In the grand scheme of the COVID-19 pandemic, football really doesn’t feel all that important. Still, in times of such desperate difficulty, it’s important that we all have something to hold onto – and for many, that something is the beautiful game.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea throughout Europe and the world, but as the most popular sport on the planet (in a general sense), it’s hard to argue against the benefits that football has and the relevancy it still maintains to this day.
One of the biggest and best leagues in the sport is the German Bundesliga, and this weekend, it will serve as the catalyst behind the sport getting back up and running again – because let’s face it, nobody should be counting Belarus.
The Bundesliga has come under fire ever since plans were first put in place for them to come back, but in equal measure, it really does appear as if the eyes of the football world are going to be on Germany this weekend – and perhaps for the foreseeable future.
We’ve seen sports like mixed martial arts try and make their presence known, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really feel as if that’s going to make too much of a consistent difference for them.
Bundesliga, though, already has a pretty big fanbase, and that’s only going to get stronger given how much more popular football is than MMA.
There’s still a whole lot at stake from the title race to the relegation battle and beyond, and we’re intrigued to see how it all comes together. It’s always been one of the more unpredictable leagues outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund dominating the rest of the competition, but even in that sense, we saw a period of many different teams winning the title not too long ago.
Morally speaking, as we’ve alluded to, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge for people to get on board with this and we have nothing against anyone who feels that way. However, it’d just as wrong for ridiculing those who decide to watch it.
Everyone is desperate for some kind of reminder of what life was like before the chaos ensued, and sure enough, it appears as if we’re going to get that reminder over the course of the next few days.
“With the Bundesliga as the only league to be broadcast on TV, I expect we will have an audience of a billion,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told SportBild magazine on Wednesday.
That may not be too far off of the final figure, and while money does talk in this instance, the art of the game will be on full display as we attempt to come to terms with life after the Coronavirus – or, better yet, life during.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach is a fun game to keep your eye on but in truth, they’re all going to give us that fix we’ve been missing for the last two months.