Top Sporting Events of 2013
- Fri, 4 Jan 2013
2012 saw a sporting year like no other. Highlights were of course the Olympic Games and Paralympics in London, a London club finally triumphing in the Champions League and Andy Murray becoming the first Briton to win a major men's singles Grand Slam tennis title since Fred Perry in 1936.
But what does 2013 hold for the sporting calendar. Here are four of our favourites. Where will you end up?
For sailing enthusiasts this is one of the big ones. This year's America's Cup beginning in August will showcase 55 days of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Finals and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Not only will you enjoy the action from some of the world's best competitors, you'll be able to spend some time in one of the US's most iconic cities, San Francisco. From the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods you'll hardly find time for the sailing.
Manchester United vs. Real Madrid
This mouth-watering Champions League last 16 tie played across February and March sees two of Europe's best teams pitted against each other. And with the added highlight of Cristiano Ronaldo making his long awaited Old Trafford return, as well as Sir Alex Ferguson doing battle with Jose Mourinho the stakes couldn't be higher. Imagine being one of the lucky few enjoying the action from the comfort of the corporate hospitality offered by Manchester United football packages. That would be something wouldn't it?
The British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia
From the 5th June, the cream of the crop in British and Irish rugby take their Lions side to face all Australia has to throw at them. The Lions will face three tests against the Wallabies, as well as matches against regional sides. It's the chance to test themselves against a real powerhouse of international rugby - they'll have to be on their game.
For those making the trip down under, not only is there the prospect of some stunning rugby to be seen there is also the chance to visit one of the most intriguing countries in the world. With matches played in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane they'll be plenty of opportunities to see everything Oz has got.
The 2013 Ashes
England host Australia in the 2013 Ashes, with the Baggy Greens looking to avenge the loss on home turf 2 years ago and return home with the world's most famous urn. While for those in the UK, an Ashes on home soil doesn't necessarily offer the amazing destinations of Australia it does provide the opportunity to get out and see some live cricket. With tests at Lords, Trend Bridge, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street and the Oval, some of the UK's most iconic cricket grounds will play host to an age old battle between two enemies. What could be better?
Which one will you choose?