Sporting Capitals of the World

The world is filled with incredible athletes and sports teams, but some cities are better known for their contributions to the world of sports than others. Whether it’s the great stadiums and facilities, the amazing players or the sport culture, these capitals are at the top of their game. 


Barcelona is a city rich in culture and it’s one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. Football fans will be familiar with Barcelona for its talented club, FC Barcelona, as it’s one of the most decorated teams in the history of the sport. From Maradona to Lionel Messi, over the years, the club has signed some of the most talented players ever known. But Barcelona has also played host to the 1992 Olympic Games and is also well-known for the Barcelona Open tennis tournament. 


London is one of the best-known cities for sport, particularly for football – it’s the driving force behind the Premier League and has myriad talented clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, to name a few. London has played host to the Olympic Games on several occasions, as well as showcasing NFL games, Wimbledon matches and horse racing at Ascot racecourse and Cheltenham Festival on the outskirts of the city. 


Tokyo is a striking city that’s popular with tourists but it’s also a great city for sports too. Surprisingly, baseball is one of the sports that this city is best known for, with five clubs in the Tokyo area and fans flocking to the stadiums each season. 2020 will mark the fourth year that Tokyo has hosted the Olympic games. It’s also popular with basketball fans, with four clubs in the city. 


Melbourne is known for the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Melbourne Cup horse racing event. But the competitiveness of the locals and the incredible surroundings make this city one of the best locations for sporting brilliance. In addition to horse racing, Melbourne is known for the Australian Open tennis championship, the Australian Grand Prix and the Cricket World Cup. 

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro may be best known for the likes of the FIFA World Cup (it’s won five world cups and has been the birthplace of numerous world-class players) but this city is also a sporting capital for volleyball. The amazing beaches and great weather make it a great place for beach sports and it’s one of the most popular sports with amateur players. Brazil has also competed in the summer Olympics every year since 1920, with the city hosting the games in 2016. 


Berlin enjoys football, like many others on this list, but it also has an aspiring ice hockey team and is well-known for being home to some more unique sports such as chess boxing. Athletics is also popular here, including the world championships in athletics and running. The city is home to the renowned Berlin Marathon, which is one of the largest and most popular running races in the world.