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Sep 2 2019

JFCBS International Small Pitch Soccer Tournament

It is just a soccer ball…

Brunssum, the Netherlands - With those words, the German Senior Representative and Head of the German Delegation Netherlands, Colonel Günter Thiermann, on behalf of the Commander JFCBS, General Erhard Bühler, preluded the 39th International Joint Force Command Small Pitch Soccer Tournament in Brunssum. Thiermann emphasised the fascination emanating from the most popular gaming machine in the world.

53 participating teams and over 500 players from more than 20 nations played in four competitions for the coveted trophies. In exciting games, both well-known and first-time participants took the trophies back home.

One of various highlights was a match between a celebrity team of former Dutch Eredivisie and German Bundesliga players against a selection of tournament participants. Henri Heeren, Mister Roda Geradus "Ger" Senden, Sascha Dum, Marco van Hoogdalem, Mister Bicycle kick Klaus Fischer and Ingo Anderbrügge wore the NATO colours and won 4:2. Legendary FIFA referee Walter Eschweiler had everything under control.

In the traditional match between the JFCBS Headquarters and the Municipality (Gemeente) Brunssum the lady and men from the HQ managed to make forget last years’ 2:8 disgrace and won 1:0. Thus, the overall score is 2:2. With tension both teams are looking forward to the next years’ match.

In 2020 the event will be executed for the 40th time. With the 20 and 21 August the dates are already fixed:

Participation in the tournament is open to all interested teams.

Further information can be found at www.gnt-brunssum.de.

In case of any questions please contact OF4 Markus Homberg, +31 (0) 45 526 4205 or markus.homberg@jfcbs.nato.int.

Story by JFC BRUNSSUM Public Affairs Office

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