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Graphic shows fixtures for the remaining matchdays in Germany’s Bundesliga, and league standings at the resumption of play.


Bundesliga first European league to kick-off amid pandemic

By Phil Bainbridge

May 16, 2020 - June 27, 2020 - Germany is set to become the first major European league to resume play – behind closed doors – despite the coronavirus pandemic.

A strict regime of testing and a ban on supporters gathering outside stadiums will be enforced on the nine remaining matchdays. Only around 300 people, including players, staff and officials, will be in or close to stadiums during matchdays.

On the pitch, reigning champions Bayern Munich hold a narrow lead over their nearest rivals, including Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig. European qualification and relegation will be decided by the final scheduled matchday on June 27.

The Bundesliga is anticipated to become a template for other European nations aiming to complete their leagues, including the English Premier League and La Liga in Spain. France’s top tier league, Ligue 1, has already been cancelled due to safety concerns. The Italian government has yet to decide if it will allow the Serie A season to be completed.

PUBLISHED: 12/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images