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Youth section earns three-star certification

The FC Bayern junior team is celebrating a prestige success after the youth academy’s recent three-year inspection by the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL). It was rated as “very good overall” and awarded the highest grade of three stars. Following the two-star certification in the 2010/11 campaign, the academy met the “highest quality requirements” this year to secure its place among the best academies in Germany.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the management and staff working at our academy,” said junior team director Wolfgang Dremmler, who took over responsibility for the FC Bayern youth section in August 2012. The results of the recent certification process “show we’ve worked brilliantly over the past two years and continually improved. And results on the pitch show we’re on the right track too. But we won’t relax. We’ll continue to work hard to achieve the standards befitting a club like FC Bayern Munich,” Dremmler added.

The qualitative examination of the training and education structures at all of the 36 clubs in the top two divisions in Germany has been carried out since 2007. This process aims to achieve uniform standards and ensure quality standards are met and maintained. The academies are assessed every three years on behalf of the DFB and DFL. The certification was performed for the third time in succession by Foot PASS Deutschland, an independent team of sports scientists and coaches.

The certification process, lasting six months from the submission of the necessary information, examines and evaluates the areas of Strategy & Finance, Organisation & Procedures, Football Coaching & Assessment, Support & Education, Staff, Communication & Co-peration, Infrastructure & Facilities and Efficiency & Transition. FC Bayern achieved an “excellent level” in four of those eight areas.

Over 50 players in the Bundesliga

“We’ve adopted a professional approach and developed our training and structures at the academy over a long period of time. We’re very pleased about our improvement in the certification compared with the previous assessment,” said former Germany international and junior team sporting director Michael Tarnat, declaring his satisfaction with recent progress.

Proof of the outstanding work in youth development at FC Bayern is provided by the large number of players who have progressed from the junior team to the first team squad. Germany’s starting eleven for the 2014 World Cup Final included five players nurtured by the junior team: Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels. The past 15 years have seen over 50 players make it into the Bundesliga including well-known pros like Owen Hargreaves, Piotr Trochowski and Zvjezdan Misimovic. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and now Gianluca Gaudino are the most recent talented youngsters to make the grade.

The outstanding result in the certification process and the number of players progressing to the professional ranks are only possible through a “well-structured and coordinated co-operative effort throughout the whole club,” explained Dremmler. That means doing everything possible in the future and continuing to work hard to maintain this level. The three stars serve both as inspiration and obligation for the immediate and medium-term future of the youth section at FC Bayern.