It’s been a pretty special day in South Tyrol. Because: This Thursday, things went a bit differently for Blue-Whites here in Gais and the surrounding area..
Training under clouds
We hardly thought it would possible, but in South Tyrol the sky can be full of clouds. Perhaps not the worst thing for us, yesterday’s friendly took place at over 30 degrees and it was extremely strenuous. The coaching staff were aware of this. And so Toto Losilla and Co. were allowed to go into a relatively relaxed session. Head tennis – that was fun for both team and fans. Even keeper Bruno Esser was in the air at times and practiced his overhead kicks. Understandably, this was very good viewing for those who have travelled to watch.
Personnel news from Gais
Not everyone took part in the morning session. Ivan Ordets and Philipp Förster returned to Gais from the first friendly slightly injured. Ordets suffered from muscular problems, so the newcomer left the field after 20 minutes to be on the safe side. Förster got a blow on the calf shortly before the end. Let’s see how it looks for the second game here next Saturday. Jimmy Antwi-Adjei did his rounds around the pitch, the coach told afterwards that the winger might be fit to play again next week. Danilo Soares is still far away from that, he is currently working with rehab coach Benedikt Oppenhäuser on his comeback. Good news from Saidy Janko. He trained parallel with Funny Heinemann. It is quite possible that Saidy will be in the line-up on Saturday. In addition, Kevin Stöger and Vasi Lampropoulos, who were on the field against Lecce for a long time and completely respectively, completed a loose program.
Walking tour of the fans
In the morning we went on a hiking tour, organised by our fan representatives. It went up to the Speikboden. Great route, great view. The blue and white supporters really got to see something.
Team event at the Zipline
There was no training in the afternoon, but an internal team event was on the agenda. The entire team went by bus to the “X-treme Adventure” at the foot of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park. The main attraction: the largest zipline in Europe. Seven ropes, a total length of 3,000 meters, partly at a height of 100 meters and equipped with maximum speeds of 80 km/h. Hope that nobody was scared of heights..
End of work, almost
Dinner, off to bed. No, it doesn’t happen that fast. Because for our three physios here on site, the day is not over until all the professionals have really been kneaded through. Maik Liesbrock, Sascha Zivanovic, Dennis Sarteh and Bene Oppenhäuser still had a lot to do this evening. After all, it’s back on the pitch for our guys tomorrow morning!