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Summer of Sport

After the Coronavirus pandemic meant that the sporting calendar of 2020 was pretty much non-existent, sport is set for a massive return this summer. From the Euros to the Olympics to Rugby Union to the F1, we are (hopefully) in for a historic Summer of Sport – fingers crossed! Read below for your ultimate list and schedule of all the fixtures and events, from May to September.

Football

Starting off with Football, the end of May will see the rounding off of the 20/21 Football Season, with both the UEFA Europa and the UEFA Champions league final being played in the last week of May.

In June, it’s the start of the Euros where, from the 11th of June to the 11th of July, 12 European cities will play host to the continents leading teams. Italy v Turkey goes head-to-head in the first match, live from Rome. On the 13th of June, England will battle Croatia at Wembley Stadium, where tensions will be high as the last time both teams competed, Croatia knocked England out the world cup in the semi-final stages of the tournament.

All Euro 2021 games will be shown on Sky Sports, BT Sports, BBC and ITV.

Euro 2020 – Friday 11 June 2021

– Group A: Turkey vs. Italy (8pm, Rome)

Euro 2020 – Saturday 12 June 2021

– Group A: Wales vs. Switzerland (2pm, Baku)

– Group B: Denmark vs. Finland (5pm, Copenhagen)

– Group B: Belgium vs. Russia (8pm, St. Petersburg)

Euro 2020 – Sunday 13 June 2021

– Group D: England vs. Croatia (2pm, London)

– Group C: Austria vs. North Macedonia (5pm, Bucharest)

– Group C: Netherlands vs. Ukraine (8pm, Amsterdam)

Euro 2020 – Monday 14 June 2021

– Group D: Scotland vs. Czech Republic (2pm, Glasgow)

– Group E: Poland vs. Slovakia (5pm, St. Petersburg)

– Group E: Spain vs. Sweden (8pm, Seville)

Euro 2020 – Tuesday 15 June 2021

– Group F: Hungary vs. Portugal (5pm, Budapest)

– Group F: France vs. Germany (8pm, Munich)

Euro 2020 – Wednesday 16 June 2021

– Group B: Finland vs. Russia (2pm, St. Petersburg)

– Group A: Turkey vs. Wales (5pm, Baku)

– Group A: Italy vs. Switzerland (8pm, Rome)

Euro 2020 – Thursday 17 June 2021

– Group C: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia (2pm, Bucharest)

– Group B: Denmark vs. Belgium (5pm, Copenhagen)

– Group C: Netherlands vs. Austria (8pm, Amsterdam)

Euro 2020 – Friday 18 June 2021

– Group E: Sweden vs. Slovakia (2pm, St. Petersburg)

– Group D: Croatia vs. Czech Republic (5pm, Glasgow)

– Group D: England vs. Scotland (8pm, London)

Euro 2020 – Saturday 19 June 2021

– Group F: Hungary vs. France (2pm, Budapest)

– Group F: Portugal vs. Germany (5pm, Munich)

– Group E: Spain vs. Poland (8pm, Seville)

Euro 2020 – Sunday 20 June 2021

– Group A: Italy vs. Wales (5pm, Rome)

– Group A: Switzerland vs. Turkey (5pm, Baku)

Euro 2020 – Monday 21 June 2021

– Group C: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands (5pm, Amsterdam)

– Group C: Ukraine vs. Austria (5pm, Bucharest)

– Group B: Finland vs. Belgium (8pm, St. Petersburg)

– Group B: Russia vs. Denmark (8pm, Copenhagen)

Euro 2020 – Tuesday 22 June 2021

– Group D: Croatia vs. Scotland (8pm, Glasgow)

– Group D: Czech Republic vs. England (8pm, London)

Euro 2020 – Wednesday 23 June 2021

– Group E: Slovakia vs. Spain (5pm, Seville)

– Group E: Sweden vs. Poland (5pm, St. Petersburg)

– Group F: Germany vs. Hungary (8pm, Munich)

– Group F: Portugal vs. France (8pm, Budapest)

Euro 2020 round of 16 – Saturday 26 June 2021

– Game 1: Group A runners-up vs. Group B runners-up (5pm, Amsterdam)

– Game 2: Group A winners vs. Group C runners-up (8pm, London)

