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Bayern Munich’s new youth academy nearly ready

Bayern Munich’s new €70 million youth academy will open on the outskirts of the city this summer, following two years of construction work.

Jurgen Muth, director of the club’s Allianz Arena, told delegates at the ESSMA conference at Parc OL in Lyon last week, that the state-of-the-art academy will open its doors as scheduled.

The new facility will boast eight football pitches, including one with a 2,500-seat stand, a youth academy, offices and a multi-purpose sports hall.

Muth said:

We need another nine months and our new training centre will open in the summer. Youth development is an important pillar of success.

The best possible training is only possible with an appropriate infrastructure and this is one of the reasons why investments are increasingly being made in newbuildings or in the modernization of club facilities.

Bayern Munich’s youth academy, which has delivered players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philip Lahm and Thomas Mueller, currently shares the same Säbener Strasse training facilities as the professional players where space is at a premium.

The club identified part of a disused army barracks as an ideal location for the new facility.

Muth said:

It was a great challenge to find a suitable property for the new training centre in an ever-growing Munich.

Barracks are being closed down all over Germany and Bayern bought a 30-hectare site on the northern part of a barracks on the outskirts of Munich. It is in close proximity to the Allianz Arena and has good transport links.

The main academy will include up to 80 rooms for the youth players, as well as four complete team areas with changing rooms. There will also be medical rooms for the players and high quality kitchens. Muth added:

Everybody is looking forward to this new milestone in the history of Bayern Munich and hopes that many junior players will find their way out of the youth talent centre into the professional team.