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Bundesliga Trying To Return On May 9

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The Bundesliga is ready to return on May 9 if the German government gives it the green light, league officials have confirmed.

The league has been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which has infected more than 148,000 and killed over 5,000 people in Germany.

Its resumption, behind closed doors, remains dependent on government and all federal states’ approval, and Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert warned providing an exact date “would be presumptuous and is not in our hands”.

“If we start on 9 May, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again,” DFL chief executive Seifert said on Thursday.

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Bundesliga Games To Be Played Behind Closed Doors Until 2021

Stunning news out of Germany as Bundesliga chief Christian Seifert says that it is unlikely that the matches will be played in front of fans until 2021!

That timeline is something that has been whispered recently. But this is the first time that someone with authority in football has made such a public comments.

Germany has managed the coronavirus pandemic as well as anyone in Europe, which puts them in a position to return to training, and competition, before any of the other top five leagues.

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FIFA About To Get Sued As They Unilaterally Extend Player Contracts

FIFA have announced contracts will be extended and transfer windows shift in line with the changing fixture list after the COVID-19 crisis. A decison that is sure to be met with lawsuits as FIFA does not have the power to unilaterally extend player contracts.

Nobody knows when the current season will resume, or even if it will resume, so FIFA have taken the step of guaranteeing some elements that were up for debate.

Specifically, that allows player contracts to be extended beyond June 30 to the natural end of the season, and moves the transfer windows to an appropriate time for the clubs and players in this new reality.

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UEFA Draw Line In Sand When All Seasons Must End

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UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin admits the idea of Champions League and Europa League play-offs are “an option,” but either way all leagues “must finish by August 3.”

All football has been suspended in Europe’s major leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not clear when, or indeed if, the campaign will be concluded.

What we do now have is a deadline, set by Ceferin during an interview with German television station ZDF.

“It must finish by August 3, both the Champions and Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible on dates and kick-off times. If the crisis eases earlier, then we can start sooner.”

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Hansi Flick Named Permanent Bayern Munich Manager

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Hansi Flick has signed a three-year contract as Bayern Munich’s head coach, the Bundesliga champions confirmed on Friday.

Flick initially took over from Niko Kovac as interim manager in November, before Bayern announced the following month that the 55-year-old would stay on through the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

After a successful run since then, Bayern have now confirmed that Flick has agreed a deal to stay on through to June 2023.

“The club is very happy with Hansi Flick’s work,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The team has developed under his leadership and we’re playing attractive football, which is reflected in the results.”

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Chelsea Want To Replace Kepa Arrizabalaga With Manuel Neuer

Chelsea could be set for a sensational move for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer this summer after appearing to finally lose patience with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

World-record signing Kepa has come under pressure this season after recently losing his place to 38-year-old deputy Willy Caballero.

The Spaniard was dropped after a series of error-strewn performances in January, but regained his place shortly before the season was curtailed by coronavirus.

And according to German newspaper Bild, Neuer is seen as the ideal replacement by Frank Lampard.

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Dortmund And Schalke Rivalry- The Revierderby

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The Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 rivalry is known as the Revierderby, translated the “territory,” or the Ruhr derby. The match is known as ‘the mother of all derbies’ for a reason. It is one of the fiercest rivalries in world football as two of the game’s most passionate sets of fans vie for local bragging rights in Germany’s industrial heartland.

The cities of Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are separated by less than 20 miles in the Ruhr region. While religious, economic and political differences spice up other derbies, the Revierderby is split simply across one divide: Are you Black-and-Yellow or Royal Blue? There is no middle ground.

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Liverpool Has Most Valuable Squad In Europe

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The research group CIES Football Observatory have just released its most valuable squads in the transfer market from Europe’s top-five leagues, and it is the current European and World Champions who now sit top the pile.

The Liverpool squad is now worth a whopping €1.4 billion (£1.27 billion), which puts them ahead of every other club on the continent. Second is Premier League rival Manchester City at €1.36b.

Spanish giants Barcelona (€1.17b) and Real Madrid (€1.1b) are third and fourth respectively, with Chelsea shockingly in fifth place (€1.08b) despite having been banned from signing players in last summer’s transfer window.

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Champions League: PSG v Dortmund Behind Closed Doors Now

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Barcelona and Napoli also face playing in an empty stadium as their last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp next week is under threat.

There were fears the PSG tie, at the Parc des Princes, would be postponed at this late stage as French government have placed a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

But Paris police confirmed it will go ahead at the 48,000-capacity stadium. Thomas Tuchel’s side head into the tie trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Germany.

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Chelsea Exposed In Champions League Defeat

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Mateo Kovacic was the only Chelsea player manager Frank Lampard singled out for praise following their 3-0 Champions League last 16 defeat to Bayern Munich.

The Blues have an uphill task to stay in the competition ahead of the second leg at the Allianz Arena in three weeks’ time after being humbled at Stamford Bridge.

Serge Gnabry scored twice and Robert Lewandowski netted the other, while Chelsea also had Marcos Alonso sent off late on.

“They need to understand the levels that the Champions League is when they get to the knockout stage,” Lampard told the Metro.