First played for in 1967, the Vince Lombardi Trophy is an extremely prominent sporting trophy in not only its native US, but all across the globe. Superbowl is the name given to the annual championship game of the NFL (National Football League) – and marks not just the end to perhaps the most followed sporting league in America but one of the biggest event days in the international sporting calendar. Just as famous for its elaborate half time shows and entertainment value than for its remarkable display of sporting capability- the Superbowl 2013, or XLVII- is due to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 2.
4. The Ryder Cup
Golf has been trundling along steadily since first played in Scotland sometime in the middle ages. Both men and woman are drawn to the sport- and as it happens it has become rather big business in the last century or so. The Ryder Cup was first competed for in 1927, and encompasses a play off between two separate teams- one representing Europe and the other the USA. A concept instantly guaranteed to draw a huge amount of viewers, The Ryder Cup continues to enjoy a massive following year upon year.
Held at London’s prestigious ‘All England Club’ in Wimbledon annually since 1877- this competition is not only the oldest and most prestigious of its kind- but certainly the most viewed year upon year. Comprising as one quarter of the ‘grand slam’ alongside the US Open, French Open and Australian Open- Wimbledon is the only one of the four to be played on the games original grass surface. Both men and women compete each year in not only singles but in doubles and mixed doubles teams. A cornerstone of the British Summertime, Wimbledon is enjoyed by tennis fans worldwide.
2. Formula One
The FIA Formula One World Championship is a worldwide competition comprising of a number of scheduled races or ‘grand prix’ at differing locations around the world. Each drivers placing and points awarded from each race is kept track of in a league style and after the last race of the season (or even sometimes before) a champion is heralded. Formula One is widely considered the highest class of single-seater automobile racing in the world and as a result receives a lot of attention.
1. Champions League
The Champions League is an annual continental football (soccer) competition moderated by the Union of European Football Associations in which the highest ranking teams from each of the continents premier leagues compete for the title of European Champions. Similar to the World Cup, the competition comprises of both group and knockout stages, with a final 16 teams making it through to the latter upon successful completion of the former. The competition runs steadily throughout the football season with the final of this year’s incarnation set to be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on May 25th. I can barely wait.