La Liga Poised to Restart With Seville Derby – Ahead of Five Weeks of Non-Stop Football

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La Liga is set to resume on 11 June with the Seville derby, with games set to be played every day until 19 July.

Spanish football was brought to a grinding halt back in March due to the COVID-19 crisis with plans for its return ramping up recently.

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Villarreal CF v Real Valladolid CF – La Liga | Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Players went back to training earlier this month, while broadcasting deals which will see the league broadcast live in England for the first time ever have also been agreed.

Following a meeting between all 42 First and Second Division Spanish clubs, a restart date of June 11 for both leagues has been confirmed (via Cadenaser). Spectators will be treated to an unprecedented feast of football over a five week period, with games being played every day until 19 July when the curtain comes down on the season.

After the Segunda División campaign has been completed, the promotion play off – contested between teams that finish between third and sixth position – will be played.

Prior to football’s enforced break, La Liga was finely poised. Leaders Barcelona – who dispensed of manager Ernesto Valverde back in January – were two points clear of Clasico rivals Real Madrid in second, while the race for Champions League qualification was also hotting up.

Third placed Sevilla and seventh placed Valencia were separated by just five points with surprise package Real Sociedad and Getafe both ahead of sixth placed Atletico Madrid. At the other end of the table, Espanyol were cut adrift in last position – a full six points from safety – with Leganes, Mallorca, Celta Vigo and Eibar also in relegation trouble.

While there will be no spectators to enjoy all this drama, television viewers will not be watching games in silence with plans to pump in crowd noise from previous fixtures being announced on Tuesday.


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