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Soccer Over There: South American restart plans
Four of the top flight leagues are back underway in South America, while six are waiting to get started again. Venezuela and Chile: Neither one has a date set for their return. Chilean teams are currently training. Venezuela has proposed multiple bubbles for their return to play in late August, but nothing has been finalized.
Bolivia: The national team will start training on September 1 with the clubs set to return to play later that month.
Colombia: Teams are training currently and were initially planning to restart the league campaign at the end of this month. Now, it appears they will get started before the middle of September.
Argentina: Teams have just started training again, with the teams participating in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana getting started slightly earlier than the rest. The Copa de Superliga had just started before the shutdown and it was canceled. Plans are in place for the league campaign to move to a calendar year program and start in January. It is unclear what a competitive program will look like for the remainder of 2020.
Peru: The Liga 1 Movistar was set to return last weekend, but had matches postponed due to positive tests among multiple teams. As of tonight, the league has Matchday 7 of the league campaign set to be played this Tuesday and Wednesday. Alianza Universidad, a club who has never won Liga 1, is currently on top of the table by 3 points.
Ecuador: The Liga Pro Banco Pichincha, aka Serie A, returned with its fifth matchweek this weekend. LDU Quito needed two late goals in the final ten minutes of the match to defeat Olmedo 3-2. The win takes them to the top of the table, one point up on Universidad Católica and Técnico Universitario. You can watch the matches on GolTV in the US. Make some time for LDU Quito and Técnico Universitario at 6pm on Wednesday.
Uruguay: The Primera División returned with its fourth matchday of the season last weekend, highlighted by the derby between Nacional and Peñarol that ended 1-1. A team promoted this year, Rentistas, is leading the table by two points. They host Wanderers on Wednesday at 11:30am Atlanta time.
Brazil: The Brasileirão started last weekend, with a few hiccups as some matches were postponed at the last minute. Literally, a team was on the field warming up and was told their match would be canceled due to positive tests among the hosts. The midweek round and this weekend's matches were completed with no postponements. Jorge Sampaoli's Atlético Mineiro are perfect so far through three matches, they'll travel to Botafogo for a match on Wednesday. You can watch the Brasileirão and Série B in the US on Fanatiz via subscription to their Brasileirão Pack for $7.99/month.
Paraguay: The Primera División was the first one back in South America, restarting their Apertura season on July 21. Olimpia currently leads the table by one point over Cerro Porteño. They are set to play in a match that could decide the title on August 30. The league was originally set to return a few days earlier, but was postponed on the day of the return due to positive test results received at three different clubs.