Many might consider the summer of 2012 as the apotheosis of sporting brilliance; an abundance of major tournaments are coming up, several of which will be held in London. And what’s more, we will of course be treated to the regulars that are a yearly occurrence. With this, MouthLondon delves into the top five sporting events to look forward to this summer.
5. The Champions League Final
…may well see an El Classico…
Marking football fans’ calendars since 1955, the final of the European Cup (Champions League since 1992) never fails to entertain the masses. Last year’s final saw Barcelona triumph over Manchester United at Wembley and this year’s fixture may well see an El Classico encounter. A night to remember is guaranteed.
…most prestigious Grand Slam…
The home of tennis will host the most prestigious Grand Slam in the game from 25 June – 8 August. After already being treated to Roland Garros and Queen’s, tennis fans will be able to witness the best players on the tour fight it out for their most desired trophy. The men to watch will be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and home favourite, Andy Murray, as ever. Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and the Williams sisters will no doubt be the key figures in the women’s draw.
3. Euro 2012
…expect a lot from the Dutch…
For followers of international European football, the Euros may well be the main event of the upcoming summer. Played every four years and the biggest tournament since the last World Cup, Euro 2012 will be highly anticipated by players, coaches and supporters alike. Spain are many people’s favourites, but expect a lot from the Dutch and even more from the Germans. The fate of France and Italy will also surely affect the tournament’s final outcome. As for England, stripped of a captain and subsequently a manager, tournament success would be very timely.
2. The Olympics
…something for everyone…
Perhaps the highlight of 2012: the London Olympic Games. Whatever your thoughts on the logo, whoever your favoured nation for medals, the city (and the rest of the world with it) will be at one to witness the showcasing of more sports than you can imagine. From table tennis to swimming, and shot put to football, there will be something for everyone in this year’s Olympics. Moreover, who can forget the men’s 100m final? That man, Usain Bolt, will be on the hunt for more world records – blink and you’ll miss him.
1. The Paralympics
…well into the billions.
Along with the Olympics, London will also host the Paralympics, and the combined audience of the two will be well into the billions. From 29 August – 9 September, 20 Paralympics sports will be contested by the best disabled athletes in the world: all in our home city and all broadcast extensively on Channel Four. The event is the first of its kind to be hosted in London and will provide a memorable fortnight to end a scintillating summer of sport. What more is there to say except: tune in!