Know Your Strikers: Marius Ebbers
German forward Marius Ebbers joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers prior to the 2014 Spring season on March 25 following a successful career in the top two divisions in Germany. The 36-year-old Ebbers played for MSV Duisburg, SG Wattenscheid, 1.FC Köln, Alemannia Aachen and most notably for FC St. Pauli where he scored 46 of his 123 career goals.
So far this season, Ebbers has played 290 minutes in five matches for the Strikers. He opened his goal scoring account with what turned out to be the winner in the 3-2 victory against Indy Eleven on April 26 at Lockhart Stadium.
Ebbers has had about two months to adjust to his new team and to the South Florida climate. Here's an opportunity for fans hoping to learn more about the club's new striker through this Q&A session with Marius.
1. Did you have to sacrifice having fun while you were growing up in order to be dedicated in your pursuit of becoming a professional soccer player?
Marius Ebbers: I always dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player when I was a boy, but I also did make time and had fun with friends while growing up.
2. What do you feel is one memory or achievement that stands out in your soccer career?
ME: For me it was the 2009-2010 season with FC St. Pauli when we promoted to the Bundesliga. It was my best season as a pro. I scored 20 goals that season.
3. What is your favorite hobby outside of your soccer career; what do you like to do in your leisure/free time?
ME: I started a fashion store business in Hamburg, Germany. I'm hoping it will go well.
4. Which professional soccer league in the world do you consider to be the strongest and most competitive league at this time?
ME: Bundesliga and Premier League.
5. Do you have a favorite soccer club, or one that you may have cheered for while growing up?
ME: Never had one team that I preferred more than another team.
6. Who do you consider to be the best soccer player in the world right now?
ME: Cristiano Ronaldo
7. What music do you listen to on your iPod; do you have a favorite music style?
ME: Punk Rock and House Music
8. What is your favorite sport besides soccer?
ME: Beach Volleyball. I also like Field Hockey.
9. Who do you think will win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil?
ME: I don't want to be biased, but I think Germany has a good chance.
10. What is your favorite food since you came to South Florida?
ME: Chipotle Mexican Grill. It is really good. We don't have this type of food back in Germany.
11. Who has had an impact on you in your soccer career?
ME: Two coaches. Dieter Hecking at Alemannia Aachen and Holger Stanislawski at St. Pauli.
12. Do you have a favorite color ?
ME: Mint green.