Up close with Patrick Reichelt

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Friday, February 21, 2014


BACOLOD is smiling wider in welcoming Patrick Reichelt to the stable of football players under our very own Ceres-La Salle Football Club.

The football club is owned and managed by the Vallacar Transit, which operates the Ceres buses, and is the largest transport company in the country.

Reichelt is the newest addition to the Ceres-La Salle FC. He just signed a two-year-contract with Ceres last Wednesday at 21 Restaurant.

He is Filipino-German and plays right winger for the Azkals, the Philippine National Team. He stands 5’11.

Born on June 15, 1988 in Berlin, Germany, the 25-year-old Reichelt saw action for 2nd tier Singhtarua FC in Thailand. He also played for Global FC in the UFL as well as several German clubs.

Initially looking shy during the press conference proper, Riechelt was surprisingly warm and friendly with the media during the photo ops. He had a ready smile when approached by reporters wanting to take their photos with him.

In the middle of cameras clicking, and TV cameras zooming their lens on other players and coaches, Sun.Star cornered Reichelt for a two-minute interview.

So, how’s a training day like for him? He wakes up early, drinks a lot of water, hit the gym. He says a footballer friend takes him to the gym and helps him in his fitness regimen.

And he loads up on protein and bananas, too.

On other days, Reichelt says it’s actually a lot of sleep. As football is such a physical game, not to mention the strenuous practice, he catches all the naps every chance he gets. That’s aside from the 8-hour sleep he enjoys every night.

And ladies, if you truly believe that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and if you fancy dating Reichelt sooner than soon, you might as well cook seafood for him.

He shares that he’s really into seafood, especially crabs and lapu-lapu. So good luck.

He does not have a specific genre for music, but he’ll check out hip-hop when he is happy.

How about movies? Reichelt says he loves The Notebook. So get clues from there.

And he’s actually fluent in English so there shouldn't be a problem in the communication department. But if this fails, Reichelt says he’s good in sign language, which is what he employs with foreigner teammates during football practice and matches. (Danny Dangcalan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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