New Star from Kaçanik representing Kosovo in Turkey, will face Chelsea amongst others


A selfie from Turkey. Picture from New Star’s Facebook page.


For the sixth year in a row hundreds of teenagers gather in the south of Turkey to participate in the Manavgat Youth Cup. It is an international football tournament for youngsters who are divided into five different age groups.

One of the participants are New Star (formerly known as SHF Diti Sport) from Kaçanik and coach Fatos Vishi has brought along two different teams all the way from Kosovo. The U14-team had several Turkish teams to play against but also a couple of Danish ones. Wheras New Star’s U13-team, playing at elite level, have been drawn in the same group as Chelsea.

I believe that Kosovo born players such as Xherdan Shaqiri and so on have helped promote Kosovo abroad however I am thrilled to see teams based in Kosovo who can manage to do so as well. New Star is a great example and they are becoming an experienced team in these international tournaments. Last year they debuted in Norway Cup and the year before that they even won in Denmark. I have a strong feeling we will be hearing more from these guys.

Click here to follow their journey on Facebook!

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