Crowd sourcing: 13,000 cut-outs to attend Gladbach game

Bundesliga match between FC Köln and FSV Mainz 05 (Getty Images)
Bundesliga match between FC Köln and FSV Mainz 05 (Getty Images)

Nearly 13,000 cardboard cut-outs of Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are set to welcome the team for Saturday's Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen behind closed doors.

Gladbach hosted the first Bundesliga game ever played without fans on March 11, shortly before the German season was put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak.

One of the club's supporters' groups, "Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach", subsequently came up with the idea of allowing fans to print life-sized images of themselves to be placed inside the ground.

The cut-outs line the stadium's otherwise empty stands, with season ticket holders able to have their cardboard lookalike allocated to their regular spot.

"We're arranging close to 13,000 cut-outs, but almost 20,000 have been ordered already," Thomas Ludwig, head of the supporters' group, told AFP subsidiary SID.

"It's a nice operation, which creates an atmosphere in the stadium," said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. "Even if at the same time it's a reminder that football without supporters is not the same."

"It's fantastic. We really have the impression that we're not alone when we're training in the stadium," added Gladbach coach Marco Rose.

Gladbach are third in the table and six points behind leaders Bayern Munich. They won 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend as the Bundesliga returned following a two-month interruption.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 11294 votes
Cricket
12% - 3231 votes
Football
19% - 5079 votes
Athletics
2% - 673 votes
Boxing
1% - 268 votes
Cycling
2% - 635 votes
Golf
5% - 1395 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2310 votes
Tennis
3% - 910 votes
Water sports
1% - 244 votes
American sports
1% - 327 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 885 votes
Vote