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FIFA About To Get Sued As They Unilaterally Extend Player Contracts

FIFA have announced contracts will be extended and transfer windows shift in line with the changing fixture list after the COVID-19 crisis. A decison that is sure to be met with lawsuits as FIFA does not have the power to unilaterally extend player contracts.

Nobody knows when the current season will resume, or even if it will resume, so FIFA have taken the step of guaranteeing some elements that were up for debate.

Specifically, that allows player contracts to be extended beyond June 30 to the natural end of the season, and moves the transfer windows to an appropriate time for the clubs and players in this new reality.

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UEFA Draw Line In Sand When All Seasons Must End

UEFA

UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin admits the idea of Champions League and Europa League play-offs are “an option,” but either way all leagues “must finish by August 3.”

All football has been suspended in Europe’s major leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not clear when, or indeed if, the campaign will be concluded.

What we do now have is a deadline, set by Ceferin during an interview with German television station ZDF.

“It must finish by August 3, both the Champions and Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible on dates and kick-off times. If the crisis eases earlier, then we can start sooner.”

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Zidane Wants To Clean Out Dressing Room This Summer

Zinedine Zidane is looking to sell five of his Real Madrid stars in order to lay the foundations for another spree of signings as Madrid look to ring the changes this summer.

According to AS, Zidane has been told in no uncertain terms that he must sell before he buys, meaning that the Frenchman will attempt to offload some of his outcasts in order to fund big money moves.

It spells what could be the end for Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vasquez, who have teetered on the outskirts of the Los Blancos squad for large spells of this season.

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Liverpool Has Most Valuable Squad In Europe

Liverpool World Champions

The research group CIES Football Observatory have just released its most valuable squads in the transfer market from Europe’s top-five leagues, and it is the current European and World Champions who now sit top the pile.

The Liverpool squad is now worth a whopping €1.4 billion (£1.27 billion), which puts them ahead of every other club on the continent. Second is Premier League rival Manchester City at €1.36b.

Spanish giants Barcelona (€1.17b) and Real Madrid (€1.1b) are third and fourth respectively, with Chelsea shockingly in fifth place (€1.08b) despite having been banned from signing players in last summer’s transfer window.

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La Liga, Eredivisie, Primeira Liga And MLS All Suspend Play

Spain’s La Liga, the Dutch Eredivisie, Portugal’s Primeira Liga and USA’s Major League Soccer have been suspended over coronavirus concerns.

There will be no action in the Spanish top flight for “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the quarantine of the Real Madrid squad.

Netherlands’ top two leagues have also been suspended for the same period.

The 2020 Major League Soccer season – which started less than two weeks ago – has been suspended for 30 days.

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Courtois “A Doubt For Manchester City Clash”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly ‘doubtful’ to play against Manchester City in the Champions League next week after limping off after the shock defeat by Betis.

The Belgian shot stopper is set to have tests on his left leg on Tuesday to discover how serious his injury is, according to Spanish outlet AS, who say he must wait an extra day to be looked at ‘due to inflammation’ in the area.

Madrid next play against at home against Eibar on Friday night before travelling to the Etihad to face City, and he will be a question mark for both games.

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Copa del Rey Final Is A Basque Derby

For the first time in more than a century, a Basque derby will decide the Copa del Rey.

Athletic Bilbao reached the Copa final for the fourth time in 12 years despite a 2-1 loss at Granada on Thursday, advancing on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate score to set up a title match against Basque Country rival Real Sociedad.

It will be the first time the two teams play for the Copa title since Athletic beat Sociedad in 1910 in the deciding match of a three-team mini-tournament.

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Real Madrid With Massive Clasico Win

El Clasico In USA 2020

Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga thanks to a late 2-0 win over rivals Barcelona in tight El Clasico clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz’s goals took them a point clear of their bitter rivals at the top of the Liga table and gave them the better head-to-head record, which could be crucial in such a tight title race.

Certainly, there is little to choose between the two teams, as Sunday’s game showed. This entertaining, end-to-end battle at the Santiago Bernabeu between two clearly flawed teams could have gone either way.

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Zidane ‘sorry’ for Ernesto Valverde After Barcelona Firing

Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane has sympathy for former Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde after he was fired earlier this week after two-and-a-half years in charge at the Camp Nou. Quique Setien was appointed as his successor.

Zidane has reacted to the decision from their La Liga rivals, while also acknowledging that he is fully aware that he will come under similar pressure if results were to drop for Real Madrid.

“I’m sorry for him,” he told reporters, as quoted by Diario AS.

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Barcelona Stay Top After 0-0 El Clasico Draw

Camp Nou

Barcelona and Real Madrid were unable to find a breakthrough as their anticipated El Clasico clash ended 0-0 at the Camp Nou.

The stalemate is the first time a game between the two sides has ended goalless since 2002, a run of 49 games in all competitions between the two great rivals.

The visitors dominated the opening stages, with Karim Benzema bringing a save from Marc Ter Stegen and Gerard Pique clearing Casemiro’s header off the line in a frantic opening.

Barcelona improved as the half wore on, with Sergio Ramos clearing a scuffed shot from Messi off the line, and Jordi Alba wasting a great chance went put through by the Barca skipper.