September 2013: Bale out

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 16:40 GMT

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in September, as Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for £85.3million.

Gareth Bale was unveiled at Real Madrid in September
Gareth Bale was unveiled at Real Madrid in September

September 1: Gareth Bale finally completed his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a world record fee understood to be 100million euros (£85.3million).

Andy Murray beat Florian Mayer 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 6-2 in the US Open third round.

Liverpool and Arsenal enjoyed 1-0 Premier League wins over bitter rivals Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.

2 Arsenal completed the signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil in what was understood to be a club-record £43million move from Real Madrid.

Manchester United completed the protracted signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton, paying £27.5million to secure the services of the highly-rated Belgium international.

Gareth Bale was presented as a Real Madrid player after completing his record-breaking move from Tottenham.

3 Eoin Morgan hit a superb century against his native Ireland to ensure his adopted country England won by six wickets with seven overs to spare in the RSA Challenge one-day international in Dublin.

Former European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton, the 32-year-old younger brother of former world champion Ricky, announced his retirement from boxing.

Former Germany and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger retired at the age of 31 after a series of injury problems.

4 Greg Dyke set England the target of lifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but added in his maiden speech as Football Association chairman that he feared there soon will not be enough English players in the Premier League to compete on the international stage.

England striker Wayne Rooney posted a picture online of the head injury that ruled him out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, along with a message to those questioning his withdrawal from Roy Hodgson's squad.

Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal advanced to the men's semi-finals at the US Open.

5 Andy Murray's US Open title defence came to an end in the quarter-finals with a straight-sets defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss number two dumped the Scot 6-4 6-3 6-2 at Flushing Meadows.

England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Southampton striker Rickie Lambert would start the following day's World Cup qualifier against Moldova after Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge joined Wayne Rooney on the sidelines.

Wales boss Chris Coleman was delayed in travelling to Skopje for the World Cup qualifier against Macedonia after losing his passport.

6 Danny Welbeck scored twice as England beat Moldova 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley but the Manchester United forward picked up a yellow card which would see him banned for the game in Ukraine four days later. Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert also scored.

Gareth bale was an unused substitute as Wales were defeated 2-1 away to Macedonia and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal beat Northern Ireland 4-2 despite finishing the game with 10 men. Northern Ireland finished the game with nine men. Scotland were defeated 2-0 at home by Belgium and the Republic of Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sweden.

The first NatWest one-day international between England and Australia was washed out without a ball being bowled at Headingley.

7 Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics after beating Istanbul 60-36 in the decisive vote. Madrid had been eliminated in the first round of voting.

World number one Novak Djokovic came from a set down to reach the final of the US Open, beating Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3 6-4. The Serb booked a meeting with Rafael Nadal, who beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of England's vital 2014 World Cup qualifier with a thigh injury.

8 Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 to win the US Open women's singles title.

The United States beat Great Britain and Ireland to regain the Walker Cup.

Ricky Burns had titanium plates inserted into the jaw he broke and fought for 10 rounds with against Raymundo Beltran.

9 Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal won the US Open men's singles title with a 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory over Serbian top seed Novak Djokovic in the final at Flushing Meadows.

The Football Association confirmed England defender Kyle Walker would not face any disciplinary action after he was pictured inhaling nitrous oxide.

Nottinghamshire advanced through to the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition after completing an eight-wicket victory over Somerset at Trent Bridge.

10 England drew 0-0 with Ukraine in their World Cup qualifying match in Kiev. It ensured England remained top of Group H with two games left.

Scotland won 2-1 in Macedonia, Wales lost 3-0 to Serbia and Northern Ireland went down 3-2 to Luxembourg.

Thomas Bach was elected the new president of the International Olympic Committee, replacing Jacques Rogge.

11 Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli left their roles as Republic of Ireland manager and assistant by mutual consent following the 1-0 World Cup qualification defeat by Austria.

The third NatWest Series match between England and Australia was abandoned because of rain after only 15.1 overs were possible at Edgbaston. It meant Australia led the series 1-0 with two to play.

Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard announced his retirement from cricket after 67 Tests and 248 Test wickets.

12 Former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil was presented as an Arsenal player saying: "I cannot promise to win trophies, but I can promise that as a team we will give our all to win trophies."

Wigan booked their place in the last four of the Super League play-offs with a 22-8 win at Huddersfield.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko made his debut on golf's Challenge Tour with a 12-over-par first round.

13 Jim Furyk carded a historic 59 on day two of the BMW Championship in Illinois. The 12-under-par card at Conway Farms represented only the sixth sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.

Andy Murray defeated Borna Coric 6-3 6-0 6-3 in Great Britain's World Group play-off against Croatia, who levelled the tie at 1-1 after day one when Ivan Dodig breezed past Dan Evans 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Hull beat Catalan Dragons 14-4 to remain in the Super League play-offs.

14 Gareth Bale made a goalscoring debut for Real Madrid but they were held to a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.

Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League, Wayne Rooney with the second goal on his comeback from a head injury. Everton beat Chelsea 1-0 while there were also wins for Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle.

England beat Australia by three wickets to level their one-day international series at 1-1 with one to play.

