)
Fernando Alonso (Spain - Formula One - Won two Championships, 32 Grand Prix wins)
Boris Becker (Germany - Tennis - 49 career titles, won 6 Grand Slam titles)
David Beckham (England - Football - Won 19 trophies in his career, won Champions League in 1999)
Gerhard Berger (Austria - Formula One - 10 Grand Prix wins)
Eric Cantona (France - Football - Won four Premier League titles with Manchester United, won two League/FA Cup doubles)
Petr Cech (Czech Republic - Football - A record 100 clean sheets in his first 180 games, most clean sheets in Premier League history)
Bobby Charlton (England - Football - Held record for England's most capped player, held record for England's all-time top scorer)
Kenny Dalglish (Scotland - Football - Won PFA Player's Player in 1983 and Footballer of the Year twice, won 20 trophies with Liverpool)
Jessica Ennis-Hill (England - Athletics - 2012 Olympic gold, three World Championship golds)
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff (England - Cricket - 2005 Ashes 'Man of the Series', regarded as one of the top international all-rounders)
Ruud Gullit (Netherlands - Football - Captained The Netherlands to 1998 Euros victory, won Ballon d'Or in 1987)
Sally Gunnell (England - Athletics - Won 1992 Olympic gold, 1993 World Championship Gold and 5 Commonwealth golds)
Mika Hakkinen (Finland - Motor Racing - Won two Championships, 20 Grand Prix wins)
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales - Rugby Union - Third highest points scorer for Wales)
Justine Henin (Belgium - Tennis - 42 Career Titles, 7 Grand Slam wins)
Bernard Hinault (France - Cycling - Won Tour de France times, Giro three times and Vuelta twice)
Katinka Hosszu (Hungary - Swimming - 3 Olympic Golds, 24 World Championship golds)
Steph Houghton (England - Football - Captains Manchester United and England, over 100 international caps)
Chris Hoy (Scotland - Cycling - 6 Olympic golds, 11 World Championship golds)
Jade Jones (Wales - Taekwondo - 2 Olympic Golds, 2019 World Championships gold and 6 Grand Prix golds)
Franz Klammer (Austria - Skiing - 1976 Olympic gold, two World Championship golds)
Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine - Boxing - Won 45 out of 47 fights, 41 by KO)
Miroslav Klose (Germany - Football - Won 2014 World Cup with Germany, top goalscorer in the World Cup, top scorer of all time for Germany)
Carolina Kluft (Sweden - Athletics - 2004 Olympic gold, three World Championship golds)
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic - Tennis - 34 Career titles, won Wimbledon twice)
Eddy Merckx (Belgium - Cycling - Won Tour de France 5 times, Giro d'Italia 5 times and Vuelta once)
Alexander Ovechkin (Russia - Ice Hockey - Led NHL in goalscoring 8 times, won World Championship three times with Russia)
Victoria Pendleton (England - Cycling - Won two Olympic golds, 9 World Championship golds)
Kevin Pietersen (England - Cricket - Fastest player to cross 2000 runs in ODI cricket, topped ICC ODI rankings)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy - Soccer - Won World Cup with Italy where he was Man of the Match three times, won Champions League and Serie A twice with AC Milan)
Eusebio (Portugal - Football - Scored 733 goals in 745 matches, won Ballon d'Or in 1965, won Portugese League 11 times with Benfica)
Ferenc Puskas (Hungary - Football - Top scorer of the 20th century, named best player of 1954 World Cup)
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland - Tennis - 22 Career titles, reached the Final of Wimbledon in 2012)
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland - Formula One - Won 2007 Championship, 21 Grand Prix wins)
Sergio Ramos (Spain - Football - won 20 major honours with Real Madrid, won 2010 World Cup with Spain)
Valentino Rossi (Italy - Motorcycling - Won on 250cc and one 125cc Championship)
Henrik Sedin (Sweden - Ice Hockey - Won 2006 Olympic Gold with Sweden, Vancouver Kanucks leading points scorer three times)
Laura Kenny (Trott) (England - Track Cycling - 4 Olympic Golds, 7 World Championship Golds, 12 European Championship golds)
Marco Van Basten (Netherlands - Football - Won Euro 1988 and named Player of the Tournament, won three Eredevisie and three Serie A titles)
Robin van Persie (Netherlands - Football - Club record of 35 goals in 2011, won two Premier League Golden Boots)
Gianluca Vialli (Italy - Football - Won Serie A with Sampdoria and Juventus, won Champions League with Juventus)
Marianne Vos (Netherlands - Cycling - Won the Women's Giro 3 times, 2012 Olympic gold, 7 World Championship golds)
Ellan White (Reached semi-finals of the 2015 and 2019 World Cup, scored 35 goals in 88 games)
Mats Wilander (Sweden - Tennis - 33 career titles, won 7 Grand Slam tournaments)
Johnny Wilkinson (England - Rugby Union - Won 2003 World Cup with England, acknowledged as one of the best players of all time)
Katarina Witt (Germany - Figure Skating - Two Olympic golds, four World Championship golds)

The deadline is 23:59 Sunday 28th July. Get voting!
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post Jul 22 2019, 07:02 PM
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Copy-paste list without brackets:

