GAIS, Swedish Soccer’s Own Yo-Yo.

Simon Kjellgren, Sweden.

“When you start supporting a football club, you don’t support it because of the trophies, a player, or a history. You support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.” This is a quote from legendary soccer player Dennis Bergkamp. I personally live by those words because they’re the truest words anyone has ever said about soccer.

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“My team” is called GAIS, short for Goteborgs Atlet & IdrottSallskap (roughly translated to “Gothenburgs Athletes & Sports Association”), and is one of the oldest soccer clubs in Sweden. Founded in 1894 by a wrestler named Carl Gustafsson at a food hall in the heart of Gothenburg, they didn’t start up their soccer organization until 1897. The team blossomed and won their first national championship in 1919 and later became one of the founders, and the first champions, of Sweden’s top soccer leauge “Allsvenskan”. After that, they were ranked one of Sweden’s top teams for a while, at least until the fifties, more specifically 1954. That’s the year when we would win our last championship, at least for now.

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After 1954 we became a “Yo-Yo team”. This means that we went up and down in the leagues and were never able to stay in one league for long. It would take 50 years for “GronSvart” (“GreenBlack”, one of the teams nicknames because of their colors which are, you guessed it, green & black.) to really set their foot in Allsvenskan again. They had been there a couple of times before, but only for short periods of time. They managed to stay in Allsvenskan for 7 straight seasons after their 2005 promotion, which hadn’t been done since their relegation in 1955. During the 7 seasons they proved themselves a mid-level team, with their best position being a 5th place back in 2011. The year after that GAIS would be relegated again, finishing last with the worst score in the history of Allsvenskan. And that pretty much takes us to the present.

They have always had very passionate and cynically optimistic fans, this beautiful Rock n’ Roll team from Sweden’s west coast. Every year the fans think that we will win the league, and every year they are left worrying about another demotion. It has been that way for the past 4 years, but still, the fans remain positive. They have to remain positive so as to not go crazy from all the stress and disappointment that “Makrillarna” (“The Mackerels” another nickname given to us because of our colors) has brought us. I personally stay hopeful, knowing that after rain comes sunshine. although we play best when it’s raining; we call it Makrillvader (Mackerel weather) as it’s easier to fish for mackerel when it is raining a bit. I really hope that the sun will soon shine on our beaten down emblem and that our former glory will come once again.

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GAIS supporters displaying a banner with our most famous motto: “Style, Class & Tradition – since 1894

To bring it full circle, I’d like to go back to the quote in the beginning, but tweak it just a little bit. “When you start playing for GAIS you might do it because of our history and  our trophies, but you’ll stay because you found yourself somewhere there, somewhere you belong.”

And to that end, I’d like to translate part of a song by Sweden’s most famous singer, and also our march-in song, which kind of encapsulates what the team is all about. “I don’t have any strong arms to carry you with, and I’m not much at all to look at, but you’ll never have to lie again, and you’ll never have to see me laying there, dead on the road”.

Sports as an Important Part in Our Lives

By Kim Mazenauer, Switzerland

My name is Kim and I live in Switzerland, near Lucerne. I’m 18 years old and this is the first time I’m in the United States. I arrived on September 16th and will stay for four months.

In this article I want to write about my biggest hobby, sports. In my free time I do a lot of sports. I like to go running, go to the gym and play tennis. My favorite sport is playing tennis, because you can play it in a team and you can play it outside in summer such as inside in the winter. I started playing tennis when I was 8 years old.
When I was little, I tried lots of sports. I tried athletics, gymnastics and volleyball, but tennis was the only thing I really wanted learn because it was fun.

Sport is my hobby. I really like it, because I love to spend time in the nature and you can do a lot of sports outside. I also do sports to lower stress or just to calm down after a long day in school or at work.

 

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My favorite sportler is Roger Federer because he plays tennis too and he lives in Switzerland too. Although he isn’t the number one in the ranking anymore I think he is the best player of all time. Remember, he won 19 Grand Slams, 33 ATP World Tour Awards and lots of other titles. I also think that Roger Federer is really down-to-earth and people in Switzerland adore him. Well, I don’t think only swiss people adore him. I would say that almost everyone loves him. I really appreciate the RF Foundation where Roger Federer helps children in the poorest regions in our world. I mean, he’s a guy with a big heart.

