LaLiga is back with El Gran Derbi opener

(Via LaLiga)

LaLiga returns on June 11th with El Gran Derbi between Sevilla FC and Real Betis. The remaining eleven matchdays of the league season will be played consecutively over the following six weeks until July 19th.

After three months without football in Spain due to the global COVID-19 crisis, LaLiga is finally set to return. The season will kick-off again in grand fashion with the massive clash between Sevilla FC and Real Betis, known as El Gran Derbi serving as the first of the 110 matches left to play this campaign.

The league season will continue uninterrupted for the following six weeks until July 19th, the evolution of the pandemic in Spain and health authorities permitting. Those account for a possible thirty-nine days in a row with football practically every day, with matches at 19:30 and 22:00 CET (plus 14:00 and 17:00 CET on weekends), and with broadcast innovations: virtual stands, virtual fan audio and new camera angles.

Six weeks of passionate football with everything in LaLiga Santander still on the line as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid neck and neck in vying for the title, separated by just two points. The same gap exists between the third- and sixth-placed sides relentlessly fighting for European spots.

Meanwhile, a fierce battle is ongoing in the fight against relegation, with six teams in the mix. A host of world-class matches await us, including FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid vs Valencia CF, Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid vs Real Sociedad.

The restart has been made possible due to the efforts of LaLiga during the lockdown, in particular the exhaustive and comprehensive protocol developed together with the Spanish health authorities which allowed the clubs to return to training safely.

Over a month of Spring ‘pre-season’ meticulously adapted to a ‘new reality’ across society, and scrupulously followed by clubs and players. This effort to guarantee the safety of all professionals involved while ensuring the return of football will finally reap its reward with the restart of the season on June 11th (June 12 in the Philippines).

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