Images emerge of Borussia Monchengladbach’s cardboard cutout fans at stadium ahead of Bundesliga restart behind closed doors

If the atmosphere is a little flat at Borussia Park, it won’t be due to the lack of fans.

Live football is back on talkSPORT – albeit behind closed doors – as we bring you coverage of Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Borussia Monchengladbach, meanwhile, have come up with a unique way to support their players in an empty stadium – with cardboard cutouts of fans!

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Gladbach have started putting the cardboard fans in their seats
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From a distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were actual people
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The ‘Stay at home. Be in the stands’ campaign has encouraged to buy cardboard cutouts of themselves for £16.50, which are being installed at the club’s stadium ahead of their next home match on May 23.

It is understood there will be more than 8,000 cardboard fans in the ground and profits from the cutouts will go towards local causes.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s supporter representative Thomas Weinmann said: “The campaign organisers are regularly overrun with orders.

“We can hardly keep up trying to install them, but we’re obviously delighted with the overwhelming response it has received.”

Before the Bundesliga season was suspended, Gladbach were in fourth place but only six points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

They resume the campaign with a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening.

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There will be more than 8,000 cardboard cutouts at Borussia Park
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The German top-flight will be the first major European division to resume this weekend, with most other leagues either suspended or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many across the continent are expected to watch the returning Bundesliga to get their football fix.

Former Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves hopes the increased focus on the Bundesliga will result in a greater appreciation of German football in general.

He told talkSPORT: “Sadly, I don’t think people give the Bundesliga enough credit.

“They’ve probably got the best facilities in Europe. It’s always been a super place because of the organisation of the Germans.

“Now, they’re developing so many top young players and fans will be excited see some really talented young players who will potentially strenghten our Premier League teams in the future.”


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