The Edit’s guide to 2013’s Biggest Sporting Events
2012 was a massive year for sport. Murray’s tears and triumphs, the Ryder Cup team’s unbelievable comeback, the spectacle of the Olympics and perhaps most importantly the failing of England at a major international tournament. Just in case you’re worried 2013 will look pale in comparison, The Edit have compiled a year round calendar of sporting events with each month providing at least one exciting event. Book the couch, get the beers in, order the pizza and most importantly…enjoy.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL Superbowl XLVII/ 3rd Feb – Although it takes place in early morning UK time and many will be unfamiliar with the sport, there is no doubting the fact that it is one of the most exciting spectacles in world sport. Plus Beyonce will be preforming at half time. Need there be another reason?
Champions League First Knockout Round/ 12-13th Feb/19th Feb – 2nd March/ 5-6th March, 12-13th – The stage where the world’s most exciting football tournament gets REALLY exciting. The added excitement is that Scotland has a representative in Celtic taking on Italian giants Juventus.
Boat Race London/ 31st – Love it or hate it, the Oxford v Cambridge boat race is a spectacle to say the least, and can always provide some excitement. Such as last year when the race had to be halted while a man took a casual swim between the two boats.
Grand National meeting at Aintree/ 4 -6th – A very controversial event, more so in the past couple of years, but who can resist a flutter on the biggest day of the jump racing calendar? Look out for tips coming from all angles, before finding out your horse is more use in a Tesco burger.
Golf US Masters/ 11-14th – The Masters at Augusta is one of the most exciting events in the golfing calendar, always providing some last day jitters and some emphatic golfing. Bubba Watson is the current champion but it is open season for possible challengers.
World Snooker Championships/ 20th – 6th May – To some Snooker may look boring, but settle down to watch it and you won’t be disappointed. Always an exciting tournament, especially in the latter stages, this year’s looks to be one of the best yet with any one of 16 players perfectly able to secure the title.
FA Cup Final/ 11th – May is the month of big football finals with all he leagues coming to a close, but the FA Cup is the big draw. Nobody can question ‘the Magic of the Cup’ and the final has thrown up some of the greatest footballing moments.
Champions League Final/ 25th – The Champions League final is possibly the reason for the invention of beer, take away food and 3D TV’s, so this is the perfect opportunity to get your mates round for the biggest game in the football calendar.
Confederations Cup/ 15 – 30th Not the biggest international football event but still good for a rather football thirsty Summer, look for some bright talents emerging.
Wimbledon Championships/ 24th – 7th July – the fortnight when every Brit becomes a tennis fanatic and eats copious amounts of strawberries washed down with too much Pimm’s …maybe 2013 will be the year Murray Mound finally celebrates?
Golf The Open – The Claret Jug, the oldest of the four majors, is the one every golfer strives to win. Always a challenge for the Americans not used to the rough links conditions, the tournament usually provides some home pride. This year it takes place in the Home of Golf, Scotland, at Muirfield in East Lothian. Look for slightly less sun and a lot more rain than the US version.
Athletics Word Championships/ 10 – 18th – Who can resist a glimpse at a certain Mr Bolt whizzing around the track. Nuff said.
International Friendly: England v Scotland (Wembley) / 14th – An important fixture in history, supercharged by the independence debate. Kilts, saltires and blue face paint will be an ever present fixture in London on this day, as will drunk Scots and Tennents Lager.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL NFL: Minnesota Vikings v Pittsburgh Steelers (Wembley)/ 29th – London drags the states a little bit closer as the NFL is brought to Wembley. This is a great opportunity for British NFL fans to experience the sport up close and personal.
RUGBY LEAGUE Super League Grand Final (Old Trafford)/ 5th – A main event for Rugby League fans in what is always a heated and passionate game, definitely a must watch.
FORMULA ONE Brazilian Grand Prix/ 24th – It’s the last date on the Formula One calendar, and for this reason it’s a race that always proves to provide the passionate and intense atmosphere that F1 is famed for. Last time out this venue proved successful for the Brits, with Jenson Button finishing first and Lewis Hamilton recording the fastest lap. 2013 may provide a winning platform for one of the former team mates.
FOOTBALL Club World Cup/ 11-21st – In what is usually a quiet month in the world of sport, the Club World Cup is always a spectacle where fans can watch the champions from each continent battle it out for the title of World Champions. Although not always the most competitive, the tournament makes up for this in it showcase of world talent. And who knows, there might even be a Scottish team involved.
By Sean McGee