WERDER.DE: Was it always your childhood dream to become a professional footballer?
Eren Dinkci: “I’m pretty sure every kid that plays football dreams about that. I wasn’t any different. When I was playing at U17s level, I was invited for a trial at Rot-Weiß Erfurt, but they didn’t end up taking me. I started to genuinely doubt if it was going to happen for me and thought that it was going to be really difficult to get into a club. I just focused on playing in Borgfeld with my friends and would wait and see where it would take me.”
WERDER.DE: How come you hadn’t already started playing for Werder by that point?
Eren Dinkci: “I used to train regularly with Werder at U9s and U10s level, right through to until U14s level. Some of the others would always ask how is it that I’m not playing for Werder. To be honest, I don’t know why. I probably just wasn’t good enough. I never really gave it that much thought.”
WERDER.DE: You did end up joining Werder in the end of course. How did that come about?
Eren Dinkci: “My coach in Borgfeld managed to get me into a scouting tournament in Duisburg with a selection of U18s players from Bremen. There were scouts from every club there. I scored in our second game, and got a goal and an assist in our third. I remember having a really good game against the Bavaria XI in our final match. That caught FC Ingolstadt’s attention, and [then Werder U19s coach] Marco Grote invited me to a trial as well. I was due to take part in five sessions, but after the second one, he said that he wanted me to be part of the Werder team the next year. I was over the moon.”