The top German professional soccer league is set to become the first major sports competition to return as it hosts eight games over the weekend behind closed doors, six of which will take place on Saturday.
With the exception of the Belarusian Premier League, which has taken place without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bundesliga will become the first European soccer league to take place during spring 2020.
German soccer has been paused since March 11th, when the last game took place before the worsening of the coronavirus outbreak that has paralyzed many facets of life throughout the world over the past couple of months.
The Bundesliga, which is currently experiencing a tight race at the top between Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Mönchengladbach, will restart with Matchday 26 action on Saturday with six games. On Sunday, two games will also be played.
The highlights of this weekend’s action include a derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 as well as an Eintracht Frankfurt-Borussia Mönchengladbach with European implications.
Although its games will not be played with the presence of fans, the Bundesliga’s restart over the weekend will be a small step towards normality, at least in terms of sports.