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Fairy Tales in America!  The Munich footballer became a football hero

Fairy Tales in America! The Munich footballer became a football hero

A German student moves to America and becomes a soccer player – even though he’s never played before.

For Lawrence Blattner, it looks like an over-the-top youth movie script has come true: The Munich teenager, now part of a student exchange at Stratford High School in the state of Wisconsin, became his soccer team’s famous match-winner on Thursday. And it made national news.

In the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Division 6) major school tournament final, he kicked the game-winning field goal for the Stratford Tigers against the Darlington Redbirds – his first successful attempt under competitive conditions.

He “never” expected this, Plattner told TV reporter Carly Marotta after the game. The young athlete – a youth soccer player at SpVgg Haidhausen a few years ago – is “still absolutely breathless,” he said, visibly proud. According to his own reports, the footballer – who had been a footballer for five years – wore a jersey that didn’t even have his name on it. One of the many relevant elements of the Cinderella story to American tastes.

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Blattner made a field goal for the first time in his career

The fight for the national title was very dramatic. With the score tied at 7:7 with 26 seconds left, the hero of the day was about to attempt the first field goal of his high school career.

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He looked to give his side the winner from 24 yards out, but Darlington blocked the kick and regained possession. After a while, the school tried to win the game in their favour. However, the Redbirds lost the ball with 6 seconds left, giving Stratford a second chance.

They tried to get into the opponent’s end zone with a pass, but were stopped at the 3-yard line as the game clock was running out. But the school of Germany got lucky again, Darlington was awarded a holding penalty, so the game equipment went back to the 15-yard line for the last play.

Germany’s teammates persuaded coach Jason Tubbs to allow Plattner a second try. The German certainly wanted to use it.

“If we lose, I’m an idiot.”

“I definitely want another chance to prove that I can do it. After I kicked the first one, I was a little depressed and upset. If we lose this game, I’m a fool. A fool not to make a field goal,” commented the Stratford player.

To motivate him, Plattner used a psychological trick. With a black pen he wrote on his hand: “Just like training” – the idea of ​​​​remembering under high pressure, which he practiced many times in action, worked.

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Blattner took advantage of his second chance and made a 32-yard field goal. A prominent countryman was also happy: “Congratulations Lawrence!!! Keep going,” cheered former German NFL kicker Dominik Eberle at X.

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An unforgettable day for an unexpected hero.