Is Super Sunday the best day of sport ever?

21 HOURS of sporting heaven… England-Italy in Euro 2020, Argentina-Brazil in the Copa America, the Wimbledon men’s singles final and Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier go to war in UFC 264 – is this the best Super Sunday of sport ever?

  • Hundreds of millions of sports fans will watch four HUGE events on Sunday spanning 19 hours, across three sports and three time zones
  • The sporting marathon has a claim to be the best ever Super Sunday of sport
  • But it will have to deliver thrills and spills if it is to dislodge Sunday July 14, 2019, which is considered by many British spots fans as the best day ever 

Hundreds of millions of sports fans from around the globe will be glued to their TVs for a Super Sunday of sport this weekend, which is one of the best the world has ever seen.

Four blue riband events span 21 hours, across three sports and three time zones, and while watching every minute will take some dedication and planning, the opportunity is possibly unprecedented.

First up for British viewers will be the final of the Copa America, a huge tie between the holders Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which kicks off at 1am.

The match is intriguing on every level.

Emiliano Martinez was Argentina’s hero in their Copa America semi-final win over Colombia 

Argentina won the last of their 14 Copa America titles in 1993, and face the defending champions Brazil, who have won it nine times, themselves.

The showpiece will also pit Barcelona’s Lionel Messi against his former team mate, Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar. It will be a battle for bragging rights, but also the individuals’ legacies.

For Argentina, it’s a chance to put an end to a trophy drought and for Messi to finally add the major international trophy – excluding his Olympic gold medal – that has eluded him and that his talent deserves.

Messi, 34, in particular, has been superb in a mediocre tournament, with four goals and five assists in the competition, contributing to nine of Argentina’s 11 goal haul.

Lionel Messi will be seeking his first major international trophy in the Copa Americana final

The 90-minute tie ended 1-1 with Lautaro Martinez giving Argentina the lead on seven minutes

WATCH THE COPA AMERICA FINAL

The Copa America 2021 final will be played on Saturday July 10, 2021 at 9pm local time in Brazil, but due to the time difference, it will take place on Sunday July 11 at 1am in the UK.

BBC has the broadcast rights for the Copa America in the UK and it will be available to watch live on the BBC Red Button service. It will be available to stream live online through the BBC iPlayer. 

But Brazil remain the favourites and they will be out to complete a Copa América repeat, while closing the gap on Argentina and Uruguay, who have 15 titles.

Assuming the superclasico goes all the way to extra time and penalties, committed viewers should have an hour and a half to freshen up and refuel before watching , Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier go to war in Las Vegas.

‘The Notorious’ was too slick for his opponent when the pair first met in 2014, claiming a stunning first-round knockout victory at UFC 178.

However, the tables were turned in their January rematch at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, with Poirier displaying a kickboxing masterclass to claim a second-round TKO victory and dash McGregor’s already unlikely hopes of a rematch with the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The pair are due to get down to it in their trilogy bout at UFC 264 at 5am.

WATCH MCGREGOR-POIRIER

In the UK, fans will be able to watch the fight on BT Sport Box Office at a price of £19.95.

The preliminaries will be shown on BT Sport 2, available for subscribers to watch on the BT Sport website and app.

Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.

Should you miss the fight, repeat showings will begin from 12pm on Sunday, July 11 and will be shown every three hours until midnight on Friday, July 16.

Dustin Poirier claimed an emphatic victory over Conor McGregor in their rematch at UFC 257

Sports nuts then have eight hours to rest and refocus for the men’s singles final on Centre Court at Wimbledon, in front of a capacity 15,000 crowd.

Sadly, the thrilling prospect of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer reprising their famous encounter from the last Championships in 2019 has disappeared after the Swiss was knocked out by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final. 

However, Federer’s exit may open the door to Matteo Berrettini. The big-serving seventh seed has flown somewhat under the radar throughout the Championships, but is now eyeing a place in Sunday’s final after another impressive display, powering past Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 in the quarter-final on Wednesday 

The action from SW19 begins at 2pm and if two well-matched competitors go all the way to five sets it could be a four to five-hour epic, before the armchair athletes can break for tea, after 6pm.

WATCH THE WIMBLEDON FINAL

For viewers in the UK, the Wimbledon 2021 men’s final will be shown on BBC One and online via the iPlayer. The match starts at 2pm.   

