World Wide Warriors: Germany
Christian Standhardinger didn’t always dream of becoming a basketball star. Like many youths in his home country of Germany, soccer was his first sport of choice.
“I played soccer from (ages) 7 to 12, and then I started playing basketball,” he said.
In the latest edition of World Wide Warriors, Standhardinger noted that soccer is the most popular sport in Germany. Thankfully for the Hawaii basketball team, Standhardinger out-grew soccer and he is now a 6-foot-8 junior forward with the Warriors.
He described his home country as: “Very nice people there. Everybody is very responsible. Everybody does their job … and beer is a very popular drink in Germany.”
He added that basketball is also popular in Germany, thanks in part to the exploits of all-pro forward Dirk Nowitzki. “We are all very proud of the fact that he is a champion,” Standhardinger said.