2014 is over and we’ve summarized the year in an earlier post. Now it’s time to look forward and see what 2015 has to offer us. We can start with the IIHF World Junior Championships in icehockey that are currently played in Canada. We’re also looking forward to the finals in Stanley Cup, Champions Hockey League, Premier League, La Liga and of course Champions League.
Sadly we won’t get to see any olympic games or large football tournaments 2015 but at Chicken Swedes we’ve listed some of the biggest events of the year:
World Men’s Handball Championship
The 24:th World Championship in handball is played in Qatar 17th of January – 1st of February. 24 teams are fighting for 16 spots in the playoffs. The biggest issue before the tournament has been Germany’s “wild card” – they got a spot in the tournament after they failed to qualify. A bit odd but we guess that’s how the world of handball currently works – old merits still count..
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
2th -15th of February athletes from over 70 countries are fighting for the medals and we get to see a lot of downhill skiing from beautiful Vail/Beaver Creek, USA. Good stuff!
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
The 2015 Nordic Ski Championships are held in Falun Sweden. 18th of February – 1st of March the world’s best nordic skiers will battle for gold in the swedish forests. The Norwegians have dominated the World Cup so far but we will just have to wait and see what happens when Sweden has the home crowd advantage.
UEFA 2016 Qualifiers
The qualifiers for the European Football Championship 2016 continues. We’re looking forward a lot of exciting football when it’s decided what teams will go to France in the summer of 2016.
IIHF World Championships
There are two IIHF World Championships played this spring: The ladies play in Malmö, Sweden 28th of March – 4th of April while the men play in Czech Republic 1th-17th of May. As usual, we have to see some stars from the National Hockey League in the men’s tournament. Russia won the gold last year.
Probably the biggest football event of the year when the South American teams battle over who is the best football nation on the continent. Argentina are favourites after their silver medal in the 2014 World Cup. The tournament is played in Chile 12th of June – 4th of July.
FIFA Women’s World Cup
There’s more football this summer: The Women’s World Cup is played in Canada 6th of June – 5th of July. Japan won the tournament in 2011 after beating USA in a baffling final game that had to be decided through penalties.
World Champions in Athletics
The 15th World Championships in Athletics are held in China 29th of August – 6th of September. We are hoping for a bunch of world records and excitement when Usain Bolt and many others fight for the gold medals. The Championships are played in the same arena that were used for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Rugby World Cup
The 2015 Rugby World Cup are hosted by England 18th of September – 31st of October. The tournament is held once every fourth year and in 2011 the hosting country New Zealand won the gold beating France in the final.
World Women’s Handball Championship
In 2014 Norway won the gold medal in the Women’s European Championship, now they have the chance to go for the World Championships as well. The tournament is held in Denmark in December.
World Women’s Floorball Championship
Sweden’s men won the gold medal at home in 2014, now their women’s team have the chance to repeat that in 2015. The floorball championships are played in Finland 6th – 13th of December.
Chicken Swedes are looking forward to another exciting year filled with sports, we hope that you all are with us!