Replenished, the hardcore can strap in for the the build-up to the Big One, the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium, where 60,000 fans will watch Italy take on England, from 8pm.

Italy has only won the European Championships once, in 1968, needing a replay in Rome to defeat Yugoslavia, who had eliminated England 1-0 in the semi-final.

However, the Azzurri do have four World Cups to their name and they are back to their obdurate best, outclassing and then frustrating the Belgians and soaking up Spanish pressure to come through their semi-final on penalties.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy certainly  rival England as the best team in the tournament so far and alarmingly for the Three Lions, they are 33 games unbeaten. What’s more, England has only one win in eight competitive games against their opponents – and even that was from 1977 in a failed World Cup qualifying campaign.

If England are to end 55 ‘years of hurt’ without any trophy, victory is highly likely to require extra time and probably spot kicks, so the epic day of sport will finally draw to a close around 10.30pm, in time for a late supper and well-earned rest.

WATCH EURO 2020 FINAL

England v Italy will kick-off at 8pm UK time at Wembley Stadium.

The final  will be televised live on BBC One and ITV. Coverage on both channels is due to begin at 7pm.

Both TV companies will also make it available for UK viewers online via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

There is little doubt Sunday July 11, 2021, will go down as one of the great days of sport, but is it the greatest?

Experience tells us that will depend on the quality of the action, however, in terms of global and sporting spread, it is already a strong contender.

England versus Italy in the final of Euro 2020 to face the Italy with Brazil and Argentina slugging it out on the other side of the Atlantic is an extraordinary football double-header.

However, the day will have to unfold with some drama to challenge what many British fans consider the best Super Sunday, ever, which came just two years ago, on July 14.

Lewis Hamilton kicked off a Super Sunday on July 14, 2019, with a Grand Prix win at Silverstone

That ‘Super Sunday’ had three major sporting events taking place in the UK, including the ICC Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and the Wimbledon men’s final between tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

And because of some unfortunate scheduling, it was a truly exhausting day for home-based spectators, who had to work their thumbs flicking through the channels to keep up to date with epic tennis on BBC1 and unbelievable cricket on Channel Four and Sky Sports, while trying to light the barbecue.

The first triumph was relatively straight forward, from a sofa perspective.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer served up a classic on the Centre Court at Wimbledon

It was accomplished at 3.35pm when Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in front of 140,000 fans on home tarmac en-route to his sixth Formula One title

‘Honestly I’m a bit out of breath,’ Hamilton declared afterwards, with brilliant British understatement, before adding: ‘I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here in front of my home crowd.

The next win came at 7.09pm, when top seed Djokovic finally overcame the second-seed Federer in the longest final in Wimbledon history, at four hours 57 minutes.

The Serbian saved two Championship points against second seed Federer and went on to win a fifth-set tie-break, taking the match 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3).

Pair fought out an epic contest – the longest final in Wimbledon history at almost five hours

And while the Serb and the Swiss were serving up a classic on Centre Court, without quarter asked or given, England and New Zealand were bang at it at Lord’s.

Both teams finished their innings on 241, so the super over came into play, but even that could not separate them.

In their extra six balls England scored 15-0 meaning New Zealand required 16 to win the trophy. Needing two runs from the final ball Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill scored a single before being run out by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and the scores were tied.

England won the World Cup having scored more boundaries during the match – and the celebrations began.

This time around, the viewing figures are set to dwarf those from 2019 given the magnitude of the events involved.

Around 600 million people will watch at least part of the Euro 2020 final worldwide, based on UEFA’s figures from the previous tournament in 2016.

England won the ICC Cricket World Cup final between against New Zealand at Lord’s

Hundreds of millions more will be expected to watch the finale of Copa America, which will be screened in 200 countries, according to South American Confederation Football (Conmebol).

‘From a house in the Samoa Islands to a hotel in the Virgin Islands, passing through a bar in Berlin or any street in Tokyo: the Copa America makes the planet vibrate,’ gushes Conmebol’s marketing blurb.

If the tennis lives up to the 2019 final, the peak audience in the UK will push 10 million, while McGregor’s fight with Poirier has been tipped by some to break the UFC-pay-per-view record.

The record was set when the Irishman lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, which was seen by 2.9million people, while McGregor-Poirier II was seen by 1.6 million subscribers.




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