On October the 24th and 25th of September 2014, the Zurich International School Varsity Boys Football team played Frankfurt International School away.
The team traveled 8 hours from the early hours of Friday morning, arriving in Frankfurt at 5 in the afternoon. The varsity boys immediately warmed up and wasted no time starting the game.
The match got off to a slow start with Frankfurt playing the ball around the back and Zurich not willing to commit players forward to press the ball high.
Frankfurt took the lead midway through the first half as a slip caused by the wet conditions from Zurich’s defender David Scheuermann (’15) and Frankfurt were able to walk the ball in goal. They doubled their lead through a free kick from the edge of the box.
The second half was similar and Frankfurt managed to hit another goal to win the game 3-0. Coach Johnston laid into his players at the final whistle, before people left with the housers.
The next morning, Zurich kicked off the second match on a turf pitch. Zurich started the game very well, keeping the ball much better than the previous game.
As the game settled again, the match became very heated and challenges started flying in. There were many confrontations between opposing players and tempers flared.
Zurich were unable to capitalize on their chances and Frankfurt managed to take one of their chances, moving ahead into a 1-0 lead.
Late pressure from Zurich created chances but didn’t result in any goals, and the match ended in a 1-0 defeat. The players were disheartened but had positives to take from their improved display.
The next competitive football for the Varsity Boys is in 5 days in the Swiss Championships in Lugano, where they will be hoping to better their poor result from last weekend.
By Naoise Gallagher Chu (’15)
Photography By Mr. Johnston