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Richard Bland College

VirginiaNJCAASoccerRight Back, DM, CM
Studying in the United States would give me the perfect opportunity to combine my further education after high school and my interest in soccer.
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Soccer
Germany
Male
6'4
September 13 1999
German, English
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FC ST Pauli, Niendorfer TSV, SV Blankenese
Right Back, DM, CM

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June 5 2017
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I am able to adapt to new situations and environments rather quickly. Playing soccer since 14 years and with four different teams taught me to be very sociable and get along within a team very well. Because of my professional soccer education I developed a very advanced tactical understanding and my technique within a game is rather untypical regarding my height and physical figure. I am very disciplined and convinced that I can deal with the responsibility that comes with stud-ying abroad. Additionally, I am prepared to work hard and focus on my academic studies while playing soccer. Another strength of mine is that I am very self-dependant, I can take care of myself and organ-ised all requirements for my studies , including the communication with my agent, the videos for my application and the necessary tests, e.g. the TOEFL, on my own.

I always enjoyed competing with others, during my soccer career I used to travel to different countries together with my team, so we could take part in several tournaments; this strengthened us as a group and gave me the chance to make friends for a lifetime. Competing in a college would give me the unique opportunity to combine improving as a person and giving 110% for a working team. I am well prepared to put as much effort and energy as possible into college. Further-more, I had a friend in high school, who received a scholarship from a university in Michigan, so he could improve his ability to play ten-nis. He inspired me to search for opportunities to study in the US in combination with playing soccer.

The goals I want to reach during my time in college are to improve my English skills and to achieve a bachelor degree in my academic studies. Additionally I perceive studying in the US as a unique op-portunity to make new friends all over the world with multiple origins and get to know young people with similar interests as mine. I want to use my time abroad to make new experiences, get to know another country and learn how to adapt to a new working environment.

Soccer is my biggest passion since being young, I want to improve my skills and become the best player I could possibly be. I want to work as hard as I can, using my given physical abilities. I was forced to stop playing soccer for 12 months because of a severe injury. I am happy that I am now able to train and work on myself and my way of playing soccer again and cannot imagine stopping soccer again any-time soon that is why I want to use the chance to receive the best edu-cation possible and get lots of practical experience. My ultimate dream would be to play in the MLS against European all-stars, like David Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

I am an official DFB-Referee and have an official DFB-license to train children under 12 years in soccer. With FC ST Pauli I was play-ing all over Europe almost every weekend against Top Teams, for example at the “Zepter Cup” against teams like: FC.Barcelona //Real Madrid// Fc Everton// Celtic Glasgow // FC Bayern Munich or Ajax Amsterdam. I also played a lot of Bundesliga tournaments. Addition-ally, I won the Hamburg team championship for players under 18 in table-tennis during the year I wasn´t able to play soccer because of my injury.

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