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As I said, sport is a hobby for me but it could also be a profession. Like Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) or Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), which are professional football players, or as introduced above, Roger Federer, which is a professional tennis player.
Well, sport do also have an important part all around the world. On social media you can follow numberless food or fitness bloggers who wants to encourage you doing sport and staying healthy.  On the other hand you can turn on your TV and will see that there are a number of TV sports shows you can watch e.g. the Olympics, soccer games or tennis tournaments.

So as you can see, sport isn’t only important in my life. Sport is present all around the world and people have fun doing it.

A Great Comeback!

By Catherine Savoie, Canada

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the right fielder, Yasiel Puig, hit a crucial two run-double to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night in Dodger Stadium. That big win proved that the Dodgers are still the best team in the Major League.

On his 31st birthday, the pitcher, Yu Darvish, had a really nice home debut with the Dodgers; he allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk across six innings.

 ”What better gift than on his birthday the Dodgers win” Puig said in an interview after the 10th walk-off victory of the season.

 The game started really slowly with only two runs in the first three innings.

At the top of the fourth, the White Sox rookie, Nicky Delmonico, hit a solo home run to give his team a 2-1 lead, but not long after, Enrique Hernandez’s homer tied the game 2-all.

Chicago White Sox players, Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico, homered to make it 4-2.

The Dodgers are unbeatable at home this season and last night’s game proved it.

Down by two points with only an inning to go, Cody Bellinger hits a single into the center field which became a run on the Logan Forsythe’s double. 4-3 White Sox.

Austin Barnes lined a single in his fourth at-bat of the game to pull Forsythe to third base.

Yasiel Puig closed out the game when he hit a walk-off two-run double to score Forsythe and Barnes, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win.

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My name is Debora Wuhrmann and I’m from Switzerland. I’m 21 years old and the village I live is called Maennedorf which is near Zurich. One of my hobbies is soccer. In my free time I play a lot of sport but soccer is one of my biggest passions in my life. I have played it now for 12 years, that means since I was 8 years old. My position on field is middle-defender, and this season I will be the Captain of our team.

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General

Soccer is the most popular sport in Switzerland.

Soccer is a team sport. So the spirit of the team is very important. On field there are 22 players, included the two goal keepers. Eleven players are on each team, and the aim of the game is to shoot more goals than the other team. So everybody knows what soccer is but these are some necessary aspects.

Rules on Field

Kick off

After each valid goal, at the beginning of the first and second halves, as well as at the beginning of the half-time of extensions, the game is continued with a kick-off at the middle of the field and it may not be played until the referee has started the game through a whistle.

Throw in

If the ball leaves the playing field via one of the side lines, the game is continued with a throw-in for the team whose opponent had last touched the ball before crossing the side line. When throwing in, the player has to stand with both feet behind or on the side line and throw the ball with both hands from behind the head.

Goal kick

If the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team outside the field boundaries over the goal line of the defending team, the game is continued with a kick from the goalie. To do this, place the ball anywhere in the goal area.

Corner kick

If a defending player has touched the ball before the ball has crossed the goal line without going into the goal, the game is continued with a corner kick. For this, the ball is placed in the area marked by a quarter circle in the corner of the playing field.

Free kick

The free-kick knows the variants of direct and indirect version and the special form of a penalty too. The penalty is almost direct. A free kick or a penalty will be corrected from the referee when a player does something against the rules. For example when a player from another team gets fouled/misconduct, like when a player from the opposite team knocks someone down to the floor and didn’t touch the ball.

Offside

An offside is (see the picture) when A passes the ball to B and he is behind all the other players who are in defense from the other team. The blue line is the offside line in this scene.

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These are only a selection of the rules on the field but they are the main and most important ones. Soccer will always be a very important interest in my whole life. My favorite team in Spain is FC Barcelona and in Switzerland it is FC Zurich. So, since I’m half Italian, I’m a fan of AC Milano, too.

ACM     FCB    FCZ

 

Volleyball

by Kevin Kahlsdorf, Germany

Volleyball

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Volleyball is a game played by two teams, each one consisting of six players (indoor), in which the players use their hands and other body parts to get a ball over a net. The aim is to make the ball hit the ground within the opponents’ playing area. To prevent this, a player of the opposing team tries to reach the ball and play it towards a teammate before it touches the floor. The teammate then plays it back across the net or towards another teammate. This guy then has to play the ball over the net since a team is only allowed to have three touches before playing the ball back over the net.

History

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Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, physical director of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was designed as an indoor sport for men who found basketball too violent. The original rules were written by Morgan. The game soon proved to have wide appeal for both sexes in schools and many other people. Many countries then took the American game as a role model and introduced Volleyball in their country.

