June is the official start of summer and it’s just around the corner. Summer means one thing to us and that’s sports! We love the amount of different types of events that take place at around this time of year and 2019 is especially good in our books. So read our summer 2019 sports guide and start planning what you’re going to watch over the warmer months.
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Host countries: England and Wales
Dates: 30 May until 15 July
What happened last time: Australia triumphed in the last iteration of the Cricket World Cup, back in 2015. They’re also the team with the most title wins to their name, with five final victories.
Why we love it: Held just every four years, the Cricket World Cup is set to be one of our favourite events in the summer 2019 sports guide. This is the first year that the number of teams competing has been dropped from 14 until 10, which means that only the very finest teams are competing this time around.
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Date: 1 June
What happened last time: Real Madrid with the tournament victor’s against Liverpool last year, down in large part to the amazing work of goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored an incredible 15 goals over the course of the season.
Why we love it: This is the last big hurrah of the European football 2018/2019 season, so we’re pulling out all the stops for the final match on 1 June. We can’t wait to see if Tottenham or Liverpool take the crown. Both would be worthy winners in our eyes, but we think Tottenham might just pull out all the stops to triumph…
Venue: London, England
Dates: 1-14 July
What happened last time: Wimbledon 2018 was something of a rollercoaster, which means we’re extra excited to see what 2019 has in store. Novak Djokovic was the winner of the Gentlemen’s Singles title, his fourth Wimbledon victory. Meanwhile on the women’s court, Angelique Kerber slammed her way to the top of the Ladies’ Singles to get her first Wimbledon title.
Why we love it: This is a true signal that summer is well underway, which means we simply had to include it in our summer 2019 sports guide. We adore lazy afternoons watching this while eating strawberries and cream and helping ourselves to some Pimm’s. And of course, the athleticism, precision and speed shown is always beyond compare.
Host countries: Belgium and France
Dates: 6-28 July
What happened last time: British cyclist Geraint Thomas won the yellow vest during last year’s mammoth race with particularly good performances on the mountain stages. Dutch Tom Dumoulin and the legendary Chris Froome coming second and third, respectively.
Why we love it: Seasoned cyclists tend to be divided on the Tour de France. Don’t get us wrong, everyone loves it. But some think of it as more relaxing than electrifying. We have to admit, it is an easy one to flick on and have in the background, but in some of the toughest stages, it becomes far more than admiring French and Belgian countryside. Seeing men push themselves to those extremes is incredible and we can’t wait to watch all the drama unfold yet again.
Dates: 19-31 August
What happened last time: The last African Games took place in 2015 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. It was also the 50th edition of the games. Egypt were leagues ahead of the other nations on the medal table, earning a spectacular 85 golds during the course of the event. All eyes will be on them to see if the performance will be repeated with this iteration of the games.
Why we love it: Showcasing the best of African sportsmanship and athleticism, the African Games is always a spectacular event. This is the first time the games will be held in Morocco, and there are events taking place all over the country. Everything from taekwando to archery to athletics to volleyball to rowing will all be on display. It’s a great mixed bag for sports fans and a fantastic end to our summer 2019 sports guide.