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16. – 24.6.2012



Teams (as of May 2012)

EUROPEADA 2012 Groups Group A Lusatian Sorbs (GER) (host) German minority in Poland (POL) Carinthian Slovenes (AUT) Selection of the minorities from Estonia (EST)

Group B Roma from Hungary (HUN) Germans from Russia (RUS) Rhaeto-Romansh (SUI) Slovak minority from Hungary (HUN)

Group C Croat minority from Serbia (SRB) Western Trace Turks (GRE/GER) Ladins (ITA) North Frisians (GER)

Group D German-speaking minority of South Tyrol (ITA), (defending champion) Germans from Hungary (HUN) Karachay (RUS) German minority from Denmark (DEN)

Group E Danish minority from Germany (GER) Cimbrians (ITA) The Welsh (GBR) Occitans (FRA)

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A1 Serbja (Lusatian Sorbs) The selection of the Lusatian Sorbs (Serbska wubranka) is the host of the European Football Championships of the minorities 2012 in Lusatia. With about 60,000 people the Sorbs are the smallest Slavic people in Europe. The Sorbs/Wends are living nowadays in the east of Saxony – in Upper Lusatia – and in the south of Brandenburg – Lower Lusatia. The Sorbian selection exists from 1995 on and regularly plays against teams from the Czech Republic and Poland, e.g. in Crostwitz/Chrósćicy and Nebelschütz/Njebjelčicy. “FSV Budissa Bautzen” has been the adversary on the regular basis, once a year, for a charity match. The initiator of the team and the beneficiary matches is the Sorbian sports association Serbski sokoł and the Cyril & Methodius-Association. Already in 2008 the team participated in the EUROPEADA in Graubünden and since then they have been preparing to win the championship at home. The team is trained by Frank Ritschel and is composed of players from different Sorbian football associations. Minority: Lusatian Sorbs Region: Lusatia/Lausitz (Saxony, Brandenburg) Organisation: Domowina / Serbski sokoł

A2 Oppelner Sportfreunde “Oberschlesien” von 1919

(German minority in Poland)

The team Oppelner Sportfreunde (Opole’s Sports Friends) – represents the German-speaking minority in Poland. In Poland there are about 300,000-400,000 citizens of German ancestry in eleven provinces (voivodeships). The largest number of them is living in the province of Opole, followed by the provinces of Silesia, Warmia-Masuria, Pomorania and Lower Silesia. The reasons for the existence of the German minority are political developments, territorial changes and expulsions after the Second World War. First after 1989 were the Germans in Poland able to overtly speak their own language and live their own culture and history. The organisation with the largest number of members from the German minority is the Social-Cultural Society of the Germans in Opole-Silesia (Sozial-Kulturelle Gesellschaft der Deutschen im Oppelner Schlesien: SKGD). The team Oppelner Sportfreunde “Oberschlesien” of 1919 exists since 2011. Amateur football players from the teams of the A-league and regional league from six districts in Silesia/Poland form the team: from Rosenberg/Olesno, Kandrzin-Cosel / Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Groß Strehlitz/


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Strzelce Opolskie, Krappitz/Krapkowice, Neustadt/Prudnik and Oppeln/Opole. Minority: German minority from Poland Region: Opole Organisation: Sozial-Kulturelle Gesellschaft der Deutschen im Oppelner Schlesien (SKGD) Contact: Norbert Rasch Email:

A3 Team Koroška/Kärnten ”Slovenska športna zveza” (Carinthian Slovenes) The team Koroška/Kärnten ”Slovenska športna zveza / Slowenische Sportverband”, represents the Slovenian minority who lives in Carinthia, Austria: the Carinthian Slovenes. The Slovenes settled in Carinthia/Koroška at the end of the sixth century. Still in the 19th century a quarter to a third of the Carinthian population spoke Slovenian. At the plebiscite after the First World War the majority of the population votes in favour of staying with Austria. Today the minority consists of 20,000 people. Carinthia and how it treats its Slovenian population has become known far beyond the borders of the region through the struggle about bilingual place name signs. The team of the Carinthian Slovenes who participate in the EUROPEADA 2012 is a selection that never before played even one game in this composition. It consists of players from the regional league (SAK, third-highest league in Austria), the Carinthian league (Bleiburg/ Pliberk, Eberndorf/Dobrla vas – highest league in Carinthia) and sub-league (DSG SeleZell, ASKÖ St. Michael/ Šmihel and Ludmannsdorf/Bilčovs – second-highest league in Carinthia). Minority: Carinthian Slovenes Organisation: Slowenischer Sportverband / Slovenska športna zveza Region: Carinthia, Austria Contact: Ivan Lukan, Marijan Velik Email:


