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Football is back: Which leagues are resuming play this week?

19 May 2020 | Opinion
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Football is back: Which leagues are resuming play this week?

First it was the Korean K-League and then it was the German Bundesliga. Now, more football leagues around the globe – mostly in Europe – are returning to action.

This week marks the return of a wave leagues that will start back up across Europe after going into hiatus due to Covid-19. By the end of May, a number of leagues around the world will be playing to conclude their 2019-20 seasons.

The first to restart is the Estonia top-fight with three matches being played on Tuesday, May 19. Estonian football plays spring to autumn and play was suspended after just one matchday.

They will now have the chance to complete the season and there is hope that fans will be allowed to attend matches as early as July. Joining Estonia is another smaller football league as the Costa Rican Premier League also restarts on Wednesday.

The CRPL is the first league in the Americas to restart after the breakout of the pandemic. With cases still rising in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, the CRPL is likely to be the only league back in action for a few more weeks at the very least.

Costa Rica plays an apertura/clausura split season. The league’s clausura still had seven games plus the playoffs to go when it was suspended in March. There will be plenty of football to play in the country to finish out the campaign.

Football fans can rejoice because there are further leagues returning this week as well. The Czech Republic top-flight will resume on Saturday, May 23, as the clubs finish out the final six games of the season.

The Hungarian first division and Hungary Cup will also resume after a two month-plus hiatus. The top-flight in Hungary is close with Fenrencvarosi just three points ahead of second-placed MOL Fehervar. Fenrencvarosi have two games in hand, however.

Just weeks ago, it felt like football, the most important of the least important things, would never return. It is now back with more leagues resuming or starting the final week of May and first week of June.

Although the German Bundesliga is so far the only “major” league to return, La Liga is progressing in their bid to restart. From May 18, players have been able to train in groups of up to 10. It is a good sign and hopefully, the Premier League won’t be too far behind.

So, who is back playing and when are other leagues set to return?

Belarus – played through pandemic breaks taken by other leagues

• Germany – Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 returned on May 16

• France – Has cancelled the season

Czech Republic First League – May 23

Costa Rican Premier League – May 19

Hungary top-fight – May 23

• Estonia Meistriliiga – May 19

• Austria Bundesliga – June 2

Croatia 1.HNL - June 5

Israel Premier League – May 30

• Poland Ekstraklasa – May 29

Russian Premier League – June 21

• Denmark Superliga – May 28

• Serbia Super Liga – May 30

• Sweden Allvenskan – June 14

By the end of May, it is estimated that around 15 professional top-flight football leagues will be back in play.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 82 29 27 1 1 66 21 45
2. Manchester City 57 28 18 3 7 68 31 37
3. Leicester City 53 29 16 5 8 58 28 30
4. Chelsea 48 29 14 6 9 51 39 12
5. Manchester United 45 29 12 9 8 44 30 14
6. Wolverhampton 43 29 10 13 6 41 34 7
7. Sheffield United 43 28 11 10 7 30 25 5
8. Tottenham 41 29 11 8 10 47 40 7
9. Arsenal 40 28 9 13 6 40 36 4
10. Burnley 39 29 11 6 12 34 40 -6
11. Crystal Palace 39 29 10 9 10 26 32 -6
12. Everton 37 29 10 7 12 37 46 -9
13. Newcastle United 35 29 9 8 12 25 41 -16
14. Southampton 34 29 10 4 15 35 52 -17
15. Brighton 29 29 6 11 12 32 40 -8
16. West Ham 27 29 7 6 16 35 50 -15
17. Watford 27 29 6 9 14 27 44 -17
18. Bournemouth 27 29 7 6 16 29 47 -18
19. Aston Villa 25 28 7 4 17 34 56 -22
20. Norwich City 21 29 5 6 18 25 52 -27

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