Review of the sporting year - July:
Month-by-month guide to the stories that had us gripped in 2010

By Sportsmail Reporter

Another sporting year is coming to an end, and once again 2010 has delivered the goods. An Olympic Winter Games, a World Cup and so many other marvellous events have kept us enthralled for the past twelve months.

Relive some of those memories with Sportsmail's monthly guide to another year to remember.



1 Roy Hodgson took over as Liverpool manager, signing a three-year deal at Anfield. The ICC announced England was to host the Champions Trophy in 2013. Steve Borthwick was dropped from England's 32-man elite squad for the 2010-2011 season. Vera Zvonareva beats Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6 in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, to reach her first grand slam final. The Russian will meet Serena Williams after the top seed and defending champion defeated Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/5) 6-2.

2 The FA announced Fabio Capello would continue as England manager. Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties to set up a World Cup semi-final against Holland. The teams were level at 1-1 after extra-time. Holland came from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 in the other last-eight clash. Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 6-4 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure joined Manchester City on a five-year contract, while Chelsea signed Yossi Benayoun on a three-year deal from Liverpool.

3 Germany stunned Argentina 4-0 to set up a World Cup semi-final against Spain, who beat Paraguay 1-0 in a game which saw both sides have a penalty saved. Serena Williams won a fourth Wimbledon women's singles title by beating Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 in the final.

4 Rafael Nadal reclaimed his Wimbledon crown with a 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych. Kevin Pietersen was omitted from the England squad for the NatWest Series against Bangladesh with a thigh injury. Graeme Swann was rested. Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary was revealed as the new coach of UAE side Al Ahli.

Just champion: Wimbledon ladies' and men's singles winners Serena Williams (left) and Rafael Nadal (right)

Just champion: Wimbledon ladies' and men's singles winners Serena Williams (left) and Rafael Nadal (right)

5 Umar Akmal blazed 54, the highest Twenty20 score of his career, as Pakistan ended their losing streak against Australia with a 23-run win at Edgbaston. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge visited the Olympic Park and told London 2012 that their three priorities from now to the Games must be to 'work hard, work hard, work hard'. The Tour de France peloton met a second day of destruction as rain-soaked roads wreaked havoc on the second stage from Brussels to Spa.

6 Holland beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach the World Cup final. Sri Lanka Cricket announced spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was to retire from Test cricket after the first Test against India later in the month. Birmingham and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson retired from international football in order to concentrate on his club career. South African athlete Caster Semenya is granted permission by the IAAF to return to competition with immediate effect, following an 11-month absence after undergoing gender tests

7 Carles Puyol's second-half header gave Spain a 1-0 win over Germany in their World Cup semi-final and a place in their first ever World Cup final. Arsenal signed defender Laurent Koscielny from French side Lorient. Robert Kubica signed a contract extension with Renault until the end of the 2012 Formula One season.

8 Britain's Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won the fifth stage of the Tour de France in Montargis, his 11th Tour stage win in his career. Liverpool confirmed the signing of Serbia international Milan Jovanovic from Standard Liege on a three-year contract. Albanian midfielder Lorik Cana left Sunderland for Turkish club Galatasaray in a deal worth in excess of 6million euros.

Mark of success: Cavendish crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France

Mark of success: Cavendish crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the 2010 Tour de France

9 UEFA president Michel Platini was taken to hospital after fainting in a Johannesburg restaurant, but initial reports he had suffered a heart attack proved unfounded. Britain's Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won his second successive stage of the Tour de France with victory on the 227.5-kilometre sixth stage from Montargis to Gueugnon. Great Britain opened up a 2-0 lead over Turkey in their Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II relegation play-off, with wins for Jamie Baker and James Ward.

10 Germany beat Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place play-off in the World Cup in Port Elizabeth. UEFA president Michel Platini was released from hospital in Johannesburg after tests concluded there were no health concerns. England went down to their first ever defeat by Bangladesh when they were beaten by five runs in the second ODI of three at Bristol. Ian Bell fractured a metatarsal when he leapt for a catch and landed awkwardly on his left foot. Great Britain won their first Davis Cup tie in almost three years when they took an unassailable 3-0 lead against Turkey at Eastbourne. Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski's 6-3 6-4 6-4 win ensured they secured their Europe/Africa Zone Group II status.