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A4 ERÜ (Minority Selection from Estonia) The team Eestimaa Rahvuste Ühendus (Selection of the Minorities from Estonia) represents the minorities and people of Estonia. Amongst the 1.5 million inhabitants of Estonia are next to the Estonians also e.g. Russians, Ukrainians, Belarussians, Germans, Latvians and Poles. lection from Estonia will participate in the EUROPEADA 2012 for the first time and is being supported by the football federation of Estonia. The team will come to Lusatia with 16 players, 2 trainers and support staff. Minority: Selection of the minorities from Estonia Region: Estonia Organisation: ERÜ Contact: Sergej Ischenko, Erika Weber Email:,

B1 Hungarian Gipsy Selected Football Team

(Roma from Hungary)

The Hungarian Roma football selection Hungarian Gipsy Selected Football Team has been existing since the year 1992. s founded to give young Roma the chance to prove their talent and to use the integrative power of sports. The team is supported by the Hungarian football federation and its minority committee and consists of the best young Roma football players, who are carefully recruited from all over Hungary by the management of the team. The selection participates in tournaments in Hungary and abroad and represents the Republic of Hungary in tournaments abroad. For Roma in Hungary it is often hard to play in regular teams and – if they succeed – they often have to face discrimination. The Roma are one of the largest population groups in Europe, who have their origin in India and who make up large minorities in many other countries. A large part of the 10-12 million Roma in Europe is living under unacceptable conditions. In Hungary, the Roma are the largest minority with 400,000-600,000 people. They are settled in 2000 of the circa 3200 Hungarian villages spread over the country. Minority: Roma from Hungary Contact: Istvan Mezei Email:


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B2 RusDeutsch (Germans from Russia) The team RusDeutsch represents the selection of the German minority in Russia. The term Russlanddeutsche (Germans in Russia) describes those people of German ancestry who came in the course of several centuries to Russia and who settled there. The different regions in which they lived influenced the life and culture of the Germans. Nowadays the Germans are about 0.41% of the total population of Russia. Most Germans (circa 350,000) can be found in Siberia. The International Association of German Culture (IVDK) is the oldest civil association of the Germans in Russia. The team consists of 22 players and a team of trainers. It will be supported by about 50 young people who will be at a language camp in the Zittau mountains during the EUROPEADA. Minority: Germans in Russia Region: Russia Organisation: Internationaler Verband der deutschen Kultur (IVDK) Contact: Kirill Jawlianski Email:

B3 Squadra Rumantscha (the Rhaeto-Romansh) The Rhaeto-Romansh hosted the first EUROPEADA in 2008. In the Canton of Graubünden, where three language regions of Europe and their cultures come together, the first European football championship of the autochthonous, national minorities took place. The Rhaeto-Romansh people are a Romansh-speaking minority. Rhaeto Romansh is among the four officially recognised languages in Switzerland. There are about 60,000 speakers. In the Alpine valleys this language that originates from Latin diverged further and nowadays 5 dialects can be distinguished (Surselvan, Sutselvan, Surmeir, Vallader and Puter). There is a common written language called Rumantsch Grischun. The Lia Rumantscha – the Domowina of the Rhaeto-Romansh people – is the organisation behind the current selection Together with GiuRu and the International Cultural Forum in Disentis, Lia Rumantscha – the Domowina of the Rhaeto-Romansh people – is the organisation behind the current selection, who will come with 16 players, trainer and support staff and will be accompanied by the youth organisation Giuventegna Rumantscha (GiuRu).


