It’s been a long, dreary slog for football fans over the past ten weeks. There have been bigger things to worry about, certainly, but a lack of football hasn’t been easy. But that’s all about to change.
Following the Bundesliga’s return in May, other leagues around Europe have announced their own return dates. Here, we break it all down in chronological order, from La Liga to the FA Cup Final and into next season. Calendars at the ready…
June 11 – La Liga restarts
Magnifico! Spanish football is the first of Europe’s major leagues to re-start since the Bundesliga on May 16. La Liga kicks-off with a derby between Real Betis and Sevilla.
The Derbi Sevillano will start at 9pm (GMT) on Thursday June 11, and will be followed by a full weekend of fixtures. Other key games to look out for include another local derby between Valencia and city rivals Levante on June 12, league leader’s Barcelona’s trip to Mallorca on June 13 and Real Madrid at home against Eibar on Sunday June 14.
June 17 – Premier League restarts
Splendid! England’s top flight returns on Wednesday June 17 with two games: Manchester City versus Arsenal and Aston Villa versus Sheffield United. Kick-off times are yet to be announced. These four teams have a game in hand over the rest of the Premier League, hence the head-start.
The first full game week will start on Friday 19 June.
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June 20 – Serie A and Championship restart
Belissimo! Italian football makes its return on Saturday June 20 with two matches: Parma versus Torino at 6.30pm and Verona versus Cagliari at 8.45pm. Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan and Juventus are all also in action across the weekend. The league will then continue playing games almost every day until the season’s end.
The Championship is also set to re-start on Saturday June 20, according to organisers. Exact schedules aren’t yet available with a number of clubs – including QPR and Charlton – unhappy about the decision to continue play. There’s a chance this could yet be pushed back.
June 26 – FA Cup restarts
The FA Cup is next up with the competition at the quarterfinal stage. The FA have announced games will be played across the weekend, with some teams playing on Saturday 26 and the rest on Sunday 27 – who plays when is yet to be confirmed. The final eight looks like this:
Newcastle vs Manchester City
Sheffield vs Arsenal
Leicester vs Chelsea
Norwich vs Manchester United
July 18 – FA Cup semi-finals
The final four will be thrashed out between those that advance a few weeks later. Games are pencilled in for the weekend beginning Saturday, July 18.
July 21-22 – Championship final day
The final round of fixtures of England’s second tier begin on Tuesday, 21 July and continue on the Wednesday. Then there’s the…