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Andrew Aris
Andrew Aris

Rot-Weiss player Andrew Aris invites The Ball to his club.

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We’ve settled in Erfurt in Thüringia to recover from the stresses of travel and video-blogging, and to meet up with Andrew, whom I met when I came over to Germany just before Christmas. He’s been organising a project here that’s also called Spirit of Football and contacted us when he found that we had the domain name. We immediately recognised our common attitude to the beautiful game — and so here we are to hang out and enjoy the football.

Stefan Beutel
Stefan Beutel, Rot-Weiss Erfurt manager

Andrew invited Phil and me to his club, Rot-Weiss Erfurt, to have a kickabout, to meet the manager and have a chat about all things football. What we didn’t expect was that Stefan would also be a sharpshooter from the penalty spot.

Stefan Beutel scores
I stand no chance

And, of course, if you kick The Ball, you have to sign it…

Stefan signs The Ball
Stefan signs The Ball

Written by on Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

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