On Saturday 25 March, seven first- and second-year students of German in MLC – Becky, Erin, Esme, Hanna, Jodie, Mason and Tom – proved that their choice of studies was not motivated by language alone. Together with the current DAAD-Lektorin, Anke Bohm, they took the short trip down the M62 to take part in the Sauerkraut Cup, an annual 6-a-side football tournament for German departments in UK universities. As well as competing for their universities’ honour by attempting to bring back the coveted Sauerkraut Cup trophy, the tournament was an occasion for students from around the UK to get together and have fun. This year, it was hosted by the University of Manchester and a total of nine teams participated: in addition to the team from Liverpool, there were two teams from Leeds, one from Lancaster, three from Manchester and two from Sheffield.

With the weather being warm and sunny for the first time this year, it was the perfect day to play football at the Platt Lane Sports Complex and to get to know students of German from all over the North West. Liverpool’s team even won the Team Spirit Award – a prize well-earned for their great spirit and enthusiasm!