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2019 on BT Sport: Our biggest and best year yet

BT Sport broadcast some of the most captivating sport in living memory in 2019 including arguably the greatest Champions League season ever, another electrifying year of UFC and yet another stellar MotoGP season.

What a year 2019 was on BT Sport! Last year we showed a record 14,483 hours of live sport, doubled down on our commitment to push broadcasting boundaries and provided viewers with more ways than ever before to enjoy their favourite sports.

BT Sport made broadcast history by showing the Champions League final in June in HD High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the first time.

2019 also saw the launch of BT Sport Ultimate, the large screen app and a flexible no-contract monthly pass.

What’s more, BT Sport broadcast some of the most captivating sport in living memory in 2019 including arguably the greatest Champions League season ever, an electrifying year of UFC and yet another stellar MotoGP season.

Here, BTSport.com provides a month-by-month recap of BT Sport’s biggest and best year yet.

January

2019 kicked off in style with a feast of elite action from Down Under. The Big Bash continued to thrill with Jason Gillespie’s Adelaide Strikers vying to defend their crown.

The WTA circuit stopped off in Sydney and Hobart as the stars of women’s tennis looked to fine-tune their games ahead of the Australian Open.

Seven English sides battled it out for quarter-final places in rugby’s Champions Cup across two huge weekends of action on BT Sport.

Saracens qualified for the last eight alongside fellow British sides Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, Munster, Leinster, Ulster and French giants Racing 92 and Toulouse.

League One side AFC Wimbledon pulled off a seismic shock when they beat West Ham United of the Premier League 4-2 in the FA Cup fourth round in late January. Wally Downes’ side evoked the Crazy Gang spirit of Wimbledon's famous 1988 FA Cup final win over Liverpool on a famous night in south-west London.

In the Premier League, Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a blow as Newcastle came from behind to beat the defending champions at St. James’ Park.

Sergio Aguero scored in the first minute to give Pep Guardiola’s side the perfect start, but second-half goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie secured a remarkable victory for Rafael Benitez’s men.

February

In February, BT Sport was made accessible in more ways, to more fans, than ever before with the launch of the new large screen app. Customers were able to enjoy all the live BT Sport channels, exclusive highlights and full programmes/shows in one place on Xbox, Samsung Smart TVs and Apple TV.

Australia continued their preparation for the 2019 summer Ashes series with a comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test match in Brisbane.

In the Big Bash final, The Melbourne Stars collapsed spectacularly to hand the Melbourne Renegades their first title in front of 39,184 fans at Marvel Stadium.

In MMA, Israel Adesanya claimed the biggest scalp of his career with a unanimous decision victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 234 after middleweight champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his main event fight with Kelvin Gastelum.

Later that month, Francis Ngannou knocked out Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds at UFC Phoenix.

There were mixed fortunes for the English teams in the Champions League Round of 16. Liverpool could only manage a goalless draw against Bayern in Munich, Manchester City scraped past Schalke 3-2, Manchester United lost 2-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham thrashed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley.

In the Europa League, Chelsea and Arsenal qualified for the Round of 16 but Celtic were dumped out of the competition by Valencia.

March

All four English teams qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals after an astonishing set of Round of 16 second-leg fixtures.

Man Utd staged an incredible comeback to beat Paris St-Germain on away goals, Liverpool beat Bayern 3-1, Man City decimated Schalke 7-0 and Tottenham edged past Dortmund in Germany.

Heavyweight boxing sensation Daniel Dubois won the European title with a second-round KO of Razvan Cojanu at the Royal Albert Hall. There were also wins for Anthony Yarde, Liam Williams and Archie Sharp.

The MotoGP calendar saw the circuit head to Qatar for a thrilling opening race in which Andrea Dovizioso narrowly beat world champion Marc Marquez to finish atop of the podium.

At UFC London Darren Till suffered a shock defeat to Jorge Masvidal at a sold out O2 Arena. The American veteran produced a stunning knockout in the second-round to inflict only the second defeat of the Englishman’s career. Jon Jones defended his world title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235.

Man City kept their quadruple hopes alive after coming from two goals down to beat Swansea in the FA Cup courtesy of a last-gasp Aguero header and Munster, Saracens, Leinster and Toulouse reached rugby’s Champions Cup semi-finals.

April

Tottenham’s incredible victory over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final dominated the headlines in April.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side progressed on away goals after a night of scarcely believable drama in Manchester.

Liverpool eased past Porto but Man Utd were eliminated by Barcelona. Spurs lost the semi-final first-leg against Ajax 1-0 on the last day of the month.

Arsenal and Chelsea qualified for the Europa League semi-finals after impressive wins over Napoli and Slavia Prague, respectively.

