Eat, train, sleep, it’s that simple…

December 9, 2014 in Blogs

Gina Lewandowski training with FC Bayern München

Eat, train, sleep, it’s that simple…

I have had a fair amount of people ask me what a typical day looks like in the professional soccer world here living overseas.

So I would like to answer this question and share a typical day for me. First off, we normally train seven times a week, including two double days, and then play our games on Sundays. Each day looks a bit different with the training times but tend to be fairly consistent from week to week. There also always seems to be some things to do during the day when I am not training so each day brings something new and of its own. We also have one day off a week which at times tends to be a catch-up day for things I may need to accomplish in the week or it can become a day where I can just completely mentally and physically relax and enjoy living here in Germany. Munich is a beautiful city with many things to do so my life here never seems to be boring or monotonous. Exploring the city and its surroundings is what I love to do and take advantage of when we get some days off or even just some down time. Read the rest of this entry →

A positive start to the new Bundesliga season for FC Bayern München

October 4, 2014 in Blogs

FC Bayern München

After a good solid month into our season we have had five league games and one DFB-Pokal (German Cup) game so far. Overall we can say that we have started positively into the new season earning eleven points and currently landing third place in the Bundesliga table.

We also reached the third round of the DFB-Pokal last weekend making it one step closer to the final in Cologne in May. Those not familiar with DFB-Pokal, it is simply another national competition where all first, second and regional (aka third league) division teams partake in. Reserve teams within each club, however, are not permitted to participate. It is a single-elimination tournament made up of five rounds over the course of the season with the sixth round being the final in Cologne. A drawing is held before each round to determine who plays who. Read the rest of this entry →

Exploring the different levels of women’s soccer development in Norway and Italy

August 17, 2014 in Blogs

Bayern Munich Frauen

So it has begun… Preseason, what we all athletes love oh so much. But yet again, we all do know that it is absolutely necessary if we want to reach our goals for the season and become the best we can be.

The last five weeks have therefore been not much more than eat sleep and training as we prepare our bodies both physically and mentally for what is ahead of us. At the same time, it is an exciting phase for our team and club. As I mentioned in my last blog, we have undergone a fairly large reshaping of the group this new season with a lot of new faces, both on and off the field. It will be a shift we all hope will make us overall better but can then again take some time and patience as we learn about each other and how we best work together. Read the rest of this entry →

Positive effects in Germany as women’s soccer continues to develop

June 14, 2014 in Blogs

Gina Lewandowski

Maybe you may have already seen that I had recently resigned here with FC Bayern München. It was a very thought out decision since being an American in a foreign country and already being a long time away from home, I naturally had to consider all options.

It however at the same time also seemed to be a fairly easy decision for me. Soccer is a passion of mine and for me, being here allows me to live out my passion to the fullest and to embrace the many positive aspects of being away from home and in another country. Therefore, I can say that I am happy to be staying and to be a part of FC Bayern München for the next few years. I look forward to it, to grow as a player and an individual and to develop with the club.
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My experience with the various styles of the beautiful game of soccer we all so love

May 5, 2014 in Blogs

Gina Lewandowski blog on Women's Soccer United

I would first like to start out by introducing myself a bit. I am a 29 year old professional soccer player living in Munich, Germany. I grew up in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania and attended Lehigh University from 2003-2007.

After graduating, I explored the idea of playing soccer overseas since there was no women’s professional soccer league in the US at the time. With the help of relatives living in Germany, I landed a gig with 1.FFC Frankfurt in the summer of 2007. I played there for 5 years until moving in 2012 to FC Bayern München where I am currently finishing out my second season. In 2011, I was also fortunate to play one season with the WNY Flash in between my seasons with 1.FFC Frankfurt. As for my future plans, that is still in the works.

My hope for this blog is to share a part of myself and some of my experiences I have had living and playing overseas for the last 7 years, as well as to keep you updated on my current season. Naturally, I am also open to any requests or topics that may come across as of interest to you. So feel free to contact me at any point. Read the rest of this entry →