My Other Passion

As noted in my “About Me,” writing and history are the two things I enjoy most. While this is true, there is one other thing that I consider a passion. Something so large and impactful, not just in my own life, but around the world. That thing, is soccer.

Since I was a little kid, I played soccer. Kindergarten through high school I played competitively, however, in college I play only for fun.

I follow all of the large European leagues: The Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga, and Ligue 1. While each league offers plenty of competition and excitement, the Bundesliga in Germany holds the key to my heart.

I am the biggest fan of Borussia Dortmund, a team from Dortmund, Germany. Since I watched them beat Real Madrid, a team I have never been fond of, 4-1 in the Champions League in 2013, I have tried to see each one of their games.

They are not the easiest team to follow, however. Despite having a history as one of the tops teams in Germany, since I became a fan, they have been constantly shadowed by Bayern Munich.  Several of their most recent seasons have been struggles, as they have lost some of their brightest talent to bigger teams.

Unsuccessful seasons aside, I feel something different this year with Dortmund. The first two games of their season produced one win and one draw. Although Dortmund was unable to find the net in the second game against Hannover, they were undoubtedly the  better team.

If Dortmund are able to fix their goal scoring problem with latest signing, Spanish striker Paco Alcacer, I think they will be a force to be reckoned with. Maybe, just maybe, even win the title for the first time since the 2011-12 season.