From the district league to the DFB Cup semi-finals? It is possible …
For Albion Vrenezi (27), this sensation is in sight when he receives Jahn Regensburg Werder Bremen on Wednesday (6.30 p.m., Sport 1 and Sky live) for the last duel of the DFB Cup quarter-finals, which has been postponed due to the corona.
The tables-14. The 2nd division has kicked its way into the top 5 of the Cup with three penalties won (Leipzig, Dortmund and Kiel are already in the semi-finals.) In the round of 16, 1. FC Köln in Regensburg finished on the point.
Thanks to three goals and four assists in the second division, Vrenezi is now one of the Upper Palatinate hopefuls for another trophy miracle!
A huge story for the Kosovar who fled the war to Germany with his family as a child. “In my youth I was already successful with my training association Planegg (near Munich, editor). I played in the men’s district league until I was 19, ”he says.
That was eight years ago …
Until the C-youth, Vrenezi had only bolted in one street soccer league. There he thought up his often unorthodox tricks. “The creativity of trying out unusual things in tight spaces may be less learned at the junior performance center,” says Vrenezi, who only switched to Bayern league team Unterföhring in 2013 and trained as a construction mechanic at the same time.
Vrenezi recalls: “A lot of friends took the NLZ route, I went to Siemens for three years – just in case my professional career didn’t work out. I know what it’s like to get up at six o’clock for eight hours of work. That’s why I appreciate the football job all the more. “
In 2015, Vrenezi’s dream came true.
Manuel Baum (41), most recently coach at Schalke, discovered the Kosovar by chance for his Augsburg U23s and taught the street kicker the ABCs of professional football.
His way led him to Jahn Regensburg via Sandhausen. And on Wednesday in the home cup semi-finals against Leipzig (April 30)?
“Bremen is a chunk”, Vrenezi knows that too: “But if we call everything up, as we did against Cologne, we could continue to write Jahn history!” If necessary with the fourth penalty shootout in a row …