Bundesliga set to re-open on May 16th, fixtures announced
Football governing body in Germany has released fixtures for the restart of football games behind closed doors. Football in Germany will become the first to open in Europe since being shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, German Football League (DFL) chief executive Christian Seifert confirmed that the German Bundesliga will resume on May 16 and added that games being played behind closed doors is not a solution but an option.
“Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga,” Seifert said.
“It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.
“Games without stadium spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. However, during a crisis, which threatens the very existence of some clubs, it is the only way to preserve the leagues in their present form.
“I would like to thank the political decision-makers at the state and federal levels for placing their confidence in us.”
There are nine full rounds of fixtures remaining in the Bundesliga, while Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen will meet in their game in hand.
We will see Borussia Dortmund and Schalke opening up on 16th May , as well as RB Leipzig’s home game against Freiburg.
On Sunday, league leaders Bayern Munich will head to Union Berlin, while Cologne will take on Mainz.
According to the Sun as of May 6th 2019, Germany had registered 6,996 deaths compared to Spain and France which have both seen more than 25,000, and the UK and Italy which have seen around 30,000 each.
It has already started lifting its lockdown, allowing some shops to open again two weeks ago before sending some kids back to school this week.
Schools and nurseries were ordered to close in Germany on March 13 while borders with five neighbouring countries were shut two days later.
And Germany is now set to ease restrictions even further, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor said on Wednesday as she eased on the restrictions on the following.
People from two different households can meet up, all shops will soon be allowed to reopen across Germany, Schools will gradually reopen for all pupils this month, Bundesliga football can return by the end of May, State governments will decide when to re-open bars, restaurants, hotels and cinemas
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Dortmund vs Schalke
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
Frankfurt vs Gladbach
Cologne vs Mainz
Union vs Bayern
Bremen vs Leverkusen