DHe questioned whether he would one day play a sport other than volleyball, something Robin Baghdadi never asked. The 22-year-old’s mother, Julian Schlip, was a German national player, while his father, Jalal, was a hero in his home country of Iran. Apart from the height of 2.05 meters, Junior also has all the other attributes that can make him an excellent outdoor attacker. United Volleys coach Christoph Ach is not alone in this opinion. Former national coach Stallion Moculescu praised the slightly tangled dark-haired young man as the greatest German talent in his position since Björn André, who once finished fifth at the Olympics with Germany.
No wonder Baghdadi, who has both German and Swiss citizenship, is coveted in the Bundesliga. Eighth had his eye on him last year when he began his service at netzhoppers KW Bestens. At that time, however, the Master of Berlin had won the race and awarded the newcomer a two-year contract. Nevertheless, Schlacks is now in the Frankfurt Cup winners’ squad and celebrated an impressive home start at the Ball Sports Hall as top scorer with 20 points in Saturday’s 3-1 win against record title holder VfB Friedrichshafen.
“I asked to terminate my contract,” said Baghdadi after the game. For most of the season “from the Supercup to the play-offs” he was supported by a hairline crack in his ribs in the capital. Fully recovering, he is expected to do a lot of match practice on the mains. He likes the philosophy of the coach of Belgium. “Their teams always play very well together,” and you can learn a lot.
“he was very nice”
With his approach, Baghdadi fits exactly the concept that the Volleys gave themselves to at the start of their history in the Bundesliga in 2015: to offer talented people a first-class platform on which to pursue an international career. can be developed further. . At the European Championship in September, five former United players were in the German Volleyball Association (DVV) squad – and sometimes all at once – on the field. This route has also been planned for Baghdadi. But in his case the situation is even more complicated.
Born in a neighboring country, where his father was a coach at First Division club Amrisville and the offspring were themselves national champions and cup winners as a teenager, Robin Baghdadi is considered a Swiss volleyball player. After two years at Brandon University in Canada, the aspiring sports scientist has to live in Germany for two years, as they say, to be able to begin the “process” to change the country’s initial legislation. They have concrete plans for 2022. DVV awaits possible reinforcement.
Baghdadi thought that the first appearance in front of a Frankfurt audience was “excellent”. Not only because he, who had to play in his first Bundesliga season in front of empty ranks due to the pandemic, was “very funny” with their encouragement. The rival was also a special one: his father was once under contract with the record champion as a professional, the offspring practically grew up on Lake Constance. “For me they were all the legends who played there at the time,” says Robin Baghdadi. The fact that one of them, 38-year-old Jochen Schops, is now the captain of his team and gives tips to the youngsters, is still elusive to the youngster.
When he moved to Germany in the summer of 2020, Robin Baghdadi had a special wish. “I wanted to play at least once in the Friedrichshafen arena,” where his father and his idols once collided. This dream is about to explode: last year the hall was closed shortly before the start of the season because it was in danger of collapsing. Your future is still open. Robin Baghdadi’s one, on the other hand, looks great.
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