A guide to picking your lockdown Bundesliga club 
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According to reports from Reuters, the Bundesliga will return on Friday 15th May, with Germany flying the flag for fans around the globe starved of their favourite pastime. 

But you all want a team to follow, right? So inspired by a tweet from Rafael Honigstein, here’s a list of the winners, entertainers and romancers that you may just fall for this summer… 

Winners 

Bayern Munich 

The big red, mean machine took a little while to get going this season but surprise, surprise they sit top of the pile. 

Since sacking Niko Kovac in November 2019, caretaker Hansi Flick has taken on the role permanently and re-discovered the Bavarians natural swagger. 

Robert Lewandowski continues do Lewandowski things, but it’s been the rise of Serge Gnabry that’s helped Bayern to pole position. 

If you want a safe bet, then get ready to be bellowing out Mia San Mia from your sofa! 

Borussia Dortmund 

Surely, it’s Borussia Dortmund's time now? They’ve got everyone’s favourite wonderkid Jadon Sancho after all.  

They sit four points behind Bayern, but if they can remain in shooting distance then Der Klassiker is when they could strike. 

Alongside Sancho is fellow hot-shot Erling-Braut Haaland. Pairing them together with skipper Marco Reus and the tricky Thorgan Hazard has all the makings of a title winning forward-line. 

If you fancy Mats Hummels to marshal the defence, then you may just be celebrating Dortmund’s first title since 2012. 

Entertainers  

Bayer Leverkusen 

A team managed by Peter Bosz is always going to be entertaining. His buccaneering football at Ajax was edge of your seat stuff, while at Borussia Dortmund it became squeaky bum at times. 

But at Bayer Leverkusen it looks as though he’s found the perfect fit. Die Werkself can be cavalier and are never short of goals. 

Their 4-3 win over BVB is a snapshot of what to expect, they’ve scored in all but five of their 25 games so far. 

It’ll be a roller-coaster and it may be the hope that kills you – but my word, you’ll be in for one helluva ride.  

RB Leipzig 

The hunt for the title is still on, but it could be their inexperience that sees them come up short.  

RB Leipzig’s Red Bull ties mean they are by far the most controversial club in the country – but that hasn’t stopped them becoming one of the most fun to watch.  

With arguably the most exciting manager in world football, Julian Nagelsmann, in charge he’s turned these promising upstarts into a serious threat to Bayern Munich. 

Pinning your mast to the East Germans will see you fall in love with Marcel Sabitzer, be in awe of a defence including Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate, while marvel at the goals of Timo Werner

Has that left you charged up? 

Borussia Monchengladbach 

Die Fohlen have already beaten Bayern and drawn with Leipzig this season and sat at the top of the league for much of the Hinrude (first half of the season).  

Progressive, young manager Marco Rose has added dynamism and a ruthless streak. ‘Gladbach may end up being cast as the bad boys in the title race, with a game against Flick’s side still to come. 

But you’ll be entertained a long the way with pacy forwards Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea and Breel Embolo backed up by the wily skipper Lars Stindl

You won’t get many scary moments in defence either – another Champions League campaign could be on the horizon.  

Romance 

FC Köln 

The Billy Goats as they’re affectionately known have reached the heady heights of tenth in their return to the top flight. 

After relegation in 2017/18 season, they kept hold of some of their most important players including Germany international Jonas HectorJhon Cordoba and goalkeeper Timo Horn

This deep-seated passion for the club shown by the players is one that could get you hooked instantly. A city that loves its football fell on some hard times but their collective spirit. 

Ready to live and breath every moment? Köln are for you!  

Union Berlin 

Fancy some fairytale football? Look no further than Union Berlin. This is their first season in the Bundesliga in their 54-year history. 

They beat Dortmund 3-1 back in what’s arguably the shock of the season so far. Their tight ground and fanatic fans are starting to believe they're doing more than just making up the numbers. 

The teams high energy and pressing style, mixed with their underdog spirit make them a pleasure to watch.  

Back in 2004 the fans started a campaign called ‘Bleed for Union’ to try and keep the club afloat – are you ready to draw blood? 

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