Saracens and Leinster set up a mouth-watering Champions Cup final after comfortable victories over Munster and Toulouse.

In a thrilling night at UFC 236, Dustin Poirier defeated featherweight world champion Max Holloway to win the interim lightweight title.

Daniel Dubois continued his rise up the heavyweight rankings with another devastating victory over the Ghanaian Richard Lartey.

In the Bundesliga, Bayern thrashed Dortmund 5-0 to return to the top of the table and for the first time ever BT Sport broadcast cricket’s Indian Premier League.

May

Finals season hit BT Sport with a bang this year as we covered the climax of the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup, Europa League and FA Cup – as well as the Champions League semi-finals, UFC 237, MotoGP and the IPL final.

Liverpool mounted the most remarkable of comebacks against Barcelona in the Champions League to reach the final in Madrid. Trailing 3-0 from the first-leg, Jurgen Klopp’s men won 4-0 at Anfield to dump the Catalans out of the competition.

Not to be outdone, the very next day Lucas Moura scored a dramatic 96th-minute winner to cap an astonishing Tottenham fightback against Ajax and set up an all-English final.

In the Europa League final in far-flung Baku, an Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in the Belgian’s last game for the Blues.

Man City thrashed Watford 6-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup to clinch a domestic treble.

Saracens came from behind to win their third European title in four years with a 20-10 victory over Leinster in the Champions Cup final at Newcastle’s St James’ Park while Clermont beat compatriots La Rochelle to win the Challenge Cup.

Salford City were promoted to the EFL after winning the National League play-off final and Lazio were crowned Coppa Italia champions after beating Atalanta in Rome.

Jessica Andrade beat Rose Namajunas at UFC 237, Marc Marquez won the French MotoGP, Mumbai Indians won a dramatic IPL final and the 25th Speedway GP kicked off in Poland.

June

June began in supreme style on BT Sport with the Champions League and Gallagher Premiership finals on the very same day.

In a broadcast world first, the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool was made available in dazzling HDR on a host of compatible devices. More than 11 million people tuned in to watch Jurgen Klopp’s side win their sixth European crown in Madrid.

Hours earlier Saracens retained their Premiership title after coming from behind to beat Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.

It was a month to remember for boxing fans in June as Josh Warrington defended his world title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad in Sheffield and Tyson Fury dismantled Tom Schwarz inside two rounds in Las Vegas.

At UFC 238 Henry Cejudo added the vacant bantamweight world title to his collection after a thrilling come-from-behind TKO victory against Brazilian Marlon Moraes.

Valentina Shevchenko also produced one of the most spectacular head-kick KOs ever seen against Jessica Eye in the co-main event.

The Spanish pair of Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales won MotoGP races in Catalunya and Assen respectively and Australia were crowned champions of the Men’s FIH Pro League hockey in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

July

In a huge month for combat sports fans, BT Sport broadcast UFC 239, 240 and the massive domestic dust-up between Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman.

Jon Jones made his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon against Thiago Santos in Las Vegas, retaining his light heavyweight world title after a narrow split decision victory over the Brazilian.

Jorge Masvidal also scored the fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren in a welterweight grudge match.

Three weeks later at UFC 240 Featherweight champion Max Holloway produced a dominant display against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in Edmonton.

Dubois continued his assault on the heavyweight division with another win against British rival Nathan Gorman in London. In his toughest assignment to date, Dubois scored a fifth-round KO over 23-year-old Gorman.

Mikael Lawal won Ultimate Boxxer 4 in Manchester after a first-round knockout against Damien Chambers.

Marc Marquez won the German MotoGP, Hearts’ penalty shootout victory over Dundee United was one of seven Betfred Cup ties on BT Sport, and Russia won the Speedway of Nations grand final.

August

The Premier League finally returned in August and BT Sport had exclusive coverage of champions Manchester City’s trip to West Ham’s London Stadium.

The fixture did not disappoint with viewers treated to a thumping 5-0 win for City as Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick got the visitors' title defence off to the perfect start.

Premier League runners-up Liverpool won a thrilling UEFA Super Cup by beating Frank Lampard’s Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Istanbul.

In boxing, rising British star Anthony Yarde was seconds away from a colossal shock against Sergey Kovalev, but the hardened Russian rallied to secure an 11th-round KO in Chelyabinsk.

Stipe Miocic regained the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 241 after stopping Daniel Cormier in their eagerly anticipate rematch.

Rangers continued their perfect start to the Scottish Premiership season with a workmanlike 1-0 victory away at St Mirren and Alex Rins beat Marc Marquez on the line to win the British MotoGP.

September

Millions tuned in to watch our four English teams kick off their Champions League campaigns as Liverpool got off to a stuttering start to their title defence with a 2-0 defeat to Napoli.

