The “wisitors” are Welcomed to Germany
We woke up and traveled to Germany today to visit Shalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen, shopped in Dusseldorf, and went back to Holland for an Eredivisie match in Arnhem. It was another great day with both culture and soccer!
The team arrives at Veltins arena to take a stadium tour of Shalke 04, a club that has one of the largest fan bases in all of Europe. Our tour guide was great and gave us lots of information about the town, club, and stadium, which was built new for the World Cup held in Germany in 2006. His accent made us laugh when he kept calling us the “wisitors” instead of “visitors”. On the tour we also got to walk down the playing tunnel to the field, see the lockerrooms, take a look at the media room, and go into the “wee-I-P” room. Many of the players became fans afterwards and many spent quite a bit of money at the gift shop!
After the tour we traveled to nearby Dusseldorf, Germany for a bit of walking and shopping. Some groups sat down and ate a traditional German meal, many finally found Gelato, and others were able to enjoy the beautiful weather by walking around the town.
We then drove back to Holland for a professional match between Vitesse-Arnhem and Heracles. Our seats were incredible! All of us sat in the first or second row! The home team Vitesse won 2 – 0 and we were able to enjoy the soccer atmosphere.
The bottom 2 pictures in the gallery above are of the following: The start of the game as the players were about to enter & Wilifred Bony, the starting forward for Vitesse who had 1 goal and 2 assists in the match.
We are looking forward to our final day in Amsterdam and then will be headed back to the states on Sunday!
-Central Women’s Soccer Team