Coronavirus: Germany to become first major football league in Europe to swing back into action.

Germany will become the first major league in Europe to resume play this weekend but behind closed doors.

Life is returning to some kind of normal in Dortmund. In the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, lockdown was eased further on Friday allowing cafes, restaurants and bars with outside seating to reopen.

In the main market square, groups of friends gather outside the traditional German beer halls, drinking and eating. Inside shops and on public transport people wear compulsory masks but outside many pull them down around their necks.

But perhaps the most radical move yet in the lockdown lifting is the return of professional football.

This weekend the Bundesliga becomes the first major European football league to swing back into action, having last played on 11 March.

In Dortmund the whole city seemingly follows the football team, the walls and windows of the bars and pubs adorned with the yellow and black the side wears.

On Saturday, the famous Westfalenstadion – renamed Signal Iduna Park – hosts one of the biggest games in German football between Borussia Dortmund and bitter local rivals Schalke, based in Gelsenkirchen, just 18 miles away.

The Revierderby has been played 179 times before but never like this.

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