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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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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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US Soccer Calls Off National Team Games

The United States Soccer Federation has called off all men’s and women’s national team matches in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federation announced Thursday.

The men were scheduled to play two European-based friendlies at the end of this month, against the Netherlands and Wales, while the women had planned to play US-based games against Australia and Brazil in April.

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas said in a federation statement.

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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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Here are Borussia Dortmund’s 2019-20 fixtures in full. All dates are to be confirmed once televised schedules are decided.

Borussia Dortmund have won eight German championships, four DFB-Pokals, five DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup. Their Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1966 made them the first German club to win a European title.

Since 1974, Dortmund have played their home games at Westfalenstadion, named after its home region of Westphalia. The stadium is the largest in Germany and Dortmund has the highest average attendance of any association football club in the world. Borussia Dortmund’s colours are black and yellow, giving the club its nickname die Schwarzgelben.

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Chelsea Sign US International Christian Pulisic

Chelsea have completed the £58million signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and installed their contingency plan in case Eden Hazard leaves in the summer and the Premier League side get hit with a transfer ban from FIFA.

USA international Pulisic will spend the rest of the season at Dortmund before making the switch by which time Hazard have only 12 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were determined to strike early for Pulisic to beat competition from rivals, including Liverpool and Arsenal, and have paid a premium on the price.

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Borussia Dortmund To Tour USA This Summer

Borussia Dortmund will travel to the United States twice in the summer, once at the end of the season and once for their pre-season summer tour.

The Bundesliga club will play expansion club Los Angeles FC and will “most probably play two matches” in the International Champions Cup.

Dortmund are home to USA star Christian Pulisic, and the German side are taking full advantage of the best American player playing today.

Pulisic and Dortmund will play Los Angeles FC at the Banc of California Stadium on May 21 or 22, which with it’s steep standing terraces has partially been inspired by Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.

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PSG To Sign Dortmund Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

According to Yahoo Sport France, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave Borussia Dortmund and join Paris Saint-Germain in a £61 million deal this summer.

The Bundesliga’s top goalscorer last season has reportedly agreed a contract that will pay him a whopping £5.25m signing-on fee plus a wage package of £168,000 a week.

PSG have been linked with a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez for months, but the fact that they landed Aubameyang, will intensify reports that Sanchez is heading to Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

PSG this season struggled to fill the void left by the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimović to Manchester United.

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Bundesliga Weekend Preview

Köln - LeverkusenA look at the games in the Bundesliga this weekend:

Werder Bremen v Hannover 96
Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf needs three points in thisderby if his lofty talk of targeting Europe is to come true. Captain Clemens Fritz, who is suspended, along with striker Marko Arnautovic, thinks avoiding a relegation battle might be a more realistic aim for the 12th-placed team. There’s talk of yet another system change; Schaaf has experimented with a 4-4-2 in training. Will that bring more solidity? It’s doubtful. Hannover (10th), who have looked refreshed after the winter break and held off Wolfsburg with ten man last week, will be without quite a few regular defenders but can bring back midfield enforcer Sergio Pinto. The visitors will play on the counter and hope to catch out Werder’s notoriously poor defence.