A native of Lithuania, Eddie Loewen grew up in Germany and got his start as a soccer player with youth soccer clubs FC Preussen Espelkamp and SC Herford before starting his professional career with FC Remscheid in 1998. In 2000, Loewen headed to Berry College in Georgia, where he received a BA in Health & Physical Education.
GFL Soccer trains elite youth soccer players and organizes teams to play in Germany against German teams, such as FC Bayern Munich, TSV Munich 1860, Fortuna Dusseldorf, FC Cologne and Fortuna Koln among many others. Ever since Germany won their fourth World Cup title in 2014, there has been a growing interest in how the country develops their youth players.
WHEN MARIO GOTZE’S EXTRA-TIME GOAL WON THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL AGAINST ARGENTINA, THE RESURGENCE OF GERMAN SOCCER KICKED IN TO FULL FORCE.
All of a sudden, Americans remembered Germany’s track record for player development. Of course soccer is the country’s most popular sport — with more than 26,000 soccer clubs and the highly respected Bundesliga soccer league — but few Americans seemed to realize that Germany is considered by many to be the second most successful soccer country in the world, only second to Brazil.
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