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post Jul 29 2019, 12:48 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 4

Rebecca Adlington (England - Swimming - Won two Olympic golds, broke 800m World Record)
James Anderson (England - Cricket - Only English bowler to pass 500 Test wickets, leading wicket taker amongst fast bowlers)
Jacques Anquetil (France - Cycling - Won Tour de France 5 times, Giro twice and Vuelta once)
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus - Tennis - Won Australian Open twice, 21 Career titles)
Roberto Baggio (Italy - Soccer - Won Ballon d'Or in 1993, named FIFA World Player of the Year)
George Best (Northern Ireland - Football - Scored 207 goals in 586 games, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time)
Bjorn Borg (Sweden - Tennis - Won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, 64 career titles)
Ian Botham (England - Cricket - Held World Record for most Test wickets)
Lucy Bronze (England - Football - Won PFA Womens' Player of the Year twice, won DIvision 1 with Lyon)
Iker Casillas (Spain - Football - Won five La Liga and three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, led Spain to 2010 World Cup victory)
Kim Clijsters (Belgium - Tennis - Won four Grand Slam tournaments, 44 career titles)
Tom Daley (England - Diving - Three World Championship golds, four European Championship golds)
Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands - Swimming - 4 Olympic golds, 6 World Championship golds)
Frankie Dettori (Italy - Horse Racing - Rode more than 500 winners, rode all 7 winners on Ascot British Champions' Day 1996)
Sergei Fedorov (Russia - Ice Hockey - 1994 NHL Most Valuable Player, played over 1,200 NHL games)
Filip Flisar (Slovenia - Skiing - 2015 World Championship Ski Cross winner, won Gold at the 2011/12 Ski Cross World Cup)
Pau Gasol (Spain - Basketball - Won two NBA Championships, won Rookie of the Year in 2002)
Ryan Giggs (Wales - Football - Won Premier League 13 times and Champions' League twice, won PFA Young Player of the Year twice)
Eden Hazard (Belgium - Football - Won Europa League, League Cup and Premier League with Chelsea, captained Belgium to World Cup third place)
Thierry Henry (France - Football - Arsenal's all-time leading scorer, won two League Cups and one Premier League title with Arsenal and 1998 World Cup with France)
Marcel Hirscher (Austria - Skiing - Two Olympic Golds and 7 World Championship golds, 1st in 63 World Cup races)
James Hunt (Great Britain - Motor Racing)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden - Soccer - Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer, won Sweden's Golden Ball 11 times)
Jacky Ickx (Belgium - Motor Racing - Won 8 Grand Prix races)
Andres Ineista (Spain - Soccer - Won 35 trophies with Barcelona, scored winning goal in 2010 World Cup)
Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway - Athletics - Two European Championship golds, one European Indoor Championship gold)
Goran Ivanisevic (Croatia - Tennis - Won Wimbledon in 2001, 22 career titles)
Colin Jackson (Wales - Athletics - Three World Championship golds, four European Championship golds)
Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine - Boxing - Won 64 out of 69 fights, 1996 Olympic gold)
Olga Korbut (Belarus - Gymnastics - Four Olympic golds, two World Championship golds)
Janica Kostelic (Croatia - Skiing - Four Olympic golds, 5 World Championship golds)
Niklas Lundstrom (Sweden - Ice Hockey - Won Silver in the 2011 U18 and 2013 U20 championships)
Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway - Skiing - Two Olympic golds, 5 World Championship golds, 36 World Cup race wins)
Hermann Maier (Austria - Skiing - Two Olympic golds, three World Championship golds, 54 World Cup race wins)
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland - Golf - Won 4 major championships, 25 professional wins)
Colin McRae (Scotland - Rallying - Won 1995 Championship, 25 rally wins)
Andy Murray (Scotland - Tennis - Won three Grand Slam tournaments, 45 career titles)
Rafael Nadal (Spain - Tennis - 18 Grand Slam wins, 82 career titles)
Adam Peaty (England - Swimming - 2016 Olympic Gold, 7 World Championship golds)
Alexander Popov (Russia - Swimming - 4 Olympic golds, 6 World Championship golds)
Alain Prost (France - Formula One - Won four Championships, 51 Grand Prix wins)
Joanna Rowsell Shand (England - Cycling - Two Olympic golds, 5 World Championship golds)
Xavi (Spain - Football - Won 2010 World Cup with Spain, as well as two Euros, won eight La Liga and 4 Champions League titles with Barcelona)
Phil Taylor (England - Darts - Won four Major tournaments)
Tanni-Grey Thompson (Wales - Paralympic Athletics - 11 Paralympic golds, two World Championship golds
Michael Van Gerwen (Netherlands - Darts - Won World Masters in 2006, currently ranked #1 in the world)
Sebastian Vettel (Germany - Formula One - Won four Championships, 52 Grand Prix wins)
Ruby Walsh (Republic of Ireland - Horse Racing - over 2700 career wins)


