The Bundesliga made it look easy – Many hands make great teamwork

German, Bundesliga, COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / various sources / AFP) /
German, Bundesliga, COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / various sources / AFP) / /

All that can be said to the Germans and the Bundesliga, thank you and simply amazing stuff! A restart under COVID-19 distress made easy for dummies.

Saturday saw the return of German football, Bundesliga 1 and 2. It was what the mind needed after a long interval. It rendered peace into the soul. It was what the heart sorely missed for sure.

It is quite frankly, the start of something special and a way forth to what us athletes in sports must take up as a new norm. In the risk of restarting, Saturday saw Borussia Dortmund entertained with a four-goal hammering over Revierderby rivals,  FC Schalke.

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We got to see the brilliance of young striker, Erling Braut Haland, run riot in front of goal again. Following this, the rest of the teams fighting for the German title added instant pressure on the current leaders and reigning champs, Bayern Munich, who is ahead with 55 points.

Other events marked a comeback draw by RB Leipzig (fourth place; 51 points) to SC Freiburg. Borussia Mönchengladbach (third place; 52 points) answered the questions asked by BVB (second place; 54 points) with a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, who has fallen off the face of the earth after a successful season last season.

Munich takes a trip to 12th placed, Union Berlin, in their search to extend the point gap back to four points at the tip of the table. One other match takes place today between FC Köln and Jurgen Klopp’s old club, Mainz. The final of the matchday coming Monday evening between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen… Enjoy it while it’s here.

You never know… Here one day and then gone the next!

The great planning by the Bundesliga

The video above in this post explains the safety precautions taken by the German league in hygiene and medical organization. This was to help ensure a safe start and rundown to the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign.

Simply put… They’ve made it look damn effortless to resume football. From the training venue to actual games, the European powerhouse, Germany, has once again proven how well-established they are as a country and footballing nation.

Most importantly what they’ve accomplished here has helped calm the nerves of those unwilling or hesitant to restart across other leagues. Most prominently, the English Premier League who has a handful of clubs and a pail load of players against “Project Restart“.

Yes, no COVID-19 situation of one country should be compared to the next. But the enigma plaguing and prohibiting any country from acting normal is the same. If one country can do it, then surely all can follow by their example.

Three simple areas covered by Germany

  1. Domestic environments – players, staff, and match officials
  2. Team training and training venues
  3. Games at clubs’ stadiums and extremely strict health and safety rules  

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These three steps just touch on the surface of their brilliant planning but follow these guidelines and it shouldn’t be too hard to restart, or in the Premier League’s case, it would feel safer to take the field. Stop silly rulings such as having to turn your face around when making a challenge and just get on with affairs.

The Bundesliga has stated the player, staff, and media’s health is of the highest priority. This was and always will be the only importance. Well-constructed health and safety procedures display how prevention is better than cure.