Around 6 am in the morning, Nuremberg. The first rays of sunlight are already peeking through the trees at the St. Leonhard soccer field near the city center. There, where there is usually a hustle and bustle of young people and every game is about nothing less than honor, there is still a yawning emptiness. Only a few joggers and dog owners can be seen who are already on their feet.
We have an appointment with Jeannette Harttung, a player for the FC Würzburger Kickers women's team in the third-tier Regionalliga Süd. At the age of 18, she is actually only at the beginning of a promising soccer career. Nevertheless, her story already speaks for itself.
And it is representative of so many male and female soccer players on Germany's pitches. We all have them and live through them: dreams, passion, disappointments, perseverance.