Pre-World Cup Inspiration: Two Stunners See UK Forces Footballers Beat German Bundeswehr

The UK Armed Forces football team has beaten the German military 2-0 in Rostock...

The UK Armed Forces football team has beaten the German military 2-0 in Rostock.

This UKAF team are already one of the most successful in the history of British military football, with three successive Kentish Cups under their belts and other international scalps, but this was their biggest test so far.

And they passed it with flying colours.

They, with days to go until the start of the World Cup, achieved what most British teams often haven't been able to do - win in Germany.


The UK side had been invited by the Bundeswehr to play this game to celebrate its national Armed Forces Day.

There was a fantastic atmosphere within third-division side FC Hansa's Ostseestadion stadium, with 4,500 fans watching on.

The Germans showed their intentions early on, with a shot from Florian Stahl producing the first of a string of fine saves from Luke Cairney.

It was UKAF who opened the scoring, however.

Mark Drysdale spotted a gap in midfield, went for it and steered a lovely shot into the bottom right-hand corner - with the celebration saying it all about what the strike meant to the player.

UKAF vs German military win 2018

The Germans quickly countered and Cairney was again called into action, this time to sort out his own defensive mistake.

The German number nine Stahl was again left frustrated, however.

UKAF's second goal was another brilliant effort.

The German defence got into an awful mess, with captain Alex Heiss and keeper Sven Steingraber leaving it to each other.

Daniel Stoneman was first to the ball and despite being 40 yards out, made them pay.

UKAF vs German military win 2018

After half-time Cairney was again called into action, making two stunning saves.

The visitors almost added a third late on. A thunderbolt from Kyle Cassell deserved a goal but the post saved the hosts.

Despite a few anxious moments, UKAF held on for a thoroughly-deserved win.

The skipper, Corporal Rob Farkins, was delighted, telling Forces Network:

"We set up well... The game-plan went perfectly, really because we knew they were going to have massive spells of possession but it was about what we did when we had possession. We hurt them."

The side have their sights set on playing military football further afield and with the Kentish Cup in September they have the chance to win a record fourth successive title.

But for these players, there are unlikely to be sweeter moments than beating the Germans in their own backyard.

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