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  •  German soccer teams started the week in isolation on Monday after going into seven day quarantine ahead of the Bundesliga season restart on Saturday Club bosses all said that completing the campaign amid the coronavirus outbreak will not be easy The German Football League DFL decided last week to resume the first and second division from May 16 after a two month suspension making it the first major sports league to attempt a restart Teams have been sent into mandatory seven day isolation after testing for the virus in order to reduce the risk of infection before playing in empty stadiums with only a handful of staff and officials to help prevent the spread of the virus Several clubs including champions Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg have picked hotels in their cities to cut travel times to training locations and airports for the weekend matches Others like Schalke 04 who face Dortmund in the Ruhr valley derby and Borussia Moenchengladbach are using hotels at their stadiums Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin have moved to more isolated hotels in the countryside as have bottom club Paderborn who will spend the week in a nearby thermal springs town Players and staff wore face masks as they departed for hotels where distance between tables at team lunches and dinners will become routine as will single rooms where players will make their own beds to reduce unnecessary contact with other people Plans to restart however suffered a setback on Saturday after the entire team of second tier Dynamo Dresden was placed in two week quarantine following two positive coronavirus tests We always expected that the remainder of this season will not be trouble free Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Hans Joachim Watzke told the Funke media group These tests and results are also a sign of our transparency The league desperate to complete the season by June 30 has drawn up a detailed set of regulations for training and matches including stringent testing that helped it get the government s green light to restart But with the virus far from gone in Germany where almost 170 000 people have been infected and over 7 400 have died the DFL is concerned any positive virus cases could seriously damage chances of finishing the season and inflict potentially existence threatening financial damage to some clubs I expect everyone now to live up to their responsibilities DFL CEO Christian Seifert said at the weekend Edited By Emmanuel Okara Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Bundesliga teams in isolation ahead of season restart
     German soccer teams started the week in isolation on Monday after going into seven day quarantine ahead of the Bundesliga season restart on Saturday Club bosses all said that completing the campaign amid the coronavirus outbreak will not be easy The German Football League DFL decided last week to resume the first and second division from May 16 after a two month suspension making it the first major sports league to attempt a restart Teams have been sent into mandatory seven day isolation after testing for the virus in order to reduce the risk of infection before playing in empty stadiums with only a handful of staff and officials to help prevent the spread of the virus Several clubs including champions Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg have picked hotels in their cities to cut travel times to training locations and airports for the weekend matches Others like Schalke 04 who face Dortmund in the Ruhr valley derby and Borussia Moenchengladbach are using hotels at their stadiums Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin have moved to more isolated hotels in the countryside as have bottom club Paderborn who will spend the week in a nearby thermal springs town Players and staff wore face masks as they departed for hotels where distance between tables at team lunches and dinners will become routine as will single rooms where players will make their own beds to reduce unnecessary contact with other people Plans to restart however suffered a setback on Saturday after the entire team of second tier Dynamo Dresden was placed in two week quarantine following two positive coronavirus tests We always expected that the remainder of this season will not be trouble free Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Hans Joachim Watzke told the Funke media group These tests and results are also a sign of our transparency The league desperate to complete the season by June 30 has drawn up a detailed set of regulations for training and matches including stringent testing that helped it get the government s green light to restart But with the virus far from gone in Germany where almost 170 000 people have been infected and over 7 400 have died the DFL is concerned any positive virus cases could seriously damage chances of finishing the season and inflict potentially existence threatening financial damage to some clubs I expect everyone now to live up to their responsibilities DFL CEO Christian Seifert said at the weekend Edited By Emmanuel Okara Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Bundesliga teams in isolation ahead of season restart
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    Bundesliga teams in isolation ahead of season restart

    German soccer teams started the week in isolation on Monday after going into seven-day quarantine ahead of the Bundesliga season restart on Saturday.

    Club bosses all said that completing the campaign amid the coronavirus outbreak will not be easy.

    The German Football League (DFL) decided last week to resume the first and second division from May 16 after a two-month suspension, making it the first major sports league to attempt a restart.

