Bundesliga is set to be back on 16 May after COVID19 suspension as the government gave the green light to resume action. The league is now scheduled to restart on Saturday, 16 May, after a hiatus of 64 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other than Belarus which did not halt their football season, Germany is the first European country to make such firm commitment to returning to football action.
What are the fixtures?
The plan is to resume the league at the same point when it was postponed. The last Bundesliga game was played on 12 May (Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 1.FC Köln 1) and gameweek 26 was the first game week to be postponed. We expect the fixture scheduled on GW26 to resume (behind closed doors):
Saturday, May 16
- Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
- RB Leipzig vs Freiburg
- Hoffenheim vs Hertha
- Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
- Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
- Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Sunday May 17
- Cologne vs Mainz
- Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich
Monday May 18
- Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen
The big game is of course the Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke.
What is the situation league-wise?
The Revierderby is made more interesting by the fact that Borussia Dortmund are chasing down Bayern Munich at the top of the table. Bayern leads by 4 points at this stage, with 9 games to go. Bayern are yet to visit Dortmund.
At the bottom, SC Paderborn 07 are bottom with 16pts and 2004 Champions Werder Bremen have 18pts, 4 points from safety. Two teams go directly directly in the Bundesliga, the third from bottom team plays a play-off game.
What is the plan?
Fixtures are expected to take place every weekend with two additional set of midweek fixtures, meaning that the Bundesliga is expected to end on Saturday, 27 Jun.
30 Jun is often touted the “last” day of the season – this is not hard and fast but most players’ contracts are written to end on 30 Jun and new contracts (and free agency) runs from 1 Jul.
If things go as planned, the timing would actually make a lot of sense for Bundesliga.
There also have been no definitive word from UEFA on how they plan to restart the continental competitions, so there is a possibility that the German clubs may end their own domestic season before turning out for European competitions.
Bayern Munich (Last 16) and RB Leipzig (QF) are still in the Champions League while Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and WFL Wolfsburg (all Last 16) are active in the Europa League.
Who to watch out for?
Bayern Munich naturally boast a squad full of international superstars but here a few others to look out for:
- Timo Werner – the RB Leipzig forward is a long-time Liverpool target and look set to make the Anfield move in the summer, depending on which source you are reading.
- Jadon Sancho – the English winger has seen his stock rise meteorically over the last few years and is a target for both the Manchester sides, among others.
- Thorgan Hazard – Eden’s younger brother is enjoying a breakout season with Dortmund.
- Achraf Hakimi – the Moroccan TAA is on loan at Dortmund from Real Madrid and has chalked up 10 assists so far
What about the Premier League?
The situation in Germany is giving all other European countries hope for the near future – their commencement will be closely monitored and watched by all other football officials.
In England, the Premier League is still at discussion stage. The British government has expressed its desire to restart the Premier League “as soon as possible” but those words are subject to many ifs and buts. No firm date whatsoever have been put forth and although 8 Jun is widely touted in some media outlets.
Also, the possibilities of using neutral venues to complete the remaining Premier League fixtures is being discussed – this would be different from that in the Bundesliga where teams are expected to play the fixtures in their own grounds (just without the fans).
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