Fynn Bukschat’s loves soccer and has spent 10 years playing the sport for a club team in Germany.
A foreign exchange student this year, he is playing soccer at Navarre this season.
The decision to play meant two worlds collided.
Soccer is regarded highly in Germany. Its national team is a regular contender for the World Cup. In the United States, it takes a back seat to other sports, lacking the popularity of say American football or basketball, and from a skill standpoint, it’s not nearly at the level that it is around the world.
If you ask Bukschat about his impressions of the game here, he’ll you it’s shattered stereotypes.
“I had heard about how soccer isn’t that great in America, but I’ve been surprised,” Bukschat said. “These guys are pretty good. The game might be a little more physical in Germany, but not by much.”
The bottom line is he’s having a blast playing for the Raiders.
“It’s been pretty cool. My teammates are great. I’m having a lot of fun.”
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