No distance is too far for die Mannschaft
On June 11, Armin Hollensteiner hit the road once more all to see the German national football team, also known as Mannschaft, play. Rather than going to Russia by plane, Hollensteiner will instead drive, going from city to city during the World Cup — something he did in the last European Championship and 2014 World Cup.
Overall, he estimates that he will cover 12,000 kilometres aboard his off-roader named “Buffalo”.
From Kiel, he will take the ferry to Lithuania and drive through Latvia to Moscow — where the team’s first match is played.
Since the European Championship in 1996, he has made it a tradition to attend the German national team matches. In 2010 the idea was born to combine tournaments with travelling — Hollensteiner‘s two biggest passions. The trip to South Africa took a lot of preparation: before the trip started, he flew down twice to prepare for the tournament stages. In total, he was on the road for three months.
Hollensteiner has been identified as a prominent fan of the German national team. He was invited to various events and has met Brazilian footballer Giovanni Elber and former German striker Oliver Bierhoff. In addition, he met with a group of doctors from the Allgäu region in southern Germany, who operate on children living in the host country.
He’s not worried about Germany’s chances in this year’s World Cup. He believes that tournaments are a “matter of luck.” Greece‘s unlikely win in the 2004 European Championship, as well as Portugal’s win in the European title back in 2016, have been used as reasons to be optimistic. “If the group stages round goes well for Germany, then I have good hope,” said the German.