Get your diaries out and take down these dates as the post-Covid19 football return landscape begins to take shape. Soccer punters will be chomping at the bit to get involved as the major European leagues resume over the next two months.
EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL
Manchester United and Inter Milan booked their spots in the semi-finals, but there are still question marks over who from Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Wolves and Sevilla will join them in the last four. Then it’s on to the final when all will be decided on the 21st of August.
LIGUE 1 RESUMES
French soccer fans were disappointed when the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was brought to an abrupt halt by Covid-19 and the season was called early. Expect fireworks with many teams unhappy with the way last season was decided and they will be out in force looking to make their point on the field.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Can Manchester City finally add the jewel of the Champions League trophy to their trophy cabinet? It won’t be easy with Europe’s elite gunning for glory, but it will all be decided on the 23rd of August!
Liverpool as Champions of the EPL will face FA Cup champions, Arsenal, in the traditional Community Shield clash.
SERIE A RESUMES
Juventus narrowly shaded Inter Milan by one point last season in one of the closest Serie A title races in over a decade. Will sleeping giants AC Milan pull their act together this season? Can Napoli or Roma inject themselves into the title race? Or will it be a straight shootout between Inter and Juventus?
Real Madrid edged Barcelona in what ultimately was a two horse race for the LaLiga title last season. Will it be more of the same or will Atletico Madrid or Sevilla manage to insert themselves into the fight for Spanish glory?
PREMIER LEAGUE RESUMES
Liverpool ended a 30 year wait and had the title sewn up in record time last season. Manchester City and Pep Guardiola won’t want to see that happen again while the other teams in the ‘Big Six’ looking to be on the up. Can one of Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal make it a more open title race? We’ll find out when the Premier League resumes on 12 September.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga at a canter last season, but RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund look to be two teams on the up and will be keen to close the gap on the German giants.