    Teams have been sent into mandatory seven-day isolation after testing for the virus in order to reduce the risk of infection before playing in empty stadiums with only a handful of staff and officials, to help prevent the spread of the virus.

    Several clubs, including champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg, have picked hotels in their cities to cut travel times to training locations and airports for the weekend matches.

    Others like Schalke 04, who face Dortmund in the Ruhr valley derby, and Borussia Moenchengladbach are using hotels at their stadiums.

    Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin have moved to more isolated hotels in the countryside, as have bottom club Paderborn who will spend the week in a nearby thermal springs town.

    Players and staff wore face masks as they departed for hotels where distance between tables at team lunches and dinners will become routine, as will single rooms where players will make their own beds to reduce unnecessary contact with other people.

    Plans to restart, however, suffered a setback on Saturday after the entire team of second tier Dynamo Dresden was placed in two-week quarantine following two positive coronavirus tests.

    “We always expected that the remainder of this season will not be trouble-free,” Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told the Funke media group.

    “These tests and results are also a sign of our transparency.”

    The league, desperate to complete the season by June 30, has drawn up a detailed set of regulations for training and matches, including stringent testing that helped it get the government’s green light to restart.

    But with the virus far from gone in Germany where almost 170,000 people have been infected and over 7,400 have died, the DFL is concerned any positive virus cases could seriously damage chances of finishing the season, and inflict potentially “existence-threatening” financial damage to some clubs.

    “I expect everyone now to live up to their responsibilities,” DFL CEO Christian Seifert said at the weekend.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

  •  The 2019 2020 Bundesliga season will restart on May 16 the German Football League DFL said on Thursday becoming the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus epidemic The DFL said the season would resume under the terms of a strict health protocol that bans fans from the stadium Several matches including the Ruhr valley derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 will take place on the relaunch day While it was no normal restart given the empty stands and other restrictions it was crucial to resume play DFL CEO Christian Seifert told a news conference He was speaking after a meeting with first and second division clubs following government s decision on Wednesday to give the green light for the Bundesliga restart Government had also promised to throw a financial lifeline to the cash strapped clubs The DFL is desperate to finish the season by June 30 even without spectators to be contractually in compliance with sponsors and broadcasters It had warned any further delay could be existence threatening for some clubs The season finale will take place at the end of June Seifert said with June 27 to June 28 as a likely date The league has been on hold since mid March because of the coronavirus outbreak which has brought football to a standstill around the world Germany s progress in resuming matches is likely to be closely watched by other leagues The country s professional teams have been training since mid April divided into small groups and under strict conditions including extensive COVID 19 testing of all players and coaching staff The country has reported more than 166 000 infections and more than 7 000 deaths Officials said on Thursday the coronavirus crisis was far from over in spite of the country slowly reopening its economy and trying to get life back to normal Bayern Munich chasing an eighth successive title currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50 There are nine rounds of matches left to play Edited By Emmanuel Okara and Olawale Alabi NAN
    Bundesliga season to resume on May 16, German Football League says
     The 2019 2020 Bundesliga season will restart on May 16 the German Football League DFL said on Thursday becoming the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus epidemic The DFL said the season would resume under the terms of a strict health protocol that bans fans from the stadium Several matches including the Ruhr valley derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 will take place on the relaunch day While it was no normal restart given the empty stands and other restrictions it was crucial to resume play DFL CEO Christian Seifert told a news conference He was speaking after a meeting with first and second division clubs following government s decision on Wednesday to give the green light for the Bundesliga restart Government had also promised to throw a financial lifeline to the cash strapped clubs The DFL is desperate to finish the season by June 30 even without spectators to be contractually in compliance with sponsors and broadcasters It had warned any further delay could be existence threatening for some clubs The season finale will take place at the end of June Seifert said with June 27 to June 28 as a likely date The league has been on hold since mid March because of the coronavirus outbreak which has brought football to a standstill around the world Germany s progress in resuming matches is likely to be closely watched by other leagues The country s professional teams have been training since mid April divided into small groups and under strict conditions including extensive COVID 19 testing of all players and coaching staff The country has reported more than 166 000 infections and more than 7 000 deaths Officials said on Thursday the coronavirus crisis was far from over in spite of the country slowly reopening its economy and trying to get life back to normal Bayern Munich chasing an eighth successive title currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50 There are nine rounds of matches left to play Edited By Emmanuel Okara and Olawale Alabi NAN
    Bundesliga season to resume on May 16, German Football League says
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    Bundesliga season to resume on May 16, German Football League says

