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„Bundesliga Total“ 2018/19
Every year, Middle and High School students in North America can participate in our contest Bundesliga Total! about the German soccer league “Bundesliga”.
During the German soccer season they have to follow the matches and predict the scores of the games. The two students who score the highest on the quizzes from the highlight videos and the score predictions at the end of the competition are chosen to go on to the regionals in San Francisco (West), Chicago (Mitte), or Washington (Ost) together with their teams.
The two students who win the regionals travel to Germany, watch a real Bundesliga soccer match, and tour one of the biggest German cities.
This year, our winner of the region “Ost” was the team “Tore R Us” from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. The students Guillem Fabregas Gella and Emily Swindell scored the highest and travelled to Gelsenkirchen where they watched the Bundesliga game Schalke 04 vs. Augsburg.
They met the players, got plenty of autographs and were just impressed by the atmosphere in the stadium.
Guillem Fabregas Gella and Emily Swindell with Schalke player Weston McKennie
In Chicago (region Mitte ) Canaan Johnson and Brandon Smith came in first.
Their team “Die Gelben Enten” from South Range High School in Canfield, Ohio travelled to Chicago and impressed everybody with their soccer skills and a great presentation about their school.
Canaan is a passionate soccer player who wants to play the sport in Germany. He came a little bit closer to make this dream come true by travelling to Dortmund a couple of weeks ago and watch the BVB play against Schalke04 with his friend Brandon Smith. Brandon still talks about his trip almost every day, says his family.
Canaan Johnson and Brandon Smith at the Dortmund fanshop with BVB mascot and during the contest in Chicago playing soccer
The West-region was dominated by the team ”Delta Hasen“ from Delta High School in Delta, Utah.
Initially, Braydon Gonder and Cael Rowley were not in first place after the score predictions (a big shout-out to Warren Krieger from San Antonio, Texas who won that first round). but the “Delta Hasen” later caught up and also won the class competition in San Francisco. In May, they had an amazing time visiting Munich and attending a FC Bayern Munich game after they had toured the city and the famous Allianz Arena.
Their teacher, Jason Thomas, was equally excited for them: “It was truly and experience of a lifetime for them. I have been to Munich many times, and was able to share in their joy. What an amazing resource Step into German has been for enhancing and enriching my regular instruction. My students are already excited to participate again next year. Thank you!”
Braydon Gonder and Cael Rowley at the stadion, FC Bayern München