When the German Football League, DFL, announced that the Bundesliga would return on May 16, it was like a fairytale to many who have seen how devastating COVID-19 has been to Germany and other countries around the world.
The Bundesliga and all Football in Germany had been suspended due to the coronavirus crisis that had brought almost all sporting activities across the globe to an indefinite halt.
No one knew when it would be safe to play again. But, German and the DFL somehow knew because it was never in the making that football would not return even when the tough times come and so, they started finding means that would see the return of the Bundesliga in the shortest time possible.
A series of measures that conformed to the Governement’s directive and would see activities practiced in a safe environment were proposed, tested and implemented.
By early April, Clubs such as Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Gladbach and others had resumed training sessions. players were tested before the sessions which were conducted in groups of five with minimal contact.
The final bend was for the games being played behind closed doors, and as of now, the Bundesliga remains the first and only major football league to be back in action since the out break of the Coronavirus pandemic in March.
As usual, ‘football as it’s meant to be’ is back to where it belongs – on StarTimes.
As the Bundesliga strategic partner, digital TV operator, StarTimes will broadcast all Bundesliga matches live and exclusive in Africa.
StarTimes Brand & Marketing Director Isma Lule says,
“It has been a tough period for football fans around the world. We were very happy to have StarTimes bring back live football in Africa.”
He adds that,
“The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world. It is a pleasure to watch these great clubs, Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke 04 and others play again.”
Since the Bundesliga returned, all matches have been broadcast live and in the best picture quality (HD) on five sports channels on StarTimes. The games also come handy right on your mobile phone via the streaming app, StarTimes ON.
This means top fans can watch games concurrently on several devices and won’t miss a minute of the action.
StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving 13 million DVB subscribers and 20 million OTT users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 170+ brand halls and 30,000+ distributors in 30+ countries.
StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 600 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc.
The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”.
Catch more Bundesliga action Tonight, as 1. FC Koln takes on RB Leipzig I StarTimes World Football.