The last few weeks will go down as a dark, dark time in our history but things are looking up and getting better every day.
You can’t wait for football to get back – we all can’t wait.
It seems like a lifetime ago when we watched a live game of football, except for those who fancy Belarusian, Nicaraguan, or Turkmenistan football.
I mean no disrespect but those ain’t the kind of live actions I would want to see – I don’t know about you though.
And when you give it a thought, where would you even watch those games on TV?
When will the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A resume?
And what’s the new story coming of the Netherlands after the league was cancelled, could they restart the league?
Well, the good news, we are expecting some top leagues to resume in May, although it must be said that none of these dates are guaranteed because these are unprecedented times.
When Will Football Get Back?
England Premier League
According to the Sun, the English Premier League could be set to resume in a matter of weeks, with matches to be played behind closed doors but may be shown on free-to-air TV.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been informed on how football authorities plan to have games played behind closed doors.
They see this as a morale booster for the nation after weeks of being shut inside. The priority is to get the Premier League season finished as it would allow the transfer window to open and enable money to trickle down the football pyramid.
You Might be Wondering, What about other Leagues?
The Eredivisie – the highest echelon of professional football in the Netherlands, was cancelled because of the coronavirus, however, there seems to be a new twist in that tale for Dutch football.
Dutch newspaper AD, in a new publication confirmed that some teams are considering legal action against the Dutch football’s governing body the KNVB.
One of the teams, Cambuur, is reportedly suing the KNVB for financial hit they would incur as a result of such decisions. Cambuur are 11 points clear at the top of the Eerste Divisie, Netherland’s second division.
FC Utrecht are also reported to be unhappy with the decision, they are three points behind Willem II with a game in hand in the chase for a Europa League spot.
The question on everyone’s lips right now – Will the Dutch Leagues resume this season?
Only time will tell!
France Ligue 1
The French Ligue 1 has been called off after French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe cancelled all sporting events until at least September 2020 because of the COVID-19 disease.
“The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September,” he said in a national assembly on Tuesday.
“The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return.”
Initially, there were plans by the french football authorities to have the competition resume in June but the government’s decision supersedes all and that means – officially there will be no football in France until September.
There will be a meeting of football officials in May to discuss the final league standings, with it yet to be determined who will be crowned champions, who will be relegated, and who will win promotion.
PSG appear set to be crowned Champions though with a 12 point lead at the top of the log.
We have information the German Bundesliga is scheduled to resume in May, making it the first to resume football actions in Europe since the coronavirus outbreak but that’s pending government’s approval.
Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert confirmed the Bundesliga is set to resume footballing actions as early as May 9, after a meeting between officials of the clubs in the top two tiers of German football.
All 36 clubs agreed to have matches resume with the aim of finishing the season.
There are suggestions games will be played behind closed doors, with rigorous testing of players and staff, as well as frequent deep cleaning of stadiums top of the to-do list, thus making safety top priority for all involved.
Italy Serie A
Italy is one of the countries badly hit by the COVID-19 disease but there seems to be some respite and this means things will soon return to normal albeit slowly.
Italian football could be set to return in June with clubs resuming training as early as May 18.
This was confirmed by Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who announced that professional football teams can resume training from Monday, May 18.
“I am passionate about football, like many Italians, so it did seem strange that the season could be suspended, but even the most passionate supporters realized there was no alternative.
“Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora will work intensively over the next few days with the experts, scientists and sporting figures to undertake training individually from May 4, in groups from May 18, and then we’ll evaluate if there are the conditions to allow the season to be completed.
“Right now, we need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security. We are passionate about sport and don’t want our idols to get ill.”
– Giuseppe Conte
There will be regular testing of players and staff to detect early in the event any of them become infected, that person will be immediately isolated.
Spain La Liga
Spain is another country that was hit real hard by the coronavirus, so far they have recorded 236,899 cases and 24,275 deaths, but just Italy, things are looking good and the government plans to relax lockdown in selected areas as early as May 4.
Four Spanish islands will be first to ease measures with the rest of Spain following a week later.
To answer the question of when La Liga will resume, Bleacherreport reports there are plans in motion to restart the league on one of three dates: May 29, June 6 or June 28 with a view to finishing the league by the end of July, ideally leaving August free to conclude UEFA’s European club competitions.
President of La Liga, Javier Tebas wouldn’t want the league cancelled and he was quoted as stating his reasons to be that a lot of money (as high as €1 billion) would be lost the if Spanish La Liga is not completed.
Records have it sport in Spain accounts for about 1.37 percent of the country’s GDP (and almost 200,000 jobs).
UEFA Champions League
There are a lot of calls for Europe elite competition to be completed and some (Chelsea and probably Liverpool supporters) who are hoping this season edition would be canceled for obvious reasons but that wouldn’t happen according to UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin. Sorry folks!
As reported by Legit, there are concrete plans by the European football governing body to finish the season by August this year, when they expect at least 80% of national leagues to finish.
Although there are no confirmed dates yet, the body is hoping the competition will restart in August.
Aleksander Ceferin, while speaking to beIN Sports was quoted as saying…
“We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of Uefa to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August,”
Below we list the Popular Leagues and their expected resumption date.
German Bundesliga 1 and 2 – May 9
Korean League – May 9
Austrian Bundesliga – May 16
Danish Super Liga – May 17
Poland Estraklasa – May 29
Sweden Allsvenskan – June 14
Italian Serie A and B – June 2
La Liga 1 and 2 – June 6
English Premier League and Championship – June ??
Leagues that have ended because of the coronavirus
I have to sound a note of warning, none of these dates are guaranteed as you simply can not give assurance on anything during these unprecedented times.
As we all remain hopeful, let’s not get overly excited at least until football officially resumes as there are certain terms the government has demanded of authorities (e.g England) before football can return.
Liverpool fans understandably will be desperate for things to return to normal but we all have to place safety above everything.
And this same sentiment was echoed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been quoted to supports the call to suspend the schedule.
“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean,” Klopp said in a statement released on Liverpool’s official website.
“This should be the case all the time in life, but at this moment I think it matters more than ever.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches aren’t important at all.
“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.
“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.
“The decision is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against becoming ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity.”
“None of us know at this moment what the outcome will be, but as a team we have to have the belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgment and morality,” Klopp continued.
“I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.
The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.”
We all miss football and hopefully everything returns to normal soon.
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