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Bayern Munich reveals big plans for China

FC Bayern Munich has unveiled more details of a football school and training centre it is planning to open in the Chinese city of Shenzhen by the end of 2019.

The facility will include a training centre with 16 football pitches, working space for doctors, coaches, classrooms, halls and a boarding house.

The majority of the students that will attend the school are expected to come from the area in and around the metropolis.

The agreement between FC Bayern and the Shenzhen authorities includes agreements on the training and overseeing of coaches, a continued exchange in knowledge and training camps.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness met the partners in the southern Chinese city during the 2017 Audi Summer Tour.

Shenzhen is a city of 17 million inhabitants and China’s hi-tec centre. By the end of 2019 the FC Bayern Football School Shenzhen is set to open to roughly 1,000 students.

Since China began its state promotion of football, including a bilateral football treaty with Germany, cities and provinces have been opening up for cooperation. Rummenigge said:

The future is the most important thing that a club or football organisation can promote. What we saw proves to us that football in China, and in particular in Shenzhen, is on the right path.

Our coaches will have a continuous exchange of ideas with them. They will visit here and there are plans for their coaches and players to regularly visit Munich. I am sure that we can help to improve the quality of football in China.

Shenzhen is in the economically important Chinese province of Guangdong. It borders Hong Kong and the average age of city residents is 31.