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The treasurer who typifies football’s unsung heroes

Football’s biggest stars are in the spotlight the world over. Everybody knows their names, their faces and their back stories.

Behind the scenes, however, are millions of trainers, backroom staff and helpers right across the planet who make sure that football is the most popular sport in the world and that countless people can indulge in their favourite pastime. They coach teams for little or no money, wash jerseys, referee matches, and organise their clubs and fixture lists.

One of these unsung heroes of the beautiful game is Susan Konig, who is an important member of the set-up at Karbener SV (KSV), a football club purely for youth teams near Frankfurt in the west of Germany. Her son Tom began playing there when he was 10 years old, and her boyfriend at the time Thorsten Don, whom she has recently gone on to marry, decided to help out coaching the youngsters.

“The previous trainer was more interested in his girlfriend than the team, so Thorsten was given the opportunity to take over,” says Susan with a smile after FIFA.com had gone to meet her at the club’s ground. A few years later, the club was looking for a new treasurer, and Konig it was who took over.

Karbener SV

  • Hessen league winners 2000 (fourth division)
  • Solely concentrating on youth football since 2015
  • 15 teams across all age groups
  • Mix of competitive and friendly teams
  • Regular matches against youth teams from Bundesliga clubs
  • Home to a DFB camp

Article source: http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2019/m=2/news=treasurer-who-typifies-footballs-unsung-heroes.html

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