‘Sports’ is both an entertainment and hobby. For others, it is a profession too. It depends on the individuals as to how he or she goes about it when it comes to sports. However, there is no denying the fact that sports do play a very important role in the average life of most Europeans. They are extremely attached and interested to sports. There are a number of sporting activities and events that keep happening each and every year throughout the length and breadth of the European Union. Hence, it would be very pertinent and useful to have a small understanding about the most popular sporting activities in Europe. While Europe is too big and varied and there are a number of sports that are played in it, there are some common sporting activities which form a common pattern across the entire European Union and it would be ideal to find out what those sports are over the next few lines.
Football or soccer, as it is also known, is without any doubt, the most popular sport in the whole of Europe. If you take the continent or country by country and try to find out the liking for various sporting activities, you are quite sure to come across soccer as the most popular sporting activity in almost each and every country of Europe. There are 47 countries in Europe and in each and every country, soccer continues to be on top of the list as far as popularity is concerned. Whether it is Germany, Italy, France, Spain or England, or the smaller countries like Malta or Monaco, the fact of the matter is that in each and every country soccer is almost a religion and it has a huge fan following. There are a number of clubs which make up for the huge support base for soccer as a sport.
The next in the list could be athletics. There are many countries in the European Union which have close links with various forms of athletic events and hence, it can be safely concluded that athletics as a form of sporting event is second in the list. There are different fields in athletics and it would not be out of place to mention that countries like Germany, Italy, UK have produced some great short and middle distance runners. Some well known track and field champions and sports personalities who have excelled in indoor games such as volleyball, basketball, table tennis and so on. Some of the best shot put, discus, javelin and pole vaulting legends have also come from the European Union.
Swimming and Tennis are two other sports that are also quite popular in many countries of the European Union. Who can forget the names of Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when it comes to men’s tennis. The same holds good for women’s tennis too with famous names like Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Maria Sharapova and some other famous names coming to our mind. Swimming also has its core support area and some great swimming legends have come from Europe especially from the Eastern European countries such as Hungary, Russia and other such places.