Bundesliga comeback has Indian football fraternity, fans are excited

KOLKATA: As in the whole world, the news of Bundesliga restarting next week has been an outbreak of fresh air for football lovers in India After almost two months without live sports action, the anticipation is massive and palpable.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a thing of great concern. I feel starting the Bundesliga is a positive sign, not just for the players and clubs but all other people who are dependent on it. At this time, any live action is welcome and Bundesliga is one of the top leagues. I hope proper precaution and care is taken, ”said former India international Clifford Miranda, who did an internship with RB Leipzig earlier this year.

India forward Jeje Lalpekhlua is also looking forward to it. “It’s difficult without football for so long. I’m surely going to watch.”

The partidarios del Bayern de Múnich y del Borussia Dortmund no pueden esperar a que comience la acción.

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Siento que podrían estar comenzando demasiado pronto, pero es muy emocionante para los fanáticos. The primeros juegos son muy importantes para nosotros , dijo el fiel Dortmund Aryan Mukhopadhyay, quien desea estudiar ingeniería mecánica en Germany .

For Bayern fan Suprodip Ghosal, who turns 24 on Thursday, it's like a birthday present. “For us, weekend and midweek meetings are part of our routine. It was a feeling of emptiness during this time, although I had begun to accept it just like the emergency shutdown . Then, this news has given me goosebumps. I feel proud and happy that Bundesliga is first to restart among top European leagues. I hope things go smoothly, ”said the Gurgaon-based IT professional.

Dortmund's fan club Yellow Wall India is planning something exciting. It's quite exciting that it starts with the derby against Schalke 04. We are planning to join all members through some app and watch the game together, said Kaustubh Datta, who heads the Delhi-based club.

FC Bayern Munich Mumbai was established in 2003 and its founder Jaideep Gandhi makes an interesting point. The way Germany dealt with the coronavirus situation is quite phenomenal. I was a bit bothered that French and Dutch leagues pulled the plug but I'm thrilled that the Bundesliga is restarting. Bundesliga will grab a lot of eyeballs now and will have record viewership. That is very good for the league. In case Serie A had started first, I would have surely watched that. ”

Apart from supporters of Bundesliga clubs, general football fans and those with allegiance with teams in other leagues are also enlivened.

“It’s indeed exciting that football is finally restarting. Football and sports can play a major role in gradual normalisation of the situation. The title race in Bundesliga is poised for an exciting finish. I will love to see Borussia Dortmund end Bayern’s dominance. They seemed reinvigorated with Haaland hitting the ground running. I hope football can also make a comeback in Italy, Spain and other European countries,” said Juventus fan Somnath Sengupta, who works in Pune.

Kaustubh says it wouldn't be the same without fans, but that's the best possible situation right now. Others agree.

“I watched Leipzig play Borussia Mönchengladbach and the atmosphere was electrifying. That won’t be there. However, motivation shouldn’t be a factor for players as football is starting after two months and they will be hungry,” added Clifford.

Gandhi presents the other side of it. “Before the emergency shutdown , I saw a couple of games on TV with empty stadiums. You can hear the coaches shout instructions. We may not follow if it’s in German, but otherwise it’s quite fascinating,” he says.

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