    The 2019/2020 Bundesliga season will restart on May 16, the German Football League (DFL) said on Thursday, becoming the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus epidemic.

    The DFL said the season would resume under the terms of a strict health protocol that bans fans from the stadium.

    Several matches, including the Ruhr valley derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, will take place on the relaunch day.

    While it was no normal restart, given the empty stands and other restrictions, it was crucial to resume play, DFL CEO Christian Seifert told a news conference.

    He was speaking after a meeting with first and second division clubs following government’s decision on Wednesday to give the green light for the Bundesliga restart.

    Government had also promised to throw a financial lifeline to the cash-strapped clubs.

    The DFL is desperate to finish the season by June 30, even without spectators, to be contractually in compliance with sponsors and broadcasters.

     It had warned any further delay could be “existence-threatening” for some clubs.

    “The season finale will take place at the end of June,” Seifert said, with June 27 to June 28 as a likely date.

    The league has been on hold since mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has brought football to a standstill around the world.

    Germany’s progress in resuming matches is likely to be closely watched by other leagues.

    The country’s professional teams have been training since mid-April, divided into small groups and under strict conditions, including extensive COVID-19 testing of all players and coaching staff.

    The country has reported more than 166,000 infections and more than 7,000 deaths.

    Officials said on Thursday the coronavirus crisis was far from over in spite of the country slowly reopening its economy and trying to get life back to normal.

    Bayern Munich, chasing an eighth successive title, currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50.

     There are nine rounds of matches left to play.

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

     

  •  Germany s Bundesliga is set to become the first of Europe s top football leagues to get underway following the novel coronavirus stoppage This came up after the country s government said on Wednesday that the competition could re start in the second half of May The government said the Bundesliga and second tier 2 Bundesliga could restart without spectators adding that the German football league DFL would decide on the exact dates Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement which had been widely expected as part of measures to begin easing the country s lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the virus The DFL is due to hold an assembly with its 36 member clubs on Thursday followed by a news conference in which more details are expected to be given A government statement also said teams would have to go into quarantined training camps ahead of the restart The league has been on hold since mid March because of the coronavirus outbreak Officials from the 16 states held a teleconference with Merkel on Wednesday to discuss easing the country s lockdown measures The coronavirus outbreak has brought football to a standstill around the world and Germany s progress is likely to be closely watched by other leagues Bayern Munich chasing an eighth successive title currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50 At the bottom Werder Bremen and Paderborn are in the drop zone with Fortuna Duesseldorf in 16th which is the relegation promotion playoff spot Germany s professional clubs have been training since mid April divided into small groups and under strict conditions including extensive testing of all players and coaching staff On Monday the DFL said it had registered 10 positive cases in a blanket test of 1 724 players and staff at its 36 first and second division clubs OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Germany says Bundesliga can return from COVID-19 break in second half of May
     Germany s Bundesliga is set to become the first of Europe s top football leagues to get underway following the novel coronavirus stoppage This came up after the country s government said on Wednesday that the competition could re start in the second half of May The government said the Bundesliga and second tier 2 Bundesliga could restart without spectators adding that the German football league DFL would decide on the exact dates Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement which had been widely expected as part of measures to begin easing the country s lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the virus The DFL is due to hold an assembly with its 36 member clubs on Thursday followed by a news conference in which more details are expected to be given A government statement also said teams would have to go into quarantined training camps ahead of the restart The league has been on hold since mid March because of the coronavirus outbreak Officials from the 16 states held a teleconference with Merkel on Wednesday to discuss easing the country s lockdown measures The coronavirus outbreak has brought football to a standstill around the world and Germany s progress is likely to be closely watched by other leagues Bayern Munich chasing an eighth successive title currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50 At the bottom Werder Bremen and Paderborn are in the drop zone with Fortuna Duesseldorf in 16th which is the relegation promotion playoff spot Germany s professional clubs have been training since mid April divided into small groups and under strict conditions including extensive testing of all players and coaching staff On Monday the DFL said it had registered 10 positive cases in a blanket test of 1 724 players and staff at its 36 first and second division clubs OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Germany says Bundesliga can return from COVID-19 break in second half of May
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    Germany says Bundesliga can return from COVID-19 break in second half of May

