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.