REPORT: Bundesliga Restart to Be Scheduled for Second Half of May

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(L-R) Bayern Munich's Spain defender Alvaro Odriozola, Bayern Munich's French midfielder Michael Cuisance, Bayern Munich's headcoach Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich's defender Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich's French defender Lucas Hernandez and Bayern Munich's defender Lars Lukas Mai practice during a training session at the football team's training grounds in Munich, southern Germany, on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Bundesliga is allowed to start in the second half of May. Christian Falk claims that the “league can decide the date in the time window itself.”

REPORT: Bundesliga Allowed to Start in Second Half of May

This will the first major European League to return to action. The players have already returned to a form of training in small groups. Now, they will be able to return to some form of football in the Bundesliga. The league will be played out with no spectators. Rigorous testing is already in place for the players.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been slowly relaxing restrictions. This also includes the reopening of all shops, and also a gradual reopening of schools. As part of this, individual states must react quickly to any surge in infections.

According to DPA, via the BBC, “[i]f new infections rise to above 50 people in every 100,000 over a seven-day period, then in the affected areas the reopening has to be reversed.”

Therefore, the Bundesliga could be quickly shut down again if national cases of coronavirus raise once again.

There have already been ten positive cases out of 1,724 tests across the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.

Prior to the restart of the Bundesliga, there will be another two weeks of a “type of training camp.” This will serve as a quarantine before teams meet in the competition.

All Left to Play For

Bayern Munich currently top the table on 55 points, their nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund four points behind. The top five is tight; four points separate fifth and second place.

Meanwhile, the restart of the Bundesliga will give the bottom three a chance to change their fortunes. Paderborn have a lot of work to do with just 16 points. Werder Bremen only have two more. Meanwhile, Fortuna Dusseldorf sit four points from Mainz.

Thus, all is left to play for in the Bundesliga, scheduled to start later this month. The competition should ideally be completed by the 30th of June.

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