EMU intramurals sees one of the biggest rivalry games of the season on Thursday evening at ten o’clock between The Foreigners and the International Bone Breakers.
The Foreigners team became so popular that it had to hold tryouts in order to break into two teams, and some serious trash talking has followed ever since.
Graduate student Joseph Luciani, Captain of the foreigners says, “Soccer is a big thing, for our culture as international students. I made a team and since I have won the championship in each league, many people wanted to play on my team because it meant they had a chance.”
After tryouts, there were a number of players who did not make the team and thus, formed a new team. Luciani says both teams “have been talking about this game since indoor finished last semester.”
“There are at least 15 countries represented in the two teams,” Luciani explains, “It is a great representation of what soccer is, bringing people together from all over the world. You do not need to speak the same language; it is a language by itself.” He added, “trash talking is part of the game. It is just for fun. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses.”
However, Luciani says that their strategy is “just playing our game, just going to score a lot of goals quickly to kill the game. You see,” he says, “all of our players are really good.”
Sophomore Gee Paegar, Captain of International Bone Breakers, says, “Our football will do the talking, we are not going to talk the trash. Joseph has been talking trash. Since October, have been preparing for it. The entire world will be watching. We have people from Asia, Africa, and South America. Everybody is going to be on the pitch.”
Paegar noted his thorough confidence in First-year Freddy Matala, is also known as Drogba, IEP student Daniel Gonzalez, also known as Messi, and Graduate student Zabi Rahat who they call “The Thunderbolt.”
Although Paegar acknowledges his team’s position as the “underdogs,” he says that they are ready to “play to the best our abilities” while implementing a “serious defensive strategy.”
To The Foreigners, Paegar says, “We are ready for battle. See you on the pitch.”