Euro 2020 round of 16 – Sunday 27 June 2021

– Game 3: Group C winners vs. third place from group D/E/F (5pm, Budapest)

– Game 4: Group B winners vs. third place from group A/D/E/F (8pm, Seville)

Euro 2020 round of 16 – Monday 28 June 2021

– Game 5: Group D runners-up vs. Group E runners-up (5pm, Copenhagen)

– Game 6: Group F winners vs. third place from group A/B/C (8pm, Bucharest)

Euro 2020 round of 16 – Tuesday 29 June 2021

– Game 7: Group D winners vs. Group F runners-up (5pm, London)

– Game 8: Group E winners vs. third place from group A/B/C/D (8pm, Glasgow)

Euro 2020 quarter-finals – Friday 2 July 2021

– QF1: Game 6 winner vs. Game 5 winner (5pm, St Petersburg)

– QF2: Game 4 winner vs. Game 2 winner (8pm, Munich)

Euro 2020 quarter-finals – Saturday 3 July 2021

– QF3: Game 3 winner vs. Game 1 winner (5pm, Baku)

– QF4: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 winner (8pm, Rome)

Euro 2020 semi-final – Tuesday 6 July 2021

– QF2 winner vs. QF1 winner (8pm, Wembley, London)

Euro 2020 semi-final – Wednesday 7 July 2021

– QF4 winner vs. QF3 winner (8pm, Wembley, London)

Euro 2020 final

Sunday 11 July

Wembley Stadium, London

Olympics

The Olympics and Paralympics return this year (hopefully) in Tokyo, Japan after what feels like an incredibly long-awaited return since the 2016 Rio tournament, and after last year’s event had to be rescheduled because of the Coronavirus pandemic (the first time the Olympics has been rescheduled since the Second World War). The games haven’t yet been confirmed, so we’ll have to keep our hopes high for this one! If confirmed, the tournament will start the 23rd July, and held in the awe-inspiring Tokyo Olympic Village. The Olympics will be shown on the BBC and Eurosport, a Sky, BT and Virgin Media Channel.

  • Tokyo Olympic Games

Friday 23 July to Sunday 8 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan

  • Tokyo Paralympics

Tuesday 24 August to Sunday 5 September 2021

Tokyo, Japan

Rugby

It’s a big summer for the British and Irish Lions. They start their international competition with a game against Japan, played at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 26th June. From the 3rd of July onwards, they’ll be in South Africa, for an international tour of the country, starting in Johannesburg. The tour will be comprised of eight matches – including three test matches. As well as this, international rugby union resumes also from the 3rd of July, starting with South Africa v Georgia and Ireland v Japan. England will play the US at Twickenham on the 10th July.

– Emirates Lions vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm, Saturday 3 July @ Airline Park, Johannesburg, live on Sky Sports

– Cell C Sharks vs. The British & Irish Lions

7pm Wednesday 7 July @ Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg, live on Sky Sports

– Vodacom Bulls vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm Saturday 10 July @ Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, live on Sky Sports

– South Africa ‘A’ vs. The British & Irish Lions

7pm Wednesday 14 July @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, live on Sky Sports

– DHL Stormers vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm Saturday 17 July @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, live on Sky Sports

– 1st Test: Springboks vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm Saturday 24 July @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, live on Sky Sports

– 2nd Test: Springboks vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm Saturday 31 July @ FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, live on Sky Sports

– 3rd Test: Springboks vs. The British & Irish Lions

5pm Saturday 7 August @ FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, live on Sky Sports

For Rugby union summer internationals, please see below!

3 July

– South Africa vs. Georgia (venue TBC)

– Ireland vs Japan (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

– Wales vs. Canada (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

– England vs. USA (Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham)

7 July

– Australia vs. France (Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney)

10 July

– New Zealand vs. Fiji

– South Africa vs. Georgia

– England vs. Canada (Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham)

– Romania vs. Scotland (Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest)

– Ireland vs. USA (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

– Wales vs. Argentina (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

11 July

– Uruguay vs. Argentina XV (Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo)

13 July

– Australia vs. France (AAMI Park, Melbourne)

17 July

– New Zealand vs. Fiji

– Australia vs. France (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

– Georgia vs. Scotland

– Wales vs. Argentina (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

Rugby 7’s will also be played at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Golf

This summer shows all of the championship tournaments in the Golfing world, with some having been postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. It starts with the US PGA Championship, held in South Carolina at the The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island. Olympic golf will also be held in Kantō, Japan, and then the summer concludes with the Welsh and English Open, held in Newport and Kent, respectively. All tournaments will be shown on Sky Sports 1.

