In any event, when German fans are stuck at home, they can at present be found in the arena.
Around 13,000 patterns filled the stands on Saturday as Borussia Mönchengladbach facilitated Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga game which could help choose Champions League capability.
Gladbach fans took pictures at home in a shirt or scarf and paid 19 euros ($20.70) to be transformed into one of the “Pappkameraden” or “cardboard colleagues.” Season-ticket holders have their pattern put in their typical spot, however some fan bunches decried the thought.
“It’s smarter to play before dolls than nothing by any means,” Leverkusen mentor Peter Bosz said before the game.
It was Gladbach’s first at home since the Bundesliga restarted without observers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The patterns didn’t do Gladbach much good on Saturday. Leverkusen won 3-1 to overwhelm Gladbach for third in the table, as Gladbach botched great opportunities to score late on.
“In spite of that it despite everything looks extremely super,” Gladbach directly back Stefan Lainer said. “It makes a specific climate.”
Mentor Marco Rose and a portion of his players were additionally in the stands in two-dimensional structure, alongside greats of the club’s past. They incorporate Günter Netzer, who won the West German title with Gladbach in 1970 and 1971 and the World Cup in 1974. There’s even an away end with pictures of supporters from Leverkusen and different clubs. Mönchengladbach said it was a not-for-profit activity with continues going to good cause.
Mönchengladbach’s structure this season has reverberated its brilliant age from the 1970s. The club drove the table right off the bat in the season is as yet battling for a Champions League spot.
Not the entirety of the genuine fans like their pattern partners. A few gatherings restrict proceeding with the season without observers and feel the patterns legitimize that.
“Football without fans is nothing,” perused an enormous pennant put toward one side of the arena on Saturday.
“For Borussia, against apparition games,” read another.
“The hopeless scenery of void arenas is actually what these games speak to and merit,” the Sottocultura gathering of Mönchengladbach fans said in an announcement. “We think about the activity with the cardboard figures to be counterproductive. We comprehend the good natured, altruistic thought behind it, however we believe the sign to be an inappropriate one.”
Gladbach isn’t the main club to have a go at supplanting fans with doppelgangers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the Bundesliga restarted, Belarus was the main nation in Europe playing association games. Champion club Dynamo Brest printed off photographs sent by supporters to another country and joined them to shop mannequins wearing a diverse assortment of old shirts.