Could the Bundesliga be back in a month?
Hopes that top-flight football could be back within a month have been raised by Bild on Monday.
According to the German paper, the German Football Federation have drawn up plans preparing for the Bundesliga to possibly restart in early May.
Of course, Germany are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany (103,375) have had the fourth-highest number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world.
1,810 people have lost their lives to the virus in the country.
How the Bundesliga could restart: The restrictions
Bild claim that the German FA have drawn up tentative plans to restart football, which include allowing only 239 people into the stadium for any specific game.
That figure breaks down as follows:
– 122 on and around the field, including players, coaches, doctors, TV broadcasters
– 4 ballboys per game
– 113 people would be allowed in the stands including security and up to 30 journalists
— BILD Sport (@BILD_Sport) April 6, 2020
That means that no VIP guests will be allowed into the stadiums.
Moreover, club employees will be banned from the games unless they fall into one of the aforementioned categories.
Bild also report that there will be no food or drinks at the games.
Finally, the plans include 50 policemen patrolling the outside of the stadiums to ensure that no crowds form.
Bundesliga teams are back in training
On Sunday, German football clubs returned to training under strict guidelines.
As confirmed by the BBC, the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg all trained in groups of five without any contact.
Here’s something you haven’t seen in a while 😮
Bayern Munich players are now back in training – despite Germany still being in lockdown. pic.twitter.com/Eb4ctqDniy
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) April 6, 2020
Thomas Muller agrees Bayern Munich contract extension
German international forward Thomas Muller has agreed a contract extension with Bayern Munich on Monday.
The deal will keep Muller at the Allianz Arena until 2023.
Muller has celebrated his new contract on the club website, saying:
Both sides signed with a really good feeling. I’m sure that once we’re playing again, we’ll continue to be very successful. That spurs me on.
For me, the number one priority was to extend at FC Bayern – and the club felt the same way. I’ve been with FC Bayern for a good two-thirds of my life now, so you can’t say that the club and I are just along for the ride – we fight for each other.
This club is not just any old employer for me. It’s my passion. I’m happy that I’ll be here for two extra years, and I’ll give everything on and off the pitch.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.