  • US PGA Championship

20-23 May 2021

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA

  • U.S. Open Championship

17-20 June 2021

Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego, California, USA

  • BMW International Open

European Tour men’s golf

24-27 June

Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany

  • Men’s golf major: The Open Championship

15-18 July 2021

Royal St. George’s Golf Club Sandwich, Kent, England

  • Wales Open

European Tour men’s golf

22-25 July

The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales

  • Men’s Olympic Golf

July 26 to 1 August

Kasumigaseki Country Club Saitama, Kantō, Japan

  • Men’s Olympic Golf

July 26 to 1 August

Kasumigaseki Country Club Saitama, Kantō, Japan

  • English Open

European Tour men’s golf

12-15 August

Location TBC

Racing

The summer sees the return of the F1, a guaranteed exciting time for racing fans the world over! Kicking off in Monaco on 23rd of May, the tournament will also be held in Azerbaijan, France, Austria, the UK, Hungary, before wrapping up in Belgium. Motorsport fans will also see a return of the sport for 2021, held at the Silverstone circuit in England!

All F1 Grand Prix races will be shown on Sky Sports 1.

F1 Monaco Grand Prix

Sunday 23 May, Monaco

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sunday 6 June, Baku

F1 French Grand Prix

Sunday 20 June, Le Castellet

F1 Austrian Grand Prix

Sunday 4 July, Spielberg

F1 British Grand Prix

Sunday 18 July, Silverstone

Motorsport: 2021 Silverstone Classic

30 July to 1 August, Silverstone Circuit, England

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Sunday 1 August, Budapest

F1 Belgian Grand Prix

Sunday 29 August, Spa

Tennis

2021’s summer tennis grand-slams will begin with the French Open on the 24th May in Paris, France. This will then be followed by Wimbledon, an exciting and much-loved tournament for tennis fans, particularly since the game hasn’t been played there since the summer of 2019. The final grand slam of the season is held in New York for the US Open.

All grand slams will be shown on ITV and Eurosport, a Sky, BT and Virgin Media Channel.

  • Tennis: French Open

24 May to 13 June

Roland-Garros, Paris, France

  • Tennis: The Championships Wimbledon

28 June to 11 July 2021

Wimbledon, London

  • Tennis: US Open

30 August – 12 September 2021

New York, United States

Horse Racing

The Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot will return this summer, for 2- and 4-day events that will see the best-of-the-best of the horsing world come together to see who will be crowned the winners of the respective events. This will be then be followed by the Racing League, where the main meet-ups for the summer will be held at Doncaster, Newcastle, Lingfield and Royal Windsor race courses! All horse racing will be shown on ITV.

  • Horse racing: Epsom Derby Festival

4-5 June 2021

Epsom Downs, Surrey, England

  • Horse racing: Royal Ascot

15-19 June 2021

Ascot Racecourse, England

  • Horse racing: Racing League Meeting One

29 July 2021

Newcastle

  • Horse racing: Racing League Meeting Two

5 August 2021

Doncaster

  • Horse racing: Racing League Meeting Three

12 August 2021

Lingfield

  • Horse racing: Racing League Meeting Four

19 August

Royal Windsor

Darts

Two of the most major darts tournaments will be held over the Summer, as the sport makes a comeback post-Coronavirus pandemic. The Betfred World Matchplay will be held in Blackpool and the World Series of Darts in New South Wales. The darts will be shown on ITV, BBC and Sky Sports.

Darts: Betfred World Matchplay

17-25 July

Winter Gardens, Blackpool

World Series of Darts: New South Wales Darts Masters

6-7 August

WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Cricket

England’s cricket’s team will be facing tests against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India this summer in locations all across the UK, in the run up to the Ashes, which will be held in the Winter. Showing on Sky Sports and Free Sports.

England v New Zealand

3-14th June

Various locations across the UK

England v Sri Lanka

23rd June – 4th July

Various locations across the UK

England v Pakistan

8th July – July 20th

Various locations across the UK

England v India

August 4th – September 14th

Various locations across the UK

Running

London Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 1 August 2021 through Westminster and the City