The Most Important Summer Sporting Events in Europe

During the summer, the sports agenda is loaded with great moments for fans to enjoy. In Europe, there are excellent opportunities to enjoy sport to the fullest. Learn the best summer sporting events here!
The Most Important Summer Sporting Events in Europe

Last update: 26 October, 2022

The European summer is synonymous with vacations, rest, beaches, and relaxation for many. However, for athletes and top-level sports fans, it’s also a time to witness some of the most outstanding sporting events in the year.

Whether you like soccer, tennis, motor racing or cycling, you surely spend half the year waiting for summer to arrive and enjoy it in style. There are certain competitions that catch everyone’s attention. For history and current events, these competitions occupy a special place in the planning.

The unmissable sporting events in the European summer

The summer is approaching and with it will come some of the most important sporting events. Take note and do not miss them!

1. The Champions League final

The decisive match of the UEFA Champions League represents the most important club match of each year worldwide. Although it’s not strictly played in the European summer since it takes place at the end of May, it can be said to be the event that welcomes the warm weather and the summer period.

In 2022, the Champions League was held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (France) on May 28. By that time, spring was beginning to give way to summer. And there was nothing better than such a match to welcome it!

Final Champion's league match in the European summer
The final of the European club cup is televised live for millions of fans around the world.

2. Roland Garros and Wimbledon

For tennis fans living in Europe, summer is the most fascinating time of the year. Not only are there two of the most historic and important tournaments on the circuit, but they’re also within easy reach.

We’re talking about Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The first of these is played in Paris, between the last week of May (the 16th) and the first week of June (the final will be played on the 5th of that month). The best tennis players in the world, including the top champion of the event (Rafael Nadal), competed on the Parisian clay.

The tournament in the “cathedral of tennis” located in London – the most prestigious tennis tournament played on grass – was held between the last week of June and the first two weeks of July. More precisely, from June 27 to July 10.

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3. F1 GP

The extensive Formula 1 calendar for 2022 has a very busy European summer, with 7 Grands Prix in just over two months. In addition to representing a top-level spectacle in world motorsport, they begin to shape what will be the development of the season.

The races taking place in Europe during the summer are as follows:

  • British Grand Prix on July 3
  • Austrian GP on July 10
  • French GP on July 24
  • Hungarian GP on July 31
  • Belgian GP on August 28
  • GP of Netherlands on September 4
  • Italian Grand Prix on September 11

4. The Tour de France

International cycling could not be left out of the European summer sports events agenda. The famous Tour de France will take place from July 1 to 24, 2022.

This very extensive race covers 3328 kilometers in the northeast, east, south, and center of France. Almost all stages are approximately 180 kilometers long, although some are even longer than 200 kilometers.

Cyclist in the Tour de France.
The French cycling tour is a spectacle because of the scenery, the organization, and the number of participants.

5. MotoGP GP

Like F1, MotoGP, the world’s top motorcycling category, spends half of its season in Europe. In this case, the circuits that will host the world’s best motorcyclists are as follows:

  • Catalonia GP on June 5
  • German GP on June 19
  • GP of Holland on June 26
  • GP of Finland on July 10
  • British Grand Prix on August 7
  • Austrian GP on August 21

Some European summers are more special

Beyond the appointments mentioned above, which take place every year, there are also other special sporting events that add an extra to certain European summers. This is the case of the soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games, which are held every four years in June, July, and August.

Similarly, the European Football Championship and the Basketball World Cup are also held at this time of the year. Both events are usually held in odd-numbered years, so that they don’t coincide with the FIFA Cup or the Olympic Games. This ensures a greater diversity of events.

All in all, it’s clear that if you like sports, there is no way you can get bored during the European summer. Follow them on TV or organize to watch them live.

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