Bringing back the Bundesliga mid-season following a worldwide pandemic is certainly unusual, and the fans of one team are embracing the weird in a fun way.
Following on the work of teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Borussia Mönchengladbach has allowed supporters to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves which will be placed in the stands during matches which will resume on May 9th. For the low cost of 19 Euros, a picture of the fan is added to the oversized cardboard cutout, and seated in the 54,014-capacity BORUSSIA-PARK Stadium (yes, it’s all caps).
More than 8,000 of the cutouts have already been ordered, and at that pace we might be looking at a pretty full stadium by kickoff.
Mönchengladbach sits fourth place in the Bundesliga Table, six points adrift of Bayern Munich with nine matches to play. A European spot is on the line as well, as the top-four clubs from Germany will qualify for the 2021 UEFA Champions League. Mönchengladbach haven’t played in Europe’s top competition since 2016-17, and might have a bit more incentive to play well with the eyes of their fans, disembodied though they might be, supporting them from the terraces.