Belushi’s Sports Years: 2003

In the latest edition of our Belushi’s Sport Years series we decided to take it back to 2003, when we celebrated the start of our second decade as a sports bar. Just like the other years we’ll be covering within this series, we’ll pick our favourite sporting highlights for you to enjoy a little nostalgia. (All videos are hosted on YouTube)

Rugby

Where better to start 2003 than with rugby! This was without a doubt England's most successful year ever, as they completed a grand slam in the Six Nations and followed it up by going down under and returning as world champions.

Check out the highlights of this epic final and see Wilkinson slot the winning drop goal in extra time…

Football

In a year without a major international tournament we thought we’d highlight the champions league winners, AC Milan, who took home the trophy after defeating Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford.

In the English Premier League, Manchester United took home the trophy whilst Chelsea defeated Liverpool on the final day of the season to qualify for the final Champions League place. Without this they may not have been bought by billionaire Roman Abramovich!

Here's the Premier League goals of the season...

Cricket

As much as 2003 was England’s year in rugby, it was Australia’s year in cricket. Not only did they smash England 4-1 in the Ashes, they also won the 2003 Cricket World Cup, defeating India by 125 runs in the final.

Watch Ricky Ponting’s memories of the tournament...

Boxing

Not a vintage year by any means but some crackers still with Gatti v Ward 3. Corrie Sanders knocked out a young Wlad Klitschko and Sugar Shane Mosley winning a unanimous decision over Oscar De La Hoya.

Our personal pick though has to be legend Lennox Lewis’ last ever fight against Vitali Klitschko. Here are the two champions discussing the fight...

American football

In the ‘greatest show on turf’ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Fun fact, it was the first time the league's best rated defence faced the league’s best rated offence!

Check out the highlights...

Tennis

Finally we had to include the 2003 Wimbledon final, being the first of  many grand slams that Roger Feder ever won. At the time of writing, the legend has won 20 in total and isn’t set to stop yet!

Check out the highlights from Federer’s first ever grand slam win back in 2003…

Did we miss any of your favourites? Email us at feedback@belushis.com and we’ll consider doing a part two...