Sports fans will be salivating at the 12 months ahead, with the World Cup in South Africa the centrepiece of a packed year. The African Cup of Nations is the first major football event - it is currently being played in Angola, with some of the Premier League's top stars competing for their home nations. The second Merseyside derby of the campaign is just weeks away as the season reaches its climax, with European and domestic cup finals to come in Hamburg, Madrid and Wembley.

 

Away from football, the calendar is full of big events and festivals. Vancouver will host the Winter Olympics througout February, while athletes will be travelling to Delhi for the latest staging of the Commonwealth Games in October. On the cricket front, England and Australia will again do battle in November as England look to retain the Ashes away from home, while golf fans will be waiting for the Ryder Cup in Wales at the start of October.

 

Here is our guide to the sports events you will not want to miss in 2010:

 

 

Football

 

African Cup of Nations - 10th - 31st January, Angola

 

Liverpool vs. Everton - 6th February, Anfield

 

Carling Cup Final - 28th February, Wembley

 

UEFA Europa League final - 12th May, Hamburg

 

FA Cup final - 15th May, Wembley

 

UEFA Champions League final - 22nd May, Madrid

 

FIFA World Cup - 11th June - 11th July, South Africa

 

 

General

 

Winter Olympics - 12th - 28th February, Vancouver

 

European Athletics Championships - 27th July - 1st August, Barcelona

 

Commonwealth Games - 3rd - 14th October, Delhi

 

 

Cricket

 

Australia vs. England Ashes series begins - 25th November, Australia

 

 

Rugby

 

6 Nations - 6th February - 20th March

 

Challenge Cup final - 28th August, Wembley

 

Super League Grand final - 2nd October, Manchester

 

 

Horse Racing

 

Cheltenham Festival - 16th - 19th March

 

Grand National meeting - 8th - 10th April, Aintree

 

 

Golf

 

The Open Championship - 15th - 18th July, St Andrews

 

The Ryder Cup - 1st - 3rd October, Wales

 

 

Other sports

 

Superbowl XLIV -7th February, Miami

 

Formula 1 season begins - 12th March, Bahrain

 

Snooker World Championship - 17th April - 3rd May, Sheffield

 

Wimbledon - 21st June - 4th July

 

2010: A blockbuster year of sport

By Chris Shaw, Chief Sports Reporter

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