August has come. The middle of the summer. Some athletes (mainly footballers) are slowly coming back from their holidays. A new season will start soon. It means that our sports calendars will be filling. Fans of mainstream team sports can’t wait and finally there will be something new on TV – not just replays of last season’s matches. Let’s see what is going to happen in August and what you can’t miss.
FORMULA 1 – HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX, BUDAPEST
12th race of the season and 32nd time continuously in Hungary. According to the local tradition it should be very hot and dry. First race with wet weather in Budapest had place unexpectedly in 2006. These conditions seems to be perfect for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who have been winning alternately for last 4 years.
August will bring a few very attractive events. First of them will be the Community Shield match on 4th August, when the Premier League Champions, Manchester City will face Liverpool FC who won FA Cup.
After that, on the next weekend, Premier League kicks off. There will be an opportunity to see such clashes like Manchester Utd. – Chelsea FC.
Finally, at the middle of the month, on 14th August UEFA Super Cup will be played. This game brings the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League, so this year it will be Liverpool and Chelsea.
As you can see, August is totally dominated by English football but don’t forget about the start of the other European Leagues of TOP 5: La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and also many more in other countries!
BADMINTON – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BASEL, SWITZERLAND
This year, World Championships in Baminton will be played in Switzerland. It took place in this country onc before – in Lausanne, 1995. There are 5 categories: men and women singles, doubles and mixed. The highest number of medals is held China and it won’t change soon – they have over 100 medals more than the second competitor, Indonesia. In this case the most interesting fact is that China won only 2 of 5 categories last year in Chinese Nankin (but they gained 8 of 15 all medals).
TENNIS – US OPEN, NEW YORK
New York is waiting to welcome the best tennis players of the world. It will be 134th edition of this competition with over $50 million prize pool for all participants. The titles will be defending by Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka in singles and Mike Bryan / John sock and Ashleigh Barty / Coco Vandeweghe in doubles. Mixed winners last years were Benatie Mattek-Sands / Jamie Murray. It’s very hard to predict who will win – in this tournament nobody has won year by year since 5-year domination of Roger Federer in men’s singles (2004-2008) and 3 champions in a row by Serena Williams in women’s singles (2012-2014).
BASKETBALL – WORLD CUP, CHINA
18th edition of the tournament played every 4 years. For the first time it will have place in China. United States are big favorites as usual. They won last 2 World Cups and they are leading in the medal classification. Are there any chances for surprises?
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