CYCLING – On 4 July, the Tour de France will start in Utrecht. Excluding France, Netherlands are the country with most Tour starts – six, including 2015. The following are various stats about the Tour de France and its participants this year.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL – The favourites and second favourites for the men’s title at the World Beach Volleyball Championships in the Netherlands are both performing before a home crowd.
TENNIS – Today the main draw for the 48th edition of Wimbledon in Open era was announced which will take place from Monday 29 June to Sunday 12 July. This year’s draw promises some big clashes between former champions of the tournament in both the men’s and women’s tournament. Continue reading
FOOTBALL – The FIFA World rankings for women’s football have provided a good basis for our forecast so far with seven of our eight favourites in the second round progressing through to the quarter-finals. In addition, our pre-tournament forecast correctly predicted six of the eight quarter-finalists, and two of the exact match-ups (France v Germany and England v Canada) in this round. Our updated forecast for the quarter-final matches expects the United States to play Germany and Japan to play Canada in the last four. These exact semi-final pairings were also predicted in our pre-tournament forecast.
FOOTBALL – Germany are no longer the favourites to lift the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their chance has decreased to around 20% due to their tough route to the semifinals, where they will probably meet new favourites United States who have a 28% chance of claiming the title.
FOOTBALL – Cristiano Ronaldo registered his third career hat-trick for Portugal and the 35th of his career in an official match, propelling Portugal past Armenia on Saturday. It was the third consecutive hat-trick in official matches for Cristiano Ronaldo. He also netted three in league games against RCD Espanyol (17 May) and Getafe CF (23 May). He had not played an official match since 23 May. It is the first time in his career he has performed the three square performance (3×3).
FOOTBALL – FC Barcelona claimed their fifth Champions Cup/Champions League trophy (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015), after beating Juventus 3-1 in the final in Berlin on Saturday.