Although Covid-19 seems to be an indomitable enemy, Governments across the world has started the process the restart the economy and normal living in their respective authorities. Although the process is risky, it is being propagated, out of sheer necessity, that we may have to learn to live with Covid-19. Under such situation, sports, one of the branches affected greatly by the pandemic, are being reopened slowly. The major football leagues of the world are set to open in varied times in the near future.
Let’s check out some of the major football leagues in the world, when they open up, and what are the opening fixtures:
Serie-A will return after a three-month break on June 20. Four postponed matches of March 9, when the league was called off due to the pandemic, will be held first and then the league will carry on with their fixtures. The first match will be Torino versus Parma at 7.30 pm on June 20 followed by Hellas Verona versus Cagliari at 9.45pm. The next day Atalanta will host Sassuolo at 7.30 pm while Inter Milan will be at home against Sampdoria at 9.45 pm.
La Liga will restart on June 11, nearly three months after the league was suspended. Training has been resumed ten days before the restart of the season, and players try to reach their physical and footballing best before entering the field. The league has announced fixtures for two rounds, which will begin with Sevilla facing Real Betis in a derby match. Barcelona will face Real Mallorca on June 13 and Real Madrid will face SD Eibar the following day. The plan is for games to take place every day across five weeks and end the season on July 19.
English Premier League, easily the most watched football league in the planet, will restart on June 19. Cynics are already pointing out that the 2 matches in the restart day leads to each team playing the same number of matches, and if anything goes wrong, the league leaves the option open for a curtailment. In the restart day, Manchester City will take on Arsenal in a heavy game, and Aston Villa faces Sheffield United.
With Bundesliga already up and running, the return of these leagues will put a smile on the face of every football fan, but the risks make it more ambiguous in its impact.
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