Football stopped a little befoe 11pm on March 12, with Bayer Levekusen's Leon Bailey scoring the third in a 3-1 win for his team at Ibrox against Rangers. It was the last goal of a strange night. Football was to be no more for the next two months because of the coronavirus, but 65 days later the Bundesliga is ready to go once again. Welcome back.
Everyone is looking at Borussia Dortmund against Schalke 04, the game of the day. There will be no big yellow wall at Signal Iduna Park at 3.30pm CET when the game kicks off, to cheer Haaland or intimidate Todibo. The new reality is bittersweet, between the love of having football back and the sadness because nobody is there to watch it.
The previous Bundesliga match took place on March 8, Mainz vs Fortuna Dusseldorf. The big leagues are starting to get the ball rolling, testing players for the virus, training individually. At Dortmund today we will lsee the fruits of it, although marked by mask wearers, empty stands, disinfection of balls and the absence of interviews.
A new football which starts in Germany and will be watched by Spain, England, Italy and Co as they think about their June restarts. Other counties, like France and Holland, have rolled down the shutters already and locked up until who knows when.