The deadline is 23:59 Sunday 4th August. Get voting!
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post Jul 29 2019, 12:54 PM
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Copy-paste list without brackets:



Rebeeca Adlington
James Anderson
Jacques Anquetil
Victoria Azarenka
Roberto Baggio
George Best
Bjorn Borg
Ian Botham
Lucy Bronze
Iker Casillas
Kim Clijsters
Tom Daley
Inge de Bruijn
Frankie Dettori
Sergei Fedorov
Filip Flisar
Pau Gasol
Ryan Giggs
Eden Hazard
Thierry Henry
Marcel Hirscher
James Hunt
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jacky Ickx
Andrea Iniesta
Jakob Ingebrigtsen
Govan Ivanisevic
Colin Jackson
Wladmir Klitschko
Olga Korbut
Janica Kostelic
Niklas Lundstrom
Aksel Lund Svindal
Hermann Maier
Rory McIlroy
Colin McRae
Andy Murray
Rafael Nadal
Adam Peaty
Alexander Popov
Alain Prost
Joanna Rowsell Shand
Xavi
Phil Taylor
Tanni-Grey Thompson
Michael van Gerwen
Sebastian Vettel
Ruby Walsh
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25- Frankie Dettori
24- Bjorn Borg
23- Phil Taylor
22- Michael van Gerwen
21- Ian Botham
20- Hermann Maier
19- Rafael Nadal
18- Alain Prost
17- Andy Murray
16- Sebastian Vettel
15- Thierry Henry
14- George Best
13- James Hunt
12- Wladmir Klitschko
11- Tanni-Grey Thompson
10- Rebecca Adlington
9- James Anderson
8- Olga Korbot
7 - Joanna Rowsell Shand
6- Rory McIlroy
5- Adam Peaty
4- Ryan Giggs
3- Marcel Hirscher
2- Colin Jackson
1- Ruby Walsh
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25pts - Ian Botham
24 Thierry Henry
23 Rafael Nadal
22 George Best
21 Bjorn Borg
20 James Anderson
19 Ryan Giggs
18 Andy Murray
17 Frankie Dettori
16 Alain Prost
15 Tanni-Grey Thompson
14 Sebastian Vettel
13 Colin Jackson
12 Olga Korbut
11 Adam Peaty
10 Ruby Walsh
9 Rory McIlroy
8 Rebecca Adlington
7 Wladimir Klitschko
6 Andres Iniesta
5 Jacques Anquetil
4 Iker Casillas
3 Kim Clijsters
2 Eden Hazard
1 James Hunt
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25- Alain Prost
24- George Best
23- James Hunt
22- Ian Botham
21- Bjorn Borg
20- Ryan Giggs
19- Jacky Ickx
18- Rebecca Adlington
17- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
16- Colin McRae
15- Goran Ivanisevic
14- Olga Korbot
13- Rafael Nadal
12- Victoria Azarenka
11- Andrea Iniesta
10- Xavi
9- Sebastian Vettel
8- Lucy Bronze
7 - Eden Hazard
6- Rory McIlroy
5- Ruby Walsh
4- Iker Casillas
3- Kim Clijsters
2- Colin Jackson
1- Andy Murray


