16.05.2020 » The Serie A is ready to return on June 13
The wait appears to be finally over, at least in what comes to professional football in Europe. Germany will be the first major country in the continent to see its main league returning to action, as the Bundesliga resumes this next Saturday (May 16). Italy and the Serie A in particular, are preparing to follow the same path exactly four weeks later (June 13), but the decision made after a video call with all the league's 20 clubs is still subject to the Italian government approval, which could happen in the next few days. The remaining fixtures are expected to be broadcasted in Italy by Sky, but with the huge uncertainty regarding the TV coverage abroad, it might be a good idea to resort to Streamingwars.com and simply look for a suitable streaming service package that could be covering Serie A games. In the meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo already returned to Turin on May 4 and immediately entered a 14-day quarantine that should be over just in time to resume training next Monday (May 18).
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The plans to resume football in Europe...
Given the current state of the Corona-virus global outbreak, it's easy to understand that resuming football action will never be an easy decision regardless of the country's resilience to fight against the pandemic. We've already seen several countries taking different approaches over the last weeks, starting with the Netherlands where the decision was to end the league immediately and leave the title vacant. It certainly was one of the most radical calls on the table and one that not many other countries will even dare to consider though...
In France, the scenario was slightly different, with the Ligue 1 being terminated but not without crowning PSG champions. The Paris side had one game in hand and a 12-point lead over Marseille when the competition got interrupted in the beginning of March, so the decision to hand over the title to PSG ended up not generating that much controversy. A similar route could have been taken in England with the Premier League and Liverpool being crowned champions, but for cultural and economical reasons all efforts are being made in seek of the return of the competition during the month of June...
Lastly and before looking at the Serie A's situation in more detail, we quickly turn our attention to Spain and La Liga. Still rated by many as the best league in the world (despite the Premier League's rise), the Spanish League hopes to return either on June 13 or June 20, but is still in close talks with the government to decide what is the best approach. In Spain, just like in Italy, the title fight is still wide open, as Barcelona leads the table with 58 points, followed by Real Madrid with just 2 points less.
The "Serie A" situation
As we all know, Italy was one of the most affected countries by the Corona-virus in Europe in the last months. Actually, it was the first country in Europe to deal with a massive number of people infected and naturally, it was also one of the first to start registering a decline in the numbers.
With an average number of "new Corona daily cases" below 1.000, the country already started implementing several measures to reopen its economy. Professional football however, was left to the final stages of a wide range of measures and should only return on June 13.
In a video meeting held this past Wednesday, 16 clubs (out of 20) voted for the Serie A to return on June 13, while the other 4 voted for the return date to be set a week later (June 20). Naturally, the majority won and the league officials proposed the Italian government to accept June 13 as the return date for the Serie A to resume. That would mean the league would have a total of 7 weeks before the beginning of August, a period in which they would have to complete 12 round of fixtures. As for the Coppa Italia, the semis would have to be played on July 1, while the final is to be scheduled on July 22.
What if someone gets infected with the Corona-virus once the Serie A resumes? Right now, the official position from the Italian football federation is that if someone gets infected, that person and only that person will be isolated and face a quarantine period. However, Italy's Health Ministry has stated that if a single players gets infected by the Corona-virus, the whole team will need to go into a 14-day isolation and quarantine period. We can all guess how chaotic things can turn out to be if this is the standard protocol to followed once the Serie A restarts...
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juventus in the Serie A is on June 13, against Sampdoria. You can watch Juventus vs Sampdoria, Real Madrid vs Eibar, Mallorca vs Barça, Tottenham vs Man Utd, Man City vs Arsenal, and Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich, all matches provided from our live football game pages.
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Juventus vs Sampdoria kick-off time (13-06-2020):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 23:00
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 22:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 20:30
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+2: 17:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 17:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 16:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 12:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 11:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 08:00