Game Rules

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Volleyball can be played indoors or outdoors. The court and the rules differentiate a bit.

Indoor

The game is played on a court 9 metres wide and 18 metres long. It is divided by a line into two equal areas, one for each team (6 players). Players may not step over the line during the game. There is another line 3 metres apart from the middle, which separates the front from the back area. Beyond this line back players are not allowed to kill the ball above the net, except they start jumping before crossing the line in the air. A net is placed across the court above the middle line. An antenna extends the net at the outer edge of each side.

The ball must be passed over the net entirely between the antennas. The service area to serve is marked behind each court’s end line. During a point each team is allowed to touch the ball 3 times before returning it to the other team. Blocking the ball or touching it while trying does not count as the first touch.

Outdoor

The game is played on a court 8 metres wide and 16 metres long. It is divided by a line into two equal areas. It is most common to play on the beach or on specially created places with sand to play on. Each team has 2 players and both are equally allowed to play the ball. This means that there are no area restrictions to either of them, except staying on their side of the net. Like indoor volleyball each team is allowed to touch the ball 3 times, but touching the ball during a block-action does count as the first touch. Also there are some restrictions on how to play the first and the third ball, for example, you are not allowed to play the first ball with an upper pass. The ball is also different in weight and shape.

Free Time-Volley

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If you are thinking right now ‘rules and more rules…I cannot play volleyball’, do not worry, there is a place for everybody. If you just want to play with some friends, you do not need to pay too much attention to the rules. Most often people only use the rules for the court and the net, but do not look closely at mistakes when playing the ball. This is just the way to do it because it is pretty hard to learn how to play the ball correctly and not practical for “just for fun players”.

Quidditch, Real Sport?

By Jade Olivier, Belgium

000000001Do you know the movie, Harry Potter? Do you know the game of Quidditch? Yes, you can play this sport in the true life. Some explanations:  How do you play this sport? “To score points, chasers or keepers must get the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of three of the opposing hoops which scores the team 10 points. To impede the quaffle from advancing down the pitch, chasers and keepers are able to tackle opposing chasers and keepers at the same time as beaters using their bludgers—dodgeballs—to take out opposing players. Once a player is hit by an opposing bludger, that player must dismount their broom, drop any ball being held, and return to and touch their hoops before being allowed back into play. The game is ended once the snitch is caught by one of the seekers, awarding that team 30 points.”[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quidditch_(sport)]. Don’t believe you can fly on broomsticks! You have to run with it between your two legs. It’s difficult, but, with a little bit of exercise and training, it becomes easy. What equipment do you need to play this sport? Is it a physical sport? Quaffle (from volleyball), bludgers (from dodgeballs), snitch (from tennis ball), brooms, hoops. It is a physical sport because it is a mix between different sports: basketball,  volleyball and American football. Where is this sport from? Where was the first team in the world? Sure, this sport comes from the movie Harry Potter and the origin of this movie is British. So the first team to play to this sport were British people. The sport was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont (USA), by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe, who later became the first commissioner of Quidditch. So, this sport is 12 years old. It is now an international sport, played around the world: in Europe, in the USA, Australia and China. Each year there is an international competition and this year it will happen in Oslo in Norway. About my experience? I have already played this sport when I was studying Dutch in Antwerp before to come in Santa Barbara. I played this sport with my host-family in one of the best clubs in Belgium: Dodo’s. I played it for only 4 months and a lot of people told me that I was really good at this sport. Now I’m going to Oslo inside the Belgium’s national team of quidditch to play a very big competition: international competition (I think). At the beginning, to run with a broomstick between my legs was really strange and really ridiculous, but everyone runs like this so I did the same. I felt better because I saw that everybody looked ridiculous to run like that but it didn’t cause any problems for anybody.

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Media and journalism: Interview of Camilla

  1. where do you come from ?   She lives in Greenland Greenland
  2. Do you have brother and sister ? She has one little sister 16 years ,one big brother 29 years
  3. When is your birthday ? She was born the  8 January
  4. Do you play any sport ? Handball , 10 years
  5. How long do you stay here ? 9 months
  6. What do you prefer in Santa Barbara ? the weather, the beach, people are open
  7. Which countries did you visit before ? Portugual , Danmark and Germany
  8. If you can have a superpower what would it be ? the power to flying
  9. What do you want to do after EF ? study sociology in university
  10.  What’s your favorite food ? it’s a Greenlandic food ” Tuttu Panertoq” . This is Dried meat.

 

 

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Paintball

by: Afshar Mahdi (Ecuador)

What is paintball?

