This dangerous virus has sharply and unexpectedly burst into world soccerl, as it has all our lives. Initially, it was planned to hold matches without spectators in the stands, but then it became clear that this plan is not suitable. All championships (except for immortal Belarus and a few other small countries) – and European Cups have been paused indefinitely, and all over the world are struggling with this terrible problem
Even one of the most famous soccer temples. The legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, like several other stadiums in Brazil, has been transformed into a field hospital to counter the acute shortage of hospital beds. Brazil is also experiencing the deadly Covid-19. In the South American country, there are now more than 2,000 infected, 46 already dead. Botafogo, Corinthians, Santos and Sao Paulo have already donated their stadiums for mobile hospitals. Now, Flamengo followed suit. The training complex next to the hospital in the Gavi area and the famous Maracana will be converted into field hospitals.
Who can suffer the most from a possible decision to cancel the season?
- Liverpool is now very close (2 wins) to the first ever 30-time England title. To steal the cheampionship would be a real crime against the fans of the ‘Merseyside’ and in general all adequate supporters of football.
- “Lazio – Simone Inzaghi’s team has a real chance of picking Skudetto from Juventus, as they only score 1 point in the standings. The cancellation of the championship can hit the Eagles’ psychology a lot.
- Leicester / Sheffield United – These clubs are having an extremely successful season, jumping over their heads. His cancellation will result in the loss of their possible Champions League and Europa League seats next season.
- Borussia D (D) / RB Leipzig / Borussia D (M) / Bayer – teams are fighting for Bavaria for the title, and one of them could well bring down the Munich people they are so used to .
- Real Sociedad / Getafe / Marseille / Rennes – here could be covered with a copper pelvis of potential places in the Champions League, where these clubs have not played for a long time.
Who is in favor of canceling the season?
Lyon, Monaco, West Ham, Sampdoria, Genoa, Brescia – from the camps of all these clubs (whether from top management or from coaching staffs), offers or even calls for full cancellation of the current season. As if he was not there at all. I wonder what brings these teams together? It is not necessary to think for a long time: they all this season completely fail. Lyon and Monaco are in the middle of the French Ligue 1 table, while the fantastic four – West Ham, Sampdoria, Genoa, Brescia – are struggling to survive in their respective championships. If these clubs were in the Champions League area, what would their leaders sing at that time? Most likely, the lyrics of their songs would be dramatically different. Of course, many people are really out of football now. Ultras Atalanta have already declared that the season is over for them, because the situation in Bergamo is extremely sad. However, some people seem to have decided to use this virus for themselves. For example, when the season is canceled, the Champions League places will be awarded to the winners of the last championship. And where did Lyon finish then? Is it on another? This is a wonderful coincidence.
So what actually do with this season?
In France came up with a great option: finish the season in the fall, and a new start in February. This idea, in particular, was suggested by the President of Nice, Jean-Pierre River: “Of course, we all want to finish the season as soon as possible, but what if we can’t do it? Let’s look at three future seasons after the current one. In 2022, the Qatar World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18. My idea is to adapt to this tournament, which was originally uniquely planned, and to adapt to the events we face today. We can finish this season in October or November and start next in February. Then we could integrate Euro-2021 in June next year, and then we will finish next season at the end of October. In the year 2022 we have a short break in August, and then we will repeat this formula again to calmly approach the World Cup.
The idea, of course, is that at first without a hundred grams you will not understand. However, it is really interesting and has the right to exist. Really, why is everyone so rushing to finish this season and so worried about next season? This coronavirus has already messed up everything you can, so it’s a great opportunity to experiment. Restore all championships in May. Does not work? Then in June. Not again? In July. Too early? In August, September, October – as soon as the situation resolves. You cannot start a new season without finishing the previous season. Play the old one first, and the next one you can rebuild as you like – play in one circle or cancel national cups. Do we just have the World Cup in privileged Qatar to reshape the entire football calendar? Yes, the variants are possible not with full completion of all tours, but from different play-offs for the title, places in the European Cups and keeping the registration in the elite. And, after all, all these issues should be addressed on the football field, not in the classrooms. Otherwise, this game does not make sense.