Bundesliga

Bundesliga restart: league standings, fixture list and preview

The German Bundesliga returns on Saturday and is destined to be embraced by a legion of global sports fans desperate for a return to live football on TV.

Bundesliga restart: league standings, fixture list and preview

When match official Deniz Aytekin called time on the 11 March Borussia Monchengladbach-FC Koln rearranged fixture at an eerily empty Borussia Park, no-one knew what the future held in store for society and in-turn for the Bundesliga with the first effects of the Covid-19 virus starting to be felt in Germany at the time.

As the virus spread, schools, shops, workplaces and football all closed their doors with governments across Europe ordering lockdown and declaring states of emergency as the infection rate and death toll increased across the continent.

Borussia Park

Now, some 60 days later and with Germany apparently over the worst of the pandemic, the Bundesliga is set to be the first major European leagues to recommence with the truncated 2019/20 season with all games to be staged behind closed doors (ghost games as they are known in Germany).

Haaland return

The Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke will headline the first group of matches on Saturday with fans able to see inform Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland who has been one of the revelations of the current campaign following his move from RB Salzburg in the winter market. League leaders Bayern Munich are in action on Sunday away to newly promoted Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen travel to Werder Bremen the following day.

FBL-EUR-C1-DORTMUND-PSGUEFA Champions League Last 16, first-leg football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Dortmund, western Germany, on February 18, 2020.

Fixture list

Matchday 26 (all times local):

May 16 – 15:30: Borussia Dortmund v Schalke

May 16 – 15:30: RB Leipzig v Freiburg

May 16 – 15:30: Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin

May 16 – 15:30: Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn

May 16 – 15:30: Augsburg v Wolfsburg

May 16 – 18:30: Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach

May 17 – 15:30: Cologne v Mainz

May 17 – 18:00: Union Berlin v Bayern Munich

May 18 – 20:30: Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen

Matchday 27 (from May 22-24):

Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen

Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund

Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin

Mainz v RB Leipzig

Freiburg v Werder Bremen

Schalke v Augsburg

Cologne v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Paderborn v Hoffenheim

Matchday 28 (May 26-27):

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin

Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg

Werder Bremen v Borussia Monchengladbach

Hoffenheim v Cologne

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Schalke

Augsburg v Paderborn

Union Berlin v Mainz

Matchday 29 (May 29-June 1):

Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Borussia Monchengladbach v Union Berlin

Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt

Hertha Berlin v Augsburg

Mainz v Hoffenheim

Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen

Schalke v Werder Bremen

Cologne v RB Leipzig

Paderborn v Borussia Dortmund

Matchday 24 (June 2/3):

Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt

Matchday 30 (June 5-8):

Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin

RB Leipzig v Paderborn

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich

Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz

Werder Bremen v Wolfsburg

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim

Freiburg v Borussia Monchengladbach

Augsburg v Cologne

Union Berlin v Schalke

Matchday 31 (June 12-14):

Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach

Wolfsburg v Freiburg

Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Borussia Dortmund

Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt

Mainz v Augsburg

Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen

Cologne v Union Berlin

Paderborn v Werder Bremen

Matchday 32 (June 16-17):

Borussia Dortmund v Mainz

RB Leipzig v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Bayer Leverkusen v Cologne

Borussia Monchengladbach v Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke

Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich

Freiburg v Hertha Berlin

Augsburg v Hoffenheim

Union Berlin v Paderborn

Matchday 33 (all at 15:30 local time on June 20):

Bayern Munich v Freiburg

RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund

Hoffenheim v Union Berlin

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Augsburg

Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen

Mainz v Werder Bremen

Schalke v Wolfsburg

Cologne v Eintracht Frankfurt

Paderborn v Borussia Monchengladbach

Matchday 34 (all at 15:30 local time on June 27):

Borussia Dortmund v Hoffenheim

Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz

Borussia Monchengladbach v Hertha Berlin

Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich

Eintracht Frankfurt v Paderborn

Werder Bremen v Cologne

Freiburg v Schalke

Augsburg v RB Leipzig

Union Berlin v Fortuna Dusseldorf