11 Spain won the World Cup for the first time, prevailing 1-0 against 10-man Holland in a bad-tempered final thanks to Andres Iniesta's goal three minutes from the end of an extra-time period in which Holland's John Heitinga was sent off. Uruguay's Diego Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball as player of the tournament, with Germany's Thomas Muller winning the Golden Shoe. Muller jointly top-scored on five goals with Forlan, David Villa and Wesley Sneijder but took the prize due to his superior number of assists and was also named young player of the tournament. Spain captain Iker Casillas won the Golden Glove as the tournament's best goalkeeper. Red Bull's Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix. McLaren's British duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were second and fourth, sandwiching Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

Viva Espana! Iker Casillas, Spain's captain, lifts the World Cup trophy

Viva Espana! Iker Casillas, Spain's captain, lifts the World Cup trophy

12 FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted Howard Webb had had 'a very hard task' refereeing the World Cup final as the official came under fire from Holland. Celtic signed Wales midfielder Joe Ledley from Cardiff on a four-year deal. The Bhoys also announced they had accepted an offer from Italian side Fiorentina for goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott shared a record one-day partnership of 250 as England beat Bangladesh by 144 runs to win the NatWest series 2-1.

13 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp signed a new contract to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2013. England batsman Ian Bell was ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan after suffering a foot injury in the second ODI against Bangladesh. Wasps signed Wales back-row forward Andy Powell on an initial one-year contract.

14 New York Red Bulls signed France forward Thierry Henry from Barcelona on a 'multi-year contract'. Pep Guardiola signed a new one-year contract extension to remain as coach of Primera Liga champions Barcelona. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson became the first name on the new Lord's board for neutral Test matches after claiming five for 40 against Pakistan.

Record-breaking: England captain Andrew Strauss hits a boundary during his stand with Jonathan Trott at Edgbaston

Record-breaking: England captain Andrew Strauss hits a boundary during his stand with Jonathan Trott

15 Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey announced his retirement from international football with England. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won the 11th stage of the Tour de France to take the 13th Tour stage win of his career. Wigan signed goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi on a season-long loan from Bolton.

16 West Ham announced the signing of Mexican winger Pablo Barrera from Pumas on a four-year contract with a one-year option for £4million.They also confirmed the signing of Frederic Piquionne on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Lyon. Liverpool were drawn against Rabotnicki or Mika in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Daryl Murphy joined Celtic on a three-year contract from Sunderland, while midfielder Kevin Thomson completed a £2million move from Scottish champions Rangers to Middlesbrough. Bradford Bulls announced Mick Potter would become the club's new head coach next season with the Australian moving from St Helens.

17 Salman Butt was confirmed as the Pakistan captain for the second Test against Australia and the four-Test series against England, after Shahid Afridi's retirement. Fabio Capello demanded that the Capello Index be removed from the internet after insisting he had not seen or approved of the controversial rankings, a spokesman for the FA confirmed. Mexico international Efrain Juarez agreed a four-year contract with Celtic.

King of the swingers: Louis Oosthuizen with the Claret Jug at St Andrews

King of the swingers: Louis Oosthuizen with the Claret Jug at St Andrews

18 South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen won the Open Championship at St Andrews by seven strokes following a wind-hit four days at St Andrews. Lee Westwood finished second with Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson tieing for third. Liverpool agreed a fee to sell Emiliano Insua to Fiorentina and the player left the club's training camp in Switzerland to discuss personal terms with the Serie A club. Snow Fairy, trained by Ed Dunlop and ridden by Ryan Moore, won the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

19 Liverpool signed Joe Cole on a four-year contract. West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans signed a new four-year contract. Leicester Tigers boss Richards Cockerill signed a new contract with the Aviva Premiership champions. The former England hooker's job title changed though as he became director of rugby with Matt O'Connor, who also signed a new deal, becoming head coach.

20 Rangers confirmed they had agreed a deal in principle for Liverpool to sign defender Danny Wilson. Nationwide confirmed they would not be renewing their sponsorship of the England football team. Colin Montgomerie, Europe captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup, named Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke as his vice-captains.

21 Arsenal striker Eduardo joined Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on a four-year deal for a reported fee of around £6m. Rangers defender Danny Wilson joined Liverpool on a three-year contract for an initial fee of £2m. Sports and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson announced a decision on sport's listed events will be deferred until the end of the digital switchover process in 2013.

