Cologne – Sebastian Vettel has been an Eintracht Frankfurt fan since childhood. Even today the four-time Formula 1 world champion watches the Bundesliga whenever his schedule allows, and plays the game himself in his spare time and in charity matches.

The Heppenheim native is eagerly anticipating the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, and in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, speaks about his love of the game and which fixture he is looking forward to in particular.

bundesliga.com: Sebastian Vettel, who was your childhood hero?

Sebastian Vettel: To be honest, I’ve always loved football but there was never one player I really looked up to. The only sportsman I ever idolised was Michael Schumacher. I knew everything about him and followed his career and success very closely. When I actually got to meet him early on as a racing driver it was the best thing I could imagine happening.

bundesliga.com: How important is the Bundesliga to you nowadays?

Vettel: I’m a fan and I follow the Bundesliga as much as I can. Obviously sometimes it’s difficult when I go abroad, but I can catch up with what happened on the internet.

'I think Gladbach will beat Bayern 2-1'

bundesliga.com: What is your favourite Bundesliga memory?

Vettel: Being in the stadium in Frankfurt to watch Eintracht play!

bundesliga.com: Which match are you most looking forward to in the new season?

Vettel: I’m looking forward to seeing surprise package Darmstadt and their home game against FC Bayern München.

bundesliga.com: Which team do you think will cause the biggest stir in 2015/16? Frankfurt maybe…

Vettel: What makes you say Frankfurt? They’re my club, I have to support them! [Smiles]

bundesliga.com: Who would you like to see Bayern play in the opening game of the campaign? And what do you think the score will be?

Vettel: I'd like to see them against Borussia Mönchengladbach, who I think will win 2-1.