The 21st Football World Cup 2018 is over. France is world champion. Things didn’t go so well for Germany. What will be remembered? The German NHL ice hockey star Leon Draisaitl and football enthusiast was giving an exclusive interview to German Football Ambassadors e.V.
German Football Ambassador e.V.: “This World Cup did not go so well for the German national team. The German dream of the World Cup impressed for a short moment when Toni Kroos scored 2-1 in the second group match against Sweden in the 95th minute. That was it. How do you remember this World Cup, as a fan but also as a sports professional?”
Leon Draisaitl: “Of course it was disappointing for every football fan in Germany. Things didn’t go well and everyone knows the situation that something just doesn’t work out. However, I am absolutely convinced that the German national team will be at the top again in the next few years”.
Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.: “The World Cup was like a meeting of the ambassadors of international football, because many players play in clubs of foreign clubs. You are also an ambassador of German ice hockey in Canada. What values do you think a sports ambassador should have?”
Leon Draisaitl: “In my opinion, the sports ambassador should transmit values such as passion, fun and solidarity. There are so many people who love sports, if it is ice hockey or football. Sport should simply bring people together and bring joy.”
Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.: “Your club, the Edmonton Oilers, is committed both to young talent and to social issues. What is being done there and how are you involved as a star player?”
Leon Draisaitl: “All of us are involved in charity actions, be it, for example, a charity poker, tournament or a visit to the hospital. We as an association are very committed. I think that’s important and good.”
German Football Ambassador: “The ice hockey tournaments are becoming more international, your club Edmonton Oilers has the season opener of the NHL Global Series for the first time in Stockholm. Working internationally with intercultural teams outside the home country, what does that mean for the athletes themselves?”
Leon Draisaitl: “It will be a lot of fun, no question. To be playing all around the world and compete internationally, I think, can help us very a lot out there. “It’s gonna be great for team bonding.”
Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.: “Thank you for the pleasant conversation with you and good luck for the upcoming ice hockey season!