UEFA postpones international matches – Champions League final not until August?

International matches postponed, European games further postponed – UEFA paves the way in the event puzzle to save the season during the coronavirus pandemic the national leagues free.

After the next continental emergency meeting, the European Football Union announced that the appearances of the national teams scheduled for June will be postponed "until further notice".

There are also no new dates for the continuation of the season in the Champions League and Europa League. According to a ZDF report, the international competitions are even scheduled to start again in July and the winners will be chosen in August. According to information from the German Press Agency, the scenario is still on the table that the season will be played alternately in the European Cup and in the national leagues. This depends on when the ball can roll again across Europe. Closing the national leagues has "highest priority" The relocation of the internationals now creates space that the Bundesliga may also end as hoped until June 30th. "The conclusion of the national leagues is a top priority for all member associations. We have a consensus across Europe on this issue," said DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius. "Against the background of the corona pandemic, it is very clear from these considerations that a scenario for re-entering the national competitions cannot be decided by the football associations. Here we are always bound by the requirements of the responsible authorities." Curtius discussed in one Video conference with his counterparts from the remaining 54 UEFA member associations on how to proceed. Following a decision by the Executive Committee of the Continental Association, the dates for all UEFA club competitions for the 2020/21 season have been postponed until further notice. For example, the admission process does not start as planned – this also enables a longer season in the national leagues. "Swallow one or two toads" The German Football League had previously decided to stop playing in the Bundesliga and 2nd division by at least 30. April to suspend. DFL boss Christian Seifert predicted that the coming season will also be affected by the deep crisis. "There will only be a regular season again in 2021/22," said the 50-year-old. "Great flexibility and accommodation" is required among the leagues and international associations. Everyone had to "swallow a toad or two". By mid-March, the European Championship had already been rescheduled for the summer of 2021. This meant that the duel between the team of national coach Joachim Löw and Switzerland, which was planned as an EM test, on 31 May and a later duel with an as yet unknown opponent in Sinsheim had lapsed. The playoffs for the qualification of the last European Championship participants, which were also planned for June, now have to be rescheduled. What will become of the player contracts? Expiring contracts will be processed. A working group from the relevant world association FIFA is currently consulting on this, and it has been clear since the end of March that the finals in the Champions League and Europa League, which were originally scheduled for the end of May, will not take place as planned. The finals in the premier class were originally scheduled to rise on May 30 in Istanbul, the final in the Europa League on May 27 in Gdansk. The relocation also affects the Women's Champions League, where the winner should be determined on May 24 in Vienna.Solidarity of all clubs requiredThere are apparently no more taboos for saving the season in the historic crisis of world football. At least Seifert did not respond negatively to the question of possible games in the Champions League on Saturday. "We talk a lot about solidarity in Germany. It will also take a certain amount of solidarity in Europe that we can agree to help each other out of trouble," said the DFL boss. Second legs are played, in the Europa League only six out of eight round of 16 first legs took place. A total of five German clubs are affected by the postponements: Bayern had won their first leg in the premier class at Chelsea 3-0. RB Leipzig is among the eight best teams on the continent. Borussia Dortmund failed at Paris Saint-Germain. Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg still have their second round of 16 in the Europa League.

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