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.
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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.
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