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Minority: Rhaeto-Romansh Region: Graubünden Organisation: Lia Rumantscha Contact: Simona Cajacob Email:

B4 Young Slovaks from Hungary (Slovakian minority from Hungary) The team of the Slovakian Youth Organisation in Hungary (SYOH) represents the Slovak minority in Hungary. The minority, who lives for a large part on the border with Slovakia, consists of about 100,000 people. The aim of SYOH is to preserve the Slovakian culture and traditions amongst the young generation. With 16 committed amateur players the young Slovaks from Hungary will participate at the EUROPEADA for the first time in 2012. Minority: Slovak minority from Hungary Region: Hungary Organisation: Celoštátna slovenská samospráva Contact: Dr. Zoltan Szabo Email:

C1 The Croats from Serbia (Croatian minority from Serbia) The Croats in Serbia have been recognised as a minority since 2002. The Croat minority mainly lives in the region of Vojvodina. In Vojvodina there are many other minorities next to the Serbs and the more than 50,000 Croats, amongst them Hungarians, Bosnians, Albanians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Aromanians, Roma and Macedonians. The team of the Croat minority in Serbia was formed in 2005 on the initiative of the Croat football federation in order to organise football championships of the Croat minorities in Europe. The team consists of amateur players, who belong to the Croat community in Serbia. Its biggest successes were the second place at the EUROPEADA 2008 and winning the European championship of the autochthonous Croatian national minorities 2011 in Zagreb/ Croatia.


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Minority: Croat minority from Serbia Region: Vojvodina, Serbia Organisation: Democratic Union of Croats in Vojvodina Contact: Ivan Budinčević Email:

C2 The Western Thrace Turks In Western Thrace, the region in the northeast of Greece from the border river Marica between Turkey and Greece up to the river Nestos, 150,000 Turks are living, who came to the region during the Ottoman conquests on the Balkans and who settled there. In 1923 the minority rights of the 150,000 Turks were guaranteed by the Lausanne Peace Treaty and the region was given to Greece. Still the Western Thrace Turks have to fight against assimilation. Today they are a minority who for the largest part is living in exile. The Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABBTF) puts together a team for the EUROPEADA 2012. The team of the Western Thrace Turks will consist of players from the member organisations of the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABBTF) and from members of the association “Turkish Union of Xanthi”, which is active in Greece. 16 Players, 1 trainer and 3 ancillary staff members will come to Lusatia. Minority: Western Thrace Turks Organisation: ABTTF (Avrupa Batı Trakya Türk Federasyonu) Witten (D) Region: Western Thrace (Greece) Contact: Oskan Resit, K. Engin Soyyilmaz Email:

C3 The Ladins The Ladins are living in South Tyrol (Val Badia and Val Gardena), in Trentino (Val di Fassa) and in the province of Belluno (Fodom and Ampezzo). The Ladins are a non-kin-state minority, in other words: a minority without a home country, with a language of their own. The circa 50,000 people belonging to this minority are one of the Romansh-speaking minorities in the Alps, next to the Friulians and the Rhaeto-Romansh. They have kept their language, called Ladin or also Dolomitic Ladin, that thraces back


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from the Roman origin and retained and fostered their own identity and culture over the centuries. In the Ladin kindergartens the children are learning three language nowadays: Ladin, German and Italian. The first Ladin team was formed for a friendly game against the Rhaeto-Romansh from Graubünden. For the EUROPEADA 2012 players from the Val Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Fodom-Ampezzo will participate – from the whole territory of “Ladinia”. The team is selected and managed by Costabiei Giorgio, the president of the football team ACD Val Badia. 20 Players and 10 support staff will be participating. Minority: Ladins in Italy Region: South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno Organisation: Office for Ladin Culture and Ladin Assessorate of the Autonomous Province Bozen/Bulsan Contact: Giorgio Costabiei Email:

C4 Nordfriislon (the North Frisians) The North Frisians are living on the Schleswig-Holstein western coast and on the islands of the North Friesland district (Föhr, Sylt, Amrum) and the island of Helgoland. The Frisian language is the most important identifier of the North Frisians. About 10,000 people in North Friesland speak Frisian and twice that number of people have a passive knowledge of the language. The Frisian minority has the right to protection and support according to Article 5 of the Schleswig-Holstein Constitution. Since 2004 the Frisian-Act guarantees the rights of the Frisians in the public sphere and gives the right to avow themselves as belonging to the Frisian minority. It caused a sensation, when the North Frisians sent a pure ladies-team to the EUROPEADA 2008 in Graubünden/Switzerland. In 2012 the team will mainly consist of players of SV Frisia Risum-Lindholm. Risum-Lindholm is the main centre of the Frisian language on the North Frisian mainland. Apart from the North Frisians there are also the West Frisians who live in the Netherlands and the Sater Frisians in the district of Cloppenburg. The East Frisians no longer speak Frisian anymore, but rather Low-German.


