World Kicker from Kyiv in Cologne: "We are grateful to be here"

21:01  08 august  2022
21:01  08 august  2022 Source:   ksta.de

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trill pipes instead of alarm sirens, wide training places in exchange against shelters in basements: This dramatic comparison has been for three youth football teams from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv since last weekend . In coaches, the 44 youngsters and their twelve people were traveling for 36 hours for 36 hours until they have reached in Cologne.

Training der Nachwuchsspieler aus den Bereichen U-12 bis U-15 auf dem Trainingsgelände des FC. © Ingo Hinz Training The young players from the areas of U-12 to U-15 on the training area of ​​the FC. Yuriy Yastrebinskiy und Werner Wolf © Ingo Hinz Yuriy Yastrebinskiy and Werner Wolf

Representatives of the 1. FC Köln Foundation had received the three teams of the Dynamo Kyiv football club on Saturday afternoon at the Dorint-Hotel at the Messe Köln. 1. FC Köln and his foundation finance the temporary accommodation, but are now looking for long -term opportunities for help together with the city authorities.

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Hope for a quick solution for the accommodation

"When the Dynamo Kyiv Football Academy request reached us a few weeks ago, we set all levers in motion to organize accommodation in Cologne," said FC President Werner Wolf on Monday . "We are pleased that we can help in the course of our Ukraine aid of such a traditional club of European football, whose existence is completely breaking away," says the CEO of the FC Foundation. "We hope to quickly find a solution with the authorities." A first reaction by Cologne's social head Harald Rau was "very positive" at his request, said Wolf.

Volodymyr Ikonnikov, Torwarttrainer © Ingo Hinz Volodymyr Iconnikov, goalkeeper coach

Already on Monday there are supposed to be discussions. On Monday, the young players from the areas of U-12 to U-15 of the Ukrainian record champions were able to play football for the first time on the FC training grounds next to the Geißbockheim. "We are happy and grateful to be here," said the dynamo goalkeeper Volodomir Ikunnikov on the edge of the field. "For a long time, this means for the first time without fear and the permanent threat of war at home, this means that this means to be able to pursue their sport here," said the 40-year-old, supported by the interpreted interpreter Olga Onkalyub.

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training was repeatedly interrupted by bomb alarms

. This also confirms the haunting description of everyday life in Kyiv by players Yaroslav Harkevych. "If the sirens have warned of air strikes, we immediately broken off the training and went into the basement," the 13-year-old describes the experiences of the past few weeks. "If it stayed calm for more than two hours, we came out to continue playing." The group hoped for months that the terrible war of attack in Russia ends, reports Ukrainian delegation manager Yuriy Yastrebinskiy. However, the view of this swings from day to day. "For this reason, Dynamo Kyiv tried everything to enable young people to escape," said the U-14 coach.

Because the special exit permit for the partially conscript members of the coaching and supervisor was only valid for a short time, they now took the last chance to flee from the war zone and take the long bus trip to Cologne. "The communication with the contact persons necessary for the departure was very exhausting," said Nicole Fischer, managing board member of the FC Foundation.

"Service matter" of 1. FC Köln

"We are very happy that we were able to get the necessary documents in good time and it is a matter close to our heart to help the teams of Dynamo Kyiv, but especially the youngsters." The Cologne Bundesliga club will "Give everything" to take care of the support of the group here as well as the organization of equipment, training opportunities and leisure activities.

In order to continue to work in Ukraine aid and to offer those affected to be able to offer security here, the FC Foundation calls for donations. All information can be found on the website of the 1. FC Köln on the Internet.

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