The Bundesliga start on May 16 is to a certain extent in the service of science: No doctor can currently specify how high the risk really is for those involved.
Nothing helps, the Bundesliga has to deal with the pandemic. New in the program are strict hygiene concepts, separation rules for the shower and medical tests, which are not about lactate levels, but about the viral load. Maybe the clubs have to get used to an additional team, a 19th club in every professional league. He can’t become a champion, neither can he relegate, but it would qualify for the Champions League. And possibly this ominous team will get considerable growth before the start of the transfer period – free of charge.
We’re talking about a club that could be called Corona Sports Group, Pandemia 05 or Aerosol Heinsberg; the westernmost district of the republic is not only known for contagious carnival sessions, but has long become synonymous with the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in Germany. The club with the founding year 2020 would not be a traditional club, it would rather be made up of those professionals who, in the season that continues on 16 May, are infected across the league with the novel corona virus and then tested positive. Every day there would be a few more kickers.
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The DFL has tried to protect at least the players, coaches and coaches from infections. The backdrop without a spectator essentially makes the number one popular sport a sterile event, but it will still not be aseptic. Because even if there is no handshake, jersey exchange, enema children and pack formation, passionate football without a duel, heated verbal battles and sprints with the opponent’s aerosol on the neck is difficult to convey.
Can you imagine the Revierderby Dortmund against Schalke if everyone involved does without running duels, scuffles in corners and free kicks, and above all sweat, tears and droplets? Then the opponents could immediately determine the winner on the Playstation or calculate the average results for the rest of the second half of the season – something like Bavaria’s high school graduates for the current half-year.
In this respect, the Bundesliga not only resumes play at a surprisingly early date, but also starts a large field study in which more than 400 players and at least as many coaches, coaches, employees and other helpers take part in the Bundesliga alone. Heroic self-experiments have gone a little out of fashion in medicine, but here young, supposedly healthy men are at the service of science. Possibly, as from the analysis of passengers on cruise ships that had to quarantine, valuable insights will soon emerge from the summer kick of some relegation candidates.
Depending on how much you tend to apocalyptic scenarios, the kick-off next Saturday at 3.30 p.m. can be flagged as an irresponsible human experiment – or as an attempt to minimize the risks as far as the classic film with Jack Nicholson once promised: “It doesn’t get any better.” And besides, a few helpful insights into the spread of the virus in a young, trained population may emerge.
Both perspectives would be scientifically covered. First a pinch of apocalypse: So far, little is known about possible long-term damage after a Covid 19 disease. The five months that the virus has traveled around Europe are too short to reliably predict long-term damage. Doctors from Innsbruck, however, saw changes in the lungs, even if the infected had long since been healthy and released from the clinic. Nobody can say with certainty whether these are harmless residual findings or clinically relevant restrictions, it will only become clear after years.