Trebendorf: Dorfverein plays with world selection

The football club in Trebendorf is called Fortuna. But actually it should be called SV International.

The front runner in the regional class East (7th league) is playing with a “world selection” without a German.

Eight players from the squad are Brazilians. The rest come from Poland, Ukraine, Colombia, Portugal and Slovakia. Most of the kickers came to Europe through a Polish soccer academy, and they live and work in the neighboring country.

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“With us only the coaching team is German,” explains Trebendorf’s head coach Karsten Haasler (52) with a smile before the Saxony Cup game against state league team Willsdruff on Sunday (3pm).

But the trainer, who runs an insurance agency in Lauta, is serious about the reason. “Unfortunately for us it is very difficult to get German players.”

Trebendorf is located in East Saxony on the edge of the Muskauer Heide. Hardly anyone is drawn there. Especially not amateur footballers who also need a job.

Trainer Karsten HaaslerPhoto: private

Nevertheless, the club does not let itself get down with its world selection – not even by the chatter of the competition. Haasler: “There are no rules that tell us where the players have to come from.”

There are also no communication problems. The trainer: “Our manager and physiotherapist are Poles who translate.”

Even in Haasler’s family, things are multicultural. Daughter Cheyenne is married to the Brazilian Miguel Pereira Rodrigues, who is under contract with Unity Kamenz.


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