Parades, fireworks and celebrations on USA Independence Day are remembered by Olsberger football player Enrico Fritz. “At that time, during the summer holidays, we visited my grandfather who immigrated to the United States,” he recalls. Since then, he has linked this day, July 4th – and thus the number 47 – to his grandfather, who has since passed away, and has been wearing that number on his shirt since the start of the current season.
This was all about seven years ago, when Enrico Fritz was still a teenager. “I couldn’t get 47 after that because it wasn’t in the T-shirt collection,” the original Oberger explains. When Victoria’s men’s team ordered new shirts, Enrico Fritz immediately knew which number he wanted to wear on his back from now on.
His parents often watched him playing in the second grade. “Now they always remind him of him,” says Enrico Fritz happily. His big hobby was barbecue. He even had a small Shashlik booth himself in the States,” the soccer player from Olsburg recalled.
The numbers on the back are very normal in team sports. Many choose them purely by chance – others have a real connection to the numbers on their T-shirts. In this year’s PAZ local sports calendar, athletes from the Peine region tell the special story behind their number: sometimes weird, sometimes funny, sometimes emotional.
“Creator. Troublemaker. Reader. Tv nerd. Proud beer advocate. Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Introvert. Certified zombie practitioner. Thinker.”