This weekend will see the first significant football league restart following the global shutdown as the Bundesliga gets back underway on Saturday. It is a positive step for football and society. But as you will expect, the games taking place in the Bundesliga between now and the end of the campaign will do so behind closed doors.
German Football Update
As things stand, Bayern Munich leads the way in Germany’s top flight. They have a four-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund. The latter is second in the division, while the likes of RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen are still pushing for honours. At the other end of the table, Paderborn, Werder Bremen and Fortuna Dusseldorf will all be aiming to pull themselves clear of danger.
State Of Affairs In Europe
So, all eyes will be on Germany this weekend and the Bundesliga in particular; as other major football leagues around Europe and beyond prepare to restart their respective seasons. In Italy, one of the countries most affected by the global health crisis; there is a plan for Serie A to resume on June 13 if the government is on board. Teams will be back in training from Monday and working towards kicking on with the rest of their season several weeks later.
English Premier League
There are promising signs in England too with the government opening the door for football to restart sometime in June. The Premier League believe their season can resume on the 12th of the month, with action taking place behind closed doors. Fans will be able to view games live in some way, shape or form, with teams preparing for the restart by returning to training next week. They must follow strict guidelines. But it is another step in the right direction and music to the ears of millions of people.
Football teams in the Championship are keen on resuming the current season too. And it is believed they could be ready to go around the same time as the Premier League. The desire has been to finish the campaign from the beginning. So while things looked bleak at times, it will likely be the case within the next few weeks. Leeds and West Brom will be ecstatic at the news, and so will the outfits currently locked in a battle to finish in a playoff spot. Like the Premier League, training will resume imminently, with games taking place behind closed doors for the foreseeable future.
Further down the pyramid, multiple League One football clubs are looking for the EFL to let them get their season back underway in the hope of avoiding a premature end to the campaign. Posh co-owner Darragh MacAnthony, Marcus Evans of Ipswich Town, as well as clubs such as Portsmouth, Sunderland, Fleetwood Town and Oxford United; have all made their desire to complete the 19/20 season known to the EFL and the wider public. Still, it is unclear how many other teams in England’s third tier are keen on the campaign resuming.