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That's not my style of play... unfortunately,

strolling Locker Breel Embolo in a Hotel in Gelsenkirchen, wearing Slippers and a tracksuit, on the French busy. The Interview should take place here. He look

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That's not my style of play... unfortunately,

strolling Locker Breel Embolo in a Hotel in Gelsenkirchen, wearing Slippers and a tracksuit, on the French busy. The Interview should take place here. He looks around in the Lobby for a suitable place, discards the plans, however, quickly and suggests the stadium, the Veltins Arena, only a few minutes away.

On the journey is Embolo to the tourist guide. Something to be Proud of it, as he shows off the car out of the lawn, where Schalke play their games and can be rolled out of the Arena. Very close to Embolo lives with his girlfriend and his daughter. Naliya came back during the world Cup in Russia to the world, the 22-Year-old travelled between the Games against Costa Rica and Sweden, in order to be there for the birth. Embolo, a talented footballer with the nonsense in my head. And now also a father.

What has changed since the birth of her daughter?
she is now eight months old. I can remember exactly when I played in the world Cup. Since she was two centimeters big, like so (keeping the hands slightly and laughs). And now you can sit and everything.

"In my family is now not only to Breel Embolo and football, it's my daughter."

you and your partner Can sleep through the night?
We're lucky: Our daughter has my genes, and likes to sleep. In the first two months, you have to get used to it, the signals of the child does not recognize, that's easy. Right now she's teething and wakes up about three times per night, otherwise only once. The night shift makes my girlfriend that gives me freedom and the Chance to recover and to focus on the Training.

there Are tips from fellow players?
We talk a lot about it. Recently, some players are become a father, or you are on the verge of. The common ground creates. From one day to the other a Person is there, you immediately important. In my family, it's no longer just Breel Embolo and football, it's about my daughter. When we are in Switzerland, we have to visit all of them. Really each. But don't want to see me, but the Small.

a 26.5-million-Euro Embolo cost, as he moved in the summer of 2016 Basel to Schalke. He is the most expensive of an influx of the club's history. The raised expectations, which he fulfilled. Injuries made him, the key words in the media were not very flattering. False shopping, problem child, the "image" wrote about a "plague bird". In two and a half years, he has completed 50 games, and 11 goals in the process. 60 games he has missed since his arrival.

The suffering story began in October of 2016, as he has a nasty fouled. Fracture in the ankle, Embolo missed the Rest of the season. In his second he missed a few weeks due to muscular problems. "Annoying," as he says. Muscle injuries could prevent fractures, however, be difficult to prevent. That's what he had to say in November of 2018 re: hairline fracture in the pastern bone.

Embolo wanted to be to fit. In January, coach Domenico Tedesco said he expected this season with him. On 1. In March, he announced: "Breel is finally an Option." Last Saturday, the striker played in Bremen again from the beginning and scored two goals. He doubled his number of goals this season in the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, there was a 2:4. Schalke is in crisis, last season still in Second, which will take place 14. Now Embolo supposed to help to make at least the Rest of the season is still decent.

you Had to go after the long break scared in a fight?
no, it's me you need to brake more. Once a player came in the Training up to me and said: "Breel, you're not dribbelst two players, why you're in front of the third? You're to blame for that, I'll go right in." I said: "You just have to hit the Ball, then I hurt me." (laughs) I don't withdraw my legs, this is my style of play... unfortunately.

How to the daily routine in the rehab?
I was twice a day in the rehab center next to the stadium. Four, five weeks, always the same, every day. This is annoying and boring. It takes patience and honesty. And people you trust. I have these people. And also know that Breel tells you the truth.

One of these people Pole is Allert. The physiotherapists Embolo maintains a close contact, calls him "Brudi". This "Brudi" is part of the discussion since, sells with a Schalke Chauffeur of the time with table football. Later, a three-hour treatment in the home Embolo. Once a week the Dutchman comes by to maintain the striker. As the Swiss told so, he is interrupted. The porter of the stadium wants to know how long the conversation in the interior of the Arena. Soon the man in the evening. Embolo from waves, it could still go longer. The two agree that if you leave the stadium later, by a side exit.

you have a very me the violation apart.
You want to know what you have exactly. I learned from my first injury. There was almost everything broken, I was able to make the first four, five months. Behind you ask yourself: What can I do better? Who had such injuries before, and who the specialists are? If you don't play, you miss all of a sudden the trips to the Games, the live in Hotels. You learn to appreciate your job more.

The reality of the football life can be ugly. Since the criticism, the keyword disease-bird. As the Fans are. The Schalker Nordkurve is one of the loudest in the League. And to the most sophisticated. After the 0:4 against newly promoted Dusseldorf Benjamin Stambouli has to give the Fans his captain connective, he's fighting back the tears. The curve has designed the binding to the start of the season itself, "in order to strengthen the cohesion between the Fans and the Team", as it was said on the Website of the fan group.

"Outside of the Football pitch, I'm the relaxed type that likes to make a bit of Seich."

He regrets, despite the difficult times, nothing says Embolo. And in the Team voice. The Basler is involved in the French-speaking group, with the Senegalese Salif Sané and the Moroccans amines Harit, both grew up in France. Embolo self, was born in Cameroon, speaks with many family members in French.

Embolo is 22, five years ago, he came to his debut for FC Basel, a little more than a year, the Premiere was followed in the national team. Breel Embolo, an experienced Leadertyp? "On the court, maybe. I want to be one," he says. "Outside I am the relaxed type that likes to make a bit of Seich."

Also with Manuel Akanji. The Dortmund defender lives only 20 minutes away, "we are in almost daily contact," said Embolo, "Manu is more than just a colleague". And Schalke against Dortmund, more than a football game. The next Derby will take place at the end of April.

Are you betting against each other?
I don't know yet. But it is time that we play against each other. It already is a special and crazy game. If we are on the field, it is sure to give a Smile, but also the one or other of the two fighting.

Once the two played against each other. 2014 was, Embolo at Basel, Akanji in Winterthur, the Swiss Cup. Basel won 4:0, Embolo scored three goals. "At the moment I'm still," he says with a laugh.

After 90 minutes of conversation, Physio Pol has to wait, it goes on the page output out. Embolo waits until the Chauffeur (him too, he is called "Brudi") drives up in a black SUV with tinted Windows. The car is intended for journalists who are driven to the train station.

Embolo waits for another reason: TV cameras are in front of the stadium. The car is supposed to give him cover to go undetected into the vehicle from Pole to enter. Player and club have no desire to appear on television throughout the country, at least not in flip-flops, and coach jacket. Prefer soccer footwear and Schalke Jersey.


Created: 12.03.2019, 06:30 PM

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