If there is one good thing that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that it has brought out the generosity of so many across the world, regardless of profession. In the world of football as well, clubs and players alike are showing their support in many ways. Bayern Munich will take that initiative and be part of the European Solidarity Cup, scheduled for next year.
Bayern will be joined by Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the three-team tournament. Each team will play each other once, in their respective home cities and stadia. The Allianz Arena will host the match between Bayern and Madrid. The latter will host their game against Inter, and Bayern will travel to the San Siro to play the Nerazzuri.
The proceeds from the three games will go to support medical facilities in Spain and Italy. Not only that, but Bayern will also invite 5,000 nurses, carers, and doctors to the Allianz Arena to show their appreciation when they face off against Madrid.
“Nurses, carers and doctors in particular are doing an outstanding job for society at the moment,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We want to pay tribute to this, and that’s why it is called ‘Football for Heroes.’”
Germany is one of the relatively successful countries in the world in containing the pandemic and its casualties, but the same cannot be said for Italy and Spain, both of which have well over 200,000 cases, and thousands of deaths within. FC Bayern hopes that this tournament will not only raise money for the two countries’ medical facilities, but also show a sign of solidarity between the three countries, and in Europe as a whole.
No set date has been approved for the games, as they will only take place when spectators can return to the games. A summer tournament might be tentatively on the lines, but there is no telling at the moment. We can only hope that the pandemic subsides by this time next year, so that football can go back to what it used to be.