Their stadiums, which include sports fields, were destroyed and damaged by Putin’s missiles. People in their hometown of Kharkiv have to hide from attacks in bunkers. You are safe now. Because German friends acted quickly. And because they are so good football he can play
For two and a half months, 17 Metalist 1925 Kharkiv U13s lived on a farm in Brühl near Cologne. They go to school in the city and train there too. And win friendlies one by one.
Everything was organized and financed by Baris Yanmaz (43), the project developer from Brühl. A Ukrainian acquaintance asked him for help. Yanmaz immediately agreed. “I feel it is a human duty to help people who have lost everything overnight. One day I will have to answer my grandchildren’s questions about what I did to these people when the terrible war began,” he tells Bams.
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A group photo with a legend. Helmut Kremers (far right) with the Metalist line. Back from right: coach Evgeny Nazarov, Paris Yanmaz and Dmytro Choprin, who was hired as coach by the parents of the other boysPhoto: Malte Krudewig
He doesn’t want to say how much money he’s investing in helping: “There’s no money in the world that can outlast my love for these kids.”
On March 27, the group arrived at Cologne Central Station. Most kids only have a backpack with them. They are accompanied by a father and mother.
Upon arrival, the children endured a journey from the war zone that lasted over a month.
Her comrade Dmytro Choprin recalled: “All the children were in the bunker in the first days of the war. Then some go to other places in the Ukraine fled, and others remained in the city.”
The whole team meets ten days after the start of the war in Mukachev, near the Hungarian border. Hoping for a quick departure. But nothing will come of it. Because even in war there is bureaucracy: parents must allow their children to leave Ukraine. The group waits a month for all the papers, and they sleep together in a large room in the kindergarten.
When all the documents are finally there, the border crossing no longer has a window to allow the children to leave the country. Supervisors are desperately looking for a bus that will take them to the Polish border. Children can travel abroad more easily.
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On a player’s birthday, Yanmaz invited the team to a fast food restaurantPhoto: special