    Germany’s Bundesliga is set to become the first of Europe’s top football leagues to get underway following the novel coronavirus stoppage.

    This came up after the country’s government said on Wednesday that the competition could re-start in the second half of May.

    The government said the Bundesliga and second-tier 2. Bundesliga could restart without spectators, adding that the German football league (DFL) would decide on the exact dates.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement, which had been widely expected, as part of measures to begin easing the country’s lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the virus.

    The DFL is due to hold an assembly with its 36 member-clubs on Thursday followed by a news conference in which more details are expected to be given.

    A government statement also said teams would have to go into quarantined training camps ahead of the restart.

    The league has been on hold since mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Officials from the 16 states held a teleconference with Merkel on Wednesday to discuss easing the country’s lockdown measures.

    The coronavirus outbreak has brought football to a standstill around the world and Germany’s progress is likely to be closely watched by other leagues.

    Bayern Munich, chasing an eighth successive title, currently lead the table with 55 points from 25 games, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund with RB Leipzig third on 50.

    At the bottom, Werder Bremen and Paderborn are in the drop zone with Fortuna Duesseldorf in 16th, which is the relegation/promotion playoff spot.

    Germany’s professional clubs have been training since mid-April, divided into small groups and under strict conditions, including extensive testing of all players and coaching staff.

    On Monday, the DFL said it had registered 10 positive cases in a blanket test of 1,724 players and staff at its 36 first and second division clubs.
    OLAL

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    Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

  •  German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Sunday backed a possible restart for the Bundesliga season this month without spectators as the government prepares for a key meeting next week Although Bundesliga clubs have returned to training in small groups the league has been suspended since mid March due to the coronavirus pandemic The government is to decide next week on a potential resumption of sports activities The German Football League DFL eager for a quick restart has submitted a health safety plan for games without spectators This includes regular testing of players but no quarantine for entire squads in cases of positive tests I find the time frame of the German Football League plausible and I support a restart in May Seehofer told Bild newspaper But for me it is also clear that there should be no extra privileges for the league He also said he was in favour of full team quarantine in cases of positive test something that is not planned in the DFL blueprint But I am in favour of trying to attempt to play again the minister said The cash strapped clubs and league are desperate to resume play as soon as possible even without spectators so that the season can contractually finish by June 30 Germany has suffered over 6 600 deaths from coronavirus with more than 162 000 people infected OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Germany’s interior minister backs Bundesliga restart
     German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Sunday backed a possible restart for the Bundesliga season this month without spectators as the government prepares for a key meeting next week Although Bundesliga clubs have returned to training in small groups the league has been suspended since mid March due to the coronavirus pandemic The government is to decide next week on a potential resumption of sports activities The German Football League DFL eager for a quick restart has submitted a health safety plan for games without spectators This includes regular testing of players but no quarantine for entire squads in cases of positive tests I find the time frame of the German Football League plausible and I support a restart in May Seehofer told Bild newspaper But for me it is also clear that there should be no extra privileges for the league He also said he was in favour of full team quarantine in cases of positive test something that is not planned in the DFL blueprint But I am in favour of trying to attempt to play again the minister said The cash strapped clubs and league are desperate to resume play as soon as possible even without spectators so that the season can contractually finish by June 30 Germany has suffered over 6 600 deaths from coronavirus with more than 162 000 people infected OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Germany’s interior minister backs Bundesliga restart
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    Germany’s interior minister backs Bundesliga restart

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Sunday backed a possible restart for the Bundesliga season this month without spectators as the government prepares for a key meeting next week.

