Waltham, MA, November 20, 2017: Twenty coaches and six selected players from GPS and FCB Affiliate clubs travelled to Munich last week for the annual technical visit to FC Bayern’s home. The trip, which took place from November 13-19, has been an opportunity for the coaches to learn the FC Bayern philosophy and methodology while our players had the fabulous experience to train with FC Bayern Youth Teams in front of FC Bayern Coaches.
The list of ID Players selected for the trip this year includes:
Coaches and players had the opportunity to “live” the life inside the FC Bayer Campus, a 30-acre facility comprehending of eight football pitches for youth teams from the U-9s to the U-19s and the Frauen Teams, a 2,500-capacity stadium, offices for staff and 35 apartments for talents who don’t live in the Munich Area.
In this state-of-the-art sport venue, our players enjoyed the sessions over the week, having the opportunity to face and confront themselves with FC Bayern players. FC Bayern coaches have been very pleased by our ID Players performance. ‘Once again I am proud of the quality displayed by our programming in US’ said Sebastian Dremmler, Head of FCB International Academy, ‘I look forward to visiting again GPS in 2018 to identify the next players who will train at the FCB Campus.’
In addition to the practices with FC Bayern Teams, our players had the time to visit the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern and the Olympic Stadium, heart of the Olympic Area and home of FC Bayern until 2006.
During their five-day stay, the GPS staff had the opportunity to follow several training session of FC Bayer Youth Teams, while attending a three-day technical workshop on general soccer education guidelines, FCB Ladies Programming and Goalkeeping in the new FC Bayern offices.
Saturday was a day full of Youth Academy games for our hosts at the FCB Campus, who got the opportunity to see on the field what has been explained during the week in the classroom. Thereafter staff and players went directly to the Allianz Arena to assist to the first team game against FC Augsburg, which ended up with FC Bayern winning 3-0 in a sold out (as always) stadium.
On Sunday the group had the chance to attend an open first team training session and meet with Jupp Heynckes, the legendary FCB Head Coach, who recently achieved his 500th win in Bundesliga (as a player and as a coach). A fantastic epilogue for GPS players and families that on Sunday flew back in North America with a baggage full of tremendous and emotional experiences.
“The third technical visit was another huge success. We were able to witness a truly wonderful week of football with the added bonus of seeing two of our own boys there participating in FCB junior team sessions,” said Luke Krawczyk, GPS Carolina General Manager, who lead the group in Munich.
The level of access to FC Bayern facilities and staff displays the uniqueness of the most extensive European Club partnership ever seen in the USA.
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