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Bundesliga will resume on 16 May

  • The Bundesliga will be the first European league to restart after the coronavirus shutdown
  • All matches will take place behind closed doors
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The Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on Saturday 16 May. The competition becomes the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown.

The standout match on the 'opening' day will be the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. Champions Bayern Munich travel to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Most clubs have nine matches to play with the final weekend of the season rescheduled for 27-28 June.

The German Football Association (DFB) said the season would resume under strict health protocols that ban supporters from the stadium and requires players to undergo coronavirus testing.

About 300 people including players, staff and officials will be in or around the stadiums on match days.

The league has been suspended since 13 March with clubs returning to training in April.

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League, said "it was crucial to resume play" despite empty stands and other restrictions.

"The matches will feel different. After the first matchday, we will all know why we prefer games with fans. But that is the framework we have to operate in and I expect the best possible sport within this framework."

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said he is "confident that Germany will provide a shining example" to the world of football on how to return to action.

"This is a huge and positive step to bringing optimism back to people's lives. It is the result of constructive dialogue and careful planning between the football authorities and politicians," he said.

Bundesliga Fixtures

Saturday 16 May

  • Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
  • Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
  • RB Leipzig vs Freiburg

Sunday 17 May

  • Cologne vs Mainz
  • Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

Monday 18 May

  • Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen

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