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European leagues set the ball rolling

European leagues set the ball rolling

Published:21 May 2020

With the German Bundesliga having become the first major European league to resume following the two-month coronavirus shutdown and more and more countries now planning to follow suit, football is set to roll in Euopean stadia eventhough in front of empty galleries for the time being.

Paris:With the German Bundesliga having become the first major European league to resume following the two-month coronavirus shutdown and more and more countries now planning to follow suit, football is set to roll in Euopean stadia eventhough in front of empty galleries for the time being.


Bundesliga returned at the weekend to play out the final nine rounds of the season with all matches going ahead behind closed doors. It was not the first European league to return, however. That honour went to the Faroe Islands, which resumed its league a week earlier. Not forgetting Belarus, which was the only European country where football carried on throughout the last two months.


England, Spain and Italy all remain hopeful of completing the season but ongoing concerns about the health crisis mean nothing is set in stone. Six positive cases for coronavirus were detected at three English Premier League clubs after players and staff were tested ahead of a return to training.


Premier League clubs are aiming for a return to action by the middle of next month despite concerns from some players over their welfare. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has said all its competitions, including Serie A, will remain suspended until at least June 14.

In Spain, players are now training in groups of up to 10 with La Liga targeting a restart on June 12.
The Netherlands became the first European country to bring an early end to the season on April 24 as the Eredivisie was cancelled without a champion being crowned. France then followed suit on April 30, ending the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. The season was not voided, though, with Paris Saint-Germain confirmed as champions.


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