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Europe: Confirmed Resumption Dates For Top Soccer Leagues

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought regular life to a halt as countries fight to contain the spread. Professional sports were naturally hit hard, but even though new cases have slowed down across Europe many top soccer leagues are starting to come to the realization that resumption of play this season may be possible.

With virtually every league title, European qualification for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and relegation/promotion battles yet to be decided, all top leagues are committed to resolving the 2019-20 seasons before moving on.

1. Germany’s Bundesliga

Germany's Bundesliga

Germany’s Bundesliga

Germany’s Bundesliga will restart on 16 May, with all matches played behind closed doors

Major leagues impacted: Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2

Last game played: March 11, 2020

Current target date to resume: 16th May 2020

2. Hungary NBI

The Hungarian professional football season, suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak since mid-March, will re-start on May 23 with two Cup ties and a league game, the country’s football federation (MLSZ) said.

Major leagues impacted: NBI, NB2, NB III

Last game played: Mach 14, 2020

Current target date to resume: 16th May 2020

3. Czech Republic: Liga

The regular phase of the Czech Republic top flight will resume on 25th May without fans, after a 10-week break because of the coronavirus, with the possibility of the competition being extended until July, the league announced on Tuesday.

Major leagues impacted: Czech Liga, NFL

Last game played: Mach 9, 2020

Current target date to resume: 25th May 2020

4. Croatia HNL

The Croatian football association said its season will resume with cup ties on May 30 followed by league games on June 6, pending government approval.

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Major leagues impacted: Croatia HNL1, HNL2

Last game played: Mach 9, 2020

Current target date to resume: 30th May 2020

5. Serbia Super Liga

The Serbian league will resume after its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 30, the country’s football association the FSS announced.

In addition to the league’s resumption, the Serbian Cup which has reached the quarter-finals stage will be completed, with the final on June 24.

Major leagues impacted: Croatian Superliga, Prva Liga

Last game played: Mach 14, 2020

Current target date to resume: 30th May 2020

6. Israel Premier League

Israel Premier league will resume on May 30 without spectators in a changed format.

Major leagues impacted: Israel LIGAT HA’AL

Last game played: Mach 9, 2020

Current target date to resume: 30th May 2020

7. Portugal Primeira Liga

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to wreak havoc all around the world, the Portuguese League has drawn up provisional plans to complete the current season by the end of July starting from 30th May 2020

Major leagues impacted: Primeira Liga, Segunda Liga

Last game played: Mach 8, 2020

Current target date to resume: 30th May 2020

8. Bulgaria First League

Bulgaria’s top division will resume on June 5 without spectators and end on July 11. The Bulgarian Cup final will take place on July 4. The new season will start on July 25.

Major leagues impacted: Bulgarian First League, Second and Third League

Last game played: Mach 8, 2020

Current target date to resume: 5th June 2020

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9. Switzerland Super League

The Switzerland super league will resume on June 8th, 2020 without spectators.

Major leagues impacted: Switzerland Super League,

Last game played: Mach 9, 2020

Current target date to resume: 8th June 2020

10. Turkey Super Lig

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has said it intends to resume the suspended Süper Lig on the weekend of June 12-14, and host the 2020 Uefa Champions League final in Istanbul in August.

Major leagues impacted: Turkey Super Lig,

Last game played: Mach 17, 2020

Current target date to resume: 12th June 2020

11. Iceland Úrvalsdeild

Iceland Úrvalsdeild professional football league said it intends to re-start matches on June 14

Major leagues impacted: Iceland Úrvalsdeild,

Last game played: New season

Current target date to resume: 14th June 2020

12. Sweden Allsvenskan

The Allsvenskan, the top tier of club football in Sweden, has confirmed that it is looking to start its season on June 14 with fans to be allowed in the stadium as normal despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Major leagues impacted: Sweden Allsvenskan, Superentta

Last game played: New season

Current target date to resume: 14th June 2020

13. Finland Veikkausliiga

Veikkausliiga announced the new schedule for the 2019 season. The season was to begin the 3rd of April 2020 and finish the 3rd of November but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FA plans to start the league on the 1st of July 2020.

Major leagues impacted: Finland Veikkausliiga,

Last game played: New season

Current target date to resume: 1st July 2020

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MERCATO: APEJES place deux joueurs en AUTRICHE

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Il s’agit de KEKOH NDIFOR ET MISSI TOMP PHOENIX qui viennent de s’engager pour le club ADMIRA WACKER.

Léon Aimé ZANG, l un des meilleurs formateurs de l heure au Cameroun à encore de frapper.
Il vient de placer deux joueurs en première division Autrichienne dans le club Admira .

Les deux ont paraphé chacun un contrat de 3ans avec ce club mythique Autrichien.

Après avoir transféré Oum Gouet en Autriche dans le club Altach il ya deux ans, voici à nous 2 joueurs de Apejes de Mfou qui arrivent en Autriche.

Une constance qui prouve que son staff technique fait progresser permanent les joueurs.

