5 of Europe’s Top Sports Events in 2013
After the sporting treat that 2012 was with Euro2012, an Olympics and a lot more excitement on offer, 2013 just doesn’t look as exciting. But take a closer look at what’s in store and you’ll quickly see that there is actually plenty to look forward to in Europe’s Sporting Calendar. Here are 5 events you should look out for:
Six Nations Rugby – Rome
Only keen rugby fans will know that March the 16th is a special day in sport. It’s the last day of the Six Nations rugby tournament with all six teams in action to claim the top prize.
It all kicks off in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico at lunchtime as Italy host title contenders Ireland. The other four teams play later in the day. If all goes their way, then it could be the Irish celebrating a tournament victory in Rome – or even the Italians if they pull off a big shock over the course of the tournament.
The French Open – Paris
Roland Garros’ French Open Tennis Championship is always an exciting couple of weeks. And with so many players playing some of the best tennis we’ve ever seen, it could be even more worth watching next year.
The first Grandslam of the year comes with the Australian Open in Melbourne, but when the players take to the clay of Roland Garros in May, you know tennis is well and truly back.
Novak Djokovic is of course a favourite, while Roger Federer proved he still the talent that has made him the most successful player of all time by winning Wimbledon in 2012. Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay will defen
d his crown after many months injured on the sidelines and Olympic and US Open Champion Andy Murray will be looking to add to his recent impressive haul.
Champions League Final – London
Wembley stadium will host the Champions League final for the second time in three years in May. All the usual giants of Europe will be looking to win the title with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Barcelona all still involved in the tournament.
Barcelona won the final held at Wembley two years ago and after disappointment last year against Chelsea, they will be keen to get back to winning ways in Europe’s top football tournament.
Fans can also be encouraged by the fact that tickets will be cheaper than they were in 2011. So although getting your hands on them will be just as tricky, it won’t hurt the wallet as much if you do!
Spanish Grand Prix – Barcelona
Formula 1 returns to Europe with the Spanish Grand Prix on May 12. The unstoppable Sebastian Vettel will surely be in the hunt for maximum points, as will 2012 runner-up and home favourite Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari.
With the Grand Prix through the streets of Valencia taken of the calendar for 213, this will be the only visit to Spain that the circus of F1 makes this year. So if you fancy watching some fast cars in the warm Spanish sun, then this is your chance.
With the track just outside of Barcelona, it’s the perfect location for a sporting/sightseeing break.
Berlin Marathon – Berlin
This September will mark the 40th anniversary of the Berlin marathon. The Berlin course is considered one of the easiest and fastest in the world so it’s no surprise that the current world record was set there in 2011.
And if you fancy running yourself then you have several months before the big day to train. So there is no excuse for you not to be among the runners jogging past the Brandenburg Gate this September.
Whether you get to go to one or several of these events, it’s worth knowing that Go with Oh offer self-catering apartments in all five of these cities. So if you’re looking for somewhere to stay for the big event, then that’s a good place to start looking!