German football officials are hopeful the Bundesliga season will be restarted on May 16th. We take a look at some of the key clubs in the chase for the championship, places in European competitions for next season, and those fighting to avoid relegation.
Borussia Dortmund is one of the most popular German clubs in the United States. Some of that is from Christian Pulisic’s time in the Westfalenstadion, but it’s also due to the overwhelming, inordinate, fully-enveloping passion of The Yellow Wall, perhaps the greatest terrace in all of Europe.
But since their back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, they finished 2nd four times to the seven-straight champs Bayern Munich, and are in that same position again. Can they get over the hump once more?
Place in table
2nd, 51 points
vs. Schalke 04
vs. Bayern Munich
@ Paderborn 07
vs. Hertha Berlin
vs. Mainz 05
@ RB Leipzig
As the season returns
The match against Bayern Munich, if the schedule is the same as is laid out right now, will be the third one of the revised season. It will also be one of the most watched and bet on sporting events ever, with the eyes of the world on an empty stadium. Dortmund are just four points behind, and have an opportunity to gain three on that day. And due to Germany looking at being the first of the Big Five European leagues to return, it will be one of the most anticipated football matches worldwide in a long time.
BVB are +500 to win the title for now, but with their attacking style and an elite young winger in England winger Jadon Sancho (14 goals, 15 assists in 23 matches this season), and veteran #10 Marco Reus (11 goals, five assists), they have all the pieces to compete with any team on the continent.
With a nice blend of veteran experience and youthful enterprise, they will not let the perennial victors acquire their medals easily. It should be a fight to the final match or near for Dortmund in 2020.
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