15 Southampton drew 0-0 with West Ham in the Premier League.

Great Britain returned to the Davis Cup World Group with a 4-1 victory over Croatia.

Jonny Brownlee had to settle for world triathlon silver after being beaten by one second by Spain's Javier Gomez in a sprint finish at the Grand Final in London. Injured brother Alistair finished fourth.

Mo Farah came second behind Kenenisa Bekele in the Great North Run.

16 Snooker's former world number five Stephen Lee was found guilty of seven match-fixing offences.

Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic was banned for nine months after a positive test earlier in the year for a banned stimulant.

England lost the fifth and final one-day international against Australia by 49 runs and the series 2-1.

17 Manchester United and Manchester City began their Champions League campaigns with victories, Wayne Rooney scoring his 200th goal for United in a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen while Yaya Toure's strike highlighted a 3-0 City win away to Viktoria Plzen.

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the stage three time trial to move to the top of the general classification in the Tour of Britain.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi should not face punishment for a prank during the British and Irish Lions' visit to Downing Street.

18 Chelsea's Champions League campaign ended in a 2-1 home defeat to Basle, while Celtic went down to a 2-0 defeat at AC Milan. Arsenal fared better, goals from Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey seeing them to a 2-1 win in Marseille.

Premier League champions Manchester United reported record revenues of £363million for the 12 months to June 2013.

British champion Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in an exciting end to the Tour of Britain's fourth stage.

19 Swansea beat Valencia 3-0 in the Europa League, with Tottenham seeing off Tromso by the same scoreline.

Boxing mourned the passing of Ken Norton.

Huddersfield beat Hull 74-18 in their Super League play-off eliminator.

20 Lancashire claimed promotion back to LV= County Championship One after a draw against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Leeds claimed a thrilling 11-10 win over St Helens in their Super League preliminary semi-final.

Surrey were relegated to LV= County Championship Division Two after they lost to Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

21 Chelsea went to the top of the Premier League as goals by Oscar and Jon Obi Mikel guided them to a 2-0 win over Fulham. Everton remained the only unbeaten Premier League team with victory at West Ham while there were also wins for Southampton, Hull, Aston Villa and West Brom.

Nottinghamshire claimed their first Lord's one-day final win since 1989 as they beat Glamorgan by 87 runs in the YB40 final.

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye pulled out of his planned bout against Tyson Fury after suffering a deep cut while sparring.

22 Manchester United suffered a 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Paolo Di Canio's turbulent reign as Sunderland manager came to an end.

Sir Bradley Wiggins completed victory in the Tour of Britain as Mark Cavendish won the 88-kilometre eighth and final stage in central London.

23 Monty Panesar was named in England's 17-man squad for the Ashes series in Australia along with uncapped trio Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin.

Wigan announced that Sam Tomkins would leave the club at the end of the year to move to Australia's National Rugby League after the England full-back had signed a three-year deal with New Zealand Warriors.

Noel King was appointed as the Republic of Ireland's interim senior manager.

24 Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea all progessed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with wins over Wigan, Aston Villa and Swindon respectively.

Former England batsman Owais Shah retired from first-class cricket.

David Haye rearranged his domestic heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury for February 8, 2014.

25 Snooker player Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing.

Sir Ben Ainslie helped steer Oracle Team USA to the 34th America's Cup, completing one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of all time having been 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand at one stage.

Luis Suarez makes comeback from 10-match ban in Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup third round,

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has to settle for second place behind Germany's Tony Martin in the Road World Championships time-trial victory in Florence.

26 Warrington moved into their second consecutive Super League Grand Final with a 30-22 win over Warrington.

Derbyshire were relegated to LV= County Championship Division Two after they suffered a crushing innings defeat to Warwickshire at the County Ground.

Forward Gareth Ellis announced his retirement from international rugby league, ruling himself out of the World Cup, after playing 22 games for England as well as winning 17 caps for Great Britain.

27 Wigan beat Leeds 22-12 to reach the Super League Grand Final.

British Cycling president Brian Cookson beat Pat McQuaid in the vote for the International Cycling Union presidency.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi appeared at a court in Catalonia to answer questions relating to tax evasion.

28 Arsenal went top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Swansea while Manchester United and Manchester City lost to West Brom and Aston Villa respectively.

Nigel Clough was sacked as Derby manager following a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Hawthorn won the Australian Rules Grand Final by 15 points against Fremantle in front of 100,007 fans at the MCG in Melbourne.

29 Luis Suarez marked his return to Barclays Premier League action with a double as Liverpool beat bottom-of-the-table Sunderland 3-1 to move into second.

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a new world record as he powered to victory in Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Kipsang finished in a time of two hours three minutes and 23 seconds to break the previous record set by compatriot Patrick Makau in Berlin in 2011.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome was unable to end his memorable season on a high after pulling out of the men's road race at the World Championships in Tuscany.

30 Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was appointed as Galatasaray manager.

Derby confirmed Steve McClaren as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill warned the Rugby Football Union that player loyalty will reside with the clubs rather than England should their allegiance become a battleground in the dispute over European competition.


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