New Ger­man FA academy set to blow bud­get — re­port

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

BER­LIN: The planned Ger­man Foot­ball As­so­ca­tion (DFB) academy in Frank­furt is set to cost 150 mil­lion eu­ros ($175.8m) to com­plete, in­stead of the bud­geted 90m, it has been re­vealed.

Work on the state-of-the-art com­plex, where the next gen­er­a­tion of Ger­many stars, ref­er­ees and coaches will be ed­u­cated and de­vel­oped, is due to start next year and be com­pleted in 2020, but costs have risen sharply.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the con­struc­tion price in­dex in the last two years have risen, so lit­i­ga­tion has cost us a few ex­tra mil­lion eu­ros, so it is im­por­tant that the work starts soon,” DFB gen­eral sec­re­tary Friedrich Cur­tius told daily news­pa­per Die Welt.

“We as­sume we will be able to take over the plot in early 2018 and lay the first bricks in sum­mer 2018.”

The fi­nal sum for the sprawl­ing com­plex must be ap­proved by the DFB’s se­nior com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber, but Cur­tius says there are no con­cerns about the project. - AFP

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