Nil (9) wants to be a national goalkeeper – like Yann Sommer

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“I always had idols and looked up to them in awe,” says Yann Sommer (33). A few years ago, in an article on the Bundesliga website, he named Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon (44) as his great role model. So Sommer knows exactly what it’s like as a young goalkeeper to dream of one day meeting his idol.

Nil (9) from Liebistorf FR is the kind of goalkeeper who can still dream. He lives in a small village between Bern and Murten with his parents, brothers Lee (12) and Sam (5) and their dog Yva. The first word he managed to say was: ball But life – and Nilo’s goalkeeping career – has not been so carefree yet: three years ago he contracted bacterial meningitis, which slowed him down for a year. Immediately after that came the coronavirus pandemic, which made training more difficult. Nil could only train as he wanted for about a year. But he does it almost continuously – in his spare time or at FC Gurmels.

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Nil (9) already wears a representative dress for posing.

“My dream is to play in the national team”

“It’s a strange feeling without the ball in your hands or feet,” smiles Nil. Because: “My biggest dream is to play in the Swiss national team,” says Nil. Just like Yann Sommer will do in the next few days at the World Cup. Because the goalkeeper of the Swiss national team is his big idol.

One might think that his hairstyle is based on the model – long mane, hair headband. However, Jlona’s mother explains that it is more of a coincidence than a design. Nil had long hair since he was a little boy. “Just the hair band, of course Yann Sommer imitates that.

come train with me

And suddenly, of all people, he’s on his father’s cell phone and says: Nil, come train with me. The boy from the canton of Friborg was chosen as one of a total of six children to train with the goalkeepers of the Swiss national team, organized by Volkswagen, the automotive partner of the Swiss national teams.

We are moving football Switzerland

Our commitment to football goes far beyond sponsoring the Swiss national team. We are dedicated to mass sports and professionals – from juniors to seniors. And for everyone who likes football. We move Yann Sommer, who enjoys the sportiness of his all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 GTX while also appreciating the comfort of a sustainable SUV with all-wheel drive. And we push children’s dreams, like those of Nil (9).

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Our commitment to football goes far beyond sponsoring the Swiss national team. We are dedicated to mass sports and professionals – from juniors to seniors. And for everyone who likes football. We move Yann Sommer, who enjoys the sportiness of his all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 GTX while also appreciating the comfort of a sustainable SUV with all-wheel drive. And we push children’s dreams, like those of Nil (9).

VW ID.4 GTX, 229 PS, 23.2 kWh/100 km, 0 g CO2/km, Cat. AND

Ever since that video call with Yann Sommer, Nil counted down the days to training every night while saying good night, Father Thomas recalls. The expectation was huge.

The training was led by Swiss goalkeeper coach Patrick Foletti (48). Nil and his friends, accompanied by the best Swiss goalkeepers, performed numerous exercises. He still makes some of them at home for himself.

The joy after is as great as the joy before. Nil brought home a ball with all the signatures of the Nati players. “It’s his absolute sanctuary,” laughs the father. No one but Nile himself is allowed to touch the ball.

Little summer

Nil still dreams of becoming a professional goalkeeper himself one day. Now he is even bigger than before because Yann Sommer has shown him that he once walked this path himself. The training has also caught on at FC Gurmels, says father Thomas. The Nile is already called “little summer”.

Meanwhile, a “big summer” named Yann says, “The most important thing at this age is to have fun. One should dream. dream big It was the same for me. Everything else will come quickly enough.”

Meanwhile, Nil wishes his idol all the best at the World Cup: “The world should see that Yann is the best goalkeeper in the world.”

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