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Best of 2016 [6]: The Patriarch is back

What the sports year had not to offer! Triumph, disappointment, scandal– it was all 2016! We let Revue pass the past twelve months.

Today in the annual ranking: Places 25 to 21! A rising star in the racing world, a spectacular return and a long-awaited championship

Place 25: Max Verstappen will be the youngest Grand Prix winner of all time

What a career leap! Another race before, 18-year-old Max Verstappen was on the road in the middle-class Toro-Rosso-Boliden and fought for rankings under the first ten. After the Red Bull pilot Daniil Kvyat was demoted from the Red Bulls to the second team after several driving errors, there was a cockpit change with the Dutch teenager. And Verstappen had it shot directly on May 15th!

Immediately in the first race for the top team, the son of former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen drove to Spain for the first Grand Prix victory of his career. The Youngster took advantage of a spectacular start-up crash by the superstars and WM duelers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who shot themselves a few seconds after the start of the track.

Hiding was first in second place behind team colleague Ricciardo, then drove to victory thanks to a tactical and driving masterpiece. In the end he triumphed after 66 laps in front of the Ferrari pilots Racing Kings and Vettel and secured the entry in the history books.

Place 24: Uli Hoeness is again president of FC Bavaria

It was a comeback with announcement. On the 25th of November, Uli Hoeness was re-elected president of the FC Bavaria Munich, 270-day after his release from prison. Even before his imprisonment 2014, the club icon of the German record master had made it clear that it was not yet!” With a slap on the wrist it went back to the top of the club: 97 percent of the members present voted for the convicted tax offender.

The 64-year-old announced that he would now put his full attention and enthusiasm back into the FC Bavaria. As he had done since the 1970s as a player, then as manager, president and chairman of the Supervisory Board. In his opening speech Hoeness also immediately followed a battle story in the direction of RB Leipzig. From his harsh statement “We have a second enemy besides Dortmund, whom we can now finally attack again” he distanced himself again shortly thereafter, Leipzig is now known as “opponent and rival”.

Place 23: Chris Froome wins the Tour de France for the third time

He is the dominator of the toughest and most famous cycling race in the world in recent years. Christopher Froome won the Tour de France for the third time after 2013 and 2015, thanks to a sensational single performance and a superior team performance. The British took the yellow jersey of the overall leader with a stage victory at the eighth part of this year’s “Grand Boucle” through France, The Champs-Elysees won the championship fifteen days later.

In the end, the best mountain rider of the French Tour won by far with over four minutes ahead of the French Romain Bardet and the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Froomes collides with a motorcycle during the ascent to the legendary Mont Ventoux. After the accident, Froome had to walk up the mountain for agonizing seconds before getting a spare bike and still making it to the finish line.

Square 22: Mercedes secures the designer WM

What a season of silver arrows! Already five races before the end of the season, Nico Rosberg was the first and Lewis Hamilton was the third to win the World Championship for the Mercedes Race. In the end, the German team won the 9th of October in the 19th of the 21st season and for the third time in a row put on the crown of the best designer.

The praise of the Mercedes bosses was overwhelming: “I congratulated everyone. We just stand up and give stupid interviews, but the team in the box is doing the right job,”cheered Supervisor Niki Lauda. And te am leader Toto Wolff also confirmed: “A really great team with super motivation.”

Place 21: Rhein-Neckar lions will become German handball champions

Finally at the goal! After eight top five rankings in a row, the Rhine-Neckar Lions have finally reached their desired goal on June 5th and have secured the first championship title of the club history. The team from Kronau-Oestringen won the German championship for the first time at Mannheim.

The great architects of the title winning at the lions were mainly middleman and “MVP” Andy Schmid, who played a superb season as a drummer and performer, and Uwe Gensheimer, the club champion. Gensheimer announced his departure to Paris at the end of the season after thirteen years of club loyalty. The best goalkeeper in the history of the club led the Rhine-Neckar lions as captain and matured in Mannheim for the world class. After the championship, the 30-year-old showed himself to be completely dissolved: “It is indescribable what is happening in all of us now. Everyone knows our history and how long we have worked for it.”

Read more in the following sections:

Place 30 to 26: BVB Ballmen & golden throw
Place 35 to 31: The fastest man in the country
Place 40 to 36: Ciao Miro & Pogba reUnited
Place 45 to 41: The captain says Servus
Place 50 to 46: Why does the machine become