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Phuket Sport: Thai teens to train with FC Bayern in Germany

Phuket Sport: Thai teens to train with FC Bayern in Germany

FOOTBALL: Two Thai teenagers are on their way to train with top German team FC Bayern Munich after being selected at a football training camp in Phuket last week.

Saturday 6 July 2013, 01:33PM

Sutthirak (left) and Taninrat with their selection certificates.

Sutthirak (left) and Taninrat with their selection certificates.

Sutthirak Chantharuphan, from Bangkok Christian College, and Taninrat Ruengsophonhirun, from Pathumwilai School in Pathum Thani, will join teenagers from all over the world at the prestigious Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) in Munich, Germany next month.

They were among 46 teenagers from seven countries who took part in an Asia pre-selection camp for the AJFC training programme, held at the British International School Phuket in Koh Kaew last weekend. 

Coaching staff from Phuket Soccer Schools assisted FC Bayern Academy coach and scout Timon Pauls at BISP with the intensive training programme.

PSS head coach Martin Hill said the players went through drills including shooting under pressure and passing in tight spaces, followed by a tournament of six-a-side training matches.

“It was a truly unforgettable experience for this multicultural group, as all the boys and girls got to witness the beauty of Phuket and share the common goal of ‘football for life,” Mr Hill said.

The two winners from the Asia pre-selection camp in Phuket are among 25 young footballers from Asia who will travel to Munich for next month’s camp.

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“It is a great experience for these very passionate teenagers,” said FC Bayern scout Timon Pauls, who led the pre-selection camp at the BISP.

“Besides intensive training sessions, they are also given the insights into the structure and philosophy of the FC Bayern Academy. Even if I am used to working in a very international environment at Bayern, for me it is not an everyday experience to practice with 41 youngsters from seven different countries.”

Founded in 2009, the AJFC is now in its fifth year. The programme aims to bring youngsters together to develop their football skills, help them explore foreign cultures, and gain friends for life.

The first AJFC at Bayern Munich trained 34 teenagers from nine different countries. Last year 75 teenagers from 25 countries attended the camp, chosen from a field of more than 60,000 applications from around the world.

The AJFC features six days of football at the FC Bayern training ground on Säbener Straße in Munich.

The AJFC also includes the chance to watch Bayern play in the Bundesliga opener and d meet international footballing superstars like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm, Javi Martinez, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer.

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