From Munich to Paris - Laureus Legends are your guides through a Summer of Sport

Spirit of Sport
Euro 2024. Wimbledon. The Olympic Games. As a non-stop summer of sport begins, Spirit of Sport has assembled an all-star team to preview the big events that have fans and athletes at fever pitch. 
The action kicks off as Europe’s top football teams descend on Germany looking to achieve their dream of being crowned Euro 2024 champions.

In the latest episode of the Laureus-produced show, football legends Fabio Capello, Alessandro Del Piero and Ruud Gullit predict which sides could make history at the finals, and pick out the players they think will take the competition by storm. 

England will aim to go one better this time around after suffering an agonising penalty shoutout defeat against Italy in front of an expectant Wembley crowd three years ago. Speaking to Spirit of Sport, Capello – a former England manager as well as a serial winner in charge of Milan, Roma and Madrid – makes the case for Gareth Southgate’s side finally ending their long wait for tournament success.

And one man he believes can lead the team to glory is Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner Jude Bellingham, who recently capped off a magnificent debut season with Real Madrid by winning the UEFA Champions League.

Laureus Ambassador Fabio Capello said: “The big difference is that he’s good outside the box – in midfield, he sees the game straight away – but he’s also good inside the penalty area, because he dribbles, because he passes, and he has a great vision of the game.”
Ruud Gullit, captain of the swashbuckling Dutch team which triumphed at Euro 88, highlights the important role the youngster’s supporting cast will play. 

[Phil] Foden, I like to see,” he said. “He’s had an unbelievable season with Man City, can he do that also with the national team?”

Defending champions Italy enter the tournament with lower expectations, but former FIFA World Cup winner Del Piero pinpoints how they can upset the odds, and delivers his verdict on favourites France.

"With France, they have huge personality," said the Laureus Academy Member. "I think they have two or three national teams that can compete in the Euros.". 
From the pristine German pitches to the grass courts of Wimbledon, next we look ahead to the third tennis Grand Slam of the year, as 59-time major winner Martina Navratilova shares her insights on what it takes to reach the top. 

“Some players don’t want to be there, too much pressure, too much attention,” said the tennis icon. “But I think for most champions that’s exactly where they want to be – they want to be the one that everyone’s trying to knock off.”

With the opening ceremony fast-approaching, attention turns to Paris as the city prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For many, winning gold is the pinnacle of sporting achievement, and so we sit down with legendary athletes including American sprinter Michael Johnson and five-time Olympic champion gymnast Nadia Comăneci as they reflect on the Games’ unique power to inspire.
In the latest installment of our Sport in Madrid series, we shine a spotlight on the Spanish capital’s unique skateboarding culture as a group of talented enthusiasts take us around some of the city’s most iconic skating hotspots.

Spanish football hero Juan Mata then reveals which special trophy from another sport he would have loved to win as he takes on our quickfire challenge.

Finally, we get an exclusive look inside the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Padel Classic, an event which brought sporting stars and celebrities together for two days of good-natured competition – whilst raising vital funds for Laureus Sport for Good. 

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