10 Maiores Eventos Esportivos no Mundo

10 Biggest Sporting Events in the World

10. Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500, the Indy 500 or simply, is the principal and most dangerous race of world motorsport. Since its inception in 1911, the tragic accident has claimed the lives of several drivers. None of this, however, takes brightness oval race circuit.
The proof is played at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located near the city of Indianapolis, in the United States. The cars travel 500 miles or 805 km on an oval circuit. The race also has other peculiarities. A pole for example, is defined by the average hourly that the pilot reaches its four turns faster. Already row of the starting grid is composed of three cars, instead of the usual two.
The ratings for the 500 miles is made in two days. On the first day, called Pole Day, sets up 1st to 24th position. On the second day, Bump Day, are defined positions from 25th to 33rd car.
The Indianapolis 500 also attract a huge audience and a "fat" awards to their winners. In 2008 and 2009 more than 400 thousand people attended the event. Who does not fit in the racecourse is squeezed in several areas that Speedway offers - many even come to camp on site.

9. NBA Finals

The American basketball league, National Basketball Associanton (NBA), consists of 30 teams including 29 from the United States and Canada are divided into two conferences - East and West. This also, in turn, are divided into three subdivisions.
Each of these teams has the pass of the biggest stars of the basketball world. Names like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant has been part of many teams and ensure that these stars are the NBA show.
The NBA was established in 1946 under the name BAA (Basketball Association of America). In 1949 she joined the NBL (National Basketball League) and was renamed NBA.
The regular season begins in October and ends in April of the following year. Each race team 82 games against all others, provided they are in the same division. The top 16 teams - eight from each conference - go to the next stage called playoffs (playoffs).
The champion then dispute with the Eastern Conference champion Western Conference finals NBA series best of seven games and decide who will take the trophy for overall champion. In all, 1230 games are played throughout the competition.
And to close with a flourish still promotes the League All-Star Game NBA, or the "Star Game". This is a friendly game where the best players participating this year and representing the Eastern and Western conferences.

8. Wimbledon

The Wimbledon tournament, held in London, is the most traditional tennis tournament in the world. In fact, everything is "traditional" in Wimbledon. The start date of the tournament, for example, happens every six weeks before the first Monday of August, and the first game only happens promptly at two o'clock.
But perhaps the most striking event is the fact that even this tournament, the third of four tournaments that comprise the Grand Slam, being played in blocks grams. That's right, the grass - not artificial - is grown throughout the year just for this competition. And for the Wimbledon tennis play is so gratifying that the grass courts serve as a "green carpet" for them.
The tournament, named after the neighborhood where is located the All England Lawn Tennis Club, was first played in 1877 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Brazil also has made history in the competition. The tennis star Maria Bueno was simple three-time champion of Wimbledon (1959, 1960 and 1964) as well as having won also in double on five other occasions.
Another tradition of Wimbledon is the rain. Only in six editions, since 1922, the rain gave a truce in the tournament (1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995 and 2010). But the public does not think bad. After all, just go to a coffee shop and ask for strawberries with whipped cream - another delightful tradition of the event.

7. Dakar Rally
Brazilian team Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally is one of the largest and most traditional motorsport competitions. Pilots, co-pilots and navigators worldwide venture into the mountains, deserts and other lands in search of adventure.
Besides having to be good on the arm, it takes a lot of luck to complete all the tests. So many people have lost their lives in the deserts that the rally is also called the "rally of death."
The first edition was held in 1979 and at the time was called the Paris-Dakar Rally, since the contestants tossed arrived in Paris and Dakar. That year, the 170 participants who started only 69 completed the entire route.
The route was never fixed though, by 2007, have always disputed evidence in the Sahara desert. In 2008, however, terrorist threats forced the organizers to cancel the event. And in 2009 it was first played in South America All depending on security.

