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Top ten 2016 sporting events

  1. Cheltenham (15th -18th March)

Cheltenham is one of horse racing’s most thrilling. The 2016 Cheltenham Festival will run from 15th to 18th March with the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place on Friday 18th March.  The course can expect to welcome over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world and it is believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week.

  1. Superbowl 50 (7th February)

Super Bowl 50, the 50th edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 46th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2015 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers.

  1. The Masters (7th -10th April)

The 2016 Masters Tournament will be the 80th edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in 2016. It will be held from April 7–10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Jordan Speith will be looking to retain his green jacket.

  1. Wimbledon (27th June -10th July)

Many tennis fans and players would argue that Wimbledon is the most prestigious competition in the sport. Last year’s winners were Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. Wimbledon fever will also occur as many tennis fans will head to their local courts to have a game.

  1. Champions Cup Final (13th may)

Toulon beat Claremont last year to lift the first ever champions cup (which used to be the Heineken cup) and are the favourites to lift it again this year in Murrayfield. Always an exciting match, the champion’s cup final will surely continue this run next year.

  1. Champions League Final (28th may)

The 2015–16 UEFA Champions League is the 61st season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 24th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona are the defending champions. It will be held in the San Siro in Milan this season.

  1. All Ireland finals (4 September, hurling) (13 September, Football)

Both finals will be in Croke Park as usual. Kilkenny and Dublin will both be trying to keep hold of their championships in Hurling and Football respectively but will face stiff competition in the run up to the final.

  1. Ryder cup (30th September- October 2nd)

The 41st Ryder Cup Matches will be held in the United States, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Europe enter the competition as the cup holders, having won in 2014 in Scotland for their third consecutive win.

  1. Euro 2016 (10th June -10th July)

This will be a very different competition from the previous ones because there are double the amount of teams. There are now 32 countries in the competition instead of 16, with Ireland being one of the countries that will descend on France in June.

  1. Olympics (5th August- 21st August)

More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will take part in this sporting event in Rio. The games will feature 28 sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.

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