Schnappi, Yoga and a the start of a new partnership
In addition to an intense training session, which called for great physical and mental strength, the Knappen also showed various talents off the pitch in China on Monday (9th July) and there was a good mood all round. schalke04.de gives you a summary of the day’s events.
Naldo marks start of new deal
Chinese TV channel PPTV has the rights to broadcast all 306 Bundesliga games in the upcoming 2018-19 season. All 18 clubs in the German top flight profit from the deal between the channel and the DFL. To mark the official kick-off with high-ranking DFL representatives and those responsible at PPTV, Naldo visited the German embassy in Peking together with marketing director Alexander Jobst and club mascot Erwin to officially mark the beginning of the partnership. While there, the Brazilian also met Bayern Munich mascot Berni as well as Black-and-Yellow bee Emma and Brian the Lion from Leverkusen.
Domenico Tedesco praises training efforts
The team completed a two-hour training session on the pitch and Domenico Tedesco appeared pleased at the end. “There were a few rather complex drills in there, which required a lot of quick thinking,” explained the coach. “The lads completed those exercises well.” Thilo Kehrer was not able to participate in the session as the defender has been suffering from light pains in his heel and will sit out of team training for the moment. Instead, the 21-year-old is following an individual training programme as agreed by the training staff and the medical department.
Asa inspires fans during “tea break”
Gerald Asamoah met with a few fans at a German bar in the evening. Amongst the Chinese and German fans, the long-time crowd-pleaser was in a good mood as always and entertained the fans during the “tea break” with many anecdotes from his years at the club. The former Germany international of course had time for autographs and selfies with the fans too.
Nübel sings “Schnappi”
Alexander Nübel showed a talent which had been well-concealed until now. The Germany U21 goalkeeper talked to many Chinese fans on WeChat, one of the most popular messaging services in China. Among other requests, he was asked to sing something. The keeper laughed before showing courage and singing German nursery rhyme “Schnappi, the little crocodile”.
Yoga with Stambouli and Teuchert
Two Royal Blues completed a yoga session in the team hotel under the guidance of a trained instructor. While Cedric Teuchert was already familiar with the philosophical teaching from Asia which incorporates a range of mental and physical exercises, it was new territory for Benjamin Stambouli. The Frenchman was very enthusiastic by the end and a second session has not been ruled out.
Questions from the international media
Several players were requested for interviews by German and Chinese media partners after the training session. Ralf Fährmann and Daniel Caligiuri answered questions from journalists at a press conference, while Yevhen Konoplyanka and Abdul-Rahman Baba had one-on-one interviews.