by Katharina Coenen, Germany
Real Madrid C.F is the most famous football club in Spain. Founded on March 6th 1906. The traditionally worn kit colors were white. In June 2017 they reached the final in the UEFA Champions League. They had to play against Juventus Football Club. The Tournament was in Wales, Cardiff, also the hometown of one of the most expensive superstars of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale. The game was special and important for the club, but especially for him. Born and raised in Cardiff, and now he had the chance to win a trophy in his hometown. Also the club had the chance to win it for the second time in a row. What else could be better ? But would he at least get the chance to play against Juventus? The Stadium was sold out, many fans decorated it with big banners. The atmosphere was gigantic and the feeling absolutely stunning. Then the official champions league hymn was heard. The players came through the tunnels and shook hands with each other, but no a sign of Gareth Bale yet.
So the match begun without him. It was really intensive and strategic. Nobody wanted to take a risk. Then after twenty minutes, a goal! Cristiano Ronaldo scored. Buffon the goalkeeper from Juventus was delirious. He shouted at his teammates ,and encouraged them on. Everyone in the stadium was excited. After just seven minutes Juventus settled the result, after a nice head goal from Mandžukić. The whole stadium was on fire, but after the first halftime Juventus did not act very self- confident. They moved back and let Real Madrid play their match. After a while Casemiro, the defender from Real Madrid took a volley after a really bad back pass from a Juventus player. It wrapped unattainable in Buffons Goal. After that Goal Juventus was resigned. Two more goals were dropped. Gareth Bale came for the last 15 minutes. The whole stadium cheered to him, and he did his best.
At the end the result was 4:1. The players cried and screamed happily. They couldn’t believe it. The night seemed magical, but not for Juventus. They were devastated. They lost again a important final. They knew that if you reached a final you have to do your best. And everyone knew in the moment they didn’t . The Italian fans applauded them and the players appreciated that. On the other side, the Spanish Fans were thrilled and happy. Their team won this trophy, the best and most important trophy you can win in football, the second time in a row. It was unbelievable. But Juventus was a fair team. They congratulated the players on their 12th title. And so Real Madrid wrote history. Again.
Tom Lumiere , France
The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, a city of Greece. Competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece. These Games featured mainly athletic, but also combat sports, such as battle and the pankration, horse and chariot racing events. It has been generally written that during the Games, all conflicts with the participating city-states were suspended until the Games were finished. This cessation of hostilities was known as the Olympic peace or accord. This idea is a modern illusion because the Greeks never suspended their wars
The modern Olympic Games (French: Jeux olympiques) are best international sporting events presenting summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world’s principal sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are adhered every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by developing every four years but two years apart.
Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games. Baron Pierre de Coubertin (French) founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, principal to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.
Pierre de Coubertin
The reason why I choose is that since I was young, I have been
going to every summer Olympic Games: ‘Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and I will go to Tokyo in 2020’ .
Daan Klein Schiphorst, The Netherlands
Where it comes from and how they did it nobody knows or they think they know. But the Spanish football clubs are ruling in Europe. Not only the Spanish clubs are dominating but the national team as well. The Spanish football is doing well for the last 6 years, they become champions of the world with the clubs and the country as well. Who can stop them?
Clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona are at the top of Europe since the beginning. With 3 teams in the top 4 of clubs they are the best in Europe. In 2014 the Champions league final was a completely Spanish final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and this year as well. You think that’s the only league in Europe that they are dominating but in the Europa League there is a Spanish team in the Finals as well. From the last 4 winners of the Champions/Europa League there were 3 Spanish victories. This shows you how the clubs are dominating in Europe.
The National Team
At the moment, the national team of Spain is doing well. They became first in their group of the Euro Cup qualification and they will give everything to become the champions again. They won the Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 and became champions of the world in 2010. It’s not strange that the national team is doing well because the players play in the top of each competition. They became the best of Europe with their club, transformed champions in their league or they play in a good team.
He is a little guy, got a good technique and he is unstoppable when he gets the ball. I am talking about Andrés Iniesta. Iniesta become one of the best and important players from Spain. He became world champion with the national team in 2010 and European champion in 2008 and 2012. He won the Primera Division with Barcelona seven times and won the Champions League four times. He is the captain of both teams and, as one of the oldest players, he is an inspiration for the younger generation to achieve the same success. This was just one example of the players who brought Spain to the level where they now are.
Now you can see what the domination of Spain includes. Will they still be dominating the world? We will see soon..
by Catherine Sodar – Belgium
Miriam is 25 years old and she comes from Barcelona, Spain. She is a tourism agent but she is also studying communication to become a travel journalist. She wants to travel a lot and to see different countries and cultures. She is an open minded person and for her, English is an important skill to communicate with other people, to travel and to work because it’s a good opportunity to meet new people and cultures.
She will stay here for 3 weeks only, because she has to return to work in Spain. First, she worried about the safety in America because everyone can have a gun, but now she isn’t afraid anymore because Santa Barbara is a really safe and it doesn’t seem very dangerous. She is very happy to be here because the American people are very friendly and helpful.
While she is here, her aims are to improve her English for her job, but her life goals are to become a travel journalist for a magazine. Money isn’t that important because she just want to do something what she loves and that is traveling. She would like to go to Japan and Thailand because they have completely different types of cultures. Her dream is to swim with dolphins but she doesn’t really want to do it if it would contribute to the imprisonment of them.
Before she came to America she went to a few different countries in Europe :
- France; She lived there for 7 months.
- Italy : Miriam really like this country.
- United States : for holidays.
- Belgium ; to study at the English Academy in Spa for 3 months.
She told me that when I come to her country and especially to her city, Barcelona, I have to visit absolutely the Gaudi Park and also see all the Gaudi architecture. She appreciates walking in the little streets of Barcelona where are many bars, cafes and little shops. I think it could be wonderful to get lost in her city. I have heard a lot of great things about Barcelona.
She went to Liege six years ago to go to the English Academy and it’s the city where I live in Belgium. There she also learnt a lot of English. She’s now an independent tourist guide but she is studying communication : marketing, languages and journalism.