It may not have been one the best of years so far for sports fans in Sunderland.
However, while European glory may be the last thing on the mind of the city's football team, one club is leading the way on the international stage.
Four members of the Sendai Kushiro Karate Team and one member of the Ronin Karate Club have just returned from the European Karate Championships in Portugal. As Kenny Toal reports it was a successful trip.
A teenager from Chester-le-Street in County Durham, has made it to the World Karate Championships. Ryan Spencer, who has a rare bone condition, trains in Sunderland and is one of the club's five members to be going to Liverpool for the championship competition.
8-year-old Lola Cassidy has set her sights on Olympic glory in Tokyo in 2020. She only took up Martial Arts 18 months ago and is already proving to be a big success.
A girl from Sunderland has won 3 karate golds medals and she's not even 10 years old yet. Eleisha Mitchinson put up a good fight and collected 3 gold medals and a bronze at the English Karate Federation National Championships.
Eleisha has been learning the martial art since she was 4 years old, she is one step away from becoming a black belt with the help of her instructor who is also her father.
Eleisha Jane Mitchinson from Sunderland is not even ten-years-old and she is already a karate champion. She has just won three gold medals and a bronze at the English Karate Federation National Championships.
Eleisha's father runs karate clubs in Sunderland and Tyneside. In the Sheffield competition, Eleisha won an individual gold and two team golds with her eight & nine-year-old friends. She also won a team bronze.
The club won six golds which is more than any other club.