7 sporting events you absolutely shouldn’t miss this summer

June 06 2018

It’s safe to say that summer is the season of sport. Once the temperatures rise and the days get longer, audiences are treated to some of the biggest and best sporting events in the world.

This summer is particularly jam-packed with sporting goodness; so much that you could find it tricky to keep up with everything that’s going on. To help you out, we’ve highlighted 7 unmissable events for you to add to your calendar.

FIFA World Cup 2018

Sport: Football

When is it?: 14th June — 15th July

Look out for:

- Opening match (Russia v Saudi Arabia, Thursday 14th June at 16:00 BST)

- England’s first match (England v Tunisia, Monday 18th June at 19:00 BST)

- World Cup final (Sunday 15th July at 16:00 BST)

How to watch:

- ITV

- BBC One

Get ready for the biggest sporting event in the world. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, where thousands of cameras will capture each glorious moment in high-definition for the billion people around the world that will be excitedly tuning in. This year, the list of competing teams is far from conventional. In a shocking turn of events, four-time world champions Italy and three-time finalists the Netherlands failed to make the cut. Instead, we’ll see the debuts of Iceland — who boast one of the best underdog stories of 2016’s Euros (to the dismay of England fans) — and Panama, the team that knocked the US out of qualifying for this year’s tournament. Of course, we’ll all be cheering on the Three Lions in our England gear. Prepare for heartbreak, excitement, and some glorious, glorious goals.

Tour de France

Sport: Cycling

When is it?: 7th to 29th July

Look out for:

- Chris Froome

- Adam Yates

How to watch:

- Eurosport

- ITV4

Winning the Giro D’Italia in May was just another step in Chris Froome’s mission to earn himself a reputation as Britain’s greatest cyclist: he will certainly have his eyes on the prize in the Tour de France. But Froome isn’t Britain’s only shot at first place: also storming the course this year is Adam Yates, who not only finished fourth in the 2016 race but also secured the white jersey for Best Young Rider. This year’s course is as challenging as ever: stage nine is a treacherous 156 km ride over cobbles from Arras to Roubaix while stage 17 promises an explosive 65 km dash around the lofty peaks of the Pyrenees, down towards Col de Portet. A must-watch for any cycling fan.

Triple Grands Prix

Sport: Formula 1

When is it?: 24th June, 1st July and 8th July

Look out for:

- Lewis Hamilton

- Sebastian Vettel

How to watch:

- Sky Sports

- Channel 4

2018 heralds the return of the French Grand Prix to the Formula 1 race calendar for the first time in 10 years — a wonderful return to the birthplace of the event. Racing fans are in for a real treat — the event features three Grand Prix races on three consecutive weekends. After Le Castellet in France on the 24th June, the teams take on Austria’s Red Bull ring on the 1st July and then onto Silverstone on the 8th. As the most successful British driver in the history of the sport, Lewis Hamilton is a shoe-in for victory on the three tracks, but four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is sure to be hot on his heels.

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018

Sport: Hockey

When is it?: 21st July — 5th August

Look out for:

- England’s opening game against India (Saturday 21st July)

How to watch: BT Sport

After Team GB brought home their first-ever gold medal for women’s hockey in the 2016 Rio Olympics, there’s a huge weight of expectation on England to deliver the goods on home soil in what is the biggest hockey event to ever come to London. There’ll be some heated competition, though, particularly from long-time rivals Germany and Rio silver-medallists The Netherlands. The tournament will be hosted at Olympic Park in London, but if you don’t already have tickets, you can watch England’s best players on the silver screen, as all of England’s games sold out as early as March. England opens the competition in what is sure to be a heated match with India on the 21st July.

The British Open

Sport: Golf

When is it?: 19th — 22nd July

Look out for:

- Justin Thomas

- Justin Rose

- Rory McIlroy

How to watch:

- Sky Sports

Since golf’s Olympic debut in 2016, a weight of expectation has been building on Justin Rose, who — since winning the gold for Team GB in Rio — has climbed to the 5th spot in the PGA Tour World Ranking, placing 2nd in the 2017 Masters. The Brit is expected to be one of Europe’s best players, alongside previous world number one Rory McIlroy, in what is sure to be a challenging tournament against an incredibly strong US team. This year, the tournament could be dominated by the formidable Justin Thomas, winner of four PGA Championships in 2017 and crowned world number one in May of this year. The British Open will be hosted at the prestigious Carnoustie course in Scotland, which has a reputation as one of the toughest courses in Britain. The Open tees off on Thursday 19th, so get yourself geared up with our golf accessories.

World T20 (England v India)

Sport: Cricket

When is it?: 3rd — 8th July

Look out for:

- Virat Kohli

- Jos Buttler

How to watch:

- Sky Sports

Virat Kohli, Test batsman and captain for the Indian national cricket team, has recovered from a neck injury to get into shape for India’s showdown with England. Kohli has struck five Test tons in 2017 alone, making him a formidable force for the England team to reckon with. The match will be held at the historic Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester in front of a crowd that will be anxiously anticipating a strong performance from Joe Root’s English side, despite a poor show at Lord’s in late May. On the English side, Jos Buttler could be the man that makes the difference. With a thunderous performance against Pakistan before the Headingley crowds on Sunday, the specialist No. 7 could be England’s secret weapon in a clash between two titans of the game.

Wimbledon

Sport: Tennis

When is it?: 2nd — 15th July

Look out for:

- Wimbledon Women’s Final (14th July)

- Wimbledon Men’s Final (15th July)

How to watch:

- BBC One

- BBC Two

The world’s favourite tennis tournament returns to London this summer with a sensational line-up. Serena Williams has confirmed that she’ll be back on top form just months after the birth of her daughter, Alexis. Also returning are top contenders for the men’s title, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who between them have 36 Grand Slam wins. What’s still up in the air is whether or not Andy Murray will be back to the fight: he’s told reporters that he’ll wait until the “last minute” to decide whether or not he’ll be entering the competition on account of his difficult recovery from surgery earlier this year. The Wimbledon men’s final actually coincides with the FIFA World Cup final this year, which could test allegiances. However, there’s a good chance that the tennis match will finish before kick-off, so we could be in for one of the most exciting days of sport on record.

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