The sporting summer might not be over, but there’s no let-up when it comes to top quality sports events in September 2020.
From the start of the NFL season, to a battle royale between Team USA and Team Europe at the Ryder Cup, there’s something for every sports fan this month.
Sporting Events – September 2020
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3rd – Nations League
It received a mixed reception when UEFA first announced plans for yet another international football tournament two seasons ago. However, the first ever Nations League proved a surprise success as Portugal made the most of home advantage to lift the inaugural title in June 2019. England will be looking to improve on a third-place finish in last year’s finals as the group stages for 2020/21 begin in September.
3rd – 6th: Italian Grand Prix
The Formula One calendar takes teams to Italy in early September, with another 25 points on offer for the driver who can best handle the high-speed turns at Monza. Brit Lewis Hamilton has won five of the last eight races in Italy but will be looking to stop Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc from making it consecutive wins at the home of the Prancing Horse after the youngster’s victory last season.
9th: St Leger Stakes
The oldest of Britain’s five Classics takes place in September, with horse racing’s best stayers descending on Doncaster for the 1m 6f Group One. Previous winners include the likes of Nijinsky and Oh So Sharp. Logician won last year’s race easily under Frankie Dettori.
10th: Start of NFL season
The NFL season gets underway in September, with a host of teams harbouring realistic ambitions of reaching Super Bowl LV. The likes of the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs will all be hoping to head to Tampa in February 2021.
19th: Ayr Gold Cup
In what is considered the biggest flat race in the Scottish calendar, some of the most exciting handicap sprinters will head north of the border for the Ayr Gold Cup. A purse of £200,000 is up for grabs, and previous winners include Continent and Coastal Bluff.
20th: Singapore Grand Prix
Formula One makes its way to Singapore towards the end of September. The drivers will have to have their wits about them on this heavy braking, tight circuit round Marina Bay. A high downforce track such as this should suit Max Verstappen and Team Red Bull perfectly, but they’ve failed to win here since 2013, something they’ll look to put right this season.
25th – 27th: Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup returns to The United States this year, with Team America hoping to regain the Cup after losing it to Europe in 2018. The Captains will be Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker.
27th: Russian Grand Prix
A busy month of Formula One culminates with the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The race has been dominated by Mercedes ever since the sport returned to Russia in 2014. Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his fifth victory at Sochi.
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