On Wednesday, Germany’s decision that soccer can return this month provided encouragement for players and teams across Europe.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor declared that the return of the top two leagues could be included in the loosening of lockdown measures.
After the shutdown since March, Bundesliga is now set to be the first major men’s soccer competition to resume in Europe on Friday, May 15. After governments decided it is not safe for a sport to be staged yet — even without fans, the Belgian, French, and Dutch leagues were all canceled prematurely.
Chairman of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “This ensures that the sporting decisions are made on the pitch and not in the boardroom.”
To a tweet liking of goals by teenage sensation Erling Haaland, Dortmund said , “Let’s pick up where you left off, Erling,”
On Wednesday, Croatia announced to bring back soccer on May 30. Turkey also said it was aiming for June 12 and still hopes to host the postponed Champions League final in Istanbul in August.
Spain’s Laliga and English Premier League has decided to start the tournaments in June but the dates has not been announced yet.
Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, said, “The return of the Bundesliga is great news for the football industry and marks the way for the staggered return of football that will not be complete until the return of fans to the stadiums.”
He further said, “We are working so that LaLiga will resume soon. Yesterday and today we started the path with medical tests. This is good news for European football and for the return to the new normal after this crisis.”
At Barcelona’s disinfected training, players will be wearing face masks and gloves and undergo medical check ups including coronavirus test. After the test’s results come negative, players will allowed for individual training sessions.
On Wednesday, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reunited with his players, he was seen wearing protective gear. Across the Spanish capital, Atlético Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente relished the idea of returning to training soon after two months in lockdown.
Llorente said, “We had never been away from a ball for so long.”
Female players won’t be returning to action soon. On Thursday after the federation proposed ending the season, Barcelona is expected to be declared champion of the women’s league.
Christian Purslow, the chief executive of Villa said, “Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe. Then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”
As not all the players have been tested for the coronavirus, Inter Milan postponed the return of players for individual training.