Bundesliga Squads Gear Up for May 16 Re-start After Hiatus
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
German Bundesliga clubs are gearing for the resumption of the tournament. There are still doubts as to whether teams will comply with the strict hygiene measures imposed by the government. The tournament will kick off on May 16. It will be the first top-flight soccer league in Europe to resume their fixtures. Previously, the German government implemented a ban against mass gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Betting on European soccer leagues anticipate an action-packed Bundesliga despite missing the cheers from live audiences who will now be tuning in live television or on personal computers to be updated.
Their counterparts in England, Spain, and Italy are still awaiting government clearance on the resumption of their tournaments. Germany’s top soccer league will re-open despite recent reports of team officials testing positive of the virus. Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic told media that the league will start. The 2019-20 season gives the Bundesliga “a huge head start” with many soccer enthusiasts raring to see exciting matches again.
Teams have already started their preparation for the tournament, with Borussia Dortmund holding full team training for the first time in seven weeks. A club spokesman confirmed the development, saying that the team held “constructive” talks with local health officials on the matter. Borussia Moenchengladbach also started their team practices despite reports of one of their backroom personnel testing positive. He is currently under quarantine. The league has nine rounds remaining on their schedule. Bundesliga officials seek to end the 2019-20 season before June 30 to secure television money of about USD325 million.
Arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke will kick-off hostilities on Saturday, 9:30 AM ET, with another offering of the Ruhr derby. The fixture at the Signal Iduna Park is important for both teams with Dortmund contending for the top spot and Schalke competing for a spot in the Europa League. Previously, Dortmund was four points behind table-toppers Bayern Munich. If the Black and Yellows win, they will move closer to Bayern Munich. If the Royal Blues pull off a surprise, they will remain in sixth place and retain their spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
Other matches scheduled to take place on Saturday are RB Leipzig-SC Freiburg, Hoffenheim-Hertha Berlin, Fortuna Duesseldorf-Paderborn, Augsburg-Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt-Borussia Moenchengladbach. Cologne and Mainz will lock horns on Sunday, 9:30 AM ET. Afterwards, Union Berlin-Bayern Munich tussle at 12:00 PM ET. The Werder Bremen-Bayer Leverkusen matchup completes the round on Monday, 2:30 PM ET.
All matches will go on without fans. There will be restrictions in the number of staff and officials traveling to games and teams will arrive at separate times. Players must undergo coronavirus tests at least once a week. They will seek action if they are found negative for two consecutive tests. The game ball is to be disinfected before and during the game. In order to make the instructions clear, German daily Bild even translated the words “Follow The Rules!” into 28 languages for more than 200 foreign footballers playing in the league.
After months of waiting, online soccer bettors will now have something to look forward to with the resumption of the German Bundesliga. Bundesliga officials have pulled off a risky, but profit-saving move to resume the 2019-20 season. Despite strict social distancing measures in place, soccer fans are awaiting the restart of the top-flight league in Germany.