Canadian Premier League will begin next weekend. The first day of the championship has interesting challenges planned. Among these the one between Pacific FC and HFX Wanderers FC, it is currently the furthest away game in the world, among the first divisions of the national championships. The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean, is in fact 5288 kilometers from Greater Victoria, British Columbia. A challenge that will put a strain on the Wanderers players. We have interviewed Peter Schaale, German footballer of the Wanderers. He has played on the Cape Breton University team, and has already made this long journey.
What does carrying out a trip of over five thousand kilometers mean?
I’ve done this road trip before actually, with my University a couple of times we went over there to play nationals. It is quite a long trip so you just try to get a lot of rest and prepare yourself in training and as soon as we get there I have a little stretch, a little walk and get our legs going again. We will have another training session there and then go for it.
What are the physical and psychological efforts that the players incur during these long journeys?
I don’t think there are any of those effects every time. We went there it was pretty good and I don’t think there is….you can put one in your mind but if you just deal with it and go with it, I don’t think there is a psychological disadvantage or anything.
Is there a specific preparation for these matches played so far?
Nutrition is a big thing, a big part of it staying hydrated, doing the right things and not letting it, bother you too much, not even thinking about it that this is a lot of travel. Just get on with it and keep going.
Distances will be a typical feature of Canadian Premier League. What do athletes think about it?