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Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
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Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title for the eighth time in a row, after beating Werder Bremen with a single goal by Robert Lewandowski. The victory tonight gave Bayern a 10-point lead to Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.

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Soccer returns in Italy with a Coppa Italia game: Juventus vs AC Milan
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Lega Serie A

After being suspended on March 9 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, soccer in Italy is back with the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final between Juventus and AC Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Juventus against an AC Milan without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a calf injury.

The game, in Turim, starts at 19:45 (UTC).

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MLS is Back Tournament to kick off on July 8 in Orlando
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29)
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29) Credit: Soccer Blur

Major League Soccer announced its plans for returning to play in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the league set to resume on July 8 with the MLS is Back Tournament.

All 26 MLS teams will be part of the competition, to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, just outside Orlando, Florida.

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Lerverkusen takes first spot in German cup final, awaits Bayern or Frankfurt
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019 Credit: Dietmar Rabich (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A 3-0 win over the German football cup sensation, 1. FC Saarbrücken, has secured Bayer Leverkusen a spot on the final.

Saarbrücken left its mark on the competition for being the first fourth-tier team to reach the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal.

Bayern München and Eintracht Frankfurt face each this evening at 20:45 local time for the second spot.

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Mario Götze to leave Dortmund at the end of the season

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director, Michael Zorc, has confirmed that Mario Götze will be leaving the Borussia Dortmund football team at the end of the season. The scorer of the 2014 World Cup final goal will be available to join another team on a free transfer.

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Spanish prime minister grants La Liga permit to restart in June

After being suspended in March because of the coronavirus the Spanish La Liga has been allowed to continue playing from June on. The league organizers will confirm an exact date for the restart as 11 rounds of games still need to be played in the current season. The president of La Liga Javier Tebas has tweetet that "We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches".

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Iconic San Siro stadium in Milan is a step closer to demolition
San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy photographed while empty.
San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy photographed while empty. Credit: Priscilla Jordão (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

According to Reuters, Italy's heritage authority has raised no objections to tearing down Milan's 1920s-era San Siro arena, removing a major obstacle to AC Milan and Inter Milan plans to replace it with a new 60,000-seater stadium.

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Teams allowed 5 substitutes as FIFA proposal accepted by IFAB
FIFA World Football Museum
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IFAB has approved a FIFA's proposal of a temporary change to soccer rules, allowing up to five substitutions during matches. This proposal is valid for all competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2020.

The press release from IFAB states: "The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare. The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser, while The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further (e.g. for competitions due to be completed in 2021)."

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US court dismisses unequal pay lawsuit by women's national soccer team

The spokesperson of the 28 women that had sued the US Soccer Federation, claiming that the organization is violating the Equal Pay Act, Molly Levinson, said that they are planning to appeal the court's decision to dismiss the case. Federal judge Gary Klausner explained in his ruling that "The women's team has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the men's team over the class period".

No professional sports in France until September

No professional sport will be occurring in France until September. The 2019-2020 seasons for all domestic professional sports leagues, including professional soccer in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, will not be completed either in public or behind closed doors.

The Tour de France had been rescheduled by the International Cycling Union for August 29th to September 20th, 2020. The statement leaves a degree of uncertainty about the status of the Tour de France, which was not specifically mentioned by Edouard Philippe in ruling out sport before the start of September.

Football Leaks' whistleblower released from custody

Rui Pinto is now under house arrest, still banned from the Internet, and awaiting trial. Extradited from Hungary in March 2019 for alleged attempts of blackmailing an investment fund, Pinto is currently facing 90 allegations of criminal offense in Portugal. Pinto had previously published evidence of corruption and tax evasion that have since lead to investigations both in and outside the world of football.

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Real Madrid players agreed to 10-20% pay cut amid coronavirus pandemic

Real Madrid's soccer players, coaches and "main directors" agreed on a pay cut between 10-20% this year to help the club mitigate a decrease in income "as a result of the suspension of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities".

Madrid's basketball team also agreed on a voluntary pay cut.

UEFA supends Champions League and Europa League "until further notice"

All Champions League and Europa League matches have been suspended "until further notice" by Uefa because of the global coronavirus pandemic. All national team games scheduled for June have also been postponed, including play-off matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021, and qualifying matches for the Women's Euro 2021.

Juventus players agree to take pay reduction of €90 million

Juventus on Saturday announced that they reached an agreement to cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s monthly payments of March, April, May, and June 2020.

This agreement that will save the club €90 million was brokered by the defender Giorgio Chiellini with Cristiano Ronaldo agreeing to sacrifice €3.8 million.

The club stated "Should the current season's matches be rescheduled; the Club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensation according to the actual resumption and finalization of official competitions,"

German Champions League clubs spend €20 million to help Bundesliga clubs

In what the Deutsche Fußball Liga, the association responsible for professional football in Germany, calls an "act of solidarity" Champions League clubs FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig will provide a combined €20 million with the goal to support other Bundesliga clubs that will suffer financially from coronavirus effects. "We have always said that we will show solidarity when clubs, through no fault of their own, get into an imbalance as a result of this absolutely exceptional situation that they can no longer control on their own", Dortmund Chairman of the Board Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a joint statement.

Brazilian soccer stadiums converted into hospitals

Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã and São Paulo's Pacaembu stadiums are being converted into field hospitals to increase the number of available beds to tackle the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

German soccer players to take pay cut during the coronavirus crisis

As the Bundesliga season has no games since March 8th, players from Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and 1 FC Union Berlin decided to take a pay cut in order to help their club employees.

Monchengladbach players were the first to have voluntarily offered to sacrifice part of their salary, being followed by Union, Bayern and now Dortmund.

Manchester City Pro Guardiola donates €1m to help in Coronavirus fight

Pep Guardiola, manager of the English Premier League soccer team Manchester City, has donated €1 million ($1.08m) of his own money to aid medical efforts in the fight against Covid-19. From his home in Barcelona, Guardiola and his lawyers committed the money to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.