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Robert Lewandowski named Europe's player of the year by UEFA
Robert Lewandowski named Europe's player of the year by UEFA
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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was named Europe's best male footballer of 2020 on Thursday by the UEFA, European football's governing body.

The 2019/20 season was one of the greatest in Bayern's 120-year history, and no player contributed more to it than Lewandowski. The Poland striker scored in every game en route to the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon, picking up 15 goals and six assists as well as the trophy he had coveted for so long. He also hit 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches and six in five German Cup games.

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Bundesliga: Fans set for return to stadium for German Cup
Bundesliga: Fans set for return to stadium for German Cup
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Germany's football federation (DFB) announced on Monday that fans can return to some German football stadiums in mid-September for the first round of the German Cup.

The DFB released a statement saying: "The third division, the German Cup and women's matches, the number of spectators... must be decided by each club in agreement with local health
authorities."

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Werder Bremen avoid relegation
Werder Bremen avoid relegation
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Werder Bremen avoided relegation and secured themselves a spot in the 2020/21 Bundesliga season after a 2:2 draw against Heidenheim. Bremen defeated Heidenheim on away goals after a 0:0 result in the first leg.

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Bayern Munich secure domestic double after German Cup title
Bayern Munich captain ManuelNeuer lifts the German Pokal trophy
Bayern Munich captain ManuelNeuer lifts the German Pokal trophy Credit: Twitter Reproduction

With Robert Lewandowksi scoring twice in the second half, Bayern Munich added the German Cup silverware to their Bundesliga title after a 4:2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. The game was played Saturday at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Munich now aims for a treble, with Hansi Flick's side focusing on the Champions League tournament, that will take place in Lisbon during August.

Bayern Munich now has 20 German Cup titles in their history.

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Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
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Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title for the eighth time in a row, after beating Werder Bremen with a single goal by Robert Lewandowski. The victory tonight gave Bayern a 10-point lead to Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.

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No sanctions against anti-racism protests by players in the Bundesliga
Bundesliga players protest against racism
Bundesliga players protest against racism Credit: DFB (Reproduction)

The German Football Association (DFB) decided it will not apply any sanctions against Achraf Hakimi, Jadon Sancho (both from Borussia Dortmund), Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04) and Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach) after their protests in solidarity with George Floyd.

“Naturally, the DFB Control Committee always has the FIFA Football Regulations and DFB Regulations in mind. In this specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism actions by the players, who are thus standing up for values which the DFB also stands for and always advocates. Therefore, no process will be initiated, even not in the case of comparable anti-racism actions in the coming weeks.“ stated Dr Rainer Koch, vice-president of the association.

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Bundesliga title closer to Munich following Bayern's win at Dortmund
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Meisterschale Credit: Deutscher Fussball-Bund (Reproduction)

Bayern München achieved a 1-0 away win over Borussia Dortmund, leaving soccer fans wondering just how much the home team missed their audience on their empty stadium. The Munich-based team now has a 7 point lead, with six matches left to play in the Bundesliga.

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German second-division club Dynamo Dresden confirms two Covid-19 cases

Bundesliga second-division club Dynamo Dresden has reported two Covid-19 cases after the third round of tests, and the whole squad and coaching staff will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The club has a match scheduled against Hannover on May 17, unlikely to happen according to sporting director Ralf Minge: "Fact is that we can't train or compete in the next 14 days."

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Bundesliga to resume season on May 15th
Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt
Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Bundesliga will resume on May 15, the German Football League (DFL) announced today, becoming the first major football league to resume playing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Germany's top politicians approved a plan for the Bundesliga to resume in stadiums without spectators and with players regularly tested.

"Matches will be allowed under the approved rules," said Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin.

"After weighing up all the arguments, the DFL Executive Committee decided today... to resume play in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga from 15 May 2020," the DFL said in a statement to magazine Kicker.

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German health minister endorses Bundesliga plan to resume play behind closed doors

Jens Spahn stated earlier today "The (football league's) basic plan makes sense and could serve as a model for other professional sports".

The German Football League (DFL), which operates Germany's top two divisions, is hoping to restart the season behind closed doors as soon as May 15 the first of the five major European domestic leagues to resume since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The official announcement will come after the Committee of Sports holds a meeting on Wednesday and put its proposal forward to the government.

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German Champions League clubs spend €20 million to help Bundesliga clubs

In what the Deutsche Fußball Liga, the association responsible for professional football in Germany, calls an "act of solidarity" Champions League clubs FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig will provide a combined €20 million with the goal to support other Bundesliga clubs that will suffer financially from coronavirus effects. "We have always said that we will show solidarity when clubs, through no fault of their own, get into an imbalance as a result of this absolutely exceptional situation that they can no longer control on their own", Dortmund Chairman of the Board Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a joint statement.

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German soccer players to take pay cut during the coronavirus crisis

As the Bundesliga season has no games since March 8th, players from Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and 1 FC Union Berlin decided to take a pay cut in order to help their club employees.

Monchengladbach players were the first to have voluntarily offered to sacrifice part of their salary, being followed by Union, Bayern and now Dortmund.