Government proposes unrealistic May 17 date for football return

. May 04, 2020
Government proposes unrealistic May 17 date for football return Photo: Wetzkaz Graphics/Shutterstock

Play has been stopped in Brazilian football since mid-March, and intensification of the coronavirus outbreak has made a swift return look improbable and irresponsible. However, local federation heads have met with President Jair Bolsonaro to try and orchestrate a return to football in Brazil as soon as May 17.

While some state federations and individual clubs are keen to return — despite health experts warning against it — the provisional date of May 17 is unfeasible for any club.

Read more on the potential return of Brazilian football in this week’s Brazil Sports newsletter.

Euan Marshall

Originally from Scotland, Euan Marshall is a journalist who ditched his kilt and bagpipes for a caipirinha and a football in 2011, when he traded Glasgow for São Paulo. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, he authored a comprehensive history of Brazilian soccer entitled “A to Zico: An Alphabet of Brazilian Football.”

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