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German football missed the boat

Dhe soccer Bundesliga starts its third Corona season this weekend unusually quietly. At first glance, the reluctance seems like the soccer makers’ routine handling of uncertain times. In truth, however, the uncertainty about how the Bundesliga and German football will continue has probably never been greater than it has been in these days. The most popular public event in this country was never faced with as many unanswered questions as it did at the beginning of its 59th season: epidemiological, political, economic, sporting.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic around 18 months ago, the Bundesliga has always been an indicator of how society has dealt with this crisis. That should also apply to this season, a season full of question marks. In Cologne, only those who have been vaccinated and recovered will soon be allowed to cheer for their FC. Those who have been tested then have no chance there. FC Köln wants the G2 strategy, which is still being discussed in politics, to become the new normal in its stadium from the second home game on.

While the stadiums in London, Copenhagen or Budapest were filled to the brim two months ago at the European Championships, in view of the German Corona regulations no league manager dares to predict whether the fans will be allowed to flock to the stadiums en masse by the end of the season in May 2022 . But this is a question that is about nothing less than the business basis of the Bundesliga, both nationally and internationally.

Damage to German football

Lionel Messi’s recent transfer, which has received worldwide attention, has shown in an impressive way that the large, state-funded clubs like Paris Saint-Germain are now moving into spheres that no German club can penetrate. Even in the Premier League, in the middle of the Corona crisis, there is no hesitation in spending hundreds of millions on individual players.

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