Ben Ainslie
Fernando Alonso
Boris Becker
David Beckham
Gerhard Berger
Eric Cantona
Petr Cech
Bobby Charlton
Kenny Dalglish
Jessica Ennis-Hill
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
Ruud Gullit
Sally Gunnell
Mika Hakkinen
Leigh Halfpenny
Justine Henin
Bernard Hinault
Katinka Hosszu
Steph Houghton
Chris Hoy
Jade Jones
Franz Klammer
Vitali Klitschko
Miroslav Klose
Carolina Kluft
Petra Kvitova
Eddy Mercx
Alexander Ovechkin
Victoria Pendleton
Kevin Pietersen
Andrea Pirlo
Eusebio
Ferenc Puskas
Agnieszka Radwanska
Kimi Raikkonen
Sergio Ramos
Valentino Rossi
Henrik Sedin
Laura Kenny
Marco Van Basten
Robin van Persie
Gianluca Vialli
Marianne Vos
Ellan White
Mats Wilander
Johnny Wilkinson
Katarina Witt
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post Jul 25 2019, 12:24 PM
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+25 Eddy Merckx
+24 Bernard Hinault
+23 Eusebio
+22 Bobby Charlton
+21 Marianne Vos
+20 Petr Cech
+19 Ferenc Puskas
+18 Justine Henin
+17 Marco Van Basten
+16 Boris Becker
+15 Mats Wilander
+14 Jessica Ennis-Hill
+13 Laura Kenny
+12 Ruud Gullit
+11 Johnny Wilkinson
+10 Vitali Klitschko
+9 Chris Hoy
+8 Ben Ainslie
+7 Victoria Pendleton
+6 Kenny Dalglish
+5 Miroslav Klose
+4 Jade Jones
+3 Andrea Pirlo
+2 Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
+1 Robin van Persie
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post Jul 26 2019, 08:46 AM
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25- Chris Hoy
24- Eusebio
23- Laura Kenny
22- Vitali Klitschko
21- Ruud Gullit
20- Eric Cantona
19- Mika Hakkinen
18- Fernando Alonso
17- Bobby Charlton
16- Johnny Wilkinson
15- Marco Van Basten
14- Ben Ainslie
13- Kimi Raikkonen
12- Boris Becker
11- Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
10- Ferenc Puskas
9- Franz Klammer
8- Valentino Rossi
7- David Beckham
6- Gerhard Berger
5- Justine Henin
4- Jessica Ennis-Hill
3- Mats Wilander
2- Petra Kvitova
1- Carolina Kluft
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25pts Bobby Charlton
24 Ben Ainslie
23 Kevin Pietersen
22 Chris Hoy
21 Eusebio
20 Andrew Flintoff
19 Boris Becker
18 Bernard Hinault
17 Justine Henin
16 David Beckham
15 Ruud Gullit
14 Vitali Klitschko
13 Mats Wilander
12 Kenny Dalglish
11 Jessica Ennis-Hill
10 Ferenc Puskas
9 Robin Van Persie
8 Franz Klammer
7 Eddy Mercx
6 Laura Kenny
5 Miroslav Klose
4 Jade Jones
3 Marco Van Basten
2 Johnny Wilkinson
1 Petr Cech
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post Jul 26 2019, 05:33 PM
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+25
Fernando Alonso
Ferenc Puskas
Chris Hoy
Eric Cantona
Mika Hakkinen
Eusebio
Bobby Charlton
Kenny Dalglish
Jessica Ennis-Hill
Marco Van Basten
Gerhard Berger
Boris Becker
Victoria Pendleton
Kevin Pietersen
Valentino Rossi
Vitali Klitschko
Miroslav Klose
Eddy Mercx
Petra Kvitova
Andrea Pirlo
Kimi Raikkonen
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
Sally Gunnell
Mats Wilander
Johnny Wilkinson
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post Jul 27 2019, 06:19 AM
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25+ Chris Hoy
24+ Eusebio
23+ Bobby Charlton
22+ Eddy Merckx
21+ Laura Kenny
20+ Boris Becker
19+ Eric Cantona
18+ Fernando Alonso
17+ Ben Ainslie
16+ David Beckham
15+ Mats Wilander
14+ Sally Gunnell
13+ Bernard Hinault
12+ Andrea Pirlo
11+ Robin van Persie
10+ Jessica Ennis-Hill
9+ Vitali Klitschko
8+ Jade Jones
7+ Ferenc Puskas
6+ Agnieszka Radwanska
5+ Steph Houghton
4+ Kenny Dalglish
3+ Petr Cech
2+ Victoria Pendleton
1+ Johnny Wilkinson
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post Jul 29 2019, 12:21 PM
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RESULTS

Finalists:
Ben Ainslie
Boris Becker
Bobby Charlton
Eusebio
Chris Hoy
Vitali Klitschko
Ferenc Puskas



Advance to Playoffs:
Laura Kenny
Eddy Mercx
Fernando Alonso


Eliminated:
(7th: 63pts)
(10th: 61pts)

61 Eric Cantona (By virtue of having '22' as the highest vote compared to '25'
56 Jessica Ennis-Hill
55 Bernard Hinault
51 Marco Van Basten
48 Ruud Gullit
48 Mats Wilander
40 Justine Henin
40 Mika Hakkinen
40 Kenny Dalgish
39 David Beckham
37 Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
35 Kevin Pietersen
31 Johnny Wilkinson
24 Petr Cech
22 Victria Pendleton
21 Marianne Vos
21 Gerhard Berger
21 Robin van Persie
21 Andrea Pirlo
19 Miroslav Klose
19 Valentino Rossi
18 Kimi Raikkonen
18 Sally Gunnell
17 Franz Klammer
16 Jade Jones
9 Petra Kvitova
6 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Steph Houghton
1 Carolina Kluft
0 Leigh Halfpenny
0 Katinka Hosszu
0 Alexander Ovechkin
0 Sergio Ramos
0 Henrik Sedin
0 Gianluca Vialli
0 Ellan White
0 Katarina Witt


Going through to the final we have a mix of great British Olympians, a tennis legend, one of the great heavyweight champions in boxing, and a mix of football greats.
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