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Minority: North Frisians Region: North Friesland (Schleswig-Holstein) Organisation: Friisk Foriining Contact: Manfred Nissen Email:

D1 The selection of South Tyrol (German-speaking part of the population from South Tyrol) There are about 340,000 German-speaking South Tyroleans living in the Autonomous Province of Bozen-South Tyrol. Their mother tongue, German, is an official language. The South Tyroleans are a German minority in the Italian state. The territory, which belonged to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire before, was occupied and annexed by Italy after the First World War. In the peace treaty of Saint-Germain in 1919 the southern part of Tyrol and the region around Trento were given to Italy. Only after long and tough negotiations a statute of autonomy was enacted in 1972, which then could be continuously expanded. Therefore the German minority has substantial protection now. The selection of South Tyrol consists of 16 players, two trainers, a physiotherapist, a team manager and a delegation leader. The total team consists of representatives of the German minority. The players are coming from all over South Tyrol. The selection of South Tyrol is the defending champion of the EUROPEADA 2008. Minority: German-speaking minority from South Tyrol (Italy) Region: South Tyrol Organisation: Autonomous Province Bozen-South Tyrol Contact: G端nther Heidegger (delegation leader) Email:

D2 The Hungarian-German Nationality Team The team represents the Hungarian Germans. The first wave of settlements of the German minority took place in the 12-13 century and then later another wave of settlements mainly in the western part of Hungary took place in the 17-18 century. The number of Hungarian Germans is estimated at 300,000 people. Strong assimilation makes that the number of


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people who speak the typical dialect of the Hungarian Germans is continuously decreasing. The Hungarian-German nationality team was founded by the Gemeinschaft Junger Ungarndeutscher (the youth association of the Germans). The players were selected at the annual football tournament of the association. Care is being taken that players from all parts of Hungary are represented. Under the leadership of Emil Koch, 16 players will come to the EUROPEADA 2012 in Lusatia. Minority: Germans in Hungary Organisations: Landesselbstverwaltung der Ungarndeutschen / Gemeinschaft Junger Ungarndeutscher Budapest Contact: Emil Koch Email:

D3 Elbrusoid FC (Karachay-Balkars) Already in 2008 a selection of the Karachay participated in the European championships. The Karachay are living in the Northern Caucasus and are one of the “titular nations” of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic in Russia. Their area of settlement borders Georgia and is inhabited by 200,000 Karachay. They have their own language and belong to the Turkic peoples. The Karachay are closely related to the Balkars – one of the titular nations of the neighbouring Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. They send their team “Elbrusoid FC” to the EUROPEADA 2012, with players from the Moscow region. Elbrusoid FC is the sports unit of the Elbrusoid Foundation. This is an organisation working for the youth of the Karachay-Balkars. It is active in three regions of Russia: in Moscow, in Karachayevsk (Karachay-Cherkess Republic) and in Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria-Republic). Mount Elbrus, the highest double peak (5642 m) in Europe gives the team its name and as border mountain range between the two republics it is also a national symbol of the Karachay and the Balkars. Minority: Karachay-Balkar minority of Russia Organisation: Karachay-Balkar cultural center Contact: Azred Teberdiev Email:;


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D4 The German North Schleswigans in Denmark

(German minority from Denmark)

On the other side of the German-Danish border in North Schleswig the German minority from Denmark is living. The minority came into being after the plebiscite and the determination of the border in 1920 and today consists of about 15,000 people. The German minority has its own kindergartens, schools and libraries, is involved in church and social activities, publishes its own daily newspaper and offers sports and cultural activities in many associations. The German minority considers itself as bridge-builders between the Danish and the German culture in the border region of Denmark and Germany. The team of the German North Schleswigans consists of amateur-players from the minority. The selection already participated in the first EUROPEADA in 2008 under its trainer Stefan Boehme. Minority: German minority from Denmark Region: North Schleswig Organisation: Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger Contact: Uwe Jessen, Ulf-Mikael Iwersen Email:,

