Short winter break, Corona rules – the 2020/21 Bundesliga season will be different in many ways. Chillreport answers the most important questions about the new season.
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The Bundesliga is entering its 58th season. Defending champion Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 will face each other in the opening game on Friday evening. Where you can watch the match read here. The kick-off was originally scheduled for August 21, but the corona pandemic has confused plans. Overall, this season will be very different.
Chillreport shows what will be special in 2020/21.
Did the Bundesliga ever start later?
No. It is the last start of the season in history. Only in the 1972/73 season was the Bundesliga opener at a similar time. Due to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the ball did not roll until September 16.
When is the fall champion determined?
The new autumn champion will not be chosen until the new year. The first half of the season does not end in December as usual, but only on Wednesday 20 January. After that there is no break. Two days later it goes straight to the second half of the season.
Will there be spectators on the first day of the match?
At least for now. The clubs in the 1st and 2nd division are allowed to fill their stadiums for 20 percent, provided that the so-called 7-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants does not exceed 35. This rule is first tested and scientifically monitored for six weeks. After that, politicians will decide on further spectator regulations. In some states, however, hygiene regulations have not yet been adapted to the new rules, so that, at least at the start of the Bundesliga, an inconsistent number of spectators is still allowed to enter the stadiums.
The question is how long this will remain. Shortly before the opening match between FC Bayern and Schalke 04, the city of Munich decided on Thursday: No spectators are allowed in the Allianz Arena, it was previously hoped for 7,500 fans.
Who are the new stars of the competition?
The most spectacular newcomer to the Bundesliga to date is Leroy Sané. The German international moved for 45 million euros from Manchester City to Bayern Munich. At Borussia Dortmund, the 17-year-old Jew Bellingham has made a strong impression so far. The Englishman came to the Ruhr area from Birmingham City for 26.5 million euros. Max Kruse’s performance at Union Berlin should also be exciting. For the “Iron”, Kruse is the most prominent engagement in club history. After a season at Fenerbahce Instanbul, the former international was without a club and transfer-free.
Until when are transfers possible during the season?
The transmission period has been extended due to the corona pandemic. The Bundesliga clubs have until October 5 to optimize their selection.
Why is this season stressful for the players?
The schedule is much tighter than usual, the season starts later – and must end earlier, as the European Championship (June 11) only starts shortly after the Bundesliga season (May 22). That means many English weeks. That’s why sports director Max Eberl from Borussia Mönchengladbach said recently: “There is overexploitation.” Sports medicine specialist Wilhelm Bloch also agrees. The expert feared more injuries and sees the performance of the players at the EM being jeopardized. Read more about it here.
Is there a winter break?
Yes – but more like a “Christmas vacation”. The day before Christmas Eve, the second round of the DFB Cup is played. The Bundesliga continues on January 2.
Where can I watch Bundesliga matches on TV?
Most games are shown on Sky. The pay-TV broadcaster broadcasts all matches on Saturday and the matches on Sunday at 3.30 pm and 6 pm. DAZN shows the games on Friday evening (8.30 pm), Sunday afternoon (1.30 pm) and Monday evening (8.30 pm). In addition to the opening game, ZDF will broadcast a game to close the first half of the season and a meeting to open the second half. There are summaries in the ARD Sportschau, the current sports studio on ZDF, Sport1 and Nitro.
Which rules change?
On June 1, some changes came into effect, drawn up by the International Football Association Board (Ifab), but most are minor changes to existing rules. Most importantly, now an offside position of the attacking player is not canceled, even if the defender has deflected the ball towards the opponent with his hand. Handball is also a big problem in the penalty area. Unintentional handball by the attacking player is only penalized if immediately followed by a clear scoring opportunity or even a goal.