It’s been a while now since we’ve seen any kind of competitive football across the major leagues and competitions in Europe, and based on recent evidence, that trend is going to continue across the next few weeks – and potentially even months.
Of course, due to the financial distress being caused in every corner of the world, many people want to see football – and all businesses, for that matter – return as quickly as possible.
At this moment in time, that isn’t really all too plausible. Still, that isn’t going to stop clubs, leagues and organisations around the world in planning for what comes next in these crazy, crazy days.
The latest revelation seems to indicate that UEFA are going to attempt to go full steam ahead with the Champions League and Europa League competitions – however, they’re planning on holding the final of the UCL on August 29th.
Right now that’s nothing more than an idea, and of course, debates will be had back and forth over whether or not that’s even feasible.
Bizarrely enough, the Premier League over in England is currently seeing whether or not they can stick to a June 30th end date for the season – which, in itself, seems like an incredibly optimistic idea.
The following statement from BBC highlights some of the proposed plans.
“European football’s governing body will meet on 23 April for more discussions about how to complete a campaign which has been disrupted by coronavirus.
It is likely one decision will be to agree that leagues could finish early, although only with Uefa’s approval.
But the idea is still to finish the season as a whole at the end of August, with all outstanding games played.
That would mean the Champions League final taking place in Istanbul on 29 August, with the Europa League final in Gdansk three days earlier.
Two scenarios for getting to that situation are under consideration.
The first is to play the quarter-finals and semi-finals as two-legged matches as normal, in July and August.
The second would be for the games to be played as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons, potentially condensing the end of the competition into a week-long mini tournament.”
The feeling of being able to walk back into a football stadium once again is one that we’re all craving, but we’re also all craving the support of our loved ones – and for their safety, too.
You can bet UEFA is going to pull every single string they need to if it means getting these competitions finished. The big argument that a lot of fans have is that you shouldn’t put the priority on a season that hasn’t even started yet – and it’s true.
These players have poured their heart into the current campaign, and they don’t want to see it end without the chance of some kind of reward for them.
The next few months are going to be incredibly tough, but on the other side of it, we’ll be able to see football back in our lives in a big way.