Day 2 of #VfLinBruneck: The sweat is well and truly dripping today, on the second day of this year's training camp in the holiday region of Bruneck Kronplatz, two brutal training sessions were on the cards. 100% effort in front of a wonderful backdrop.
It’s not a bad view to wake up to here. After it had rained on the day of arrival, the VfL squad had a wonderful, sun-drenched view of the mountain panorama here in Bruneck on Monday morning. At least on the short walk from the Windschar Leisure & Wellness Hotel to the nearby training ground, the professionals must have enjoyed this view. Shortly afterwards, however, it was down to business. In top conditions, Thomas Reis' men worked hard and trained under the watchful eyes of the VfL fans, media representatives and holidaymakers who are currently here for a rest.
No rest for Danny Blum, however, but our forward should be very happy about that. Our number 7 ticket off his first individual session, Blum is working hard on his comeback after a long injury break. Full focus on the return. Good for Danny that the spectacular view of the mountain landscape probably didn't distract him at all. The powerful left-footer knows the area, having already been here in 2018 with Eintracht Frankfurt for pre-season.
Toto und Manu: Aiming high
After cooling off in the adjacent lake and a healthy lunch, it was off up high for two VfL professionals. Anthony Losilla and Manuel Riemann travelled up to the Kronplatz by gondola in a joint trip with the local tourism board. The 2,275-metre-high mountain gives the region its name. The "local mountain of Bruneck" is a popular skiing area in winter and is climbed by hiking tourists in summer. A perfect view for Losilla and Riemann, which we captured on film for you.
Match against Parma sold out
While the two pros were inspecting the surroundings, the information came in that the tickets for the first VfL friendly of the training camp were sold out. Next Wednesday, VfL will play FC Parma in Brixen, about 40 minutes away. 250 spectators will be able to attend, the tickets are completely sold out by now. As usual, we will show the match (kick-off: 5pm CEST) via livestream on our YouTube channel.
11 vs. 11 followed by weights
The majority of the second session was dedicated to an intra-squad 11 vs. 11 friendly. Building up play, creating chances. Everything was there. Danny Blum didn't take part, but that was to be expected. Also watching were the keepers Paul Grave and Tjark Ernst as well as Herbert Bockhorn, who sat out. After a good hour of play, the professionals thought that it was time for a well-deserved rest, unfortunately for them no. Instead, Toto and co. grabbed the weights and pumped out an outdoor session. A tough but rewarding session before dinner.
Press conference with local leaders
While the players were resting and showering in the team hotel, Thomas Reis had another session. Together with CEO Hans-Peter Villis, our Head Coach took part in a press conference, which was also attended by Christian Gartner (Mayor of Gais) and Meinrad Durnwalder (Senator of the Italian Parliament). What had already become apparent on Sunday evening was even more apparent, the incredibly warm welcome that was given to us here in Gais! We are looking forward to more!