Perfect outing for Orschmann twins


ON Saturday, Nov 12, Katja Orschmann entered the dressing room after a match with her second- division club Union Berlin and picked up her phone.
It was flashing to let her know she had missed a call from none other than Germany Under-20 women’s soccer team manager Renate Lingor.
This was to invite the 18-year-old on the biggest adventure of her life – to Papua New Guinea.
“When I saw her name on the screen, I guessed that might be why she was calling,” Orschmann told during an interview at the team hotel in Port Moresby.
Less than 48 hours later, she stepped out of a plane on the other side of the world to replace the injured Rieke Dieckmann at the U20 Women’s World Cup.
“I like being spontaneous, so this was the perfect situation for me.”
Twin sister Dina, who was already at the tournament with Germany, was particularly delighted by the news and could hardly wait for Katja’s arrival.
“She called me up and played a bit of a joke on me, telling me she missed me and would love to come out here,” explained Dina, with a grin.
“Of course, we were thrilled to be reunited.”
The twins’ joy reached unprecedented levels during their 2-0 win in the final group match against South Korea on Monday, when Dina struck in remarkable style to give Germany a 1-0 lead before racing to the bench to give her sister an excited hug. “The emotion just bubbled over,” Dina said.
“I was over the moon at that moment and thought of my entire family cheering us on at home.
Katja had her own reason to celebrate 10 minutes before the final whistle, when she made her first World Cup appearance as a substitute.
“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect day for the Orschmanns,” the sisters concluded happily.
Should they manage to make it all the way to the final, it may be time for another family reunion.
“We have two older sisters of whom one is currently in New Zealand,” Dina said.
“She hasn’t visited us yet so she’s got to come see us if we get to the final.” –

Leave a Reply