By Andrew Warshaw
May 11 – The whole concept of resuming top-flight football, which has split public opinion down the middle both on sporting and moral grounds, has suffered a blow with the entire squad of Dynamo Dresden, who play in the second tier of German football, put into two-week isolation after two players tested positive for coronavirus.
May 11 – Five players in the top two tiers of professional football in Spain have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of a possible resumption of the season.
May 11 – As the English Premier League began a potentially pivotal meeting today in terms of if and when to resume games, they were having to deal with yet another club railing against plans to end the season at neutral venues.
Ahead of today’s crunch meeting, Watford joined Brighton and Aston Villa in stating their opposition to certain areas of the so-called ‘Project Restart’.
Watford are 17th in the Premier League and are looking to stave off relegation.
May 7 – Concerns that the resumption of Bundesliga season may have to be put back a week have been dismissed, with May 16 confirmed today for the eagerly-awaited restart, the first of the Big Five leagues to kick off again and a huge morale boost for others planning to go the same way, albeit slightly later.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 7 – The deepening divisions that are reported to exist over resuming the English Premier League at neutral grounds have been laid bare by the chief executive of relegation-threatened Aston Villa, Christian Purslow (pictured).
May 7 – Barcelona players are being tested for Covid-19 at the club’s training ground before resuming individual work “in the coming days” following the easing of some restrictions by the government in Spain.
May 7 – Brazilian clubs and the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro have been advocating a quick return of the domestic game, but those plans received a reality check on Wednesday when Flamengo announced 38 out of 293 tests for the coronavirus it had conducted came back positive.
May 7 – There is an advantage in being first and South Korea’s Hana1Q K LEAGUE 1 is grabbing it with a the opening match of the league’s return to play on May 8 scheduled to be broadcast in 17 countries.
May 7 – Scottish top tier club Hibernian have donated next season’s premium front of shirt sponsorship position to the NHS and is launching a series of events and activities that will raise money for the health service in Scotland.
May 6 – The return of the Bundesliga to top-flight action has suffered a setback after Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on a two-week quarantine period for players meaning games cannot resume until May 22 at the earliest.
May 6 – On Friday, football’s spotlight will turn to South Korea and the resumption of the K-League, the first major Asian league to kick off again after the coronavirus pandemic forced the global game into shutdown. South Korea has been widely hailed for its success in combatting and containing the coronavirus.
By Samindra Kunti
May 6 – The list of seasons that won’t be completed is growing. In Africa, Congo, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Niger have all cancelled the remainder of their seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 6 – The return of Premier League football, even behind closed doors, would “lift the spirits of the nation”, according to the country’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab.
By Paul Nicholson
May 6 – The impact of the coronavirus on football’s transfer market is going to be seismic in terms of player value with one analysis calculating a decrease in total player value across 10 of Europe’s leading leagues of between €6.6 billion and €10 billion, depending on whether the season restarts or is cancelled.