Mr. Hosse, you have been playing American football for 14 years. Describe the fascination of this sport and your role in the Paderborn Dolphins team. Markus Hosse: The fascination lies in the combination of physical challenge and game intelligence. You not only have to be in top shape, but also mentally fully up to speed. You have to know the moves of your own team and be able to read and understand those of your opponent. It’s an absolute team sport. If one of the team does not do his job, the whole team suffers. This is even more intense in American football than in other team sports because you really act extremely physically and because you set appropriate tackles. This means that several players together bring the opposing ball carrier to the ground. And your role in the team? Markus Hosse: My goal as defense end is to prevent the opposing team in possession, the offense, from gaining space or to conquer the ball. For example, through an intercepted passport. My direct opponents, which are off-liners, try to make room for their ball carrier by blocking me or to protect their quarterback from me. The guys at the opponents usually weigh 130 kilograms or more. So a lot heavier than me. In order to be able to assert yourself, there are certain techniques. But the most important thing is the combination of strength and speed. Your head coach praises you as a sporty, very ambitious and super person who can easily switch between the friendly contemporary and the tough guy on the lawn.