There is always more

There is always more

A goal ratio of 116:9, only one draw in the entire season, not lost at all for one and a half years: the C-youth of the 1. FC burk is the current high flyer in junior football. Only once this season did it not work out with a "three" – in the last game of the first half of the season at ASV mohrendorf, the burk team drew 1:1. The game had been taken too lightly with all the victories in advance. "The guys thought it was a self-runner – and got the memo for it. I was angry about the draw, but I think that the players were the most angry", says metin akyol, long-time youth coach at burk and current coach of the c-juniors.

While the season is gradually coming to an end for most youth teams, the burk C-youth is still heading for the rough season finale. In the league the case is eaten, the championship long decided. But the burk team has another major goal besides promotion to the district league: making it to the state final of the construction cup. But to get there, we have to reach the district finals. Sunday, 2. June, the final tournament takes place at the spvgg mogeldorf.

Greuther furth is waiting
The burker have in the semifinals with the spvgg greuther furth a regional league and the probably strongest opponent zugelost got. Lospech just. The second semi-final will be played by the hosts against SG quelle furth. But: no one at 1 FC burk is so easily frightened by big names. FC burk, no one gets shaky knees so quickly. Not even before eltersdorf. The sportclub faced the burkers in the 4. Round of the construction cup against. "We should keep the defeat within limits, I was advised before the game", says akyol. Then the burk won 1-0 – probably also thanks to the six-day training camp in italy, immediately before the game, at the express wish of the team. "No cell phone, no television, no internet. Only nature and fubball. You could see the result, says akyol.

And in this rhythm it went on: run and weibenburg, also several leagues above the burkern settled, were also cleared out of the way. Now, however, the biggest of the big ones is coming up: spvgg greuther furth, a regional league team that competes with, among others, FC bayern munchen, 1. FC nurnberg or eintracht frankfurt, to name but a few.

And that is where the burk can stand? "Why not?", akyol asks back. Sure: the orientation will be rather defensive, the training is already tuned to the opponent – playful as well as tactical, but akyol did not want to reveal much: "the most important thing is that we make as few mistakes as possible. Of course, furth is the favorite. But it is fubball, and there is just everything in it."

From summer in the B-youth
For most of the players, this will be one of their last appearances in the C-junior jersey, they are moving up a grade and will be playing in the B-junior starting in the summer. Already now stand with akyol the interested ones in line, want to poach players, partly half the team.

But he has so far been able to convince them to stay. "The sporting success speaks for itself", says akyol. And if a player should decide to try his luck elsewhere, akyol would not be happy about it. "Of course, the goal is to keep the players with us. But there is a bit of pride when so many of my players arouse the interest of other clubs", he says. Especially since burk has become an interesting option for players from other clubs due to its sporting success.

Whatever may come: akyol at least will be on the sidelines as coach in burk again next season. But then in the B-youth, with the boys who are currently still C-juniors. "For eight years, I have been accompanying this '98 generation, starting in the F-youth", says akyol. It is an unusual constellation that the coach grows with the team, but it is the express wish of the team. "I ask them every year, and every time they want to continue with me.", says akyol.
The common way at FC burk, for the C-juniors it is not over yet by far.

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