The 21st of February 2015 saw the DAAD Sauerkraut Cup return for the twelfth time. Bristol University hosted the event this year, and we sent two Reading teams and supporters to partake in the games. We’ve asked Lynsey Radford Foster, a fourth-year student of German and English Literature and a member of the German Society, to fill us in on the events of the day:
The Sauerkraut Cup, if you are unaware, is an inter-university football tournament supported by the DAAD (Deutscher Akadmischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service). Its purpose is to unite German Departments across the UK, opening up networking possibilities for the students involved, and to encourage the study of German, not that any of us need convincing of that!
Thankfully, we had good weather, and although a little nippy, both Reading teams kept warm, playing throughout the day. Our first team, “Fortuna Reading” narrowly missed out on the coveted Sauerkraut cup, having made it to the quarter finals. Team 2, “Hier für Bier” had a more challenging day, but were ever enthusiastic in every game they played. After the football, both of our teams enjoyed a good German beer at the sponsers’ local Bierkeller with students from different German Departments across the UK.
Despite some fantastic goals and skilful defending, we returned empty-handed. However, I can say without doubt that we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day, full of excitement and enthusiasm and are already looking forward to next year’s trip!