Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The Summer of Sport

Spring has finally sprung – both ’officially’ and in reality, and now is a time to look forward to the warmer months ahead. And for a sports nut like me, that means a host of great events to anticipate.

This coming summer will see the biggest event of them all – The FIFA World Cup, which is being hosted by South Africa. This will be by far the largest sports event ever to take place on the African continent, and promises to be a spectacular tournament. The opening game will take place in Johannesburg on June 11th and will feature the hosts taking on Mexico. Some 32 nations will compete over the following month through the group stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final itself to be crowned World Champions on July 11th. Spain and Brazil are the current favourites, but there are plenty of other genuine contenders to claim the trophy.

The first major tournament of this sporting season will be the US Masters, which as always takes place in Augusta, Georgia. This year the big focus will obviously be on Tiger Woods’ return to golfing action after his personal troubles that came to light very publicly on Thanksgiving last year. What price a Tiger win in his first event back? The Masters is my favourite golf tournament of the year and Augusta is a beautiful course. Getting to go there in person one year is definitely on my To Do list.

And then there is what is often referred to as the Great British Summer of Sport, featuring such events as The Boat Race, The Grand National, the London Marathon, the FA Cup Final, the Derby, Wimbledon, the British Open and the British Grand Prix.

Here are some of the important dates to note:

The Boat Race The Thames, London April 3
US Masters Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia April 8 - 11
Grand National Aintree, Liverpool April 10
London Marathon London April 25
FA Cup Final Wembley Stadium, London May 15
Football League Play-Off Finals Wembley Stadium, London May 22, 29, 30
The Derby Epsom Downs, Surrey June 5
FIFA World Cup South Africa June 11 - July 11
Royal Ascot Ascot, Berkshire June 15 – 19
Wimbledon Wimbledon, London June 21 - July 4
British Grand Prix Silverstone, Northamptonshire July 11
British Open St Andrews, Scotland July 15 - 18
England Test Cricket Series England July 29 - August 30

And then finally, and I accept this is way after the summer will have ended, there will be the Ryder Cup. This year it will be played at Celtic Manor in South Wales from October 1st to 3rd, and the Europeans will be out to avenge the heavy defeat that they suffered at Valhalla back in 2008. The captains this year will be Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie and I am sure the competition will be as white-hot as usual.

I just can’t wait


Jacqueline said...

Wimbledon is always a favorite. :-)

Brit Boy said...

Yes, Wimbledon is a massive faourite for me too. We did apply for tickets again this year, but it's looking like we weren't lucky this time round in the ballot draw.

Deana Wilmink-Martina said...

Hi Britboy, I live in a house with 3 gentlemen. I'm the only lady here in the house, so you can imagine I'm a lady interested in football.

The National Team of the Nethrlands will also participate in South Africa.We are all very interested in that big tournament.

My question is, who do you think will become the Worldchampion?
Do you have an idea?

Brit Boy said...

Hi Deana

As always, Brazil have to be one of the hot favourites and Spain have a very strong team and are the European Champions.

The Netherlands also have a strong team, and England were lucky to get a draw when they played each other recently.

England have a lot of injuries which may count against them.

But as usual, it will be a fiercely fought tournament and the winner may well be from somewhere else!

Less than 50 days to go now, and I am so looking forward to it!!

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