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“We want to get a great feeling for the KO-games”

Seraina Ulber is one of the most experienced players from team Switzerland. She’s played nearly 100 international games and went to four WFC’s already.

The 29-years-old Ulber scored 87 points so far in her 99 international games. Her position in the field differs a bit, but usually is center or forward.

During summer, Seraina got injured and had to go through surgery. Since that moment, she missed all games, but she will be present at the WFC 2019.

Where do you play and how is the season going so far?

I play for piranha Chur and we’re unbeaten this season so far. Unfortunately, I couldn’t play any game so far due to a foot injury.

When did it all start?

I started playing floorbal in 1998 when I was 8 years old. My first club was UHC Lenzerheide Valbella and I changed to piranha Chur in summer 2003.

I used to do a lot of cross-country skiing, but when I was 13, I had to make a decision between floorball and cross-country skiing, cause the effort for both sports was getting too high.

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Seraina Ulber became the Swiss MVP in the WFC 2017 game against Sweden (Photo: IFF)

For me, it was clear that I would choose floorball. Moreover, I played tennis in the club and went snowboarding several times a week during winter.

You’ve played four WFCs already. How does the national team differ from your club team?

Indeed, I have played in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017. So 2019 will be my fifth WFC.

Of course, there’s a difference in teams, because there are two different coaches and two different systems. In my club, I used to play as a forward in the past two seasons, and in the national team, I will partly be playing as a center for sure.

You didn’t need to play a WFCQ. How has the road to the WFC been?

For me, it has been very special and unique cause I got injured at the end of August and had surgery in September, so I wasn’t able to play the games in Finland and the EFT in Prague.

For me personally, the last national team games I played took place in November 2018 in Neuchatel.

Anyway, we have had many trainings during the summer with the national team, we met every Friday evening to train together, so we had a lot of time to work together in the lines and as a team.

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Seraina Ulber (left) in the WFC 2017 game against Poland (Photo: IFF)

In the group stage, you meet Germany, Poland, and Finland. What are your thoughts towards these games, and what are your goals?

Our goal is to win every of those games. We put the main focus on the game against Finland, but anyway we want to play our best floorball in all three games.

We want to have a good start into the tournament and moreover, be able to get better and better from game to game. We want to get a great feeling for the KO-games and we’ll do everything possible, to win all three games.

What do you expect from a WFC in your home country?

A home WFC is something very special for every player and I’m sure that every single player of our team is honored to be part of this team.

We are very much looking forward to getting great support from the Swiss spectators and it is wonderful to have friends and family with you at a world cup. I hope that the cheering spectators give us some extra power which makes us even stronger.

Of course, there will be a bit more pressure. The attention of the media is higher and of course, many people know, that the WFC is taking place.

Anyway, I’m convinced that the home WFC will give us much more positive than negative aspects.

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Seraina Ulber in the WFC 2017 game against Poland (Photo: IFF)

How do you prepare for this WFC while being injured?

My personal preparation since my injury (rupture of the medial and lateral ligaments on the left foot) is completely different than expected. I am currently working with our physiotherapists between 3 and 4 hours per week. Moreover, I work with a personal coach 3 times a week. Furthermore, I train on my own 3 to 4 times a week.

These days I can go back to the field and train with the team, that’s great. At the moment, I’m living kind of a professional floorball player life with about 4-5 hours trainings/physiotherapy a day.

The final team preparation will start on November 29th, after we have been training many times together on Friday evenings.

Your best floorball game ever?

That was probably the Swiss cup final 2018, when our team had a great day and we won 8-2.

I was able to score 3 goals and give 2 assists, our line could really dominate that game. That was that kind of game that everything just works out as you like it.

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