Cricket is a sport that has been around in Europe and according to history, the first cricketing match might have been played as early as in the 17th century. However, the irony is that cricket continues to be played only in a handful of countries in Europe, with England leading the way. There are a few more countries like Scotland, Ireland, Holland and others where the game is quite popular. However, in England it is a popular sport and could be as popular as other sports such as soccer, tennis, swimming and so on. England is home to the MCC or Marylebone Cricket Club which is perhaps the oldest cricket club in the world. England has been instrumental in spreading the popularity of this sport to other countries and today more than 20 to 25 countries of the world feature cricket as a popular sport. Prominent countries are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and a few other African countries like Zimbabwe and Kenya. But in terms of overall popularity across Europe cricket is far, far behind.
The next important sport that has a lot of following in Europe is Ice Hockey. A number of Scandinavian countries like Norway, Denmark, Luxemburg and other such countries are well known for their popularity of Ice Hockey. The weather in these countries is a very big contributory factor for the popularity of this game in this part of the world. Apart from Ice Hockey, there are some other sporting activities too that are reasonably popular in some countries of Europe. Basketball, Volleyball, Poker, and Table Tennis are a few such examples.