When one sibling of a family becomes a professional soccer player, it’s incredible - you need hard work, luck and time to beat the odds.
So when a family has TWO brothers playing soccer at the highest level - then it’s time to pay attention because something special is happening… and it’s all made possible by the support of their mum.
Meet the Tillman family - Anja, Timothy and Malik. Timothy and Malik, young talents from Bayern Munich are still in their youth, but are leading Germany’s new generation of soccer. We discover the journey of a young family who turned their life upside-down to make their dreams of becoming professional players a reality.
You also put a lot of pressure on yourself because you simply want to perform well.
Timothy, 20, made his debut in the first Bundesliga in 2019 with FC Nürnberg, previously played for Bayern Munich and the German National Team and is hopeful to represent the USA National Team in future. Over the past few years, Timothy has been working hard on and off the pitch to transition from a youth player to a professional player.
To be a national player is an honour and to wear the German jersey and to have the eagle on your chest.
Malik, 17, currently represents Bayern Munich in the U19 youth team and plays for Germany in the U17 team. He is one of the younger leaders, play makers and exciting athletes to watch! Just like his brother, his dream is to transition towards becoming a professional player.
While I am on the way up, I hope that my brother will be there too.
The Tillman boys were scouted by Bayern Munich and became Adidas athletes at young ages. The family of three speak about what it was like pack up and begin a life in Munich, the transitional challenges of becoming a professional and how they support each other during tough moments.
It's hard to work more than others. But that's the only way.
A common question of all young athletes is how to become a professional player. It’s not easy for a young player to break into a starting senior squad. So what does it take for an athlete to transition from amateur to professional?
The answer is to train smarter.
Timothy and Malik speak candidly about why they took the opportunity of extra personal training and how their work with Lucas helps them feel more confident, enhance their performances and recover better.
Check out their off field training below!
Lucas Kruel, Timothy and Malik’s personal trainer has designed his own online training program for all athletes seeking to perform better on the pitch!
With the online #TRUSTMYCOACH fitness program, you will be training with Lucas' guidance and alongside the football stars Rafinha, Douglas Costa and Thiago Alcantara.
All #TRUSTMYCOACH workouts are based on the original training plans of the stars but are adapted to your personal fitness level.