With the squad’s great show of form in the first two matches of the season team spirit is running even higher than usual, if that’s even possible. Well, to make matters better GAS was scheduled during the one week break this past weekend, the decision was taken that it would be the perfect occasion for some team bonding, and so it was.
The last weekend in January is normally the date for the annual ThaiGer Charity Tournament at the Swiss School in Minburi, so again in 2017.After winning the Tournament already two times in 2011 and 2013 and having no squad last year, we were very eager to put our names for the third time on the Cup donated by the German Embassy Bangkok in 2009.
The evening following the disappointing defeat to PTT, all was forgotten as the GAS society got together for the annual Christmas party in some field… in the middle of some village… in the middle of nowhere! Families, friends and players arrived en masse to see out the year and enjoy the excellent food and beverages on offer. Some members of the squad from the game the previous day were simply topping up from the previous night whilst many others were letting their hair down for the beginning of the festive period.
Entertainment was provided as ever by Senior Hartwig on the mic with special guest appearances from Ivan’s singing sensation daughter (no idea where she gets that voice from) and the annual appearance from Father Christmas and his helper, the Italian twosome (who ultimately helped themselves to most of the available alcohol)
Many a beer (and liquor) were consumed on this fine evening and everybody involved had a great time as presents were handed out (questionable football shirts included) and jokes and stories were shared.On behalf of GAS we would like to thank everybody involved for putting on a fantastic evening and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Last weekend might have been a turning-point for the Vets Team of the German All Stars. It was quite hard to have a squad available for the monthly Vets Tournament in the last six months and when we were able to do so, we ended up in the lower area of the table.
But this month, our younger players, who are just from this or last year eligible to play, realized that playing Vets is not meaning that you are getting old – it is just a more social way of combining football with fun and a couple of adult beverages after the games. So a really
strong team showed up on the muddy and drenched pitch at Playmaker last Sunday – beside Yilmaz, Gerd and Michael the players were still in the 30s – some situation we did not have for years though.
But playing on the small pitch is still a different kind of game – so we were confident from the beginning but also careful with our expectations how this afternoon will end. 8 teams showed up, two groups of four 4, followed by the Knock Out stage – so a total of 6 games was the target
for each of the teams. Continue reading
As an amateur football team and social club, GAS never aims to make a profit but is run by volunteers in order to offer the best events and conditions to all club members at minimal membership fee. For many years, the management has achieved to combine these objectives to the fullest and offeres many activities of which the recent weekend trip to Khao Yai is just one of many examples. The importance of our sponsors cannot be highlighted enough and we’re very happy to have continued strong support from our sponsors at Häfele, Bangkok Hospital, Deutsches Eck Restaurant and The Beer Company (click here to learn more about our sponsors). This year however, we’re particularly proud and happy to welcome a new main sponsor with Steinert Technology who are also shown on the front of the brand new team jerseys.
Steinert Technology distributes technical industrial consumables, equipment’s and machines and has more than 1,000 buying customers in the furniture, woodworking, Food & Beverage, Construction, Glass Processing as well as Textile & Automotive industry. Steinert Technology is committed to provide regional availability of German-made high quality products with very well experienced local available technical service and runs multinational sales organisations in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines. Dieter Steinert, Managing Director, pointed out that “as a midsized German rooted company active in Thailand for almost 20 years, we felt dedicated to support the tradition of the German All Stars Team. The cooperation between Steinert Technology and German Allstars is based on mutual values of team spirit, eagerness and the will to succeed.”
On the weekend of 3rd September it was time again to visit our friends from FC Farang on Koh Phangan to participate in their annual “Outlaws Saloon Cup”. As the title holders we tried eagerly to put a strong team together and defend the trophy, however finally just seven lads took the journey to one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand: Dao, Dave, Diego, Frodo, Gerd, Tan and Yilmaz. Not only having no goal keeper in the squad, expectations have dropped even further recognizing that half of the squad is eligible and usually prefer to compete in Vets rather than in Open tournaments and three of the young lads came with slight injuries. Fortunately only one of them dropped out early and the other two could fight through nearly the whole tournament. Continue reading
German All Stars spent the past weekend at Rajpracha Sport Resort in the hills of Pak Chong near Khao Yai. As every year, the camp was organised before the first match of the season (next week), to hold various practice sessions and a friendly match against a local team as well as some team bonding activities. Continue reading