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+25 Rebeeca Adlington (she's from Mansfield, I have to give her top marks!)
+24 Bjorn Borg
+23 Olga Korbut
+22 George Best
+21 Frankie Dettori
+20 Rafael Nadal
+19 Andy Murray
+18 James Hunt
+17 Thierry Henry
+16 Ryan Giggs
+15 Govan Ivanisevic
+14 Ian Botham
+13 Ruby Walsh
+12 Alain Prost
+11 Tom Daley
+10 Rory McIlroy
+9 Kim Clijsters
+8 Tanni-Grey Thompson
+7 Victoria Azarenka
+6 Colin Jackson
+5 Wladmir Klitschko
+4 Sebastian Vettel

same again, only those I know....
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+25 Jacques Anquetil
+24 Rafael Nadal
+23 Marcel Hirscher
+22 Adam Peaty
+21 Wladmir Klitschko
+20 Bjorn Borg
+19 Rebecca Adlington
+18 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
+17 Hermann Maier
+16 Aksel Lund Svindal
+15 Jakob Ingebrigtsen
+14 Kim Clijsters
+13 Thierry Henry
+12 Joanna Rowsell Shand
+11 Janica Kostelic
+10 George Best
+9 Iker Casillas
+8 Roberto Baggio
+7 Alain Prost
+6 Victoria Azarenka
+5 Colin Jackson
+4 Lucy Bronze
+3 Sebastian Vettel
+2 Tanni-Grey Thompson
+1 Inge de Bruijn
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25+ Frankie Dettori
24+ Bjorn Borg
23+ Rebecca Adlington
22+ Rafael Nadal
21+ George Best
20+ Ian Botham
19+ Tanni-Grey Thompson
18+ Andy Murray
17+ Jacques Anquetil
16+ Ryan Giggs
15+ Wladimir Klitschko
14+ Marcel Hirscher
13+ Colin Jackson
12+ Ruby Walsh
11+ Phil Taylor
10+ Lucy Bronze
9+ Joanna Rowell Shand
8+ Zlatan Ibrahimovic
7+ Janica Kostelic
6+ Kim Clijsters
5+ Olga Korbut
4+ Michael Van Gerwen
3+ Adam Peaty
2+ Tom Daley
1+ Alain Prost
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RESULTS

Finalists:
Rebecca Adlington
George Best
Bjorn Borg
Ian Botham
Frankie Dettori
Rafael Nadal
Alain Prost

Advance to Playoffs:
Ryan Giggs
Thierry Henry
Andy Murray


Eliminated:
62 Olga Korbot
60 Wladimir Klitschko
55 Tanni-Grey Thompson
55 James Hunt
47 Jacques Anquetil
46 Sebastian Vettel
43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
41 Adam Peaty
41 Colin Jackson
41 Ruby Walsh
40 Marcel Hirscher
37 Hermann Maier
35 Kim Clijsters
34 Phil Taylor
31 Rory McIlroy
30 Govan Ivanisevic
29 James Anderson
28 Joanna Rowsell Shand
26 Michael van Gerwen
25 Victoria Azarenka
22 Lucy Bronze
19 Jacky Ickx
18 Janica Kostelic
17 Iker Casillas
17 Andrea Iniesta
16 Colin McRae
16 Alain Prost
16 Aksel Lund Svindal
15 Jakob Ingebrigtsen
13 Tom Daley
10 Xavi
9 Eden Hazard
8 Roberto Baggio
1 Inge de Bruijn


Finally we get a very mixed group here, with a bunch of different nationalities here, as well as a bunch of different sports - a swimmer, two tennis players, a jockey, a motor racer, a footballer and a game shooter and Brexiteer cricket player to add to the 500 that made it through the Asia rounds. Cyclists still being paid pittance though, so far we've only got Wiggins through to the Final and he's not exactly the sport's finest wink.gif
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