    Although Bundesliga clubs have returned to training in small groups, the league has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The government is to decide next week on a potential resumption of sports activities.

    The German Football League (DFL), eager for a quick restart, has submitted a health safety plan for games without spectators.

    This includes regular testing of players but no quarantine for entire squads in cases of positive tests.

    “I find the time frame of the German Football League plausible and I support a restart in May,” Seehofer told Bild newspaper.

    “But for me it is also clear that there should be no extra privileges for the league.”

    He also said he was in favour of full team quarantine in cases of positive test, something that is not planned in the DFL blueprint.

    “But I am in favour of trying to attempt to play again,” the minister said.

    The cash-strapped clubs and league are desperate to resume play as soon as possible, even without spectators, so (that) the season can contractually finish by June 30.

    Germany has suffered over 6,600 deaths from coronavirus with more than 162,000 people infected.
    OLAL

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    Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

  •  Most fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach seem well prepared for a possible re start of the Bundesliga For several weeks many supporters have ordered cardboard figures with their picture printed on to place them in the arena when the German national leagues return to action under unusual circumstances As no audience will be allowed inside the arena s fans want to show their support by placing their cardboard figures on their booked seat Due to the coronavirus crisis games of the professional leagues have been postponed since mid March Now leading politicians are talking about so called ghost games without fans to allow the clubs to finish the 2019 2020 season orderly According to statements of Markus Soeder prime minister of the federal state of Bavaria league action could start as early as May 9 or a week later Northern Rhine Westphalia s prime minister Armin Laschet said games with a crowd are close to impossible this year Games behind closed doors are likely to be permitted by local health authorities if clubs follow strict hygiene standards The German national league association Deutsche Fu ball Liga has presented a coherent concept to run games behind closed doors League association CEO Christian Seifert said football has to pay back the trust Players and all staff involved must be disciplined and follow the tightened rules even in their private life Players will be given a tight catalogue of behavior Seifert announced The implemented rules will affect the players entire life Seifert said adding patterns are inevitable to get the permission to run the games Karl Heinz Rummenigge promised clubs secure that fans don t gather in front of the arenas The DFL has set up a convincing concept that show s football doesn t claim special status Bayern Munich s chairman commented According to reports only 126 people will be allowed inside the arena eight coaches staff and doctors per team Only four ball boys are placed around the pitch TV crews have to cover the particular game with only 36 protagonists including technical staff and TV reporters and commentators No further VIP guests or club staff is allowed Security staff numbers are cut down to 30 inside the stadiums with another 50 outside to back up procedures German league plans to finish the current season until June 30 Games behind closed doors are the opportunity to create high spirits and optimism among millions of fans Hans Joachim Watzke said The Borussia Dortmund CEO said football is thankful to get the opportunity to run games and must strictly follow the health rules Germany s federal minister of health said due to the concept games behind closed doors are possible The risk of new infections must be minimized For millions of fans this would mean a piece of normality Jens Spahn emphasized While most fans are in favor of the plans ultra fan groups have expressed their disapproval They claim football doesn t deserve an exceptional role as long as other parts of the entertainment business are shut down The league association said games behind closed doors are inevitable to secure the club s economic future 13 of 36 professional clubs reported to face insolvency by the end of June without money provided by a tv deal The last tranche of the current agreement worth 230 million euros is due to be paid out by May 2 XINHUA
    German football getting ready for season re-start mid-May
     Most fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach seem well prepared for a possible re start of the Bundesliga For several weeks many supporters have ordered cardboard figures with their picture printed on to place them in the arena when the German national leagues return to action under unusual circumstances As no audience will be allowed inside the arena s fans want to show their support by placing their cardboard figures on their booked seat Due to the coronavirus crisis games of the professional leagues have been postponed since mid March Now leading politicians are talking about so called ghost games without fans to allow the clubs to finish the 2019 2020 season orderly According to statements of Markus Soeder prime minister of the federal state of Bavaria league action could start as early as May 9 or a week later Northern Rhine Westphalia s prime minister Armin Laschet said games with a crowd are close to impossible this year Games behind closed doors are likely to be permitted by local health authorities if clubs follow strict hygiene standards The German national league association Deutsche Fu ball Liga has presented a coherent concept to run games behind closed doors League association CEO Christian Seifert said football has to pay back the trust Players and all staff involved must be disciplined and follow the tightened rules even in their private life Players will be given a tight catalogue of behavior Seifert announced The implemented rules will affect the players entire life Seifert said adding patterns are inevitable to get the permission to run the games Karl Heinz Rummenigge promised clubs secure that fans don t gather in front of the arenas The DFL has set up a convincing concept that show s football doesn t claim special status Bayern Munich s chairman commented According to reports only 126 people will be allowed inside the arena eight coaches staff and doctors per team Only four ball boys are placed around the pitch TV crews have to cover the particular game with only 36 protagonists including technical staff and TV reporters and commentators No further VIP guests or club staff is allowed Security staff numbers are cut down to 30 inside the stadiums with another 50 outside to back up procedures German league plans to finish the current season until June 30 Games behind closed doors are the opportunity to create high spirits and optimism among millions of fans Hans Joachim Watzke said The Borussia Dortmund CEO said football is thankful to get the opportunity to run games and must strictly follow the health rules Germany s federal minister of health said due to the concept games behind closed doors are possible The risk of new infections must be minimized For millions of fans this would mean a piece of normality Jens Spahn emphasized While most fans are in favor of the plans ultra fan groups have expressed their disapproval They claim football doesn t deserve an exceptional role as long as other parts of the entertainment business are shut down The league association said games behind closed doors are inevitable to secure the club s economic future 13 of 36 professional clubs reported to face insolvency by the end of June without money provided by a tv deal The last tranche of the current agreement worth 230 million euros is due to be paid out by May 2 XINHUA
    German football getting ready for season re-start mid-May
    Foreign3 years ago

