Get in! The summer of sport has just kicked off
From Euro 2016 in June to the Olympics in August, it’s shaping up to be another fantastic summer of sport… and you’ve got the best seat in the house!
Every once in a while, the sporting gods come together and give us not one, not two, but SIX amazing events in the space of just THREE months, meaning you’re virtually guaranteed to find something brilliant to watch, sports-wise, this summer (unless you’re into competition tiddlywinks, in which case you’ll have to wait till next April for the World Singles Championships, sorry).
On your marks, get set… go!
To help you plan your viewing schedule for this action-packed period, we’ve got a quick rundown of this summer’s sporting super six…
When? 10 June – 10 July 2016
Where? All over France, from Lille in the north to Marseilles in the south
Who’s in it for us? The UK is doing pretty good (well, at the time of writing anyway!) with three of our national football teams – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – having qualified for the tournament
Chances of winning? England have the best chance of our three, coming off the blocks with odds of 9/1 to take the trophy, but if we’ve learned anything from Leicester City’s triumph in the football Premiership, it’s that every underdog has its day… so even though Wales started the tournament at 80/1 and Northern Ireland are only being punted at 300/1, miracles can – and do – happen!
Best place to watch it? Football is a sociable sport so gather your friends and family and kick back on a super-comfy, spacious corner sofa like the Mode in leather…
When? 27 June – 10 July 2016
Where? The All England Club, Wimbledon, London
Who’s in it for us? Apart from a certain Mr Andy Murray and his bruv Jamie, keep an eye out for Dan Evans, Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund, while in the women’s tournament, we’re rooting for Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady
Chances of winning? On current form, and with Rafa Nadal having pulled out due to injury, it could be three in a row for Djokovic, but here at DFS towers we’ll be with the crowds on Murray Mount and singing Bonnie Scotland all the way!
Best place to watch it? If Murray does make it to the final, it will be edge-of-the-seat stuff, so we’d say go for something with comfy cushions and a sturdy frame, like the Betty Patch Grand Sofa
Tour de France 2016
When? 2 July – 24 July 2016
Where? France, starting at Mont St Michel and ending in Paris
Who’s in it for us? Team Sky’s Chris Froome will be defending his 2015 win
Chances of winning? He’s the first Brit to win two editions (that’s cycle-speak for tours!), so we’d say pretty good
Best place to watch it? Watching them cycle up all those hills can be exhausting, so a recliner chair could be just the job. How about the Carmello electric recliner chair – so you can unwind at the touch of a button!
British Grand Prix 2016
When? 8 – 10 July 2016
Where? Silverstone racing circuit, Northamptonshire
Who’s in it for us? 2015 champion Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button should also qualify.
Chances of winning? Not Hamilton’s best year, with only one win (in Monaco) to his credit, so fingers crossed for the home-advantage effect
Best place to watch it? A cutting-edge sport like Formula 1 demands a cutting-edge place from which to watch it, so we’d recommend the Sanzio recliner sofa… it’s even got its own go-faster stripes (well, it’s piping really but we got a bit over-excited!)
Golf Open Championship 2016
When? 14 – 17 July 2016
Where? Royal Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Who’s in it for us? Too many to mention from the home nations as a whole, but Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is ranked third in the world at the moment so let’s hear it for the luck of the Irish!
Chances of winning? See above!
Best place to watch it? Let’s keep with the golf theme and go for something that reflects the course at Royal Troon… smooth and green with real presence, like the Presence Cuddler sofa!
The Olympic Games 2016
When? 5 – 21 August 2016
Where? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Who’s in it for us? Only the whole of Team GB! And as proud partners of Team GB, we’ll be paying special attention to our DFS family athletes, gymnast Max Whitlock, cyclist Laura Trott and swimmer Adam Peaty
Chances of winning? We’ll sweep the board in Rio, of course – it’ll be like London 2012 with bells on!
Best place to watch it? On the Britannia, the Great British sofa, of course! Made for Team GB, it’s our tribute to the athletes who help make Britain great.
Happy Father’s Day!
We couldn’t finish a blog all about sports without wishing all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day for this Sunday, 19 June. It’s your special day, so grab yourself a drink, put your feet up (check out the recommendations above for some great recliner chairs and sofas!), switch on the TV and relax… you deserve it!
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