National hero: Muttiah Muralitharan is carried on the shoulders of his Sri Lanka team-mates after his final Test match

National hero: Muttiah Muralitharan is carried on the shoulders of his Sri Lanka team-mates after his final Test match

22 Muttiah Muralitharan claimed his 800th Test wicket with his last delivery before retirement, taking the scalp of Pragyan Ojha to bring India's second innings to an end in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill admitted he would not stand in the way of James Milner's move to Manchester City if the Eastlands club met Villa's valuation for the England midfielder. Martin Jol confirmed he was staying with Ajax, ending strong speculation linking him with Fulham.

23 Britain's Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won the 198-kilometre 18th stage of the Tour de France from Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux. It was his fourth stage win of the 2010 Tour and the 14th of his career. France's entire 23-man World Cup squad were suspended for the friendly against Norway on August 11 following their dismal campaign in South Africa. Les Bleus were left in disarray when the players refused to train two days before their final game against hosts South Africa. Manchester United agreed terms with defender Nemanja Vidic on a new 'long-term' contract with the club.

24 Former world snooker champion Alex Higgins died at the age of 61. The Northern Irishman, known as the Hurricane by his many fans, was diagnosed with throat cancer more than 10 years ago. Manchester City completed the signing of left-back Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio after the Serbia international passed his medical. Sunderland completed the signing of Argentinian full-back Marcos Angeleri from Estudiantes for an undisclosed fee.

25 Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim ahead of Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). Ferrari were later fined 100,000 US dollars for a breach of the FIA sporting regulations and the International Sporting Code, relating to Alonso's pass on Massa. Britain's Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, with Spain's Alberto Contador (Astana) claiming overall victory for the third time. Britain's Jo Pavey was ruled out of the European Championships in Barcelona through injury.

No 'i' in team: The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at Hockenheim

No 'i' in team: The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at Hockenheim

26 Real Madrid legend Raul bade an emotional farewell to the club, bringing to an end a 16-year career at the Bernabeu. He later joined German side Schalke. Celtic completed the signing of Mexico international Efrain Juarez, who joined the club on a four-year deal. New Brazil coach Mano Menezes named his first squad since taking over two days previously. It included 11 new faces while there was no place for Kaka.

27 The Argentinian FA confirmed that Diego Maradona would not continue as Argentina coach. Andy Murray parted company with coach Miles Maclagan after almost three years. Liverpool confirmed that Javier Mascherano wanted to leave the club. Britain's Mo Farah and compatriot Chris Thompson finished first and second in the 10,000 metres final at the European Championships in Barcelona.

Just look at his face: Mo Farah celebrates after winning the 5000m at the European Championships in Barcelona

Just look at his face: Mo Farah celebrates after winning the 5000m at the European Championships

28 Mark Lewis-Francis won a shock silver medal for Great Britain in the 100metres final at the European Championships in Barcelona. Celtic lost 3-0 away to Portuguese side Braga in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. Newcastle confirmed they had signed former England centre-half Sol Campbell on a one-year contract.

29 Fulham confirmed Mark Hughes as their new manager, signing a two-year deal to replace Roy Hodgson. David Beckham's spokesman said the former England captain had 'no interest in leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy' and had had no contact with West Ham. Great Britain's Phillips Idowu won the gold medal in the triple jump at the European Championships in Barcelona.

30 England goalkeeper David James surprisingly joined Championship side Bristol City on a free transfer after leaving Portsmouth. At the European Championships in Barcelona, Great Britain's Andy Turner won the gold medal in the 110metres hurdles. Christian Malcolm won a silver medal in the 200metres, while Michael Bingham won silver and Martyn Rooney bronze in the 400 metres. Perri Shakes-Drayton won the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles.

31 Mo Farah completed a 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold double on another superb day for Great Britain at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Jessica Ennis won heptathlon gold, Dai Greene and Rhys Williams completed a Welsh one-two in the 400m hurdles and Michael Rimmer took 800m silver. Ireland's Derval O'Rourke won silver in the women's 100m hurdles. Liverpool re-signed Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio, released by the club earlier in the summer. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. His team-mate Mark Webber was second on the grid, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in third.

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