    German football getting ready for season re-start mid-May

    Most fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach seem well prepared for a possible re-start of the Bundesliga. For several weeks many supporters have ordered cardboard figures with their picture printed on to place them in the arena when the German national leagues return to action under unusual circumstances.

    As no audience will be allowed inside the arena's, fans want to show their support by placing their cardboard figures on their booked seat.

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, games of the professional leagues have been postponed since mid-March. Now leading politicians are talking about so-called ghost-games without fans to allow the clubs to finish the 2019/2020 season orderly.

    According to statements of Markus Soeder, prime minister of the federal state of Bavaria, league action could start as early as May 9 or a week later.

    Northern-Rhine Westphalia's prime minister, Armin Laschet, said games with a crowd are close to impossible this year.

    Games behind closed doors are likely to be permitted by local health authorities if clubs follow strict hygiene standards.

    The German national league association Deutsche Fußball Liga has presented a coherent concept to run games behind closed doors.

    League association CEO Christian Seifert said football has to pay back the trust. Players and all staff involved must be disciplined and follow the tightened rules even in their private life.

    Players will be given a tight catalogue of behavior Seifert announced. The implemented rules will affect the players' entire life Seifert said adding "patterns are inevitable to get the permission to run the games."

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge promised clubs secure that fans don't gather in front of the arenas. "The DFL has set up a convincing concept that show's football doesn't claim special status," Bayern Munich's chairman commented.

    According to reports, only 126 people will be allowed inside the arena: eight coaches, staff, and doctors per team. Only four ball boys are placed around the pitch. TV crews have to cover the particular game with only 36 protagonists, including technical staff and TV reporters and commentators.

    No further VIP-guests or club staff is allowed.

