Most Americans only think of football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, mixed martial arts, and NASCAR as major sports, but in Europe, these aren’t even the most popular. Soccer – or football as the rest of the world calls it – gets top billing in nearly every European country.

But, were you aware that Europe has more to offer than just rowdy fans and expansive pitches (that’s the term used for soccer fields, not that thing they do in baseball)?

It’s true! Europe is actually a sports enthusiast’s dream if you’re willing to step outside the American box for a second.

Take a look at these seven can’t-miss major European sporting events in 2017:


The crown jewel of tennis, the Wimbledon Championship at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London is the most prestigious and respected stop on the ATP tour. This year’s tournament takes place from July 3-16th.

The Open Championship

Also known as The British Open, is the oldest of the four major golf championships. This year, The Open will be held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England from July 20-23rd.

Monaco Grand Prix

Nothing about the Monaco Grand Prix makes it your average automobile race. Racing on the winding, cobblestone streets of Monaco, this circuit is the creme de la creme of F1 racing and will take place May 25-28th. It not only features the who’s who of car racing, but celebrities from all over the globe descend upon this beautiful principality off the coast of France to catch a glimpse of the action.

London Marathon

The United Kingdom’s foremost long-distance running event will take place through the streets of London on April 23rd. If you’ve already planned a trip across the pond during that time, drop by the River Thames and watch the race!

Check out the next page for more must-see European sporting events!