"Vriendly" will see England take on Germany
On April 21st, Viessmann installers from across England and Germany will come together at Huddersfield Town Football Club's PPG Canalside Training Ground to take part in a football match which is being dubbed as the "vriendly".
The match will see 11 English Viessmann-trained heating installers take on 11 German Viessmann-trained heating installers.
When it comes to football, a game between England vs. Germany not only sees rivalry but also emotion, respect and admiration for the opponent. As part of our sponsorship of Huddersfield Town A.F.C., we bring this intense match-up to the PPG Canalside Training Ground.
Viessmann area business manager, James Carter, explains, "Viessmann has supported Huddersfield Town for the past two seasons as sponsor of its team sheets. As a German brand, the fact that Huddersfield is the most German club outside Germany - with five players, a manager and an assistant manager from Germany - was not lost on Viessmann! There are not many sporting rivalries quite like England versus Germany and we expect a match full of emotion."
In the run-up to the game, we will be posting regular updates on our social channels and will also be running a Facebook competition to win a signed Huddersfield Town shirt - pay close attention to @ViessmannUK on Twitter and facebook.com/viessmannuk/ for further details.
One of the first English installers to be called up to the Viessmann England squad is Luke Naylor of AJN Plumbing in Huddersfield, who has been a Viessmann trained installer since 2011 and employs two staff and an apprentice undertaking domestic boiler installations in the area. Luke plays midfield for Golcar United, which currently sits fourth in the West Riding County Amateur Football Premier Division.
"I was very happy to get the call from James Carter at Viessmann who has played football with me before. There has been no trial as such and I've never played against a German opposition before. I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and putting on a good match for friends, family and other Viessmann installers who've promised to give us their support.
So, we will be seeing results echoing that of the 1966 World Cup Final, which saw Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory and England lifting the World Cup? Will it come down to to penalties reminiscent of England vs Germany at Euro '96 at Wembley, which saw England knocked out and Germany eventually crowned European champions? Or will the game go the way of the last England vs. Germany match-up to come to Huddersfield, where England U-20 beat Germany U-20 to win 3-1 at John Smith's Stadium?
Come up April 21st, we will find out!