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, speaks about his love of the game and which fixture he is looking forward to in particular. 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. 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'

© imago / Jan Huebner What is your favourite Bundesliga memory?

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