Les Éléphants: Congrats, Autographs, Jokesters and More Cowbells

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During lunch with Les Éléphants the whole team celebrated Seydou Doumbia who won Player Of The Year Award in the Swiss Championship and the applause might still echo across the Alps.

A nice little rest and delicious lunch later the team gathered in the lobby to take the bus to training. And that's where this curious little man showed up. His name is Stefan Von Gunther, a 43-year old German and he's an autograph collector with over 16,000 signatures under his belt.

We talked a bit about the Ivory Coast team whom he had met a few times, most recently during the Africa Cup Of Nations earlier this year. He showed us his full book of pictures he’d taken of the whole team, and that’s about when we had to finish our conversation with him as he was much more eager to capture more autographs of the team. So we excused ourselves and left (though we doubt he even noticed) only to discover Bacary Kone sitting in the storage department of the bus making jokes.

As the training camp is between downtown Gstaad and the mountains, the bus sometimes have to stop for – yup – Swiss cows. They just couldn’t care less who’s in the bus or not and pass with their enormous cowbells slowly and loudly dangling, while the whole team just standing on beside, watching them with amusement.