Player profile: Nathalie Saltz (DEN)

She comes from Denmark, however, since a while she is living in Hamburg and shows her skills there. Table soccer is (a part of) her life and she is loving it: the “mental” aspect, the “closed handed pull-push” shot on the Bonzini and the belief in “foos god” 😉 But, read on yourself about Nathalie Saltz!

Name: Nathalie Saltz
Age: 32 years old
Nation: Danish
Place of residence: Hamburg, Germany.
Club: Kixx in Hamburg.
Position: I play all around but forward in the heart ❤
Home table / favourite table: Bonzini 4ever
Favourite shot: Old school closed handed pull-push and angles.
Achievements: Won gold with the Women’s National team of Denmark at the Multi table World Cup, Won the Bonzini Worlds twice with the Danish National team. A 4th place in Bonzini Worlds in the doubles discipline with the amazing Nele Missotten and last year I won the Women’s Doubles at Leonhart World Series with my close friend and foos god Amalie Bremer.
Qualified via: The Danish rankings
Best game of your career (quite subjectively): A match that can’t go unnoticed was the national team final between Denmark and Germany at Bonzini worlds. I was playing with my partner at the time Amalie Wolff and although it was our home table we were total rookies compared to our awesome opponents Lilly and Vivi. It was our first time in the finale area with cameras and audience, and I remember how my arms felt like two sticks. Our team was sitting behind us praying to the foos gods. I don’t think I scored in the first 20 minutes of the match but when I finally got that first ball in, the energy from the audience’s relieve and my team was incredible. We were such noobs that we were unsure of the format if it was first to 7 or if you had to win by 2 goals, so we celebrated every goal as it was the wining goal. It must have looked quite funny.
Your or your team members/opponents worst quirk/habit at the table: My worst quirk is that I am sometimes superstitious and think if I don’t look or if I hold my breath it won’t be bad, a bad habit is that I am bad at taking time outs.
The best thing about table soccer is: For me the best part is the mental part. You work intensively with yourself throughout a tournament, trying to keep your confidence up and to have a plan for the next match. Also during a game, how you analyze yourself through a match to be one step ahead. It is of course also great to have a hobby where you can travel around the world with your best buddies and make new friends across the table.
The worst thing about table soccer is: The worst thing is also part of the best thing, you invest so much so it can be so devastating not to succeed.
Table soccer means to me: It’s been a part of my life for so long that I can’t imagine my life without it.

5 Fragen an Natahlie Saltz

  • Question 1: What does participating in the next World Cup in Hamburg mean to you?
  • Question 2: How difficult was it to qualify?
  • Question 3: For which disciplines have you qualified? If doubles, with whom are you playing and why (what characterizes your game, why do you like your partner)?
  • Question 4: Which opponents are you especially looking forward to playing against and for whom do you have the greatest respect?
  • Question 5: What is your goal for the World Cup in Hamburg?
I am extra excited for the next World Cup, since it is in my new hometown Hamburg. I have a feeling that this World Cup is going to go down in history as one of the greatest ones. The organizers are so invested and passionate about it.
It was more difficult than ever since I don’t live in Denmark anymore and can’t participate in every tournament there, and to qualify in Germany would be even harder since it is not my home table and the scene is so big. Fortunately I still managed to scrape some points together in Denmark to get me a spot.
I am qualified in doubles and am so fortunate to play with former world champ and seasoned player Camilla Lohmann. Camilla didn’t play for a couple of years and it was a long stretched for me to get her to come and be my goalie.. but after a small consideration and some bribes in form of sleeping arrangements she finally agreed. I knew she didn’t put her handles that far away 😉 Camilla and I played a lot together on the National team and we have always had great energy together. We are both analytical players but also have total faith in each other’s gut feeling. Our strength as a team is our experience and our ability to work and fight together. I am also qualified for the National team of Denmark and for Classic and Speedball.
I am looking forward to playing against my fellow Leonhart players since moving to Germany I have gotten quite confident on the table. I have respect for all the players who put time and energy in the game, but at this point I know that even the greatest players are just people who get nervous too and have weaknesses and we can lose to everyone and we can beat everyone.
My goal is to do my best, to have good games and fight with my Doubles partner and to be a great teammate for the National team, and of course to enjoy it as much as possible.