Weekly update: Bundesliga to return in two weeks?
DFL President Christian Seifert has given hope to football fans across Europe by earmarking the 9 May as a realistic return date for the Bundesliga. Following successful meetings with representatives from all 36 teams in Germany’s top two leagues to agree a proposed resumption date, the DFL is now awaiting government approval before confirming any fixtures. With clubs back in training, RB Leipzig and USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams has claimed that he and his team are in good shape and ready for competitive football to start again.
For this to happen, matches would inevitably be held behind closed doors. With the aim to have as few people in the stadium as possible, the potential matches have been touted as ‘Geisterspiele’ – ghost games. Ticket holders in Germany may feel alienated by the decision, but potential fan backlashes, eerie atmospheres, and any financial repercussions of games behind closed doors are risks the DFL seem willing to take. By being the first major league to return to play, it is likely that the Bundesliga will attract more viewers across Europe than ever before, providing much-needed relief to starved sports fans during the coronavirus pandemic.