Coronavirus has already started taking its toll on European football, it seems. Recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the virus, upon first entering Italy, has forced the European football bodies to suspend games in Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga, Premier League and Eredivisie to name a few.
While Bundesliga was somehow holding on, this weekend’s round of fixtures have finally been suspended. On Monday, the German FA will hold a general assembly, where further steps are to be discussed. So without further ado, let us take a look at the impact Coronavirus has had in the Bundesliga so far.
Coronavirus Affects The Bundesliga
At the time of writing, Germany is the third-worst country hit with Coronavirus in Europe. It has so far recorded 3,117 confirmed cases with just seven deaths. That is considerably fewer than its neighbours and other European countries like France and Italy, where football activity has already been halted.
However, the number of cases is steadily growing and given the outbreak; it won’t take long for the virus to affect most of the country. During midweek, when Champions League was going on, Bundesliga experienced its first-ever match behind-closed-doors when Borussia Monchengladbach welcomed 1.FC Koln. It was an eerie experience for the viewers.
And things were about to get weirder as Dortmund were supposed to play Schalke in an empty Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Traditionally, it’s a high-end encounter with a particular space for hostility. But, with no fans, things could have turned out very differently.
Bundesliga finally suspended
Despite the impact of Coronavirus in Germany, the DFL had appeared reluctant when it came to suspending the Bundesliga matches. In fact, it was only after Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn recommended that all games should be played behind closed doors that the football body decided not to let supporters enter the stadium in Gladbach.
This stance changed soon, with all the matches in this week’s round of fixtures suspended. In fact, German football has been suspended until 2nd April. Unfortunately, the DFL might have gone on to host the matches had it not been for the heavy criticism.
Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara, in particular, criticised the German football federation’s initial decision to play the matches behind closed doors, labelling it “crazy“.
What’s next for Bundesliga?
There have been rumours going around in Germany which claims that should the season get suspended (most possibly after Matchday 26), there would be no winner. Teams would qualify for Europe according to their current standings, which means the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are pretty much guaranteed to play in the Champions League next season.
Rumours in Germany that the 2019/20 season could be ended after Matchday 26 without a national champion. Teams would qualify for Europe according to their standings. No teams would be relegated and the 20/21 season would be played with 22 teams with the last four to be relegated. https://t.co/iAbUrgBA7H
— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) March 12, 2020
Similarly, there will be no relegation and the next season could be played with 22 teams, with the bottom four clubs set to be relegated. The fifth bottom team will have to face 2.Bundesliga’s third-best team in the relegation play-off, which would create a host of confusion, particularly for the football officials of the DFL.
In the meantime, a lot will depend on how the German federation copes with the spread of Coronavirus. We can expect the football to continue should the spread of the disease reduce within the coming week, although that’s very unlikely.
- Emre Can & Manuel Akanji Impress | Borussia Dortmund Players Rated In Their Win Over Hertha Berlin - June 6, 2020
- Kevin Phillips Urges Bournemouth Ace To Join Leeds United: A Viable Option For Marcelo Bielsa - June 6, 2020
- Leeds United Credited With An Interest In Benfica Sensation: A Realistic Target For Bielsa? - June 5, 2020
more recommended stories
Emre Can & Manuel Akanji Impress | Borussia Dortmund Players Rated In Their Win Over Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund somehow managed to remain.
Goretzka Gets 8.5, Muller With 7.5 | Bayern Munich Players Rated In Win Vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bayern Munich travelled to the BayArena.
Kimmich To Start, Thiago Misses Out | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich will be looking to.
Chelsea Inches Away From Completing Massive Coup: What Will He Bring To West London?
According to a recent report by.
Real Madrid “Keeping Tabs” On This Dortmund Star: Is He The Answer To Los Blancos’ Problems?
Real Madrid have identified several players.
Sancho Returns, Haaland, Reus To Miss Out | Predicted 3-4-3 Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund will be aiming for.
Newcastle United Interested In French Wonder Kid: Why Is It An Important Deal For Both The Parties?
With the impending takeover looming, Newcastle.
Hansi Flick Showers Praise On This Frenchman: Does He Have A Future At Bayern Munich?
As reported by Fussball Transfers, Hansi.
Chelsea Remain Keen On 3 Bundesliga Stars: Who Would Be The Most Sensible Buy For Lampard?
According to a recent report by.
Manchester United In Pole Position To Sign This German Star: A Huge Coup For Solskjær?
Kai Havertz has been one of.