Allianz Junior Football Camp league kicks off - selecting the best talents to train with FC Bayern Munich
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The 2015 edition of the Allianz Junior Football Camp (“AJFC”) league kicked off on 11 April 2015 at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor; EduCity, Johor and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. The total number of teams competing at these three locations is 56; with 16 teams in Selangor, 20 teams in Johor and 20 teams in Penang. Held for six consecutive weeks until 23 May 2015, the AJFC league culminates in a National Finals where the winning team is crowned as well as the selection of eleven talented players who will train with FC Bayern Munich. All matches for the National Finals will be held at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang.
“Since the league started three days ago, we saw many talented footballers between 14 and 16 years of age coming together and giving their best. This year, we are excited to introduce a league format for the first time, which gives great opportunity for young footballers to play competitively in a team environment. Through this, we want to reinforce important football principles, in particular the fact that football is not an individual game but team effort is paramount,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
Each team will play a15 minute, 7-a-side games. In week six, the top four teams from Johor and Penang respectively and the top eight teams from Selangor will advance to the National Finals where they will compete again to reach the Grand Final. From the players competing in the National Finals, three outstanding players will be selected for the Munich Camp in Germany from 13 – 18 August 2015. The remaining eight players will join the Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia from 28 June – 1July 2015.
“AJFC is a unique platform where talented teenagers are brought together to inspire and develop their talent through an exciting football adventure. This will indeed be very special for the selected teenagers as they will be trained directly by FC Bayern Munich official coaches whether in Munich or Bali. For the top three players who will go to Munich, they will also be able to 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; and we are happy to provide this once-in-a-lifetime experience to these talented teenagers,” concluded Zakri.
In August 2012, when AJFC was first introduced in Malaysia, two teenagers from Malaysia joined other selected teenagers from 21 different countries and four continents. Over the years, the number of teenagers has increased significantly and due to the overwhelming response received, the Asian Camp was introduced in 2013.
Last year, Allianz Malaysia sent three teenagers to Munich, Germany, while one lucky Malaysian teenager was selected to go to Munich as the wildcard winner from the Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia.