14 July 2020

News about club international tournaments from four continents

At little bit forgotten football club competitions that entertain us every year, officials formally have announced their return which were forcefully stopped in March. In some of them the format is going to be new for everyone.
On the last day of June the African region have confirmed that its two international club events are going to finish in the 'final 4' system at September and all matches will be staged in just one place. Cameroon was awarded to close the Champions league for this season, but today came the news that the country withdraw from that intention, because their government are still in fear over health issues. This means that the league is yet to find a new place, while Morocco will host the teams for the Confederation Cup. In order to speed up the proceedings, duels in semi finals will be decided on 90 minutes only.
Nine days later (09 July) the Asian confederation announced their plan to finish this season. Currently teams at Champions league are divided in East (games will resume in October) and West (matches are going to continue in September) zone. After that the knock out phases will be played on one duel until the final who is scheduled for 05 December. In a similar way the AFC Cup is going to make a return in September, whilst 12 December will be the final game.
At 10 July the European region conducted the draw for their two tournaments. Because the Champions league is like a 'very speedy turtle', there are still an unfinished duels who are from the last 16 phase. So, for quarterfinals the following four games have to be played from 12 until 15 August:

Manchester city or Real Madrid - Juventus or Olympique Lyonnais.
Rasenballsport Leipzig - Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona or Napoli - Bayern or Chelsea.
Atalanta - PSG.

Out of this, first and third together with second and fourth pairs are going to be posing as semi finals on 18 and 19 August in Lisbon (Portugal). And the winners of those two matches will be the final on the Estadio da luz 23 August. The last three games of this season is going to be played on 90 minutes, and all of them will start at 21.00 CET.
Quarterfinal pairs of the most interesting Europa league competition are scheduled for 11 and 12 August:

Shakhtar Donetsk or Wolfsburg - Basel or Eintracht Franfurt.
Manchester united or LASK - Kobenhavn or Basaksehir.
Getafe or Inter - Bayer Leverkusen or Glasgow rangers.
Wolverhampton or Olympiacos - Roma or Sevilla.

For 16 and 17 of next month is the semifinal time, and the pairs are fourth and second winners plus the third and first. The last duel will be on 21 August in Cologne (Germany), while all duels from the quarter final stage, and onwards, are going to begin at 21.00 CET.
South American confederation has revealed their plans for its two events. On 11 July it was discovered that Copa Libertadores will resume from 15 September, while Copa Sudamericana is going to continue from 27 October. It is expected that both finals are going to finish in January 2021.
Due to precaution, sadly it is already announced that at each four regions games will be carried on on empty stadia (without spectators).


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