September 25, 2020

Get to Know — Thomas Gilej

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s soccer team added 10 new members to the 2020-21 squad. Get to know Thomas Gilej, a freshman defender from Wuppertal, Germany.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be? Why?

Probably in a beach house in Croatia, since my family and I always go to Croatia in the summer. It is my favorite place to visit and I love everything about the country.

How many pairs of shoes do you have? Favorite ones?

Three pairs of shoes that are favorite ones: All white Air Force 1, best shoe in the world.

What is your favorite restaurant? Favorite menu item?

Croatian restaurant favorite menu item: Grilled meat plate

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl

What is your favorite go-to snack?

Raspberries and blueberries

Favorite pizza topping(s)?

Cheese, kebab, corn and broccoli

Favorite show to binge watch?

Family guy

What is your biggest pet peeve? What irritates you the most?

  1. Having to repeat myself multiple times. 2. When someone says, “You wouldn’t believe what just happened,” and then they refuse to tell you.

What is your favorite dipping sauce?

Spicy buffalo sauce

Summer or winter?


Would you rather drive or be the passenger?


What is your favorite holiday?

Summer holiday.

What is your favorite social media app?


What was the first car you drove.

Hyundai Getz

What was the first concert you attended?

RAF Camora (German rapper)

How did you get into your sport?

My father brought me into soccer when I was 4

Who has helped you the most in your sport? How?

My mom helped the most after a severe hip injury I had in 2014-15, which lead to me not being allowed to exercise in any way or form for eight months. She helped and pushed me to get back into form before the start of the new season, since I was at a point where I didn’t have the motivation and mental toughness to get back after such a long break. Without her I probably wouldn’t have made it back to the team and wouldn’t be at OSU right now.

Other than your sport, what sport do you like the most?


What’s your favorite moment in your sport?

Getting promoted to the U19 Bundesliga and being named the captain for the season in the Bundesliga

What is your favorite city/place your sport has taken you? Why?

International tournament in Italy in the summer of 2014. Got to play against teams from all over Europe and had a great time with my friends there.

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