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Fewer dives, a missing coach and subs in stand: inside Bundesliga’s return

With no fans and endless rules this was the Bundesliga as never before but we Germans are proud to kickstart football’s new era

On Saturday I was suddenly a VIP. OK, I couldn’t be proud of that because all 239 people who were allowed to participate at Augsburg’s match against Wolfsburg had to enter the stadium through the VIP entrance. And we weren’t treated how you imagine the rich and famous might be: first I had to fill in a questionnaire, then my temperature was measured. Welcome to the Bundesliga, welcome to games closed to the public. In Germany we call these Geisterspiele – ghost games.

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