What Did We Learn From The Bundesliga Restart?
With the first on-pitch hurdle now cleared, confidence will have been gained not only in Germany but also across the rest of Europe’s “Big Five” (with the exception of the early curtailment in France’s Ligue 1) and now competitions such as the Premier League and La Liga, will press ahead themselves.
Which means after being starved of top-level football for a couple of months, a potential feast looks soon to be on the menu and little by little, the European game is starting to awake from its almighty slumber.
This will be music to the ears of UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin, as the task of trying to bring the 2019/20 season to a conclusion becomes just that little bit easier and with the Bundesliga now flying the flag in terms of resumption, lets take a look at some of the things we learned from Week 26.
Admittedly for some viewers, the lack of supporters was a huge turn off and although that viewpoint is understandable, it is also something that everyone is going to get used to for the next 12 months or so.
Which means, if supporters offer statements such as “I’m not watching any football until stadiums open their doors” they may find themselves undergoing a rather lengthy blackout and one that is enforced by their own rigid stance.
However, for those supporters who did not change the channel, they were rewarded with some highly entertaining football and any concerns that the intensity would have dropped, were largely unfounded.
With the game using goals as its major currency, thankfully there were plenty of them in the first week since the restart and with the Bundesliga being known as an attacking league, it certainly lived up to its moniker once more.
Although with plenty of goals, there were plenty of different looking goal celebrations and while this may take a bit of getting used to, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has already offered up a rather iconic spectacle.
His take on a FIFA 20 video game glitch, was captured all around the world and it just goes to show that in any circumstance, a lethal finisher of his nature, will always find a way to celebrate the fruits of his labour.
When it came to the goals themselves, there was a small sense of anticipation being missed beforehand, the rise of the crowds in one and the collective voice that is just about to break was unfortunately lacking, but again that is something that we are all going to have to adjust to.
While with less noise in the stadium, it meant that tackles sounded all that more robust and instead of telling an opposition midfielder to get up off the of floor, there was perhaps slightly more compassion this time around.
There’s no doubt that the Bundesliga would have garnered a huge audience on its return and it will be interesting to see, not only the viewing figures for that week, but also how many return in the matchdays that follow.
With no direct rivals to compete with, the German top flight can certainly gain some more traction both via traditional and more social medias, while in doing so it may land some new international supporters along the way.
Of course, the return of football in any nation is a sensitive issue and although this spectacle or the lack thereof, may not be to everyone’s taste, there is no doubt that the resumption in Germany is a very important step for the nation and the global game as a whole.
Written by Dan Tracey
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