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Germany's football league will resume games next week

Germany's Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league to resume play during the coronavirus pandemic.

Matches will restart from on May 16, the CEO of the German Football League (DFL) Christian Seifert announced today. He said Borussia Dortmund versus Schalke 04 are among the first to kick off.

Chancellor Angela Merkel set out plans yesterday for the gradual reopening of the country after weeks-long restrictions, including resuming play for the country's top football league. She did not specify if this would be with spectators or behind closed doors.

It would be the first major European league to resume playing. Last week, France canceled its season and declared Paris Saint-Germain the winner of Ligue 1.

Merkel said authorities would watch local regions to ensure any outbreak was stopped.

Germany is widely considered to have responded effectively to the pandemic, thanks in part to its large-scale coronavirus testing capacity.

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