Millions of people around the world tune in every year to watch some of the best sporting action in Europe. From football to tennis, some of the world’s biggest matches take place in the continent, attracting that worldwide audience. Here you’ll find five of the most important annual events that even people in Australia wake up in the middle of the night to enjoy.
London hosts the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world every June/July, with the world’s best players putting this title above all others – even above the other three Grand slams. The tournament is one of the few in the year played on grass, making it even more unique. Wimbledon is famous for its incredible atmosphere and enthusiastic crowd which always gets behind the home favourite, no matter how badly he is playing. Even non-tennis fans will find this fun to watch.
The Champion’s League Final
The first qualifying rounds of Europe’s most important football tournament begin as early as July, all leading up to the showpiece final at the end of May. This year saw Bayern Munich beating fellow Germans Borrusia Dortmund at Wembley stadium with 360 million people watching a part of the game. Next year’s final will be staged in Lisbon and “staged” is the right word. The pre-match show is as awesome as the game itself, making the night of the final an important date on your calendar each year.
Monaco Grand Prix
Some of Formula 1’s most historic races take place in Europe and none get more important than the Monaco Gran Prix through the streets of Monte Carlo. It is no longer the only street race on the calendar, but it is still the most important. Billionaires will be seen from their yachts as the cars twist and turn through the streets, while everybody else can enjoy the race which is screened around the world.
NFL at Wembley
Yes, even American Football is big in Europe. Every year the NFL brings at least one game to be played in London’s Wembley Stadium with people from both the States and the rest of the UK travelling to see it. This year will see Super Bowl runners-up San Francisco take to the field as they are one of four teams visiting for the 2013 season.
The Grand National
England is home to one of the world’s most renowned horse races which is staged every April near Liverpool. Up to 40 horses race the seven kilometres with 26,000 spectators watching at the race course and many millions more watching their bet develop from television screens around the globe.
If you fancy seeing any of these events up close make sure you do as soon as possible and get your flight bought and accommodation booked. Obviously you are visiting some of the most go to tourist destinations and tourist events so booking everything in advance will allow you to get the places you want to stay and more times than not at a fraction of the cost. I found that GowithOh.com is one site who deal with accommodation across the continent and worth a look if preparing a trip. Also, pop onto travel supermarket to view the cheapest flights and compare the prices across all companies to get the best deals. Then all that’s left to do if get your hands on that golden ticket!