6. Tour de France

The Tour de France, Tour de France or simply for us, the competition is more charming world of cycling. The course is composed of more than 3000 kilometers of roads and mountains and represent a revolution in France.
The competition was created in 1903 by Frenchman Henri Desgrange, founder of an ancient and important local newspaper, which at the time had aimed to compete with other races that were sponsored by other newspapers. Since then the race held annually and was only interrupted during the First and Second World Wars.
At first, however, it was a continuous race in which cyclists came to sleep beside the road and could not receive any assistance. Currently the Tour de France is divided into steps daily and there are vehicles that provide food, water and even mechanical assistance to participants.

5. Super Bowl

For Americans it is a national holiday. And the end of the National Football League (NFL) is not restricted to them. According to the organization itself, over a billion people watch the highly anticipated game.
Unlike other professional leagues that decide their championships in a number of games, the National Football League ends its season with a single game. It's a lot of emotion in a single match.
The Super Bowl has existed since 1967 when the two major football leagues in the United States came together - the NFC (National Football League) and the AFC (American Football League). And the game goes far beyond the sport itself - it is really a sideshow.
Before the start of the game is always some important artist sings the U.S. national anthem. And between the second and third bedrooms there are shows with other artists. Millions of people watch the Super Bowl each year in the U.S. alone - and because of that, the price of the commercials are somewhat salty: in 2009, 30 second commercial cost $ 3 million (source - NFL - in English). This is the most watched sporting event in the United States.

4. Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race on Lisbon
The Volvo Ocean Race is the competition of more traditional sailing boat in the world. In addition to traditional, this race is the "largest" in several respects. The race crosses just four oceans and five continents and lasts no less than 9 months. That's right. The contestants are nine months away from their homes to play the event. The route is also not small - the race totals 37 miles nautical, or somewhere around 69,000 km.
On account of all these adversities is not strange that there are few boats that fall - after all, the boats did not leave anything cheap (something close to $ 25 million, including construction, equipment and crew wages). Also, many boats break down the path and whole crews arrive to abandon the competition.
The Volvo Ocean Race is held in "legs", ie paths from port to port that can last long 30 days sailing non-stop day and night.
The first race around the world, also called sea marathon took place in the years 1973/1974. At that time, 17 vessels participated in the competition. Since then, the event only gained more prestige. In the race for 2005/2006, 2 billion viewers followed the event

3. Winter Olympics

Just as the Summer Olympics, the Winter Games have also the supervision of the International Olympic Committee and are held every four years. The competition, however, is unique to sports played on ice or snow.
The first edition of the Winter Games was held in 1924 in Chamonix, and was only made official by the IOC two years later. Then called International Week of Winter Sports, the competition brought together 258 athletes from 16 countries.
Early Winter Games and Summer Games were held in the same country and the same year. It was not until 1936 when the Games began to be played in different countries, however, still in the same year. In 1992 the Winter Games and the Summer Olympic Games came to be merged - every two years one was held, and always in even years.

2. World Cup Football

The World Cup Football is undoubtedly the biggest football event in the world and the second largest sporting event in the world - second only to the World Cup audience for the Summer Olympics
The first edition was held in 1930 and featured only selections invited. Since then, the tournament is played also for four years (well with the Summer Olympics), but the number of teams participating was gradually increasing. Since 1998, FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body that oversees world soccer, established a fixed number of 32 teams participating in the finals.
The growth of competition is also measured in numbers. The number of viewers jumped from 430,000 people in 1930 to 26 billion in 2006. In total, 207 teams have competed seeking a berth in the World Cup finals, with 78 already qualified at least once. Only 12 countries, however, reached the grand final and only 8 of them have had the pleasure of lifting the trophy.

1. Olympics Games
Oscar Pistorius in Spirit Olympics Games
The biggest sporting event on the planet is also the oldest. The first official record of the existence of the Summer Olympics date back to 776 BC At that time the Games were held in a Greek village called Olympia and the main purpose was to honor Zeus, greatest deity of the place.
Games for the Greeks were so powerful that interrupted even wars and battles. The contests, held every four years, athletes and spectators gathered throughout Greece.

Source: discovery.com


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