Real Madrid to open football academies in Pak­istan

Nether­lands not good against Ger­many

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Reign­ing La Liga cham­pi­ons Real Madrid are set to open football academies in Pak­istan af­ter a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Foun­da­tion Realmadrid (FRM) and Aman Sports, a sub­sidiary of the non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Aman Foun­da­tion.

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) was signed be­tween the two par­ties at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu on Thurs­day which will ini­tially lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of two schools in Karachi, tar­get­ing boys and girls aged be­tween 6 -17 years of age. The academies will have coach­ing fa­cil­i­ties as well as state-of-the-art equip­ment.

Aman Sports, which aims to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion through sports, will be set­ting up the academies in two of the big­gest schools run by The Cit­i­zens Foun­da­tion (TCF).

“The FRM has a num­ber of academies glob­ally as well. We thought it ( Real Madrid) would be suit­able be­ing one of the big­gest club names in the world and it pro­vides that magnetic pull,” Di­rec­tor of AmanS­ports Faisal Mirza said while speak­ing to Dawn. com.

The main idea is to get un­der­privi- leged chil­dren, es­pe­cially those who do not have ac­cess to sports fa­cil­i­ties, to go to school with the prom­ise of a bet­ter sports en­vi­ron­ment – in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional coach­ing.

“There is ab­so­lutely no skill re­quire­ment, the kids will not be charged any­thing. Our ba­sic re­quire­ment is that if you want ac­cess to these sports fa­cil­i­ties, you need to be in school, “Mirza added.

AmanS­ports will be send­ing its coaches to Real Madrid to get fur­ther train­ing and will be work­ing on get­ting some of their coaches to come to Pak­istan to pro­vide train­ing and work­shops. “We are ex­cited to col­lab­o­rate with Aman Foun­da­tion to im­ple­ment our FRM model in Pak­istan for the bet­ter­ment of chil­dren through the power of sport,” said Real Madrid’s Sport­ing Di­rec­tor Miguel Pardeza af­ter fi­nal­is­ing the deal.


Ri­cardo van Rhijn has ad­mit­ted that Nether­lands did not do enough to beat Ger­many in Wed­nes­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly at the Am­s­ter­dam ArenA.

Oranje were sec­ond best for large parts of the game and only re­ally man­aged to threaten in the fi­nal 30 min­utes, and Van Rhijn ac­knowl­edged that Hol­land did not have an easy time of it.

“We saw that Ger­many are a team of the high­est level and that we are un­able to con­trol an en­tire game at this point,” Van Rhijn told “They were the bet­ter team in the open­ing 45 min­utes. We bounced back af­ter the break and were a bit more in charge then. “Ger­many dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and we had to chase down the ball rather than dic­tate play. That wasn’t easy. We all know that Ger­many are a great team and can play some good soc­cer.

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