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Allianz Malaysia’s search for young football talents to be part of the Allianz Junior Football Camp (“AJFC”) 2015 ended on 13 June at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor. It was a culmination which saw the selection of the best 11 talented players who will be joining the camp in Munich, Germany and its Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia. 

The top three young football talents will be going to Munich, Germany from 13 – 18 August 2015 while the other eight boys will be going to Bali, Indonesia from 28  – 31July 2015. The three boys who were selected to go to Munich, Germany will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience to undergo professional football training by FC Bayern Munich’s official coaches, meet stars of FC Bayern Munich, visit the city of Munich and watch a match of FC Bayern Munich live at the Allianz Arena among others. The other eight young talents who will be going to Bali will be coached by FC Bayern Munich coaches who will travel to Bali especially for this. The Asian Camp was introduced two years ago due to the massive response from Asian countries since 2012.

“The camps in Munich and Bali will not only inspire and develop the boys’ talent, but will also provide them an insight into the professional world of football. They will also experience the intercultural exchange between the different nationalities. I take this opportunity to congratulate the winners who will not only learn but also enjoy themselves at these camps,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad. These 11 young talents were among the 56 teams and 672 players who joined AJFC’s 2015 Malaysia League since it kicked off on 11 April 2015 at three different locations; Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and EduCity, Johor. 16 teams from Selangor and 20 teams each from Penang and Johor were part of the League which was held over six weeks until 23 May 2015. From here, four teams from Selangor and six teams each from Penang and Johor qualified to the National Finals where the winners were selected. These 11 boys were part of the teams that qualified for the National Finals and were independently selected by a panel of professional coaches. 

“The National Finals provided a great opportunity for these young talents to showcase their skills.  The level of commitment shown by these young talents is indeed tremendous. It takes a lot of discipline especially to get to this stage,” continued Zakri.

The League itself saw 1,924 matches played with 2,197 goals scored. Allianz Malaysia decided to organise a league based on feedback that there was a lack of competition at the 14 -16 years old youth level. The format and structure for the AJFC Malaysia were designed to create a highly competitive environment where skills, teamwork, speed, fitness and ball sense were amplified. 

With the League format introduced this year, the first-ever champions of the League were also announced.  The team that took the number one spot as the Champion of League won RM5,000 worth of Adidas merchandise while the team that took the second spot won RM2,000 worth of Adidas merchandise. The team that came in third took home RM1,500 worth of Adidas merchandise. 

“For the very first time, since AJFC was first introduced in Malaysia four years ago, we have conducted the selection in a league format where we could also identify the best teams. The League reinforces the importance of our players getting more ball time and game time in a team environment. This in fact provides opportunities in the grassroot level and in a competitive team environment for these young talents; giving them first-hand experience on vital football principles,” said Zakri.

The Allianz Junior Football Camp was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur on 26 February 2015. Interested teenagers between 14 and 16 years of age formed a team of twelve players and registered on Allianz Malaysia’s Facebook page. Last year, over 6,000 teenagers applied to participate in the camp worldwide, out of which 75 teenagers from 25 different countries from four continents were selected for the 2014 Allianz Junior Football Camp. This is the seventh year that the Allianz Junior Football Camp is being held and Malaysia is part of this for the fourth consecutive year. 

Note: Please refer to the attachment for the winning players and teams.