What a year sport 2014 was. From the World cup in Brazil to the Tour de France in Yorkshire it really was been a remarkable year of sporting events. Who could forget Brazil’s 7-1 annihilation on home soil at the hands of the German’s or Carl Froch’s brutal right hand punch that finished the whole George Groves saga, or even the Seattle Seahawks running riot at Super Bowl XLVIII. But fear not 2015 is also packed full of sporting events to keep you entertained. Here are some of the sporting events we’re looking forward to in 2015.
African cup of nations
Kicking off this weekend is the first major football competition of the year, the African cup of nations. This year hosted by Equatorial Guinea who will kick off the tournament against Congo on January 17th. With a host of teams looking to get their hands on the trophy, this year looks set to be as unpredictable as ever. Cameroon led by Stephane M’bia will be hoping they can win the tournament for the first time since 2002. Ghana will also fancy their chances led by all-time leading goal scorer Asamoah Gyan. Or will recently voted Africa player of the year Yaya Toure and his new Manchester City team mate Wilfried Bony be able to fire the Ivory coast to victory? With reigning champions Nigeria failing to qualify we’re sure there will be a few more upsets in store come the final on February 8th.
Super bowl XLIX
Also coming up in 2015 is the 49th edition of Super bowl XLIX. Competing for a place in the super bowl final are the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and the reigning super bowl winners the Seattle Seahawks. With 4 teams left fighting to reach its finale at the university of Phoenix stadium, Glendale, Arizona on February 1st it’s anyone’s guess who will come out victorious. Although take a look at our superbowl predictions. What isn’t up for debate is that no matter which teams reach the final, the Super bowl extravaganza will provide us all with some form of entertainment. Whether it’s the half time show or the football the Super bowl never seems to disappoint.
Champion’s league final
The champion’s league culminates in Berlin on the 6th of June. This year the Olmypiastadion hosts the final of the most competitive club competition in the world. Real Madrid will be hoping they can retain the trophy after defeating rivals Atletico Madrid in the final last year. Although the remaining 16 teams that include the likes of FC Bayern Munchen, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal will be aiming to stop them as the competition resumes in February. The champion’s league is a showcase of Europe’s finest and this year it’s even harder to pick out a winner than usual, it really could be anyone’s year.
Tour de France
In early July the world’s most famous bike race the Tour de France returns for the 102nd Tour de France. After the hugely success grand depart in Yorkshire, Utrecht will have a lot to live up to when the race starts on the 4th of July. After disappointing tours for both Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish in 2014, both will be hoping bounce back and regain their titles this year.
Rugby World Cup
In just over 8 months’ time the Rugby world cup is being hosted right here in England for the second time in the tournaments history. 20 teams from around the world competing in 13 venues and 11 cities across the country all leads to an exciting few weeks of rugby. With the pinnacle being the final at Twickenham on the 31st October. After a defeat to France in the quarter finals of the 2011 rugby world cup, England will be hoping to repeat their remarkable 2003 world cup win in which they beat Australia in the final in Sydney.
Abu Dhabi grand prix
The finale of the grand prix series in Abu Dhabi is always a special event and this year should prove to be no different. After Lewis Hamilton triumphed at the Abu Dhabi grand prix last year winning his second world driver’s championships his first since 2008 he will be aiming to retain his title. The penultimate race of the series this year is set to take place on the 29th of November and will hopefully be the decisive race in the series this year as well.