Where will the big football league of Europe stand?


Retrieved 01 May 2020, 23:54 IST

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Football still holds sway across major leagues in Europe as the continent battles the coronavirus epidemic.

The tide has turned in the fight against the virus, with both leagues deciding that the 2019-20 season cannot be resumed.

Others are probably unwavering in their determination to stop the campaign through games and finish the champions which will probably be behind closed doors.

Here we see the state of play across the top leagues.

Premier League – Suspended

All professional football in England was suspended on 13 March, with Liverpool holding the title for the first time since 1990.

Defending champions Liverpool cleared 25 points from Manchester City after the season was suspended. Premier League clubs are committed to ending the season “when it is safe and appropriate to do so”.

The league’s 20 clubs said in a video conference on Friday that neutral venues would be needed to end the season.

Laliga – Suspended

La Liga saw their season postponed indefinitely on March 23rd but preparations for the return seem to be growing very fast.

On Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the players could return to separate training on May 4.

With Barcelona empty-handed rivals Real Madrid clearing two points, there was no indication of when the season could resume, with Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui saying it would take “at least five weeks” for the players to prepare.

Bundesliga – Suspended

Holded since March 13, the German Football League (DFL) was moving towards a return on May 9 but left the final decision to the government, which then decided to delay the verdict until May.

Hopes of a resumption next week have now been dashed, meaning fans can wait to see if Bayern Munich, who led the Bundesliga by four points, will be able to retain the title.

Serie A – Suspended

An emergency meeting of the Lega Serie on Friday found that all 20 parties had agreed to start the campaign, which has been suspended since March 9.

All Italian teams will return to training on May 18, a day after the government’s existing lockdown system expires.

Juventus were one point clear at the top of Lazio when the season came to a halt.

League 1 – Canceled

The decision was effectively taken by the French football authorities this week when the government ruled that no sport could be held before September.

The League D Football Professional (LFP) met on Thursday and announced Paris Saint-Germain, who cleared the top 12 in League 1 by 12 points, became champions on a per-game basis. Marseille and Rennes join them in next season’s Champions League.

Toulouse and Amiens were relegated and replaced by the top two from Luiz 2, Laurent and Lens, surpassing Nimes due to the cancellation of release play-offs.

Eredivisie – Cancel

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced its intention to end the season in the Netherlands after the Dutch government announced last month that all events would be banned until September.

At the time of the suspension, the points at the top of the Eredivisie were at the Ajax and AZ levels, but no champions were declared or no team was allowed to concede. The top two go to the Champions League.