Chapeau à AIMÉ LEON ZANG qui oeuvre pour la progression des footballeurs CAMEROUNAIS.

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MERCATO: VITUS AMOUGUI opte pour le championnat MOLDAVE

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Contrairement à ce qui à été annoncé par certains certains supports réseaux sociaux, le milieu de terrain Camerounais déposera des valises en Moldavie dans le club MILSAMI ORHEI et non à SPERANTA NISPORENI.

Le nouveau club du champion du Cameroun 2019 ( avec UMS de LOUM) est un habitué du haut de tableau au pays Moldave. Créé en 2005, elle effectue da montée en 2009 et remporte son unique titre de champion national en 2015. MILSAMI est l’actuel 4 eme championnat et compte le remporter.

VITUS AMOUGUI rejoint une colonie étrangère déjà pourvu de 3 joueurs .Notamment le Gambien OMAR GAYE ET GUORGUI BAYE un français d’origine Sénégalaise.

Bon à savoir : Ce transfert de AMOUGUI est un travail de titan de l’agence VILAKAZI qui on se souvient a géré la transaction entre le championnat d’Afrique cadet Camerounais LEONEL WAMBA ET SPARTCK JURMALA en LETTONIE. D’autres sont en cours. Affaires à suivre…

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EPL players left divided over keeping Black Lives Matter slogan on shirts

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Premier League players are divided on whether to keep the Black Lives Matter (BLM) slogan on their shirts and have left a decision on the sensitive issue until just days before the new season.   The Premier League has said the decision rests with the players, whose views will be aired at a pre-season meeting of the club captains this week.  The Mail on Sunday understands that some players want to continue with the slogan. The representative of one BAME player indicated that the individual in question felt ‘very strongly’ about the slogan’s part in the ongoing fight against bigotry and two lead.  But several sources have said that players are aware of the controversy the message attracted last season when the BLM message was hijacked by a group of extreme activists. They do not want to put themselves at the centre of an ongoing controversy and feel that would be counter-productive.  There will be a wish to ensure that black and minority ethnic players are given a strong voice in the decision. Yet only two of the 20 Premier League captains are BAME: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Leicester City’s Wes Morgan, who also sits on the league’s Black Participants Advisory Group.  Kick it Out last week reported 446 incidences of abuse during the 2019-20 season – a 42 per cent increase on the previous campaign – and the organisation’s head of development Troy Townsend said last night that he hoped the shirt slogan would be kept for the new season.   He said: ‘We should not let people hijack it. It’s a message through which players have taken it upon themselves to show solidarity to their teammates – not a political message – and it’s cheap to align that to some political movement. Unfortunately, the decision has come down to the wire but I think the captains will drive the message of solidarity. I hope they are not spoken down.’  Both Townsend and Kick it Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari said that nothing had changed since the death of George Floyd in the US on May 25 became a catalyst for the show of solidarity in which Premier League players decided to wear the BLM message instead of their names on shirts.  Bhandari said: ‘Racial injustice and inequality didn’t just finish at the end of the season. The players’ greatest power is to push for change and how they do that should be driven by them.’  A decision has been left to the last minute because players have only just returned to training. But it is a more complex one than the decision on whether to take knee – which is set to continue when the new season starts.   The Premier League Black Lives Matter logo – designed by Alisha Hosannah, partner of the Watford striker Troy Deeney – was intended simply to send the message that it is unacceptable to treat black people differently to anyone else.  But a series of tweets from a ‘Black Lives Matter UK’ account included anti-Israel messages, with calls to de-fund the police and remove Met Commissioner Cressida Dick. The group’s Twitter feed has hijacked the distinctive black and yellow colour scheme of the original US campaign and has built 77,000 followers, with a crowdfunding campaign which has attracted donations of more than £1million. The group has refused to disclose whom its leaders are.  Some players feel strongly that this extreme fringe group should not be allowed to block a message which many feel strongly about.  Bhandari said: ‘The sentiments of the Black Lives Matter movement mean different things in different countries. In the context of British football, we want to see more black coaches, more Asian players, boardrooms that are not all white and all male and reductions in discrimination and an end to online hate. What we now have to do is translate gestures into action because gestures on their own are meaningless.’   Townsend cited the boycotts staged by NBA and NFL stars and tennis player Naomi Osaka over the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, as evidence of the need to maintain solidarity here. ‘The level of protest has only progressed since the end of last season,’ he said.  The Premier League issued a statement when the rogue group’s activities came to light, saying it was ‘aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes to promote their own political views’ and that ‘these actions are entirely unwelcome and are rejected.’  A compromise on the Black Lives Matter slogan would be the introduction of an alternative type of anti-racism messaging on shirts, though the imminent start of the season creates little time to design and agree on one.  Logistically, it is not a problem that the decision will be reached possibly 72 hours before the first games of the new campaign. Two shirts must be prepared for each player in the 30-man squads and the task of embossing either players’ names or a slogan is one day’s work for Premier League clubs’ kit staff.

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