February 2021 features two of sport’s biggest annual events – Super Bowl LV pits the defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their home stadium (pictured), whilst the delayed Australian Open see’s many of the world’s top players converge on Melbourne Park after experiencing some highly-publicised Covid restrictions.
The 2021 Six Nations also gets underway, whilst the England cricket team fresh from victory in Sri Lanka, start their tour of India. In Football the delayed 2020 FIFA Club World Cup takes place in Qatar and the 1st Legs of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 will be held.
Further details on each of the highlighted events, such as travel and ticket information is available by clicking below.
4th-11th February 2021 – Qatar
The delayed FIFA Club World Cup will be taking place in Qatar this month as the country prepares to host next year’s FIFA World Cup. The winners from each continental competition will play at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, with Bayern Munich representing Europe, joining teams from Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, Qatar and South Korea.
4th-7th February 2021 – TPC Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)
One of the PGA Tour’s most unique events returns, as five of the world’s top ten 10 players compete in the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Defending champion Webb Simpson will be joined by top players such as Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy.
1st Test: 5th-9th February 2021 – India v England (M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)
2nd Test: 13th-17th February 2021 – India v England (M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)
3rd Test: 24th-28th February 2021 (D/N) – India v England (Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad)
Hot off the back of their 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka, England head to India for their first tour in the country since 2016. February will see the tourists play the first three tests of the four match series – starting at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, returning a few days later for the second test then travelling 1,500 kilometres north to play day/night Test match at the largest cricket stadium in the world, the Sardar Patel Stadium.
Round 1 – 6th-7th February 2021
Round 2 – 13th-14th February 2021
Round 3 – 27th-28th February 2021
The Six Nations returns this month, with the first 3 rounds of matches taking place. England are the defending champions, having won the delayed 2020 tournament – however they are expected to experience stiff competition from France and Ireland. Wales meanwhile look to rebuild after a disappointing 2020, Scotland will look to continue to build upon the progress they have made in recent years and Italy will be keen to avoid the wooden spoon for a sixth successive year.
7th February 2021 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida, USA)
One of the world’s biggest annual sports events, Super Bowl LV will see the AFC and defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs play NFC champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the match being played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the Bucs will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The always highly anticipated Halftime show will be headlined by The Weeknd.
The first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar takes place slightly later this year due to complexities around the Covid-19 pandemic. However many of the world’s top players will compete in Melbourne Park, with Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin looking to defend the titles they won just over a year ago.
2020/2021 FA Cup Fifth round
9th-11th February 2021
The FA Cup reaches the fifth round, with 16 clubs left competing for a place in the quarter-finals. The lowest ranked side left in the competition are mid-table EFL Championship side Barnsley who will host Chelsea. Three other Championship teams will play Premier League opposition, whilst there are four all Premier League encounters – the highlight being a trip to Old Trafford for West Ham as they play Manchester United.
16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th February 2021 (First Legs)
The first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 take place across the month, as the competition enters the knockout phase on the way to Istanbul. The highlight of the round is FC Barcelona playing Paris Saint-Germain, with English clubs Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea facing RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach respectively.
18th February 2021 (First Legs)
24th & 25th February 2021 (Second Legs)
February will see the Round of 32 first and second legs of the UEFA Europa League take place, with English sides Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Leicester City and Arsenal facing Wolfsberger AC, Real Sociedad, Slavia Prague and Benfica respectively. Meanwhile runaway Scottish leaders Rangers will take on Royal Antwerp of Belgium.