Bundesliga Could Return As Early As May 9th

Bundesliga Could Return As Early As May 9th

The Bundesliga could be the first major football league to return to action, with a German minister revealing that talks have begun over starting up again as early as May 9th.

Germany seems to have flattened the curve of Coronavirus and small shops, cycle shops and car dealerships have been reopened in a softening of the current rules, whilst social distancing still continues.

Now there could be a return to football in the country within a couple of weeks, although behind closed doors. In a statement German Minister Markus Soder confirmed they have been in talks with the German FA over the return to football.

“The prerequisite is that there is a well thought-out concept,” Soder said.

“What the DFL have presented shows that protective measures are in place. I could imagine that we can go back to the state of games behind closed doors.

“It is a tightrope walk. We now have to be careful not to overdo it or be frivolous. Games with audience participation are completely unthinkable. Games behind closed doors are also a tightrope walk.

“It is conceivable that we might be able to play a ghost round [behind closed doors] at the earliest from May 9th. It is clear: a weekend with football is much more bearable than a weekend without football.”

The German top tier stopped on March 13th but clubs were allowed to return to training earlier this month, though only in groups of five and with social distancing still at the forefront.

A return at the beginning of May, or potentially even a few weeks later if that date has to be pushed back for whatever reason, would mean that the Bundesliga could likely finish before the June 31st date that is reportedly worrying Premier League clubs, because of players’ contracts expiring.

Bayern Munich once again sit top of the table as they try to win their eighth title in a row but rivals Borussia Dortmund are just four points behind them.

It’s not just the two biggest clubs who could win the league though, with relative rookies RB Leipzig just a further point behind Lucian Favre’s side and Borussia Monchengladbach another point behind that.

Much like with the Premier League most clubs have nine games left but some still have 10 to play before the end of the season.

At the bottom Paderborn and Werder Bremen look certain for the drop with the pair six and four points behind the relegation play-off position.