Bundesliga competition will resume on May 16, the German football association (DFL) has announced, with football returning to the calendar on the back of Covid-19 lockdowns.
Having been in a state of indefinite postponement since mid-February, the green light has been given for players to take to the field once more.
The restart plan outlined by DFL president Christian Seifert involves six games taking place on the opening Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund’s derby with Schalke among them. Defending champions Bayern Munich will be back in action a day later, as they take in a trip to Union Berlin.
The latest round of matches in the German top-flight will be completed on Monday, May 18, when Werder Bremen play host to Bayer Leverkusen.
The final matchday of the 2019-20 campaign is scheduled for the weekend of June 27-28
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had announced on Wednesday that Bundesliga football would be free to return “in the second half of May”. Speaking at a press conference, Merkel confirmed that play could resume as long as teams adhere to strict rules.
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