Green: My father’s long been a soccer expert
For Julian Green, FC Bayern's Audi Summer Tour USA 2016 is less of an adventure and more like a normal trip. The 21-year-old is a German-American dual national and usually crosses the Atlantic several times a year.
Green has a German mother and an American father. The FCB reserves striker was born in Tampa, Florida but was raised in Upper Bavaria. Julian spoke to fcbayern.de about the trip to his home country, soccer in the USA and his love for another popular American sport.
Interview: Julian Green
fcbayern.de: Julian, FC Bayern's US tour is underway. What were your feelings on the flight to Chicago?
Green: "The tour is certainly very special for me personally. I was born in the USA, my father lives here, and I play for the US national team. The USA is my home, just as Germany is. I'm delighted to be here with FC Bayern."
fcbayern.de: How often do you visit the States?
Green: "As often as I can. I take my vacation here once a year in normal circumstances, and then there's call-ups to the national team."
fcbayern.de: Did you have to explain soccer to your American father?
Green: "No. He's closely followed my footballing career since I was small and he knows his way around the game very well. I'd say he's been a soccer expert for a long time now ."
fcbayern.de: How has the game developed in the USA in recent years?
Green: "Very well indeed. Everyone saw the enthusiasm for soccer at the 2014 World Cup. It was unbelievable! And I have the impression it's still developing."
fcbayern.de: Basketball, baseball, American football and ice hockey remain the biggest sports over here. Which is your favourite?
Green: "Hockey. I used to play, I'm a big fan of the sport in general and especially of my hometown team, Tampa Bay Lightning. I try and watch as many of their games as possible, although the difference in time zones makes it difficult. I also follow the NBA and play a bit of basketball in my free time."
fcbayern.de: What's the essence of the USA?
Green: "The people are so relaxed. They're very warm and they'll give us a tremendous reception. It's easy to feel at home in the USA, and we'll enjoy the next few days."
fcbayern.de: Training, friendlies, marketing... won't the 11 days in the USA be very strenuous?
Green: "We have a packed schedule but I think it'll be a good tour. It's a great country and we're visiting fantastic cities. Everyone at FC Bayern can look forward to our stay here."