    Security staff numbers are cut down to 30 inside the stadiums with another 50 outside to back up procedures.

    German league plans to finish the current season until June 30.

    Games behind closed doors are the opportunity to create high spirits and optimism among millions of fans Hans-Joachim Watzke said. The Borussia Dortmund CEO said football is thankful to get the opportunity to run games and must strictly follow the health rules.

    Germany's federal minister of health said due to the concept, games behind closed doors are possible. "The risk of new infections must be minimized. For millions of fans, this would mean a piece of normality," Jens Spahn emphasized.

    While most fans are in favor of the plans ultra-fan-groups have expressed their disapproval. They claim football doesn't deserve an exceptional role as long as other parts of the entertainment business are shut down.

    The league association said games behind closed doors are inevitable to secure the club's economic future. 13 of 36 professional clubs reported to face insolvency by the end of June without money provided by a tv deal. The last tranche of the current agreement, worth 230 million euros, is due to be paid out by May 2.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Bundesliga clubs returned to training earlier this week after almost a month off due to the COVID 19 outbreak and while the players are still being kept at a safe distance from each other Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman is just happy to be back Squads have been split into small groups or even pairs under strict measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus which has infected over 110 000 and killed more than 2 000 people in Germany We had not touched a ball on a football pitch for almost a month and even if we re split in small groups it s a pleasure to play again and step onto a field that has goals the France international told Eurosport on Friday We re doing technical work at a safe distance from each other It s a bit like the end of the close season when you resume training individually Despite the resumption of training the German Football League DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume The season has been suspended until at least April 30 with the DFL due to meet next Friday to decide the next step Coman said he hoped all the effort the players had put in would not go to waste We work we work and I hope we can finish the season otherwise all that work will have been for nothing he said Bayern had a four point lead with nine matches remaining when the season was halted Edited By Buhari Bolaji Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Back to training, Bayern’s Coman hopes to complete season
     Bundesliga clubs returned to training earlier this week after almost a month off due to the COVID 19 outbreak and while the players are still being kept at a safe distance from each other Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman is just happy to be back Squads have been split into small groups or even pairs under strict measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus which has infected over 110 000 and killed more than 2 000 people in Germany We had not touched a ball on a football pitch for almost a month and even if we re split in small groups it s a pleasure to play again and step onto a field that has goals the France international told Eurosport on Friday We re doing technical work at a safe distance from each other It s a bit like the end of the close season when you resume training individually Despite the resumption of training the German Football League DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume The season has been suspended until at least April 30 with the DFL due to meet next Friday to decide the next step Coman said he hoped all the effort the players had put in would not go to waste We work we work and I hope we can finish the season otherwise all that work will have been for nothing he said Bayern had a four point lead with nine matches remaining when the season was halted Edited By Buhari Bolaji Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Back to training, Bayern’s Coman hopes to complete season
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    Back to training, Bayern’s Coman hopes to complete season

    Bundesliga clubs returned to training earlier this week after almost a month off due to the COVID-19 outbreak and while the players are still being kept at a safe distance from each other Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman is just happy to be back.

    Squads have been split into small groups or even pairs under strict measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which has infected over 110,000 and killed more than 2,000 people in Germany.

    “We had not touched a ball on a football pitch for almost a month and even if we’re split in small groups it’s a pleasure to play again and step onto a field that has goals,” the France international told Eurosport on Friday.

    “We’re doing technical work, at a safe distance from each other. It’s a bit like the end of the close season when you resume training individually.”

    Despite the resumption of training  ,the German Football League (DFL) made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume.

    The season has been suspended until at least April 30 with the DFL due to meet next Friday to decide the next step.

    Coman said he hoped all the effort the players had put in would not go to waste.

    “We work, we work, and I hope we can finish the season otherwise all that work will have been for nothing,” he said.

    Bayern had a four-point lead with nine matches remaining when the season was halted.