Paintball is a sport played by two or more teams of players. Each player is equipped with one marker (gun), compressed air tank, loader (where you put the paintballs), protective gear such as knee-pads, elbow-pads, jersey and pants. In paintball they are different types of games; Speedball is a fast game where the game zone is about 100 ft x 120 ft. In this game you can cover yourself with inflatable bunkers where each bunker has a different shape and a name like “Doritos”, “snake”, etc.

Another type of gamImage result for speedball san diego dynastye is Woodsball.Woodsball, most of the time is played in big scenarios like in a forest, where you can cover yourself with nature like with trees, bushes, trenches, etc. Paintball has lots of benefits like full body workout, increasing of interpersonal skills and self-confidence, major stress relief. It also promotes teamwork where a lot of companies in the world are using paintball as a tool to fortify the relationship between co-workers.

Tournaments in Ecuador

In Ecuador they are many tournaments where Speedball and Woodsball are include. The most important Speedball tournament in Ecuador is the EPPL (Ecuadorian Professional Paintball League), where there are 5 vs 5 players. Another league is called 3 x 3, which is played with three players on both teams. IImage result for eppl ecuadorn Woodsball they have the UWL (Ultimate Woodsball League), where bigger scenarios are played and there are 10 players on each team. Having a lot of tournaments in Ecuador is good because it maintains a high performance of game between the players on a national scale.

Why do I like Paintball?

I like to play paintball for a lot of reasons. The first one is that paintball is a fun sport that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Also, it helps me to release all my accumulated stress from the week. At the same time it helps me to be fit. In conclusion, I would recommend everyone to join and play paintball, in fact, there are  extraordinary benefits shown above. It is a sport that you can enjoy with your friends and family.

 

Santa Barbara

By Abdulaziz Jastaniah, Saudi Arabia.

 

The Weather :

The weather in Santa Barbara has warmer winters and cooler summers compared to places farther inland. In the winter, storms reach California, some of which have heavy rainfall.

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State Street :

Is the best street i have ever seen, it has a lot of interesting places. Also, you can find everything you want. For example,there are a lot of american restaurant, movie theaters, Pharmacies, supermarkets, coffees, libraries, Apple store, shopping places and more ! There are a lot of celebrations every year on this street.

 

The Beach :

I used to go to the beach every weekend. I always went there with my friends and played volleyball together and sometimes swam. I really loved it and i had great time there.

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FC Barcelona

by Jovan Dukic, Switzerland

Fc Barcelona is a famous football club from Spain. The short form is Barca. The players never would like to say they play for Spain because Catalonia has a conflict with the Spanish government. Catalonia has been looking to be independent for many years. The club was founded 29. November 1899. Today the club counts as one of the best in the world, if not the best. In Spain, Barca has the most trophies of the national cup (Copa del Rey) and they have the second most championship titles behind Real Madrid.

 

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Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff was born 24. April 1947 and he died 24. March 2016. He died in Barcelona and the club gave him the highest honor. Johan was a Dutch professional football player and head coach. He won the Ball d`Or three times as a player. Johan Cruyff was regarded as a true football genius and he was the founder of the considered Tiki- taka. Johan has three children; he has one son and two daughters. His son leads the Johan Cruyff Foundation, who helps children in trouble.

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Tiki- Taka

Tiki – Taka is a style of play in football characterized by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession.
The style is primarily associated with La Liga Club Fc Barcelona especially during the era of Pep Guardiola. The typical characteristic of this system is that the team has a lot of ball possession, between 50%-70%. If the left and the right outside linebackers run in the attack and don’t defend for this short moment, they have more players in the attack. If they lose the ball, the two outside linebackers run all the way back to their defensive positions. If the whole team changes from attacking to defending, it creates pressure on the other team to lose possession of the ball again.

 

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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi was born at 24. June 1987 in Argentina. As a young guy he started his career in Newells Old Boys. This is a mid-level club in Argentina. In 2003, he left the Newells Old Boys to join Fc Barcelona. He started in the youth team of Fc Barcelona, the famous La Masia. With 16 years, four months and 23 days, old he made his first team debut. It was a friendly game against Jose Mourinhno’s Porto. In his first season he made his first record he scored 36 goals in 30 games. Messi holds the record for the most goals scored in La Liga 50, a football season 82 and a calendar year 91. After the tournament copa america 2016 he is the top scorer of Argentina he past Gabriel Batistuta. He won the Balon D’or five times you can see the picture among the article.

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