The 10 European Clubs Whose Impressive Seasons Have Been Stopped in Their Tracks

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Written by Fintan Costello on April 22, 2020

With so much uncertainty around what will happen across the continent, we have identified 10 clubs around the continent who were enjoying a fantastic season with rewards on the horizon that would have had a serious impact.

With so much uncertainty around what will happen across the continent, European football analysts from bonusfinder.com have identified 10 clubs around the continent who were enjoying a fantastic season with rewards on the horizon that would have had a serious impact.

Some leagues are already discussing the logistics around playing remaining matches behind closed doors, while other competitions remain in limbo with a possible nullification of the season a mooted possibility.

In the English Premier League, current leaders Liverpool were on course for their first title in 30 years. An annulment of the season would see The Reds denied the title, and could cost them over £100 million* in lost revenue. In addition to Liverpool here are the 10 European clubs most motivated to complete the 2019-20 football season:

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AZ Alkmaar (Holland)

  • League: Eredivisie.
  • Current League Position: 2nd.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).
  • Joint-top of the league and second to Ajax on goal difference only. Currently level on 56 points, with nine remaining games scheduled.
  • Aiming for the club's first top-flight title since 2009. This would be their third-ever title.
  • By winning the title, they would also qualify automatically for the Champions League, which would be their first participation in the competition since 2009-10.

Real Sociedad (Spain)

  • League: La Liga.
  • Current League Position: 4th.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United, Sunderland), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).
  • Sociedad are into their first Copa del Rey final in 32 years.
  • Currently occupy La Liga's fourth and final qualification spot for the Champions League. They are one point behind Sevilla, level with Getafe who are fifth, and only one point ahead of Atletico Madrid in sixth.
  • Aiming for Champions League qualification for the first time since they last played in the competition in the 2013-14 season.

Atalanta (Italy)

  • League: Serie A.
  • Current League Position: 4th.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough), Pierluigi Gollini (Aston Villa), Mario Pašalić (currently on loan from Chelsea).
  • Into the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League, the first time in the club's history.
  • Currently occupy Serie A's final qualification spot for the Champions League, three points ahead of Roma.
  • Last year's third place in Serie A was the club's best-ever top-flight league finishing position.

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Currently all the seats are empty. We wonder how long will it continue?

Sheffield United (England)

  • League: Premier League.
  • Current League Position: 7th.
  • Level on 43 points with Wolves who sit sixth and two points off fifth place, which is the Premier League's designated automatic qualification spot for the Europa League. This is The Blades' first season back in the top flight after an 11-season absence, during which they dropped to the third tier (League One).
  • Would be their first qualification for European competition in the club's 130-year history.
  • Also into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
  • Could stand to lose an approximate total of £42 million* in television money, matchday revenue and commercial income if the season is not completed.

Red Bull Leipzig (Germany)

  • League: Bundesliga.
  • Current League Position: 3rd.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Péter Gulácsi (Liverpool, Hull), Angeliño (on loan from Manchester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Ethan Ampadu (on loan from Chelsea).
  • Chasing their first-ever Bundesliga title.
  • Five points behind leaders Bayern Munich, with nine games to play.
  • Have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.
  • Club formed in 2009, when it started out in the fifth tier of German football.

LASK Linz (Austria)

  • League: Austrian Bundesliga.
  • Current League Position: 1st.
  • Lead the title race by three points, ahead of Red Bull Salzburg, who have won the Bundesliga for the last six years consecutively.
  • LASK Linz have only won the top-flight Austrian title once, in 1965. This would be their first title in 55 years.
  • The club have never made it past the qualifying stages of the Champions League, but now have automatic qualification for the group stages in their grasp.

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The football fields are mainly empty. The football league of Belarus (Vysshaya Liga) is one of the few professional leagues that are still playing.

İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. (Turkey)

  • League: Turkish Süper Lig.
  • Current League Position: 2nd.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Gaël Clichy (Arsenal, Manchester City), Demba Ba (West Ham, Newcastle, Chelsea), Martin Škrtel (Liverpool), Robinho (Manchester City), Gökhan Inler (Leicester).
  • Joint-top of the league, and second to Trabzonspor on goal difference only. Currently level on 53 points, and three points ahead of reigning champions Galatasaray. Başakşehir have never won the top-flight Turkish title.
  • Have twice finished runner-up in the Süper Lig in the last three years.
  • Club founded in 1990.

FC St. Gallen (Switzerland)

  • League: Swiss Super League.
  • Current League Position: 1st.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Miro Muheim (Chelsea Academy), Lorenzo González (Manchester City U21).
  • Top of the league, but only ahead of defending champions Young Boys on goal difference.
  • Chasing their first title in 20 years, having last won the Swiss top-flight in the 1999-2000 season.
  • If they finish in the top two, they would progress to the Champions League qualifying rounds for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.

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The Swiss can enjoy the beautiful mountain views while they wait for the football leagues to continue.

FC Famalicão (Portugal)

  • League: Primeira Liga.
  • Current League Position: 7th.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: Ivo Pinto (Norwich), Rúben Lameiras (Tottenham Academy/U21, Coventry, Plymouth), Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest), Toni Martínez (West Ham, Oxford United), Roderick Miranda (Wolves), Pedro Gonçalves (Wolves).
  • Currently on course for their best-ever league finish in club's history. Five points off fourth place, which would secure them a qualifying-round berth for the Europa League. That would be the club's first foray into European football.
  • Just 11 seasons ago they were playing in the fifth tier of Portuguese football, in a regional division. They only returned to the professional ranks in 2015. This season is their first campaign back in the top flight after a 25-year absence.
  • Israeli businessman Ider Ofer purchased a 51% stake in the club through his holding company Quantum Pacific in the summer of 2018. 'Super-agent' Jorge Mendes was involved and they brought in a stream of loan signings through his contacts which helped the club gain promotion. Ofer has since increased his stake in the club to 85%, and holds around a 30% stake (reports on exact figure vary) in Atletico Madrid through Quantum Pacific.

Stade Rennais FC (France)

  • League: Ligue 1.
  • Current League Position: 3rd.
  • Notable current players with links to English clubs: M'Baye Niang (Watford), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn, Stoke).
  • On course for their best-ever Ligue 1 finish if they hold on to third place. They are one point ahead of Lille, with 10 games of the season still to be played.
  • If they finish third, they will be entered into the third qualifying round of the Champions League. If they made it to the group stages of the competition, it would be their first-ever appearance in the Champions League.