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    Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Peter Ejiofor)
    (NAN)

  •  Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus Soccer in the country had been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League DFL said the ban would remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30 Clubs however were given the all clear to resume training this week with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to Obviously the training is closed to the public FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team s training centre the club said in a statement Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100 000 this weekend and nearly 1 600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown Despite the resumption of training the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume and the stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund Bayern RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros 17 59 million pounds solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Salif Atojoko NAN
    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions
     Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus Soccer in the country had been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League DFL said the ban would remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30 Clubs however were given the all clear to resume training this week with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to Obviously the training is closed to the public FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team s training centre the club said in a statement Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100 000 this weekend and nearly 1 600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown Despite the resumption of training the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume and the stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund Bayern RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros 17 59 million pounds solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Salif Atojoko NAN
    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions
    Sport3 years ago

    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions

    Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday, with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

    Soccer in the country had been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League (DFL) said the ban would remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30.

    Clubs, however, were given the all clear to resume training this week, with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection.

    “Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to.

    “Obviously the training is closed to the public. FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team’s training centre,” the club said in a statement.

    Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100,000 this weekend and nearly 1,600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown.

    Despite the resumption of training the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume, and the stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs.

    Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund, Bayern, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros (17.59 million pounds) solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers.

    Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases.


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Salif Atojoko
    (NAN)

  •  Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus Soccer in the country has been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League DFL has said the ban will remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30 Clubs however were cleared to resume training this week with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to the club said in a statement The training is closed to the public FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team s training centre Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100 000 this weekend and nearly 1 600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown Despite the training resumption the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume The stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund Bayern RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros 17 59 million pounds solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions
     Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus Soccer in the country has been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League DFL has said the ban will remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30 Clubs however were cleared to resume training this week with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to the club said in a statement The training is closed to the public FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team s training centre Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100 000 this weekend and nearly 1 600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown Despite the training resumption the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume The stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund Bayern RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros 17 59 million pounds solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions
    Sport3 years ago

    Soccer: German clubs resume training amid tight virus restrictions

    Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday, with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

    Soccer, in the country, has been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League (DFL) has said the ban will remain in place for the top divisions at least until April 30.

    Clubs, however, were cleared to resume training this week, with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection.

    “Obviously, all health guidelines are being adhered to,’’ the club said in a statement.

    “The training is closed to the public.

    “FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team’s training centre.’’

    Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100,000 this weekend and nearly 1,600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown.

    Despite the training resumption the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume.

    The stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs.

    Two weeks ago, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a 20 million euros (17.59 million pounds) solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers.

    Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases.


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
    (NAN)

  •  All weekend matches in the Bundesliga and second tier Bundesliga 2 have been called off the German Football League DFL said in a statement on Friday The DFL went on to recommend that both leagues be suspended until April 2 The decision was taken in view of the dynamics of today s events with new coronavirus infections and corresponding suspected cases directly related to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 the statement said It said a general assembly would be held on Monday where it would recommend to the clubs that both leagues be put on hold until April 2 OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Bundesliga matches called off over coronavirus
     All weekend matches in the Bundesliga and second tier Bundesliga 2 have been called off the German Football League DFL said in a statement on Friday The DFL went on to recommend that both leagues be suspended until April 2 The decision was taken in view of the dynamics of today s events with new coronavirus infections and corresponding suspected cases directly related to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 the statement said It said a general assembly would be held on Monday where it would recommend to the clubs that both leagues be put on hold until April 2 OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi NAN
    Bundesliga matches called off over coronavirus
    Sport3 years ago

    Bundesliga matches called off over coronavirus

    All weekend matches in the Bundesliga and second tier Bundesliga 2 have been called off, the German Football League (DFL) said in a statement on Friday.

    The DFL went on to recommend that both leagues be suspended until April 2.

    “The decision was taken in view of the dynamics of today’s events with new coronavirus infections and corresponding suspected cases directly related to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2,” the statement said.

    It said a general assembly would be held on Monday where it would recommend to the clubs that both leagues be put on hold until April 2.

    OLAL

    (
    Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
    (NAN)

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