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Ligue 1

PSG Named Champions Of Ligue 1

Paris St Germain have been crowned champions of Ligue 1 after the French football season ended early due to the coronavirus crisis.

PSG had a 12-point lead over second-placed Marseille when the season was suspended as part of the French government’s measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Didier Quillot, chief executive of the French League, said:

“We have decided there would be two promotions and two relegations.

The two teams who will be relegated from Ligue 1 are Amiens and Toulouse while Lens and Lorient will be promoted, while will drop down to Ligue 2.

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French Government Ends Ligue 1 Season

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The 2019-20 Ligue 1 season in France has been cancelled after the prime minister Edouard Philippe announced football games, even behind closed doors, will not be allowed before September.

France has now joined the Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina in announcing the 2019-20 season is already over.

Last week, the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced plans for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to resume on June 17, with UEFA setting a deadline of August 2 for domestic leagues to be completed.

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UEFA Draw Line In Sand When All Seasons Must End

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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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Champions League Knockout Draw Preview

Champions League Probability

Chelsea could well find themselves on a collision course with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League with that the most likely outcome from Monday’s draw.

A calculation of the probabilities of each pairing shows that Liverpool and Manchester City are most likely to face a trip to Madrid to play either Real or Atletico.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be thrilled if they avoid the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and pull out their most likely tie against Valencia.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

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Bayern Munich Lose 2-1 To Hanover 96

It was a weekend to forget for a number of European sides who suffered shocking losses. In England, the news of the day was Sunday’s 6-1 home drubbing of Manchester United by city rivals Manchester City.

Across the continent, things were not too good for Bayern Munich, Lyon, Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus. In Germany, Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat in more than 2 months when Hanover stunned them 2-1 at home.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes however, was angered by the referees decision to hand Hanover a penalty claiming that Hanover midfielder Sergio Pinto dived. With a penalty converted and playing with only 10 men, it was bound to be a tough mountain to climb for the Bavarians.

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Europe’s Finest Clubs Clash For Coveted Title

Europe’s finest clubs will take to the pitch on Tuesday in what is considered one of the most extravagant football competitions – the Uefa Champions League. European action is back after a lengthy summer break and champions Barcelona will look to add another title in their trophy cabinet as they start their campaign against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday.

With a 70 million euros appearance fee for making it to the group stages, all 32 clubs will look to make an instant impact on match day 1. This season also sees a return to Europe for 7 time winners AC Milan. With Kaka no longer at Milan, Ronaldinho has vowed to replicate the form that saw him win the FiFa World Player of the Year award twice in row.