Will the Bundesliga be the first league to start again?
In Germany some teams have started training again this week. Will the Bundesliga be the first of the major European leagues to restart?
The answer to the title question is we don’t know. Adding, we don’t know but it’s possible. Risky, it’s likely. Germany could be the first championship among the major European leagues to restart and not only because it is one of the countries in which the emergency has been better managed and Coronavirus can also be better managed from the point of view of healthcare facilities. The Teutonic one is a rarely sympathetic people, rarely condescending to the outside, but the organizational capacity and a certain strategic capacity to prevent events rather than suffer them cannot be denied. The Bundesliga could be the first league to restart. In fact, his teams were the first in Europe to get back to work.
From April 6, the day after the end of the quarantine imposed by the Dfl, Bayern Munich has returned to training. The news was first confirmed on the company’s twitter page and then on the official website with a press release. They are not classic workouts, but restricted to groups of no more than five people and with the presence of staff reduced to the bare minimum, following strict hygiene rules agreed with the German authorities and obviously without the public. Borussia Dortmund, which has one of the stands of Signal Iduna Park currently converted into a health center for the treatment of suspected cases of Coronavirus, has also moved in this direction together with the other companies. The only club forced to wait is Werder Bremen, which in its region has not obtained special permission to resume training. The goal of the DFL is to start playing again at the beginning of May, the 3 0 the 10 at best, in closed-door stages, with the intention of closing the season by July to avoid the problems related to the contracts of the players who expire on 30 June and for whom there will be a need for a Fifa waiver. At this moment it is difficult to hypothesize whether this plan will be successful, but the experiment must be followed carefully because Germany could be the first country in which football and sport starts again. However, the Bundesliga situation is particularly fluid compared to tradition, with Bayern Munich leading 55 points followed by Borussia Dortmund 51, Leipzig 50 and Borussia Monchengladbach 49. Four teams in six points with nine games to play means that the season is still fully open, both at the top and bottom of the standings.
This of course opens up a scenario in which there will be a continental disparity when we return to play at full speed. There will be countries where we started again with more ready players, or more rested if Champions League and Europa League were to end in the middle of summer. The German teams, if they managed to complete the championship before the other countries, could have a competitive advantage due both to a better physical condition due to the less time spent standing still and the greater time in which they were able to start training again, and to the possibility of playing fewer games in a narrow period of time with a view to European cups. A problem that will almost certainly be decisive in the outcome of the continental tournaments (probably also in the individual leagues, see the penultimate Werder Bremen in the standings and engaged in the fight not to retreat forced to resume later than the other companies involved in the salvation race) but which is probably nobody at UEFA or in the other federations will seriously consider, because ending the season is more important than the actual competitive parity that cannot be guaranteed for all the teams.