With only nine matchdays to go until the end of the Bundesliga, the German league was paralyzed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, Germany didn’t seem to be hit that hard by the pandemic, and football clubs are already gradually going back to normal activities such as training.
With all that, obviously that the expectation is increasing for the Bundesliga return.
And that may happen really soon, as the German Football League is set to decide the official return date as the German football chiefs and the German government are optimistic.
Thus, the forecast is that the Bundesliga will return on May 9, both the first and the second division. However, it’s probable that fans will only be able to return to the stadiums in 2021.
According to the German League’s CEO Christian Seifert, the goal is to gradually return to normality, prioritizing the health of everyone involved in the game.
In an interview for The New York Times, Seifert said: “We are part of the country’s culture, people need to resume a little of their normal lives, and that could mean the return of the Bundesliga. That is why we are doing our part here, and that means supporting the government and talking to them about when we will be able to play again.”
However, Seifert stressed that football will not gain priority over health professionals who are at the front of the fight against Covid-19. Thus, the forecast is that only 240 people will work in each game and that everyone, from players to ballboys, will be tested for the virus to ensure the health of everyone around them.
On top of that, the early returning will also prevent second division clubs from going bankrupt.
Before the Bundesliga stoppage, they had a few games behind closed doors. Back then, Bayern Munich was leading the league on 55 points, as Borussia Dortmund had 51.