As always, STATSCORE wants to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the world of sport. This week, we are taking a look at the sporting calendar for February. Even with what’s going on in the world at the moment, February is looking to offer us an action-packed month!!!
FIFA Club World Cup
So, no messing around for February! It kicks off the month on day four with the FIFA Club World Cup. Six of the best club teams around the world will be taking part. This year’s event will be the 17th edition of this well-supported competition.
The first match now takes place on the 4th with the final on the 11th of February. This tournament was scheduled for December 2020 but has been moved to February 2021 due to the pandemic. Again, there should have been 7 teams, however, OFC’s Auckland City, have withdrawn due to COVID-19 quarantine measures.
The tournament is being held in Qatar and will be using venues scheduled for the 2022 World Cup. Many see this as a test run for that event. Hopefully, there will be no more changes and the competition will take place as planned, but even with just a few days to go, anything could happen, so stayed tuned!
The Six Nations Championship
Rugby Union’s show event gets underway on the 6th of February. Six teams from across Europe will contest this annual competition. The current champions are England, but it will be Italy vs France that kicks off this year’s event.
So, who do the bookmakers think will be crowned this year’s champions on the 20th March, when the completion comes to a conclusion? The odds look like this (at the point of publication) England, favourites at 10-11, from here it’s Ireland 4-1, Wales 6-1, France 7-1, Scotland 33-1 and bringing up the rear, we have Italy as the rank outsiders with odds of 1,000 – 1. I think I’ll keep my money, in my pocket this time around.
Super Bowl LV
This year’s climax to the NFL season is being called Super Bowl LV, for the non Romans among us, Super Bowl 55 Kicks off on the 7th and, this year’s event is taking place between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and reigning champions the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both teams are off to Florida and The Raymond James Stadium, where the Bowl is being held for the 5th time. Amazingly this will be Brady’s 10th Super Bowl and, he will be looking for his 7th win. The Buccaneers only Super Bowl victory came in the 2020 campaign when they beat the Oakland Raiders. Moving on to the Chiefs, they remain on course to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls, since you’ve guessed it, Brady’s Patriots achieved the feat in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. An early look at what the bookmakers are saying has the Patriots as firm favourites.
January also lost this years event to February, due to the pandemic. But I’m sure that all the players and, fans are happy to see this event going ahead, even in these circumstances. This year’s start date is the 8th and, the competition will run to Sunday the 21st when the men’s final takes place.
This year’s event will be the 109th edition and maybe one of the strangest ever, We still don’t know all the rules and regulations that will be in force yet. Even as I’m writing, plans are changing about when and where players will be able to train. We understand they have now set up a mini competition before the main event to help players most affected by the quarantine measures, to get match ready! Fans? I hear you ask. From what’s being said, they may allow a limited number of fans courtside. Either way, it’s an event I’m looking forward to!
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship
From the sunny climate of the Australian Open, we move to the mountain snow of Italy. These championships are set to take place in Cortina d’Ampezo, Italy and, are scheduled to run from the 9th, when the opening ceremony takes place, until the 21st of February.
That said, there could well be changes due to the pandemic. If the event goes ahead as planned, we will be treated to a feast of men and women’s downhill racing with 13 events to contest. Super-G, Giant slalom and the Alpine Combined just to name a few. You can trust STATCORE to keep you updated if and when the situation changes!
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