Aussies Abroad: Taggart scores in return to football, League start date set

Leagues around the world are yet to return, but with COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease across the globe, some countries top-flights competitions are beginning to set return dates.

For Adam Taggart, a return to the football pitch has already eventuated with striker appearing for Korean side Suwon Bluewings in a pre-season outing, as the delayed K League nears the start of its season on May 8.

Taggart scored the only goal of the friendly against Seoul E-Land, in the 10th minute of the encounter.

It was the first game in seven weeks for Taggart and his teammates.

But in under two weeks, the Socceroos striker & Suwon are set to play in the K League season-opener against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 8.

For the start of the season, the K League has introduced a series of rules in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing regulations, which can be read here.

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The latest information for Socceroos players can be found below:

  • Adam Taggart (Suwon Bluewings) - K League, return date set for May 8
  • Brandon Borrello (SC Freiburg) and Matthew Leckie's (Hertha Berlin) - Bundesliga proposed return date of May 9
  • Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus) and Thomas Deng (Urawa Red Diamonds) - J-League, proposed return date of May 9
  • Aaron Mooy and Mathew Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) - Premier League, postponed indefinitely
  • Trent Sainsbury (Maccabi Haifi) – Israeli Premier League, postponed indefinitely
  • Tom Rogic (Celtic) and Martin Boyle (Hibernian) – Scottish Premiership, postponed indefinitely
  • Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade) – Serbian Super Liga, postponed indefinitely
  • Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley), Bailey Wright (Bristol City) and Adam Federici (Stoke City) – Championship, postponed indefinitely
  • Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town) - Football League One, postponed indefinitely
  • Awer Mabil (FC Midtjylland) and Mustafa Amini (AGF) - Danish Superliga, postponed indefinitely
  • James Jeggo (Austria Wien) - Austrian Bundesliga, postponed until at least early May, TBD
  • Craig Goodwin (Al-Wehda) - Saudi Pro League, postponed indefinitely
  • Aziz Behich (Istanbul Başakşehir) - Turkish Super Lig, postponed indefinitely
  • Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca) - Cypriot First Division, postponed indefinitely
  • Ajdin Hrustic (FC Groningen) - Eredivisie, postponed indefinitely and could potentially be cancelled
  • Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk) - Belgian Pro League, season cancelled but decision is yet to be fully finalised
  • Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders) – MLS, postponed until at least June 8
  • Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Mitchell Duke (Western Sydney Wanderers), Josh Risdon (Western United) and Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) – A-League, postponed indefinitely. FFA recently announced that they would continue with the postponement


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