E1 Det sydslesvigske landshold

(The Danish minority in Germany)

The Danes are next to the Frisians, Sorbs and the Sinti and Roma one of the four officially recognised minorities in the Federal Republic of Germany. From the western to eastern coast of the German-Danish border in Schleswig-Holstein in the north to the towns of Rendsburg/Eiderstedt in the south lies the area of settlement of the Danish minority. About 50,000 people belong to the Danish minority, which distinguishes itself mainly through its schools, churches, but also through its sports associations. The Sydslevigs danske Ungdomsforeninger (SdU) is the umbrella organisation of the Danish sports and youth associations with around 12,000 members. The “national football team� of the Danish minority Det sydslesvigske landshold was founded in 2007 and reached a respectable third place at the first EUROPEADA in 2008.


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The team consists of players who belong to the Danish minority. They mainly come from the associations of IF Stjernen Flensborg (regional-league), DGF Flensborg, Slesvig IF and IF Tønning (all district league). A friends’ association is supporting the team. Minority: Danish minority in South Schleswig (D) Region: German-Danish border region / Schleswig-Holstein Organisation: Sydslesvigs danske Ungdomsforeninger (SDU) Contact: Kaj Andersen, Ruwen Möller Email:

E2 Cimbrians-Lusérn F.C. (Cimbrians) The Cimbrians are a population of German ancestry who came from Bavaria to the Italian Alpine foothills of Veneto and Trentino during the middle Ages. In this way the Cimbrians settled into the newly available farmsteads in the mountains and developed a culture and language of their own, as they were to a large extend isolated from the outside world. Luserna/Lusern, a small mountain village (1333 m) southeast of Trento has now become the last language enclave where Cimbrian is spoken, an old Bavarian language or an old German dialect that became extinct in Bavaria already centuries ago. And still by 90% of the population, i.e. by circa 300 people. The last census of 2001 however shows a positive trend; in the province of Trento alone 862 “Cimbrians” were counted. Under the aegis of the Lusern Cultural Institute, the Cimbrians already participated in the EUROPEADA 2008. Minority: Cimbrians – German language enclave in Italy Region: Trentino Organisation: Kulturinstitut Lusern Contact: Lorenzo Baratter Email:

E3 Clwb Cymric (the Welsh) Clwb Cymric is a Welsh football club from Cardiff. The club was formed in 1969 by a group of friends who play football and want to promote the community by using the Welsh language at the same time.


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Wales lies in the west of Great Britain and forms together with England, Northern Ireland and Scotland the United Kingdom. In contrast to the other territories Wales, because of strong resistance and its rough terrain, was never conclusively conquered by the AngloSaxons and therefore stayed Celtic. Welsh is one of the oldest languages in Europe but is still a living language, used by around 20% of the population of Wales. The formation of the National Assembly of Wales in 1997, has given the Welsh language further status and political support. In 2010 the Welsh language was recognised as an official language within Wales. The revitalisation of the Welsh language over the past 40 years is one of the most positive examples of language promotion in Europe. d a delegation of 16 players to Lusatia. Clwb Cymric are currently experiencing one of its most successful periods in the club‘s history. Clwb Cymric were proud to represented Wales at EUROPEADA 2008 in Switzerland and is again looking forward to participate in the EUROPEADA 2012. Minority: Welsh Region: Wales Organisation: Clwb Cymric Cardiff Contact: Huw Jones Email:

E4 Occitanie of football (Occitans) Occitanie of football – is the Occitan representation at the EUROPEADA 2012. Occitan is a seperate Romance language, also called langue d’oc. The language is disseminated over a wide area encompassing the whole south of France, and ranges into Spain and Italy. According to estimates, the language is still spoken by several million people. The team of Occitania is a selection of amateur football players, who have been united by the organisation Occitana de Fotbòl, whose aim is to promote the Occitan identity and culture. Already in 2008 the team participated in the EUROPEADA 2008 in Graubünden. The Occitans are also involved in the VIVA World Cup – the world football federation of the countries not recognised by FIFA. Minority: Occitans Region: Languedoc /South of France Organisation: Association Occitania de Fotbòl (A.O.F.) Contact: Sebastien Picard, Aymeric Amiel Email:


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