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German Bundesliga All Day, All Week? Why Not?!

August 18, 2009

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The German Bundesliga has finally moved away from its strict traditional Saturday afternoon kickoff time. Powers that be at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt will give every Bundesliga fan the chance to see live league games in full more than its usual twice per week schedule.

Beginning this season, German top flight football will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons making Germany one of the best places in the world to watch football on a daily basis. Saturday and Sunday gamedays will also see a change kickoff times as the addition of a 5:30pm kickoff time is introduced giving football mad people like myself the chance to see two matches in one day.

As I mentioned earlier, this move will make watching football in Germany very enjoyable as it would provide us the chance to see quality match ups everyday of the week on a regular basis. How about this for a week of football? Monday: Bundesliga 2 top match, Tuesday/Wednesday: UEFA Champions League, Thursday: Europa League, Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Bundesliga 1 & 2. That is football heaven!

Sure there are some people in the country that are completely against this move. “Purists” claim that top flight football should only be played at 3:30pm on a cold Saturday afternoon. The way I see it, this gives the Bundesliga the perfect opportunity to help itself grow within and outside of Germany. By providing multiple start times, the league will allow more supporters in Asia and the Americas to follow the Bundesliga on a more regular basis. More viewers = More lucrative tv deals. This new schedule also provides German football  the ability to help itself compete with the Premiership, La Liga and Serie A in European play. Clubs competing in Europe will be able to request rescheduling of fixtures in order to favor their preparations for international competition. What manager wouldn’t want that luxury?

But seriously, what kind of mad man would not want to watch football all week long and all day long on weekends? Certainly not this football mad author!

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  1. davidbirl permalink
    August 18, 2009 9:15 pm

    Sorry to dampen the mood but I and alot of Bundesliga fans do not like this. Tradition is a big part of German football-we still have standing areas in the stadia and a big fan movement called ‘Pro 15:30’ stopped this bastardization of the weekend fixtures a few years back-by protesting in favour of games on a Saturday at 15:30.

    Looks like fans will need to protest again. It seems the tv audience call the shots now? Call me old fashioned but the backbone of every club is the hardcore fans who turn up each week at the stadia.

  2. August 18, 2009 10:55 pm

    all the games are played every saturday at the same time? sounds harsh.

    although i can see why there are oppositions to the new kick off times and added game days especially those who goes to the stadium every week, but in the long run it will be beneficial to the bundesliga in a global aspect.

  3. August 19, 2009 6:23 am

    personally i’m in favor because i like the bundesliga and i don’t get to watch it as much as I would like. Then again, I would come under the ‘TV Supporters’ group that pay subscriptions to watch it.

    Guess you can’t please everyone!

  4. August 19, 2009 6:44 am

    Yeah I understand the pros and cons of it trust me. But I think it can only be beneficial as it will help the Bundesliga with competition on and off the field. It will be difficult at first since nobody likes change but hopefully people realize the gains from it.

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