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Robo about Nuremberg

 

THE CLUB

I’ve already played three seasons in Nuremberg. As is the case in any new country, it was difficult in the beginning. In Germany, 1. FCN is no giant, but the atmosphere there is rather like being in a family. Everyone knows each other, with friends and the people in town close to each other, and there’s a friendly atmosphere. Especially in recent years, I’ve gotten to enjoy very much being in the club, both inside and outside of football. Of course, there is also the pressure and everyone expects results from us. Traditionally, the objective has been to reach the top of the league, and for the last three years, we’ve exceeded expectations and been able to do it. For the most part, the club lives and earns money from bringing up players who go on to bigger clubs.

CLUB OFFICIALS

They are nice and helpful and we can always come to an agreement. We’ve always been able to solve the problems that come up in any club. So in that respect, I have nothing to complain about.

THE STADIUM

The only drawback is its athletics track. Otherwise the stadium is beautiful and modern. Germans indeed take great pains with their stadiums.

THE CITY AND LEISURE TIME

I love the city and feel great here. Just like the people who live football. Sometimes we go to dinner with the guys, but mostly I like to spend my free time at my house and garden. Here I can relax after hard practices and matches, with a DVD or a good night’s sleep.

TEAMMATES

Our team’s got some older players, but mostly it’s younger guys. I get along very well with everyone, and we always have something to talk about. There’s no problem communicating, either in German or English. My best friend’s Almog Cohen from Israel, whom I’ve shared rooms with at training camps and before matches. Because our languages are similar, I get on very well with Tomáš Pekhart from the Czech Republic, too.

THE FANS

In my opinion, the fans are among the top four in the Bundesliga. At home games they fill up the stadium, 50,000 of them and they drive you forward. And large numbers also accompany us to away matches. For example, five thousand of them came to Hamburg, 600 kilometers away. They are simply great, there’s nothing more to add. Even when I meet them on the street, they are nice and friendly.

GERMAN MEDIA

Journalists are the same everywhere, they’re just doing their job. When you’re doing well, they extol you, and if you’re not, they make you feel it and leave you embittered. But I still haven't had any problem with them.  It’s true in an advanced country like Germany that the football media environment is much stronger and they discuss every moment to the smallest detail.

SPEAKING GERMAN

I’m making progress and can already communicate in German. I am not suggesting that I can speak it perfectly without mistakes, and I’m using English here and there, but I’m getting better and better at it.