The personal review of the year: our sport stars 2020

s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are good at kicking football, on and off the pitch. “We kick Corona”, that’s how the national players of FC Bayern called their fundraising campaign in March – and of course they didn’t kick the virus away. But, to stay in the picture: a few problems shot aside. Also because Kimmich and Goretzka made a starting amount of one million euros. The money goes to social institutions. In the meantime, more than five million euros have been raised, with more than 4000 donors contributing. The Haus Lindenhof Foundation from Schwabisch Gmund, which operates homes in which people with dementia are cared for, is one of the youngest profiteers. Two Hollywood swings could be purchased, they have been shown to have positive effects on the sick. We only say one thing in the direction of Messrs. Kimmich and Goretzka: Chapeau – and keep it up! Photo: dpa / Marius Becker

Every year the German athletes of the year are chosen. Our editorial team also looked back on the sporting year 2020 and found athletes who shaped this year in a special way – as you can find out in our picture gallery.

Stuttgart – It doesn’t always have to be records that put athletes in the spotlight. The sport also has something extraordinary to offer besides medals and victories. Seven editors present their sport stars of 2020 in our picture gallery, who have shaped this year in a special way. Dirk Preiss likes athletes who also achieve great things outside of their competitions, like wrestler Mark Buhler. Marco Seliger likes to criticize the aloofness of some football stars. He can only praise Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Tim Wohlbold sacrifices his sleep for US sport, dreams of the next German MVP in Dallas – and finds the courage of German basketball player Satou Sabally strong. Jurgen Kemmner is convinced that he too has a little gasoline in his blood – and suffered with Romain Grosjean, who survived one of the most spectacular motorsport accidents. Gregor Preiss likes to play tennis doubles himself – and recalls two German successes. Jurgen Frey has experienced almost everything with the Stuttgarters Kickers – now also a deliberate own goal in the spirit of fair play. Carlos Ubina likes to go to the golf course – and is still amazed at the magic of the professional Jon Rahm.

The pilot of the crashed footballer sala flew without a valid license

More than a year ago, the Argentine soccer player Sala died in a plane crash – the final report is now available. Accordingly, the pilot did not have a valid license and was traveling too fast.

The pilot of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in an accident last year, did not have a valid license for commercial flights. This emerges from the final report of the British Aircraft Accident Authority, which has now been published. Accordingly, the 59-year-old amateur pilot had not yet completed any training hours for night flights and should not have been allowed to fly at night. He was also likely suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning at the time of the crash and was flying too fast. He apparently lost control of the small plane when he tried to avoid bad weather.

Machine broken during maneuver

Both men died on the evening of January 21, 2019 when flying a propeller plane from France to Wales over the English Channel. According to the investigating authority for aircraft accident investigations (AAIB), the machine fell headlong into the sea near the Channel Island of Guernsey after an unsuccessful maneuver at a speed of 435 kilometers per hour.

Argentinian soccer star diego maradona is dead

The Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60. A spokesman confirmed this. Accordingly, he died of a heart attack. At the beginning of November, Maradona had to undergo brain surgery.

Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona is dead. His spokesman said he died of a heart attack. Maradona was 60 years old. He had been suffering from health problems for a long time. A few weeks ago he had had brain surgery.

Maradona is considered to be one of the best football players of all time. In his home country Argentina he is celebrated as a national hero. The 1986 World Cup in Mexico made him a legend – especially the irregular goal in the quarter-final against England. Then he said in front of the cameras, "It was a little bit Maradona’s head and a little bit the hand of God." In the end, Argentina became world champions – in the final against Germany.

Hardly any corona restrictions: criticism of belarus

In South America, it is Brazil’s President Bolsonaro who is still not taking Corona seriously. And in Europe? There it is the President of Belarus, Lukashenko. That worries the neighboring countries – and football fans in Belarus.

In Lithuania, concern is growing about the lack of measures against the corona epidemic in neighboring Belarus (Belarus). "We see that it could be an unmanaged, uncontrolled trouble spot," said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. If the authoritarian leadership in Minsk does not show an "appropriate" reaction to the coronavirus crisis, the Baltic EU country will close its borders completely and strengthen border security.

Unlike in Lithuania, there are hardly any restrictions on public life in Belarus due to the spread of the coronavirus. Schools, shops and restaurants are open.