As well as the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, there is a Team of the Year award up for grabs, which was won last year by the Great Britain Davis Cup team. This year, the potential nominees range from team GB to international and domestic football teams. We’ve taken a look at who the bookies think will win this year’s award from those nominees.
Leicester City had a remarkable year when they won the 2015/16 Premier League against all odds. Unless you've been hiding under a rock you'll know that before the season began they were 5000/1 to win the league but Claudio Ranieri managed to lead them to their first title. During the season, Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive games, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12 year record. Leicester’s achievement was recognised across the world, with many acknowledging that such an achievement against the odds will probably never happen again.
The women's Olympic hockey team won their first ever gold at Rio this year. After a dramatic 3-3 draw, the final went to penalties, where keeper Maddie Hinch made a string of remarkable saves against the Dutch. They finished the competition with an 100% record after winning all of their eight games.
In total, the British Cycle team claimed 12 medals, with six of them gold. Jason and Laura Kenny were two of the stand-out performers in the British Cycle team, claiming five gold medals between them. Jason claimed his sixth Olympic gold with a treble, whilst Laura won her fourth Olympic gold and retained her omnium title.
Chris Coleman took Wales to their first European Championship and they managed to reach the Semi-Finals, where they were beaten by Portugal. They picked up notable wins against Russia and Belgium, a match in which Robson-Kanu scored one of the goals of the tournament. They were inspired by Gareth Bale, who finished as the second joint top-scorer, while Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen also put in a string of solid performances as they gained a place in the Uefa Team of the Tournament.
England had a year which many of us will want to forget as quickly as possible. After a perfect qualification record on their way to Euro 2016, they suffered an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 and Roy Hodgson quickly resigned as the manager of the national team. Sam Allardyce was appointed his successor but after just one game and 67 days in charge, he left the job after an undercover sting. Gareth Southgate is the latest man to accept the most difficult role in football; surely things can only get better for England in 2017.