Financial fears worsen as clubs resume training
The future of many of Germany’s top clubs hangs in the balance as the financial struggle of Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga sides continues. The majority of the 36 clubs in these divisions are already seeing the consequences of the lack of income caused by the coronavirus crisis. Schalke 04, one of the country’s most reputable clubs and frequent Champions League competitors, face an “existential economic situation” if football does not resume soon, according to club Chairman Clemens Tönnies.
However, clubs including Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen have begun to train again, practising in small groups with non-contact sessions, therefore following social distancing rules in the process. DFL President Christian Seifert claimed that “very constructive talks” are taking place, with the intention to resume the season in early May.