By News Team
22nd December 2021
2021 saw some outstanding and memorable moments on the sporting stage, and the line-up for 2022 looks just as good.
Here are some of the sporting events to watch out for in 2022.
Super Bowl – 13th February
The Super Bowl sees the top two NFL (National Football League) teams play each other in the final game of the competition. This year’s Super Bowl LVI will be held in the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Sunday 13th February. To get to the Super Bowl, 12 qualifiers have to play each other in a play-off round, with the top two teams going on to contest the final. The Superbowl fails to be dominated by only a handful of teams, with 20 of the current 32 having won the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Currently the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys lead their divisions with 10 or more wins each. The Chiefs are the favourite to win the Superbowl with odds of 19/4.
Boxing Fight: Khan vs. Brook – 19th February
Amir Khan is set to face Kell Brook on 19th February 2022. The fight will take place in the AO Arena in Manchester and will be streamed live for viewers on Sky Sports Box Office. Khan and Brook are bitter British rivals with history of a long-running dispute going back to their amateur days. They have won 34 and 39 fights respectively and meet for the first time in what will be an unmissable bout. Brook, nicknamed ‘The Special One’ or ‘Special K’, has a larger number of knockouts, 27, to Khan’s 21, and is favourite at odds of 4/7, while Khan has odds of 11/8 for victory.
The Grand National – 9th April
The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world, with 40 horses running over four miles and having to negotiate 30 huge fences on the way round. The jockeys, owners and their horses race for the prestige of such an event, as well as the £1 million prize fund, which makes the Grand National the most valuable jump race in Europe. National day usually sees 70,000 spectators and bettors make their way to Aintree Racecourse outside Liverpool, which has hosted the race since 1839. Roughly 13 million people have a bet on the Grand National, nearly a third of all adults in the UK.
UEFA Finals – 18th and 28th May
Late May 2022 sees both the UEFA Europa League final and the UEFA Champions League final take place. The former on the 18th May in Seville, Spain, and the latter on the 28th May in St Petersburg, Russia. The group stages of both competitions have only recently concluded, with qualifying teams learning their opponents in the first knock out round. West Ham and Rangers are the British sides to have qualified in the Europa League. In the Champions League, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all qualified. Manchester City currently head the market at 11/4 to win the Champions League.
Rugby League World Cup – 15th October – 19th November
England host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup between Saturday 15th October and Saturday 19th November. The competition will see a total of 61 matches across the three tournaments, which involve men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup competitions; previously the World Cup has only hosted the men’s competition. The tournament will comprise of sixteen teams, an increase of two since the previous World Cup. The sixteen nations involved include Jamaica, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, England, France, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Italy and Lebanon. Eleven-time winners Australia are currently strong favourites at odds of 2/7 to lift the World Cup once again, followed by New Zealand and England with odds of 13/2.
T20 Cricket World Cup – 16th October – 13th November
The eighth ICC T20 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by Australia, the reigning champions, between the 16th October and 13th November. The competition will have group stages and knockout format, seeing the sixteen teams play a combined total of 45 T20 matches. They will play at seven venues across the expansive coasts of Australia; including the Adelaide Oval, The Gabba, Kardinia Park, Bellerive Oval, Perth Stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground.
FIFA World Cup – 21st November – 18th December
The FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar in 2022, running from 21st November to 18th December. The tournament is usually held in summer, but the dates were moved in response to Qatar’s intense summer heat. The competition involves 32 teams and is the second-ever to be held entirely in Asia. The reigning champions are France after their success in Russia in 2018. There are eight groups in the group stage, after which, sixteen teams will enter the knockout stages. The final is to take place on 18th December 2022.