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Report: Premier League prepares for June return

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The Premier League is reportedly preparing to return to action in June as the current season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Multiple reports across the UK, including this one from the Daily Mirror, claim that the government has given the Premier League the green light to return to action from June, provided the situation has improved as expected by then.

Per the report, Premier League clubs have been told that they should prepare for games to be played from June 1 onwards behind closed doors and there is a ‘tentative agreement for the top flight to resume behind closed doors after the 20 clubs mapped out a plan with senior officials on a resumption of matches.’

The report adds that ‘in principle, with government health officials hopeful of a coronavirus peak in the UK in the next few weeks, they will sanction games under strict guidelines.’ 

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Plans are in place for players to be isolated together and away from the public, as they could begin training in May so they can prepare for the current campaign resuming.

With the situation in the UK deteriorating over the last week and the country on lockdown, these tentative plans can of course change quickly.

Premier League players have had differing views on what should happen to the 2019-20 season and Luke Shaw is the latest to say games should not be played behind closed doors. But if teams play two games per week in empty stadiums or training grounds from June 1, there is the real possibility the season could be finished by the start of July and then FA Cup and Europe competitions could follow.

The overwhelming feeling from Premier League clubs, the league itself and many other individuals is that the 2019-20 season should be finished whenever it is safe to do so. Recent PL club meetings came to that agreement and that is the official stance.

However, the next big question is whether or not fans will be able to attend games for the rest of the season and this report seems to suggest that is totally off the table and if the current campaign is concluded, fans will not be present.

Son to complete military service in South Korea

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Tottenham have confirmed that forward Heung-min Son will complete his military service in South Korea this month and will return to London in May.

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Son, 27, previously became exempt from the mandatory 21-month military service as he captained South Korea to gold medal glory at the 2018 Asian Games but there is also a four-week stint he needs to complete in the army.

A new rule which arrived in 2018 means that men in South Korea must enlist in the military by the age of 28 and Son turns 28 on July 8.

Spurs released the following statement on Son’s situation, as he recently returned to South Korea as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken arm he suffered in the 3-2 win at Aston Villa in February.

“The Club can confirm that Heung-Min Son will commence his mandatory military service in South Korea this month. The forward arrived back in his home country at the end of March where he is currently in quarantine. Our medical staff are in regular contact as he concludes his recovery after fracturing his arm in our 3-2 win against Aston Villa on 16 February and continues to train.

“Sonny had surgery on his arm in South Korea before returning to the UK at the end of February to continue his rehabilitation, prior to the initial announcement of the professional game in England being suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Premier League has since announced that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is ‘safe and appropriate to do so’ and is under constant review. Son will return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May.”

Transfer news: Kane to Real Madrid, Alexis Sanchez to West Ham

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The latest transfer news continues across the Premier League and here’s a look at some of the juiciest rumors.

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According to Sport, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has his sights set on signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer.

With Luka Jovic failing to impress at the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos are set to make some moves to consolidate the presence up top. Kane, 26, and Wolves striker Raul Jimenez are some of the few names to have been mentioned thus far.

Kane, who has a running contract with Spurs until 2024, recently mentioned that he wouldn’t rule out a move out of north London, if Tottenham were unable to capitalize on winning silverware.

“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players,” Kane said earlier this month. “It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever – but it’s not a no either.”

As far as transfers go, nothing gets bigger and more “ambitious” than a summer blockbuster move to Real Madrid. Kane has a promising project spearheaded by Jose Mourinho himself at his boyhood club, but the opportunity to represent Real Madrid – at such a prime age, with an astronomical amount of hype – may only come around once.


Alexis Sanchez’s time at Inter Milan is coming to a close, and his next destination may be a Premier League team not named Manchester United, according to FC Inter News.

The 31-year-old Chilean’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, has reportedly been inquired by West Ham, who are considering placing a bid to lure the winger out of Old Trafford.

Sanchez arrived at Inter last summer on loan but has failed to impress when healthy, recording a mere goal and three assist in 15 appearances this season. With the possibilities of Sanchez remaining at Manchester United past the summer getting slimmer by the day, the Hammers are hoping to land the South American at a reduced price.

Sanchez, one of United’s highest earners, is reportedly also gathering interest from other unnamed Premier League and Bundesliga sides.

Premier League March Madness 2020

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We have no doubt you will have missed NCAA March Madness and we’re all missing the 2019-20 Premier League season which is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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We all love tournaments, sport and drama. It’s time to create some of our own.

To make sure you’re not missing out on either March Madness or the business end of the PL season, we’ve gone ahead and merged the two competitions. The March Madness Final Four and Championship game were due to take place this weekend in Atlanta but now you will be voting on Tottenham v. Arsenal instead of Duke v. Kansas.

Below we reveal the seedings and explain how the tournament will work this upcoming week, as you can vote for teams to advance each day right here at ProSoccerTalk and a winner will be crowned on Friday.

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All you have to do is click on the link above to stay up to date with Premier League March Madness. Will #1 seed Liverpool be crowned champions? Or will a darkhorse emerge for their shinning moment?

Let the Madness, begin.


