Qing­dao and Mu­nich team up for soc­cer part­ner­ship

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By WANG MINGJIE in Lon­don wang­mingjie@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

Qing­dao Sino-Ger­man Eco­park and FC Bay­ern Mu­nich signed an agree­ment in Ber­lin to set up the first FC Bay­ern Mu­nich soc­cer school in China.

The move was aimed at help­ing de­velop soc­cer at the pop­u­lar and school lev­els, rid­ing on in­creas­ingly strong in­ter­est in China’s soc­cer in­dus­try.

The school, pow­ered by Bay­ern Mu­nich’s youth soc­cer train­ing sys­tem, will be built in the Eco­park, which will house foot­ball fields and fa­cil­i­ties for train­ing.

The deal will see a com­pre­hen­sive foot­ball train­ing sys­tem from Ger­many im­planted into China.

Un­der the agree­ment, FC Bay­ern Mu­nich, cham­pi­ons in Ger­man Bun­desliga for the last four years and cur­rently in first po­si­tion, will send qual­i­fied coaches and train­ers to China every year to help de­velop Chi­nese foot­ball man­agers and young play­ers.

“Foot­ball is an im­por­tant part of Ger­man cul­ture. The Sino-Ger­man Eco­park plays a crit­i­cal role in strength­en­ing foot­ball cul­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions of two na­tions. The part­ner­ship with FC Bay­ern Mu­nich shows two coun­tries can find op­por­tu­ni­ties to work to­gether in the tide of foot­ball in­no­va­tion and re­form,” said Wang Duo, CEO of Sino-Ger­man United Group, which man­ages the Eco­park.

China’s am­bas­sador to Ger­many, Shi Mingde, who wit­nessed the sign­ing, said the part­ner­ship demon­strates great po­ten­tial and broad prospects for both sides to cul­ti­vate foot­ball de­vel­op­ment as well as to pro­mote a foot­ball econ­omy in China.

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