In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Guardian newspaper (May 6th 2020) which describes the decision to re-start German football in May. You can see more explanations of newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newspaper Headline: Bundesliga gets go-ahead to resume season in second half of May
This headline is taken from the Guardian Newspaper online from May 6th 2020 and discusses the decision to allow the Bundesliga to return to action towards the end of May.
Although the news of football returning to Germany is huge, the headline is rather sombre and not so playful and this is probably because of two reasons: it appears in the more ‘serious’ Guardian newspaper that tends not to use headlines with puns as much as other newspapers. The second reason is connected to the topic of Covid-19 which of course is a very serious matter indeed and so the headline explains rather than comments on the topic.
There are two verbs being used in the headline: ‘to resume‘ which means to start again/to re-start and ‘to get (the) go-ahead‘ which means that permission has been granted. Typical of a headline there are no articles – a ‘full’ sentence would read, ‘The Bundesliga gets the go-ahead to resume the season in the second half of May’