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Football in a Pandemic: Major Leagues Return Amidst Covid-19

In what seemed like an unending speculation on what the future of football would be like, the England FA, the Italian sports federation and Laliga Santander have decided to continue their respective leagues. But these three football regulators must have been a tad late as the German Bundesliga kick started a fortnight ago.

The excitement however returns without a 5th major European league, fans of the French Ligue Un must be whining in their sleep knowing well the June du football invasion will not include them.

French season cancelled, PSG declared winners with 12 points gap.                        

On the April 30, 2020, the France’s Ligue de Football Professionel declared the Ligue Un and Ligue Deux seasons void, crowning PSG as league winners. This followed directives from the French government citing bans on all major sporting activities until September later this year.

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In a celebratory tweet, PSG dedicated the club’s ninth league win to all the healthcare workers and everyday heroes from their admirable commitments and sacrifices.

Broken jinx or shattered dreams; Liverpool fans on the brink of depression

The glamorous English Premier League wasn’t spared from the snares of the Covid 19 pandemic. With over 20 point lead, the red gallants of Anfield were poised to lift their first league trophy after a 30 year drought had engulfed them. With less than 10 games to seal the season,  Jurgen Klopp’s side appeared the favourites to win the league, but alas, here we are.

The suspension of the EPL was the most speculative.The most watched league around the world was about to halt permanently and Liverpool’s long dream was about to be crushed and rival fans couldn’t be happier. The league had to end if it meant crushing the egos of the defending UCL champions.

A tale of thin margin, the Spanish affair.                                       

On march 12, La Liga took a decision to suspend the season after Real Madrid’s basketball player tested positive for the novel virus.

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The league president, Javier Tebas, sounded quite optimistic of completing the league and ruled out a permanent termination of it. With just two points separating Real Madrid from league leaders Barcelona, it appeared the league was far from over.

Football Returns, Again!                                                                       

Football is back, literally. Germany conceived it in May, Spain, England and Italy are about to birth it in June. Seems like an abnormal period of conception but who cares? The world is happier knowing how much the sport means to us.

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After more than two months of football break in Spain, La Liga Santander has announced a season restart on the 11th of June with remaining matches to played between then and July 19th.

Photo credit: @brfootball

Photo credit: @brfootball.

Serie A

On Thursday, Italy’s sports minister announced government’s decision with football officials to conclude the Serie A. “Italy is getting back on its feet and it’s only right that football should do the same,” he told reporters. “In light of this, we can today say that the championship can start again on June 20

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English Premier League                                                                                        

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Meanwhile, in England, clubs have agreed to return to action on 17th of June to play the outstanding match day 29 games. Like every other returning football season, all games are expected to be used behind closed doors with strict social distancing measures put in place.                             Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United will kick-off in midweek to bring all 20 top-flight teams to nine games remaining.

BIG QUESTION
How can fiercely contact sport such as football pave way for social distancing to be strictly adhered to?

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