Strein plays for BSV Menden as part of his Youth soccer program abroad


Looking for the high level soccer and cultural immersion that Germany offers, Tamin Strein (15) a native of Moscow, Russia decided to leave the renowned Juventus Academy in Moscow and take part of the Youth Year IFX Germany program. “I chose Germany because I have always wanted to learn German and play football at a higher level than before”. As part of our international soccer training program the talented young Russian midfielder has been incorporated into the well-known soccer German club BSV Menden. Tamin was very happy that team mates and coaching staff were very welcoming and helped him to settle in the team as best as possible. “Whenever you need help or have questions you can always rely on them” Tamin stated.

BSV Menden is a club rich in history which dates back to the year 1901 in the small beautiful city of Menden in the district of Märkischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. “The level we play is higher and more competitive than where I used to play. The facilities are great even in small cities such as Menden, where I play. I feel very good to have this opportunity to play football in Germany, one of the best football countries in the world”.

Tamin takes part in the Youth Year IFX Germany program which allows students to continue their high school education abroad while they live with a host family, attend a local public high school, and play with a competitive German soccer club. All these factors contribute to an accelerated immersion process and learning of German language, and a tremendous life experience. “So far, my most memorable experience from my time with IFX in Germany has been all the football games I have played. I learned a lot from the games to become an even better football player and it goes without saying my visit to the Signal Iduna Park Stadium for the big club Borussia Dortmund“.

Tamin is always willing to put work in to become a better player. He is a born leader and his hard work is contagious, helping the entire team. He is a good shooter and dribbler, and is comfortable making quick decisions. “The main reason why I joined to the program was to gain experience of high quality football with the help of IFX and to learn the German language. My long term goal is to go to a German University and play for Bayern Munchen, the club of which I am a big fan”.

“IFX has helped me to find the best club I can play for in the place I live”.

  • “The level we play is higher and more competitive than where I used to play.
  • “My host family are also very nice and welcoming. We always talk about our days".

In the IFX programs abroad, host families plays a big role and Tamin really enjoys his time with his German family. “My host family are also very nice and welcoming. We always talk about our days. After school, I come home and have dinner with them, I relax a little bit or do my homework and then get ready for football training. I have trainings in the afternoon three times a week and have games on the weekend. Being away from home pushed me to be more responsible for myself and become more independent to take care of myself.”

As far Soccer in Germany, he said: “The biggest difference between football in Germany and back home is the style and the level of play. In Germany people like to play a lot more technical with specific tactics and lots of passing. In trainings you would practice this style of play many times and try to play at a higher pace to improve the level of play. As a football player, playing in Germany has improved my knowledge of the game and I have learned tactics to become a more efficient and successful player.

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