PrettyGreen’s Top Sporting Events of 2019
2018 was a great year for sport with the Russia World Cup taking centre stage. Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League title, Angelique Kerber piped Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon, Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record of most poles in a F1 calendar year, as well as many other notable events.
2019 will be no slump year though, this year we, as spectators will be treated a host of special sporting events. Grab a seat, fire up the TV, laptop or phone and get ready to be wow’d. Here are our top sporting events for this year…
Superbowl 53: (February 3rd)
This February the 2019 Superbowl returns and it is set to be a historical one with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots returning to the final in Atlanta, Georgia against the Los Angeles Rams. With the oldest quarterback (Tom Brady) in the league facing up against the youngest (Jared Golf), this matchup should be one to remember! Although us Brits like to stick to OUR football rather than the American style this sporting event is definitely one to watch, the Superbowl proves to a spectacle every year filled with entertainment and controversy, this year Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi host the infamous half time show!
Masters: (April 11th – 14th)
The Masters is always a memorable event for any golfing fan, this year marks the 83rd edition of the tournament taking place in Augusta USA. Patrick Reed took the title in 2018 although Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth will be hoping to come away with more than a runner up trophy this year. So many questions will be asked by golfing fans this year as the tournaments are set to make or break players years, will Phil Mickelson rise back into the Top 50? Can Jordan Speith push for world number one? Who’s going to break out and be the one to watch last year as Reed did? We’ll have to watch it all unfold as this year goes on.
NBA finals (Beginning on April 13th)
This 2018/19 season has been riddled with talking points, starting with LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers, James Harden breaking records and Steph Curry’s embarrassing dunk attempt. As the playoffs draw closer (starting April 13th) all teams and players have something to prove to make 2019 their year! Whether you’re a Wade fan, a Curry fan or a Harden fan, we hope that all can enjoy the high quality plays currently within the league. If you want to take this further with your friends, we recommend finding, creating or downloading a prediction bracket to test your NBA knowledge and coach qualities. But, be ready to throw the prediction out the window when your predicted winner goes out in the first round, don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
FA Cup Final: (May 18th)
Chelsea will be hoping to retain the oldest trophy in England, the FA cup. After their 1-0 victory in 2018 over Manchester United they will be upbeat about their chances this year. It is all still to play for though as many lower league teams such as Milwall, Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday look to upset the big teams! The FA cup is synonymous with historical upsets and giant-killing, this year looks to follow the same suit with a sizeable amount of smaller times making it through each round. Maybe this year we’ll see a winner outside of the Barclays Premier League, following Wigan’s success story of 2013.
Cricket World Cup: (May 30th)
This year’s Cricket World Cup takes place on home turf in England, the 2015 tournament brought lots of memorable moments including the final between Australia and New Zealand where the Aussies came away victorious. Starting at the end of May with England taking on South Africa it is sure to be one to watch! Perfect timing for BBQ season so why not stick on the barbie and support the boys!
Champions League Final: (June 1st)
The 2018 Champions League final is forever set in the memory of football fans with Gareth Bale’s wonder goal, Mohamad Salah’s heart-breaking injury and Sergio Ramos playing the villain. The final takes place at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid this year and teams such as: Manchester City, PSG and Juventus will be looking to dethrone Real Madrid from winning a fourth consecutive title. Bookies and tipsters are backing Guardiola’s City to lift the trophy this year although other teams will have something to say about this. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has been in an exceptional form scoring 8 goals in 6 appearances, Kylian Mbappe of PSG boasts 4 assists in his 6 appearances which puts him top of the assist table. Regardless of this, we can only hope that there are plenty of goals and good football to come.
Women’s World Cup (June 7th – July 7th)
Following the spectacular 2018 World Cup in Russia where Les Bleus took the trophy home, this year’s Women’s World Cup takes place in France and has built a lot of anticipation as to who is going to step up and become the best Women’s national team in the world. The USA took the trophy back stateside in 2015 although France, England and Germany will have something to say this year!
African Cup of Nations: (June 15th– July 13th)
2019 marks the return of the African Cup of Nations, taking place in Egypt. Cameroon came away victorious in 2017, however plenty of teams come into this tournament in fine form, Senegal put up impressive performances in the World Cup that will cause a concern for other nations. Algeria and Egypt will be hoping their star players, Riyad Mahrez and Mohamad Salah stay fit and perform for their nation. With plenty of African players lighting up the European leagues this season the tournament is sure to produce some special moments!
Wimbledon: (July 1st – July 14th)
This year’s Wimbledon is set to be an emotional one as Andy Murray announced he will retire his tennis career following the English tournament this year. Every year people watch in their millions with strawberries and cream at the ready to witness some of the best Tennis of the year. 2018’s tournament saw plenty of memorable moments across all disciplines, Angelique Kerber winning her first Wimbledon against Serena Williams, Kevin Anderson’s underdog story all the way to the final, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock winning their first Men’s Doubles Grand slam as well as many more.
Tour de France: (July 6th – July 28th)
A staple event for all bike fans, Lycra fans or fans of both. The 2019 race is a special one as it marks the 50th anniversary since the first tour. This means that all competing will want this jersey even more as it is one for the history books! The Tour de France 2018 saw the success story of Geraint Thomas, will we see another underdog take the yellow jersey home this year?
Netball (July 12th -July 21st)
Australia have shown a dominance amongst the Netball World Cup over recent tournaments, however this year the tournament takes place in England and nations like New Zealand, Jamaica, Scotland and England will be looking to break the streak of Australia. Netball is a vastly growing sport across the world with viewer growth and participation on the rise. Tune in this summer to watch the best netballing nation be crowned!
Rugby World Cup (September 20th – November 2nd)
Following New Zealand’s back to back World Cup victories, other nations are on high alert to claim the trophy in Japan and be the best Rugby nation. With England and South Africa showing fine form in recent tournaments they will be hoping they can go all the way. England also have the Six Nations in February to overcome before tackling the World Cup. We believe it will definitely be an ‘edge of the seat’ affair so be sure to be by a TV when it kicks off.