Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge knows how important fans are to the game. For atmosphere — and for revenue — fans are truly the heartbeat of football.
“Without the spectators, football culture suffers enormously,” said Rummenigge, echoing BFW staffer Marcus Iredahl, who has long beat this drum. “Finances are under pressure across Europe, not just in football, but all over the world. Every company suffers from Corona. We now all have to sharpen our senses so that we can get out again without much damage. Another lockdown would be a drama for football.”
Therein lies the rub. How do you get fans back into arenas without putting them at risk? Rummenigge thinks some technology that the club saw in Budapest could be a help.
“In Budapest (European Supercup) we have found a fever measuring tunnel and we will propose it to the public health department here in Munich, so that we can play with spectators again,” Rummenigge said. “We’ve played for eight months without them, which is of course a burden.”
Surely, there are lot of logistical issues that would go along with something like this, but at least Bayern Munich is exploring all options.
Sport Bild capture an interesting report from Le Parisien which indicated that Kylian Mbappe would like to move to Real Madrid. While FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Liverpool would all love to bring in the Frenchman, it appears he only has eyes for Madrid.
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery went one step further and detailed how he once had to convince Mbappe to stay at PSG rather than move to Spain.
“When I was in Paris, Mbappé thought very seriously about going to Real Madrid because it’s a club that he likes a lot,” Emery told Radio Cadena COPE. “He was very excited to play for Madrid. I didn’t want him to leave and I had a conversation with him and his father to convince him to stay.”
DW took a look at how their lives changed from that moment and the respective star-crossed paths that both players have led since that day.
Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen is a man who might need a change of scenery...soon. The 28-year-old Denmark international keeps getting link to two Bundesliga teams: Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. Admittedly, I don’t think Eriksen-to-BVB makes much sense at this stage, but it seems to keep cropping up:
Already tracked by PSG and Hertha Berlin, Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen (28) has been envisaged by Borussia Dortmund for a further transfer run, according to latest German news. At odds with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, former Tottenham and Ajax playmaker might part ways with Italian giants next January already, after only a year in.
When I see something that makes me laugh, I feel the need to share it. With all of the positive/negative uncertainty regarding Serge Gnabry’s COVID-19 tests, this struck me as pretty hilarious.
Kingsley Coman sneaking a negative test result into Gnabry’s folder so he gets to ball out vs Atleti pic.twitter.com/vwKq6GZYb7— AFCArthur (@AFCAntiSlander) October 22, 2020
Borussia Dortmund will be without Emre Can against Schalke 04 later today.
Borussia Dortmund has to do without Emre Can in the derby - he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. As BVB announced, the 26-year-old national player shows no symptoms and is in domestic isolation. All other tests on players and employees were negative on Friday.