Bundesliga season resumes Saturday: Here is what we know about soccer's return in Germany

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The top two divisions of the German Bundesliga return to play Saturday, and the sports world will be closely watching as one of its biggest leagues kicks off.

On May 6, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Bundesliga could resume play under strict conditions, including empty stadiums and twice-a-week testing for players. 

The Bundesliga will be the first of the major European soccer leagues to return after sports around the world shut down in mid-March because of the spread of the novel coronavirus. Not only will officials of the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A monitor the game’s continental return, but leagues in the United States likely also will be watching closely as the Bundesliga provides a possible course of action for team sports to return.

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