Football: All top tier Polish clubs permitted to train

All teams competing in the top tier of Polish football, Ekstraklasa have received permission to train in groups up to 14 people, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) announced on Thursday.

The PZPN Medical Committee conducted an analysis of the results of tests for the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among players and staff of clubs of the Polish Ekstraklasa.

The league is to resume competition on May 29 and finish on July 19. Matches will be played behind closed doors until further notice. Ekstraklasa's last match before the coronavirus outbreak took place on March 9.

After gameweek 26, Legia Warsaw are top, eight points clear, while the reigning champions Piast Gliwice are second. Korona Kielce, Arka Gdynia and ŁKS Łódź are in the relegation zone.

Competition in several European leagues have already been declared completed and the results after the last played gameweek have been deemed valid. Paris Saint-Germain were crowned the French champions, while the Dutch league decided to cancel the season with no champion, but respecting the positions guaranteeing participation in the continental cups.

In turn, one of the five best leagues in Europe, the German Bundesliga, is set to come back on May 16. Leagues in Croatia and Hungary are also scheduled to return before the Polish Ekstraklasa.

Players now have an intense training period to prepare as best they can for the upcoming competition, because they may receive opportunities to shine in front of a European audience. According to website, TV broadcasters from Italy, Israel and Portugal are interested in purchasing the rights to show the remaining 11 matchweeks of Polish Ekstraklasa.