2020 was a disruptive year for sports but, thankfully, many major sporting events are returning in 2021. Here are the key ones sporting fans the world over are hotly anticipating.
February 7: Super Bowl LV
The highlight of the sporting year for many fans is just around the corner. The 55th Super Bowl sees defending champions Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their home stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Chiefs have produced some impressive performances during the regular season and they are favorites to win, but the Buccaneers could come out on top yet. To keep up with the latest news and odds, check out this helpful guide to Super Bowl betting.
21 March – 5 December: Formula One World Championship
The final may be a long way away, but the 2021 Formula One World Championship is set to get underway in March. The calendar consists of 23 races around the world. Having recently matched Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, Lewis Hamilton will be doing everything he can to win the 2021 world championship.
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April 8 – 11: Masters Tournament
The 85th edition of the Masters Tournament is the first of the four major golfing championships due to be held in 2021. The others being May’s PGA Championship, June’s US Open, and July’s The Open Championship. The 2021 Masters Tournament will be held at the iconic course of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Dustin Johnson will be hoping to hold on to his 2020 win, but no one has achieved a successive win since Tiger Woods in 2002, so Johnson has his work cut out.
11 June – 11 July: Euro 2020
Soccer fans the world over are eagerly anticipating this year’s UEFA European Football Championship for two reasons. Firstly, the tournament was postponed from last year, so fans have been waiting a long time. And despite the competition now being held in 2021, it will still be named Euro 2020. Secondly, as a romantic gesture to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European football championships, the tournament is uniquely taking place across numerous European cities, like Rome, Baku, and Bilbao, with England’s Wembley Stadium hosting the final.
28 June – 11 July: Wimbledon Championships
The third Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Wimbledon Championships, is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments on the planet. Defending singles champions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will be hoping to cling on to their title at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London. But whether they can manage to do so remains to be seen.
23 July – 8 August: The 2020 Summer Olympics
The biggest and longest-running sporting competition on the planet is due to return in 2021, having been postponed for the very first time in its modern history. Despite the 2020 Olympics now being held in 2021, the games are still being called the 2020 Summer Olympics. The multi-sport event will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo 2020 will see several new competitions being introduced, including freestyle BMX, 3×3 basketball, and baseball. The games will also see karate, surfing, and skateboarding making their Olympics debuts.
November 5 – 6: The Breeders’ Cup
Rounding off the international horse racing calendar in November is the prestigious Breeders’ Cup. The best horses and jockeys in the world will be heading to the iconic racing venue of Del Mar in San Diego. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic won the Classic in 2020, but he has now retired, so he will not be back to compete. However, plenty of other horses and jockeys are waiting to step up to the plate.