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After the crisis of COVID19 and the big change in our lives and habits, now it is time to come back to our usual activity, and watching and betting on sports is maybe one of the most pleasant and entertaining ways to enjoy our spare time. The return of the Leagues is here.
The football top leagues in Europe have been restarting on different dates by each country and even at present, there are still some competitions to be confirmed for its return or total cancellation.
The return of these competitions after the new reality marked by the COVID19 pandemic will share a common fact: there will not be real public in the stadiums, which will be replaced by robots and maniquies and until the end of 2020, it is foreseen that the stadiums will be empty of real followers.
After this unexpectable pandemic pause, we expect the players to come back with a lot of energy, courage and very well trained to offer us good matches and good results.
Here is the status of the most important competitions:
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Germany, the BUNDESLIGA at present is already playing. It was restarted last 16th May, with Bayern leading the competition, followed by Dortmund in second place.
In Spain, LA LIGA will restart again on June 11 with F.C. Barcelona in first position, two points above Real Madrid. The first match of the competition’s restart will be the derby Sevilla – Real Betis.
In the UK, the PREMIER LEAGUE is set to restart on June 17. Liverpool leads the competition with a spectacular advantage of 25 points over the second, Manchester City.
In Italy, SERIES A competition was suspended until at least June 13th, but still to be confirmed by the government. Juventus was the leader closely followed by Lazio with only 1 point difference.
The rest of the European leagues like in Polish, Serbian, Hungarian, and Israelian are programmed between 29th and 30th May to re-start again. Also, the Portuguese league will return from 30-31st May as well as the Russian Premier League which will restart again next June 21st.
Unfortunately the following Leagues will not return, since they have been cancelled definitively:
In the Nederlands, the EREDIVISIE competition has been finally confirmed as canceled with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar sharing the leadership, both with 56 points.
The French LEAGUE 1 was canceled with PSG leading the competition, as well as the Belgian competition Jupiler League Pro with Brugue team as the champion.
Also the Scottish Premiership champions has been cancelled with Celtic team as champions.
The Cypriot First Division league has been also cancelled with two teams, Omonia Nicosia and Anorthosis Famagusta tied at the top of the table with 46 points each. It is still pending from the CFA to decide whether to give the league title.
Another competition cancelled has been The Mexican Liga MX 2020 and it is the first time in its history that no champion will be crowned, but the two leaders of the competition, Cruz Azul and Leon, will qualify for next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said 900 tournaments across all its circuits had been postponed and that it was furloughing half its staff.
The 2020 Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club announced on April 1.
It is the first time the championships, due to take place between June 28 and July 11, have been called off since World War II.
The professional tennis tour – men’s and women’s – has been suspended until June 7, with all clay-court tournaments in Europe cancelled. ATP and WTA rankings have been frozen until further notice.
On the other side of the continent, the NFL, fortunately, was in its offseason when the outbreak reached the United States. The league’s draft was held from April 23 to 25 on a TV event with no spectators.
So the first regular-season game is scheduled for Sept. 10 with great expectations that the season can still be held.
A plan to return to the NBA competition is about to be confirmed on June 1st to schedule the matches from July on.