Created on 2019-04-22 at 06:33 AM
FC Bayern Partnership
In January 2019, FC Bayern Munich agreed another unique partnership with the South Korean Football Association (KFA). This strategically important partnership is already the second of the German record champions with an association in the Asian region, after a cooperation with the Japanese Football Association (JFA) had already been established in May 2018.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern München AG: "South Korea's football has great talents in the youth field and is characterised by very good youth development. We see this especially in Woo-Yeong Jeong, who joined us from South Korea a year ago and is developing excellently. We are therefore proud to enter into this partnership and to support the positive path of the KFA in the future and to take the next steps together".
"A great partnership for our association and the right step to pursue and achieve our goals. I played in the 2002 World Cup semi-final against Miroslav Klose, now a youth coach of FC Bayern. Therefore, I know about his qualities as a player and I am confident that with the support of FC Bayern and the agreed cooperation contents, our Korean talents can be brought even closer to the level demanded by young players in the top leagues in Europe today. A great opportunity not only for our players, teams and coaches, but for the whole Korean football community", says KFA CEO and record national player Myung-bo Hong.
Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern's Board Member for Internationalisation and Strategy, added after signing the contract in Munich: "The partnership with KFA is another important step in our internationalisation strategy in Asia. There are a large number of very good junior structures and talents there. Korea is one of Asia's leading countries in this field, so this cooperation is an excellent match for FC Bayern."
Special programs are being developed both for players and for the coaches of the South Korean Football Association, which are to be jointly implemented in South Korea and on the FC Bayern campus in Munich. Friendly matches between youth teams, exchange programs and training camps round off this cooperation.