Christmas has been and gone, the new year’s resolutions have been set (and likely already broken) and for many of us it’s back to work. But don’t fear everybody – it’s a new annum in the world of sport and with that comes a whole host of epic sporting events to look forwards to. So, to help you beat the January blues we’ve put together our guide to the biggest sporting events of the year, you’re welcome!
Wwe Royal Rumble – January 29th
In this year’s calendar, January is certainly the cruellest month. So, cure your sporting blues with the annual wrasslin’ free-for-all that is the WWE’s Royal Rumble. This year it’s taking place in San Antonio’s Alamodome and promises to have the largest crowd attendance in the event’s 30 year history. And with legendary participants like The Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar already confirmed, this could be the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane.
Six Nations – February 4th
We affectionately named last year’s Six Nations “England Strikes Back” here at Teams on Tour HQ. Not because we’re huge Star Wars fans or because we think Eddie Jones could scare the rugby balls off Darth Vader, but because we couldn’t have imagined the immense effect the disappointment of the World Cup had on our Red Roses. The boys in white were a team reborn and it will certainly take some doing to match the undefeated Six Nations of 2016.
Superbowl Li – February 5th
For NFL fans, February 5th 2017 will be Christmas come early. For the rest of us, it will be annual-trying-to-figure-out-the-rules-of-American-football-day. Regardless of which camp you fall in, it’s impossible not to be entertained or at least bemused by the annual spectacle of the Superbowl. This year we can expect the contest to be held in the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and a halftime show so big it apparently deserves its own Wikipedia page.
Anthony Joshua Vs Wladimir Klitschko – April 29th
Arguably the biggest fight of the year in the world of boxing, Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko has been the dream meeting for many a fight fan for years now and on April 29th, in England’s very own Wembley Stadium it will finally take place. So whether you’re the type to go down the pub and talk about Joshua’s superb foot movement with your old man or you just like watching hard-as-nails-gents throwing heavy leather, this is one to watch.
Fa Cup Final – May 27th
After the disappointing whitewash of 2015 (Arsenal 4, Aston Villa 0) the FA Cup Final came back in style in 2016 with a nail-biting corker of a match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. Palace led, Pardew danced, United equalised, Pardew looked grumpy, and then one rocket later from Jesse Lingard and the whole affair was over. It’s too early to call who will make the final in 2017, but it’s an event that all the sporting world will be watching.
Wimbledon – July 3rd
The big question heading into Wimbledon 2017 is can (Sir) Andy Murray successfully defend his title? It’s sure to be a hard ask with the likes of All-England Club favourite Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and more hunting him down at the top spot of the tennis rankings. Get your strawberries, cream and Robinson’s squash ready folks, we’re set for an incredible two weeks of sport.
Rugby League World Cup – 27th October
“What is Rugby League?” we hear you ask? This is your perfect chance to find out as England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland sent out their teams to Rugby League’s biggest international competition. But here’s an early hint – it’s like Rugby Union, but faster, and much harder hitting too. Prepare for epic clashes, brutal tackles and, hopefully, a great showing for the British teams.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 26th November
And so the sun sets on another Formula 1 season at Yas Marina – You can’t blame Bernie Ecclestone for continuing to choose this track for his dramatic final race, it’s a masterpiece of race design, with tight bends, roaring straights and some of the most genuinely beautiful views on the F1 circuit once the LED light installations are turned on. But after reigning champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement at the end of the 2016 season, who will step up and claim his racing crown?