||My first football shirt
It was in 1978, when the FC St.Gallen, the
regional club where I live, reached the highest
Swiss league. The boss of my mother, who
lived there, thought that I just need to have this
shirt and gave it to me as a present. I didn't
refuse, of course :-)
You can imagine how proud I was to own my
first official soccer shirt, and when I first wore it
in the gymnastic lession at school I even didn't
allow anyone else to touch it ...
Unfortunately, I don't have this shirt anymore,
because due to other interests during my
growing period, I gave all shirts away which I
had before. Now I regret it.
||Local hobby tournaments (Part 1)
To me, the absolute highlight of the year was
neither the National day nor my birthday, but
much more the local hobby football tournament,
which we called "Grümpelturnier" in Swiss
Me and some friends of our primary school
class decided to participate as well, but at the
end we didn't have much luck against the other
teams - especially because they all were part of
local football clubs and knew quite well how to
play football, while we just kicked and rushed ...
and hoped that the ball will somehow reach the
||Local hobby tournaments (Part 2)
In the late 70's and early 80's there were
organizated some school class tournaments
where different classes of different schools
played against each other. It was an early form
of the today so called "CS-Cup". Of course, we
had our team, but were not very successful at
last. But who cares! It was more important to be
part of the tournament ...
||Local hobby tournaments (Part 3)
From 1980 to 1982 I went to the secondary
school, where some pupils of class
participated again at two local tournaments.
Both of them we won clearly - one of it with a
score balance of 39 to 1 goals. These
successes were based on two facts: First, we
had a brillant football player in our class (photo
on the right), who was able to do wonderful
crosses. Second, at this age of 14 years I was
at least one head taller than others (see photo
in the middle). At one of these tournaments I
shot 17 goals in about 4 matches - 11 of them
with a header - as a consequence to the above
mentioned two facts ... ;-)
||My first World Cup match
I was 14 years old when in summer 1982 I had
the opportunity to visit a few World Cup matches
at the legendary "Estadio Nou Camp" in
Barcelona. Before the beginning of the
tournament I already "calculated" the way of my
favourite team, the Brazilian "samba
coorporation" with Zico, Socrates, Falcao & Co.
- hoping that they would come to Barcelona.
In fact, they came to Barcelona, but
unfortunately they played at the "Sarria" stadium
of Barça's local rival where they met Italy in one
of the most legendary matches ever played, and
as I had only the tickets for the Nou Camp
stadium, I was "forced" to watch URSS - Poland
instead (0-0). What a disappointment! I was
sitting on the top of the stadium - but you can
imagine how down I felt ...
At least, I finally was able to watch the
semi-final Italy-Poland as well (see picture),
which ended with a score of 2-0 for the later
world champion Italy.
||At the "San Siro"
During the early 90's I often visited the San Siro
Stadium at Milan to watch my favourite club, AC
Milan, at that time still with its glorious team
around the dutch stars Van Basten, Gullit and
This picture here was taken by a fellow fan
during the half time of AC Milan - Napoli (2-2) in
the 1992/93 season.
Please do not argue about the bad quality of the
photo. Maybe the one who took it had never
heard anything of a focus :-)
||In the local Football Club
From 1989 to 1992 I played in a local football
club as a midfield player. It was a great time -
which ended all of a sudden due to the
consequences of a back injury which forced me
to stop from one day to the other. Of course, I
still play from time to time, but just for fun and
not in an official football club anymore.
In the picture I am the first on the left in the front
row - at that time still with long hair (how time
From 1990 to 2001 I worked in a company
where - at least in the early 90's - there was the
tradition to participate at the local hobby
tournaments with an own team. As a
passionate football fan and player I have never
had to be asked twice, of course.
Here's a picture from 1990. I am the one sitting
on the right end (with the same Diadora boots
as Van Basten wore at that time, by the way -
the best football boots I ever wore!).
||Teachers vs. Pupils match 2007
At the school where I teach there is the tradition
since many years that the pupils of the last year
can play a match against the teachers. This
match usually takes place in the last week
before they leave school. This picture was taken
in 2007 after the match which we (the teachers)
lost against the pupils 3-4 after a good
performance and after even leading with 3-1 at
The difference was that we were 10 teachers for
a 6 player's team against 30 pupils which could
change in and out several times. You can
imagine that our breath did not last until the end
of the match ...
I am the one in the middle of the bottom row
with the orange Holland 94 player shorts ;-)
||Teachers vs. Pupils match 2009
Two years later we did it better and won 3-0
against the pupil's team. Even though I have to
admit that the pupils actually played much
better than our teacher's team, but just weren't
able to beat our defence, including our great
goal keeper (a boy of my class, by the way). We
on the other side needed three chances to
shoot three goals. A tactical masterpiece, we
could say. But maybe it was only luck! ;-)
I am the one with the white AC Milan 1993/94
||School Tournament 2009
In September 2009 we organized a School
Football tournament whree 14 class teams,
one teacher's team and one parent's team
played against each other.
My class couldn't find an adequate dress for all
of them, and so they asked me if I could help
them with some shirts. Of course, I could! ;-)
So, at the end, my class played with my old AC
Milan shirts. I have never seen so many
"Gullits", "Van Bastens", "Rijkaards" and
"Baresis" on one pitch before ... ;-) There was
even one little "Kaka" ... ;-)
P.S.: Our teacher's team (with myself) finished
with 0 points and 0 goals ... ;-/ We are just not
20 years old anymore ...
||World Cup School Tournament 2010
Just one day before the World Cup in South
Africa started we arranged our own "World Cup
tournament" at school, where once more 14
classes and one teacher's team played against
each other. Further, every team played as a
nation participating at the World Cup. My class
for example played as "Denmark", and the
teacher's crew got the "Holland" team to
represent. As a matter of fact, it was no
question for me to offer the Holland shirts from
my collection to wear during this tournament. ;-)
P.S.: The "OZO World Cup" winning team was
"Cameroun", by the way. "Holland" (we
teachers) "survived" the first round and got
kicked off after the quarter finals by "France" ...
in fact much better than last time. ;-)
||Teachers vs. Pupils match 2012
Two years later (and older!) we teachers played
again against the pupils. We actually played
quite well, but after 20 minutes no one of us
had enough breath to avoid the two pupil goals
which lead to their 2-0 victory. It's really a
question of age: A 15 year old body runs faster
and easier than a 40 year old one. Even if our
mind hardly realizes this difference ... ;-)
I am the 5th person from the right in the back
Every year, my pupils participate at a national
school football tournament - more or less
successful. Of course, I always offer them to
play in my old Milan shirts, which they mostly
appreciate very much.
The class 2sb played in the home shirts, ....
||... while my own class 2sa chose the away
||Both teams together in one picture.
||"Ruud Gullit" and "Dejan Savicevic" in the same
||School Tournament 2012
As usual in our school we use the years of
international football competitions like World or
European Cups for a huge school tournament
where all classes play against each other. My
class - once again - played in my Milan shirts.
In 2013 both classes builded one single team.
The picture shows them in the usual Milan
away shirts - together with me as "coach" (on
the left) and two girls of our classes (on the
right), who supported us as "fans".
In September 2014 the girls of my new first
classes builded two teams for this year's
tournament. Even if they didn't reach the final
matches, they had much fun.
But the Milan shirts they wore were slightly too
large for most of them ... ;-)