Seedings for Premier League March Madness – 2020

#1 Liverpool
#2 Man City
#3 Leicester
#4 Chelsea
#5 Man United
#6 Wolves
#7 Sheffield United
#8 Tottenham
#9 Arsenal
#10 Burnley
#11 Crystal Palace
#12 Everton
#13 Newcastle
#14 Southampton
#15 Brighton
#16 West Ham

#17 Watford
#18 Bournemouth
#19 Aston Villa
#20 Norwich City


Game schedule for Premier League March Madness – 2020

Monday, April 6 – Relegation playoffs (winner avoids relegation, three losers relegated)
Relegation play-off semifinal: #17 Watford v. #20 Norwich
Relegation play-off semifinal: #18 Bournemouth v. #19 Aston Villa
Relegation play-off final: TBD v. TBD

Tuesday, April 7 – Sweet 16
Game 1: #1 Liverpool v. #16 West Ham
Game 2: #2 Man City v. #15 Brighton
Game 3: #3 Leicester v. #14 Southampton
Game 4: #4 Chelsea v. #13 Newcastle
Game 5: #5 Man United v. #12 Everton
Game 6: #6 Wolves v. #11 Crystal Palace
Game 7: #7 Sheffield United v. #10 Burnley
Game 8: #8 Tottenham v. #9 Arsenal

Wednesday, April 8 – Elite Eight
Game 9: Winner of Game 1 v. Winner of Game 8
Game 10: Winner of Game 2 v. Winner of Game 7
Game 11: Winner of Game 3 v. Winner of Game 6
Game 12: Winner of Game 4 v. Winner of Game 5

Thursday, April 9 – Final Four
Game 13: Winner of Game 9 v. Winner of Game 12
Game 14: Winner of Game 10 v. Winner of Game 11

Friday, April 10 – Championship Game
Game 15: Winner of Game 13 v. Winner of Game 14

What Premier League clubs are doing to help during coronavirus

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All 20 Premier League clubs have stepped up to help their local communities during the coronavirus pandemic, as players, managers and all members of staff are trying do all they can to help.

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As we await the return of the Premier League following its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, let’s take a look at some of the more notable things each club have been doing to help out.

Talks are ongoing between Premier League players, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the league as to how best to take a wage cut and/or make further donations to the NHS and other institutions, with players acutely aware that they are in a financial position to step up and support those who support them all season long.


Arsenal
Have promised to pay their casual workers in full until the end of April and will review the situation in the coming weeks. Close to $200,000 given to charities and cars made available to mental health workers. Increased visits from foundation staff to vulnerable people and doubling of educational facilities for children in home school. Club helps with delivering groceries.

Aston Villa
Fresh food donated to local charities and stadium kitchens providing hot meals to vulnerable.

Bournemouth
Free tickets for NHS staff and manager Eddie Howe and leading executives announced they will take huge wage cuts. Players reach out to vulnerable people with phone calls and club helps with delivering groceries.

Brighton and Hove Albion
Free tickets for NHS staff and manager Graham Potter and leading executives announced they will take huge wage cuts. Storage of NHS equipment and using car park for testing.

Burnley
The Clarets have promised to pay all non-matchday and matchday staff in full throughout the crisis. Tickets have been offered to NHS staff and Turf Moor made available to NHS. Helping with foodbank delivery scheme and players make phone calls to vulnerable people in the community.

Chelsea
Hotel at Stamford Bridge offered to NHS to house staff and parking at the stadium offered for nearby hospital workers. First team squad donate funds to foundation to help local community.

Crystal Palace
The Eagles have promised to pay all non-matchday and matchday staff in full throughout the crisis. Wilfried Zaha offers use of his personal apartments to NHS staff.

Everton
The Toffees have said non of their staff will be ‘disadvantaged’ financially by the crisis and casual workers will receive normal pay. Players and manager Carlo Ancelotti have made personal phone calls to vulnerable supporters to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Leicester City
Stadium car park and other facilities offered to NHS. Staff help stack shelves at local grocery stores and volunteer to help NHS however they can.

Liverpool
A significant donation has been made to St Andrews foodbank in north Liverpool by the first-team players and Liverpool FC Foundation. Andrew Robertson is said to be behind a similar anonymous foodbank donation in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. Staff take part in having a virtual cup of tea with elderly people in local community.

Man City
Hospitality areas of stadium offered fo NHS staff training. Along with Man United, the two clubs donate over $125,000 to Manchester food banks. Club makes phone calls to vulnerable people in local community.

Man United
Along with Man City, the two clubs donate over $125,000 to Manchester food banks. Free parking for NHS staff staying at Hotel Football at Old Trafford, Man United’s academy doctor returns to NHS and staff volunteering for NHS. Food provided for local hospitals and phone calls made to vulnerable people. Club will protect earnings of casual workers.

Newcastle United
Stadium car park used by NHS staff and club helping to employ youngsters in NHS/care roles. Urgent food supplies delivered to over 2,000 children.

Norwich City
Over $245,000 donated to local communities in Norfolk after players, coaching staff and club officials donate wages. Staff delivering and collecting food for vulnerable locals.

Sheffield United
NHS using stadium car park, distributing hand sanitizers to local care homes and staff volunteering for NHS.

Southampton
Saints Foundation providing over 1,000 meals per week to vulnerable people in local community, as chefs remain working at St Mary’s Stadium to provide fresh meals. Club medical staff assisting the NHS. Easter soccer schools for children of key workers and helpline launched for vulnerable fans. Prescription delivery service for locals needing medication and video calls to vulnerable young people.

Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium offered to the NHS and used as a storage facility for food banks to help the local communities in north London. Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld donated hundreds of iPad’s so people in hospital due to coronavirus could speak to their family and friends. Jose Mourinho volunteers for Age UK to help with home deliveries of groceries. Club doctor seconded to NHS for three months and supplies donated to local food bank.

Watford
Players, manager and staff make phone calls to older and vulnerable fans, with club staff volunteering to support local hospitals. All club facilities offered to NHS.

West Ham United
Food and toiletries donated to local food banks as captain Mark Noble also makes donation to food bank. Players make phone calls to older and vulnerable West Ham fans.

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Protective equipment donated to City of Wolverhampton and a prescription and grocery delivery service set up for vulnerable people. All food stocks donated to local homeless charity.