The German Bundesliga is the first major sports league in the world to emerge from Quarantine. This morning (this afternoon over in Deutschland), five matches kick off, followed by one more early this afternoon (evening).
On one hand, this feels WHOLLY unfair. On the other, Germany is one of the countries who have been all over COVID-19. What a concept. They took proper precautions, as a country, and nobody stormed the Merkel residence in Berlin with assault rifles demanding that someone else needs to go to work, cut their hair, and serve them an ice cold Weihenstephaner.
The Bundesliga is continuing behind closed doors. It’s going to be weird enough watching live sports during all of this. But to watch something live on tv with no fans is going to be interesting. There will be nobody outside the benches blindly supporting their clubs, egging them forward, going ballistic for goals, or booing the other team off the pitch.
One club in particular is looking to try to break some of that emptiness. Borussia Monchengladbach is adding 12,000 cardboard cutouts to their stands for their home re-opener next weekend. It’s a weird concept, but a pretty cool one, I have to say. Fans were able to pay a nominal price (somewhere around €20) to have a picture of their choosing put on a cutout and installed in the stadium. The money spent is going toward helping out local causes affected by the pandemic.
I honestly don’t know what’s weirder, playing for an empty stadium or looking at a stadium full of a stiff fan base.
Anyway, interested in soccer? Even if the answer is no, I’m sure you’re CRAVING live sports. Fox Sports network has Bundesliga rights, so turn it on and check out one of these matches. Thinking to yourself “Why do I care about a sport that isn’t American?”, well the Bundesliga has a decent number of American players. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, and Timmy Chandler are some names you may have seen put on the Yanks’ kit in a previous World Cup.
But watch out for the future of the USMNT. Weston McKennie and Gio Reyna are facing off against each other as Dortmund hosts Schalke. Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen don’t kick off until Monday, but you can see John Brooks in action with Wolfsburg as they face Augsburg. And Tyler Adams with RB Leipzig as they take on SC Freiburg.
Buckle in, everyone. This is going to be a weird ride.
9:30AM EDT (aka right now)
Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin
Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg
Dortmund vs. Schalke
Dusseldorf vs. Paderborn
RB Leipzig vs. SC Freiburg
12:30PM EDT (aka not right now)
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