Man City beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0, Tottenham drew 2-2 in Olympiacos and Chelsea marked their return to the competition with a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Valencia.

In the Europa League there were opening day wins for Man Utd, Arsenal and Rangers.

A bloodied Tyson Fury survived an almighty scare to outpoint unknown Swede Otto Wallin in Las Vegas after sustaining a nasty cut on the right eye.

Later that month, British champion Daniel Dubois stopped Ebenezer Tetteh inside the first round at the Royal Albert Hall to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title.

At UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated interim champion Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi to retain his lightweight world title.

Also in MMA, England’s Jack Cartwright produced a pair of stunning knockouts at Cage Warriors Unplugged 2 which took place at the BT Sport studios.

Man City beat Man Utd in the first Women’s Super League Manchester derby in front of a record crowd of more than 31,000 at Etihad Stadium.

October

Magical Marc Marquez wrapped up his sixth MotoGP world title with four races to spare after victory in Thailand in October.

Struggling Spurs were demolished 7-2 by Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League before bouncing back with a thumping victory of their own against Red Star.

Liverpool won back-to-back European games against Red Bull Salzburg and Genk to reignite their title defence and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea also impressed on the continent.

The Gallagher Premiership finally returned after England’s galling defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Japan. The opening game saw Bristol Bears thump local rivals Bath 43-16 at a packed Ashton Gate.

Josh Warrington continued his imperious run of form with an emphatic second-round knockout win over Sofiane Takoucht in Leeds in the Briton’s third world title defence.

Champions Sydney FC kicked off the 2019/20 A-League in style with a thrilling 3-2 win over Adelaide United.

The WTA also reached its climax with BT Sport showing action from the Finals in Shenzhen, China as stars from the women’s circuit descended upon East Asia to compete for top honours.

November

BT Sport Ultimate, a brand new channel providing the very best viewing experience available, was launched in November.

BT Sport Ultimate delivers pictures and sound in ultra-high definition (UHD), high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos sound, depending on which platform viewers are using.

Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start as Tottenham manager with a 3-2 victory over West Ham in front of the BT Sport cameras at the London Stadium.

The legendary Portuguese manager then masterminded an incredible comeback against Olympiacos in the Champions League as Spurs scored four unanswered goals to win 4-2.

At UFC 244, Jorge Masvidal claimed the inaugural BMF (Baddest Mother F***er) belt with a win over Nate Diaz and Briton’s Darren Till silences his critics with an impressive victory over Kelvin Gastelum in New York.

Carl Frampton also dropped unbeaten American Tyler McCreary twice en route to a unanimous win in Las Vegas in the Northern Irishman’s first fight in a year.

On this side of the Atlantic, John Riel Casimero stunned Zolani Tete in three rounds to win the WBO bantamweight title at the Midlands Mayhem show in Birmingham.

In Bundesliga’s Der Klassiker, Bayern thrashed Dortmund 4-0 courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski brace, a Serge Gnabry tap-in and a Mats Hummels own-goal.

Premiership rugby champions Saracens won at Gloucester in their first game since being given a 35-point deduction for salary cap breaches.

Australia wrapped up a comprehensive victory inside four days in the first Test against Pakistan in Justin Langer’s first series since the Ashes in England. BT Sport also broadcast the Regional Super50, the domestic one-day competition in West Indies.

December

BT Sport launched the Monthly Pass in December to give all sports fans more ways to watch BT Sport than ever before.

The flexible new no-contract pass is available with BTSport.com and the BT Sport app – and it also includes BT Sport Ultimate at no extra charge.

Celtic earned derby day bragging rights in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park despite Rangers dominating much of the game.

Neil Lennon’s side survived a Rangers onslaught to claim a fourth Scottish League Cup in a row and 10th consecutive domestic trophy in a frenzied atmosphere.

Christmas came early for MMA fans when UFC 245 – featuring three monster world title fights – came around.

Kamaru Usman produced a dramatic late stoppage to beat Colby Covington in a welterweight grudge match, Alexander Volkanovski dethroned long-reigning UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes edged Dutch kickboxing star Germaine de Randamie.

Daniel Dubois ended the year with another devastating KO against Kyotaro Fujimoto on the same night Liam Williams and Love Island star Tommy Fury caught the eye with impressive wins.

In European football, Borussia Dortmund played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig and Lazio won the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Big Bash kicked off in style with a convincing win for Sydney Thunder over Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

The Champions League group stage also came to a close with all four English teams securing their place in the knockout stages of the competition, while Man Utd, Arsenal, Rangers, Celtic and Wolves all advanced through to the last-32 of the Europa League.

There is much, much more to come in 2020 with action from the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Gallagher Premiership, Heineken Champions Cup, Premiership Rugby Cup, UFC, WWE, World Rally Championship and MotoGP.

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