“I had to run like hell for about ten blocks, carrying two bags full of small change, before the guy chasing us ran out of breath and quit. It might have been better if they’d caught me because after that I was game for anything”
“If I left Schalke, I wouldn’t be able to stay in the Bundesliga. Schalke is too close to my heart. I’m very grateful to the club for everything they have done for me. If I left, a move abroad would be the only option for me”
Happy 29th Birthday Benni
Almost seven years ago this smiley brown haired boy caught my attention and FYH was made and has been going ever since. I try to keep my blogging private with my family and friends as some people consider it odd but when I do tell people or show them FYH, I always get asked the same question “Why him though?”
To me it’s obvious; he’s a great footballer, full of passion – both for the game and his club, he never gives up, he defies expectations, he proves people wrong with his performances on the pitch – as opposed to declaring it publically. He’s strong, he’s loyal, he’s everything a Captain should be. He’s special; not only because of his talent but because of his attitude, his character, his loyalty, his honestly and his integrity. I originally “picked” him because I thought he was a great defender (and then the smile) but for me, it’s his dedication and love for Schalke that has made it easy for me to do this for the past seven years, the fact that he turned down some of the best clubs in the World to stay at Schalke because of that love, that dedication and that loyalty, which is sadly rare nowadays.
I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago and was very nervous for obvious reasons beforehand because of the whole “you should never meet your heroes” thing but he was utterly perfect – signed countless autographs and took so many pictures with fans and laughed and made jokes and made sure everyone who asked, got what they asked for. It was amazing to see that, to see that I was right when I “picked” him because he is special and that is the reason this blog still exists after so long.
So Happy Birthday to my favourite player and the best Captain we could ever ask for.