The costumes of the national team Kosovo It contains a series of tremendous stories, of terrifying experiences, of young people who today enjoy football and life, but whose existence was one step away from being swallowed up by the horrible war that caused thousands of deaths and displaced people. A drama that still embarrasses Europe two decades later. In March, Samir ujkani, Kosovar captain, told MARCA
as his father took them out of the country because a Serbian judge warned him that if he did not leave they would go after him. His relatives who decided to stay could not tell.
, Lazio striker, at the age of four knew the sound of a
and the one with the rockets. And despair. He remembers running away from home, hiding in a tavern with more than 50 people, sleeping on boxes of bottles and with two liters of milk for everyone. In his soul he bears the tears of his mother and those of the other children locked there, when they asked for food. His diet, morning, noon, and night, was onions and bread. Serbian troops arrived at their home and gave them two hours to escape before wiping out the entire population.
“Allah protected us,” he recalls
The story of
(1-2-1995, Skenderaj) is another one that makes the hair stand on end. His parents were cornered and decided to escape to the north. The player today of
he had to leave his home and hide to escape the constant bombardment of the Serbian paramilitaries. He was just 3 years old when his land was filled with blood. His father, a military man, understood shortly after that if they did not flee, the worst awaited them in a place where death was rampant. With his wife and four children, he went north to the forest.
He does not forget that: “We lived in the forest for months to escape the bombs, the devastated villages. We rode in tractors hidden under sacks of grain. We had to sleep in the open: tired, hungry, cold, thirsty …”. The family
He succeeded and one day crossed the border of the
. They left their land behind, then traversed by rivers of blood. But his odyssey was not over.