Football: When And How Bundesliga And Other Top Leagues Will Restart?
Borrusia Dortmund versus Schalke becomes the opening match on Saturday, next weekend for the Germany Bundesliga, as top football competition resumes in Europe. The German government Authority gave a green light to the Bundesliga resumption on May 16 as well as the Second Bundesliga League played behind closed doors. But it had been left out for the German Football League (DFL) to determine the exact restart date of the league.
The decision has seen the Bundesliga become the first of any European league to be given clearance by the government to resume playing since the coronavirus pandemic took center stage of the world. This comes at a time when Germans neighbors, Netherlands and France had already ended their league season. Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Bundesliga players and staff will not have to quarantine for 14 days because of the club’s regular testing capacity. "Testing is regular there, so the quarantine period is not set to 14 days.", she said.
The Bundesliga fixture has the following opening matches; On Saturday - Dortmund v Schalke, RB Leipzig v Freiburg, Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin, Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn, Augsburg v Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt v Borrusia Monchegladbach. On Sunday; FC Cologne play Mainz 05, Union Berlin play Bayern Munich. Finally, on Monday; Werder Bremen welcomes Bayer Lerverkusen.
Meanwhile, Spain La Liga Santander is set to resume soon but stringent measures have been put in place by the league management. Most of the teams resumed training on Wednesday with players being tested for COVID-19 all before beginning their training session. Football will look differently upon its resumption.
Barcelona players were summoned on Wednesday upon arrival on training with some players like Sergio Roberto returning to training with protective mask whilst others such as Arturo Vidal without and not adhering to social distancing measures which triggered a decision to test all Barcelona players again before training.
Most clubs have implemented a one-way circuit within the training complex which ensures zero contact of people entering and exiting the stadium. Players also have to arrive for training sessions in their own cars and maintain a relative distance between each other and strictly wear face masks.
On the flip side, South Korean Football League will enjoy a high profile for the first time in history ever as it delayed 2020 season kick-off to tomorrow Friday providing an action everyone was highly awaiting. Defending champions Joenbuk motors will open the season when they host Korean FA cup holders Suwon Bluewing at the Jeonbuk World Cup stadium in a fixture that will put back more than two months of waiting due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Broadcasters from 10 countries mostly in Asia and Europe, have bought rights for the season, and Friday’s match will be streamed live with English commentary on the league’s Twitter feed as well as YouTube. With the baseball season having resumed on Tuesday, South Korea is well aware it is blazing a trail for most nations returning to normality after the COVID-19 shutdowns. No fans will be allowed for the match despite South Korea’s widely admired success at containing the spread of the virus allowing a move from social distancing to everyday quarantine as on Wednesday.