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Former Union players in the Interview : Torsten Mattuschka: One day, I'll tell grandchildren my, what has made the thickness of grandpa

Mr Mattuschka, at the beginning of the 2000s, they worked as a painter and varnisher, weighed 100 kilograms and were playing in the seventh League. Shortly after, they were in the Bundesliga. How the hell could this happen?

It was not 100%, but 98! (grins) at the time I made my training of a painter company, the main sponsor of the Amateur club SV Dissen was from Cottbus and the player has set. That was the reason why I have the training course get, because in school I was never very good. While other 50 applications had to write, I made a pro-forma basis, and thanks to my game pass it was clear that I get the Teaching (laughs). We were among the week in Berlin, on Assembly, will have a maximum trained once a week and every evening drunk. On weekends I was often with residual alcohol on the place. For the seventh League it has passed.

fired for dissing cells in 100 Games, 100 goals, and made, therefore, Energie Cottbus.

I was lucky that the second team of energy has coached on the area of Dissen. My grandpa has annoyed the former coach for so long, until I had the chance to play a test game of energy. Since I was then quite good, I scored a goal and two prepared ...

... and Thomas rich shocked Berger.

(Laughs out loud) Yes, definitely. I then drove directly from work to the stadium, waited in the cabin, and then Tommy came in, rich Berger. He was a seasoned League Pro and should move to Cottbus. And see me, and then there's bald, Piercings and 98 pounds on the Ribs in painter clothes sitting and has asked the question, definitely, with what's johnny's, he now has to play together. But he has recovered from the shock by now, we have been friends ever since.

What happened after the game?

The former coach Ede Geyer came to me and said: "tell me, Torsten, you could play football to earn money, because you have to remove but a little bit." Because it has made me click. But I wanted to finish my teaching, what I've done. Half a year later, I switched to the second team of Cottbus. I was locked to this time for three months, but what was good, because I take this and me to the new intensity of training was able to get used to. After the lock I made for the Amateurs of every game and was allowed to play in one or the other friendship game of the professionals.

After the season, Geyer has brought you, then, permanently in the first team.

it wasn't that simple! He called me into his office and said to me: "Charlie, if you lose weight in four weeks, ten pounds, you may training camp." These four weeks were really hard, I sometimes ate nothing, only drank water. But when training kick-off, I weighed 82,3 kg and was allowed to actually. In retrospect, I have to say that I also had a hell of a lot of luck. With a different Coach, everything might be quite different. Today, such entry would be likely to be completely unthinkable.

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