April 2020 - Soccer Wiretap

Bundesliga Resumption Delayed Past May 9th

Apr 30, 2020 4:12 PM

The return of the Bundesliga has been delayed by the German government.

The Bundesliga hoped to return on May 9th. There is still optimism that the Bundesliga will return in May.

"The DFL of course accepts that today no decision was made on the resumption of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2," the German Football League said in a statement on Twitter, adding that the league and clubs will continue their preparations for restart of the season in May.

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PSG Declared Ligue 1 Champions For 19-20 Season

Apr 30, 2020 4:11 PM

Paris Saint-Germain have been declared the Ligue 1 champions for the 19-20 season after the remainder of the season was canceled.

The LFP have utilised a performance index based on the number of points taken from matches played, confirming PSG as Ligue 1 champions for a third consecutive year.

LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour said: "We have brought an end to the 2019-20 season. PSG win the Ligue 1 title, while Lorient the Ligue 2."

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain

Many Premier League Players Don't Want Restart During COVID-19

Apr 29, 2020 11:19 AM

A growing number of Premier League players don't want to return to matches while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing.

One source at a Premier League club told ESPN: "A lot of players are very uncomfortable with coming back.

"The only way the league takes this seriously is when someone at a club dies. We will look back on this time with sadness in the future."

Unlike leagues in Italy, Spain and Germany, the Premier League has not announced any kind of protocol for players to return to training.

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France Cancels Remainder Of Ligue 1 Season

Apr 28, 2020 9:13 PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Tuesday that no matches will take place in France until at least September. 

"Big sporting events will not be able to take place before September," Philippe said. "The 2019-20 season, notably for football, will not be able to resume."

The decision ends the seasons for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.

PSG, 12 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, also face an anxious wait to discover if they will be crowned champions. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain

FIA Medical Chief Wants Matches Suspended Until At Least September

Apr 28, 2020 9:11 PM

FIFA's medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe says he believes soccer shouldn't resume until at least September due to COVID-19.

D'Hooghe described the pandemic as the "most dramatic situation we have lived in since the Second World War."

Asked if he would recommend football not returning before September, he said, "That is my personal opinion. The world is not ready for competitive football. I hope this can change very quickly, and I sincerely hope it, but it's not the case today. Today, you need more patience."

"Football remains always a contact sport, and one of the first things that everybody says is that you should avoid contact for the moment," D'Hooghe added. "So football can only be possible if contacts can be possible again."

UEFA has given European domestic leagues a deadline of May 25th for how they can compete their season.

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Liverpool Postpones Expansion Of Anfield Road By 12 Months

Apr 27, 2020 1:38 PM

Liverpool have postponed the planned expansion of Anfield Road by at least 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work on the 16,000 seat stand was to begin in December and be completed by the summer of 2022.

Liverpool hope to start work on increasing Anfield’s capacity to more than 61,000 in December 2021, with a view to completion in the summer of 2023.

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Tags: Liverpool

Arsenal Becomes First Premier League Club To Reopen Facilities

Apr 27, 2020 12:54 PM

Arsenal's first-team players returned to their London Colney training base for the first time since COVID-19 suspended the season. The "vast majority" of the squad took up a voluntary offer to use the club's private space. Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were amongst the players to use the facilities. 

The move is designed to enable players to maintain their fitness without resorting to using public parks, where it would be more difficult to stay isolated with fans asking for photographs.

Arsenal are the first Premier League club to reopen their training facilities, having been the earliest into lockdown when Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12.

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Tags: Arsenal

Serie A Training To Resume On May 4th

Apr 26, 2020 2:26 PM

Serie A training is expected to resume on May 4th, with an eye towards matches resuming in late May.

Individual training will start on May 4th, with group training resuming on May 18th. 

Matches could then potentially restart as early as May 27th, with an end date of mid-July if all goes to plan.

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Bayern Munich Linked With Timo Werner, Leroy Sane

Apr 26, 2020 2:21 PM

Bayern Munich are linked with summer moves for Timo Werner and Leroy Sane as they look to upgrade their squad with international talent.

The German club are looking to add two players this summer.

"We want to strengthen ourselves with a top talent from Europe and also bring an international star to Munich, who enhances the quality of our team and helps the team to offer our spectators strong and attractive football," said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Bayern currently top the Bundesliga table, with the league reportedly close to resuming in May.


Tags: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Manchester City, Transfer Rumor

Jose Mourinho Linked With Thomas Meunier Transfer

Apr 25, 2020 2:11 PM

Jose Mourinho reportedly reached out to Thomas Meunier to try to convince the right-back to move to Tottenham.

Meunier, who will be a free agent this summer, had agreed to personal terms with Borussia Dortmund.

Daniel Levy is said to not be convinced by the 28-year-old, and wants to bring down the average age of the squad.

Meunier is still likely to sign for Dortmund despite Mourinho's efforts. 

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfer Rumor

Arsenal To Return To Training Next Week

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Eredivisie Becomes First Major European League To Cancel Season

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Chelsea Will Pursue Transfer For Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Premier League Clubs Begin Discussing Possible Cancelation Of Season

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Neymar Dealing With 'Anxiety' Not Knowing When Play Will Resume

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La Liga Plans On Playing Matches Without Fans Until At Least 2021

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PSG Seek Extension With Kylian Mbappe

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Amnesty International Criticizes Potential Sale Of Newcastle


Chelsea Working On Philippe Coutinho Loan In Lieu Of Jadon Sancho

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Newcastle Interested In Dries Mertens, Edison Cavani, Willian

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New Owners Of Newcastle Target Max Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino

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Alphonso Davies Agrees To Extension With Bayern Through 2025


Konrad De La Fuente Wants To Become LeBron James Of Soccer

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World Financiers Offer $1.25 Billion To English Clubs

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Real Madrid Want To Play Home Matches At Training Ground

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Roma Players To Give Up Wages For Remainder Of Season


Premier League Relegation Unlikely If Season Canceled


Liga MX To Suspend Promotion-Relegation For 5 Years

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Barcelona Looking To Swap Several Players Over Summer

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MLS Negotiating Salary Reductions With Players

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