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Bundesliga shows sport can survive without fans - crowd or no crowd this was the real thing

Eamonn Sweeney


It felt good to be watching authentic sport once again after two months of retromania

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Silence of the stands: Mainz’s Aaron Caricol takes a corner in a deserted stadium during the Bundesliga clash away to Cologne. Photo: Lars Baron/Reuters

Silence of the stands: Mainz’s Aaron Caricol takes a corner in a deserted stadium during the Bundesliga clash away to Cologne. Photo: Lars Baron/Reuters

Silence of the stands: Mainz’s Aaron Caricol takes a corner in a deserted stadium during the Bundesliga clash away to Cologne. Photo: Lars Baron/Reuters

Watching behind-closed-doors football may be a slightly surreal and alienating experience but it's not a pointless one. You just have to really, really like the game.

The weekend's Bundesliga action illustrated how big a part the crowd normally plays at matches. Not just in terms of the atmosphere created but also in the way TV covers things.


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