Geylang International FC

Interview with Thorsten Schneider

Thorsten Schneider

Geylang International have moved to secure the services of German forward, Thorsten Schneider. The 27-year old striker, cleared the mandatory 2.4km Fitness Test, and put pen to paper on a six month deal and will replace young Argentinian midfielder Joaquin Lopez who has been moved to the Prime League squad. Despite always creating numerous opportunities, the Eagles have found goals hard to come by and it is hoped that Thorsten will be able to lift the burden off of strike partner, Leonel Felice by chipping in with goals. EAGLES TV caught up with the lanky forward during the week to get to know more about the new Eagle.

At what age did you start playing football and did you love it from the get go?

I started playing football when I was just five years old. I was told that when I was a toddler, I played with the football using my hands before I could actually walk! My dad brought me to a youth club when I was five so that was where I started training and really loved football.

When was your first contract in football?

I signed a semi-professional contract with a fifth division club in Germany.  It was difficult for me to get signed professionally with a bigger club in Germany because I was also focusing on my studies but I did enjoy playing in the 5th division.

When did you first come to Singapore?

Three years ago, I arrived in Singapore for an internship, to work at the Mechatronics Hub in Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). It was part of the Mechatronics bachelor studies I was doing in Germany. It was during my time at NYP that I actually decided to search for a club to train with and since Bishan Stadium was closest, I asked Home United if I could train with the team. I trained with them for four months and it was pleasing when I was given an offer to join them but unfortunately I had to turn them down because, I needed to go back to Germany to complete my studies.

You’re back in Singapore now, but what motivated you to look for a club again?

I thought that if Home United, which is a big club in Singapore, wants to sign me why shouldn’t I come back and try with another club. I trained with the Warriors, and the coach was impressed with me but they had no slots available for a foreign player so I contacted Geylang head coach Jorg Steinebrunner and asked if I could train with Geylang and after a few training sessions, I got the offer to sign with the Eagles.

How has it been for you since you joined Geylang International?

I feel really really welcome here. I feel needed and integrated into the whole club. Andrew, the team manager and the coach are taking really good care of me. They are really supportive and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I wish I can be on the pitch soon to help the team and justify their faith.

What are your thoughts on the players here?

There is a lot of potential in this team. Some of them have played for the national team so there is real quality here amongst the players. With the right guidance from the coach, the team can really achieve well.

You speak Spanish relatively well. So is that an advantage for you?

Integration is all about language so it’s of course great that I can communicate well with the Argentinians.  Leonel (Felice), Joquin (Lopez), and Franco (Chivilo ) are great players and I am looking forward to playing with them.

You can play as a striker or as an attacking midfielder. But which would you say is your best position?

My favourite position is as an attacking midfielder. When I get the ball, I love to be in space and play with a partner, making passes and all. I hope to be able to build a partnership with Leo and help the team with assists as well as goals.

Who is your football idol?

My biggest idol in terms of athletic aspect and his work ethics is Cristiano Ronaldo. When I am on the pitch, I love to do step-overs, dribble and get past opponents and then try a shot from 20-25 yards out so Cristiano Ronaldo is a big influence on my game.

In trainings so far, it has been seen that you pack quite a punch in your shots. What is the secret your shooting technique?

To me, it is technique plus physique. You need to have the strength to push the ball through and what is most important is which area of the foot you use to hit the ball. I want to be able to show this strength of my shots during the matches.

What are your targets, personally and for the team?

Right now, we need to focus more on the cups. In the league, we need to aim to finish well but it is difficult to finish in the top six. For me, I want to be on the pitch as soon as possible and give my best in terms of goals or assists.

What do you have to say to the fans?

To the Geylang International fans, thank you for supporting the team. Especially the fans that play the drums and chant during the matches, they really add to the environment during the games and its fantastic. I am really excited to get going and give these fans plenty to cheer about!

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