Created on 2015-08-19 at 12:00 PM
"A great adventure," said FC Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of this year's Allianz Junior Football Camp as 75 kids from around the world got to experience, including two from the U.S. - William from Ohio and Ruth from U.S. youth development partner GPS branch Buffalo. The young enthusiasts were invited to Säbener Straße for the seventh Allianz Junior Football Camp and were visibly excited.
In addition to the numerous training sessions and big tournament on Monday, the youth players hailing from 27 countries eagerly looked forward to the varied supporting programs. The young participants were also live at the Allianz Arena to witness the Bundesliga home opener as FC Bayern defeated Hamburger SV 5-0. There were a number of highlights following the game on Sunday, including a tour of the Allianz Arena and a visit to the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt.
'A big group of friends'
The kids were able to meet their idols in person at a Meet & Greet with FC Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, Arturo Vidal & Co., capping off the event with a group photo with World Champion and FC Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.
"The camp wa a great success. The participants come from all over the world and leave as a big group of friends," said Oliver Kraus, Global Manager of Allianz. "We started with 9,000 applicants in 2009 and this year totalled 80,000," explained Kraus about the development of the Allianz Junior Football Camps.
Sebastian Dremmler, who took over direction on FC Bayern's part, was just as impressed: "The quality has increased from year to year. We're very happy to have so many countries all on the pitch at the same time. Football speaks one language." Dremmler also highlighted the partnership with Allianz: "A huge compliment goes to Allianz for the organization. It was, once again, a very successful camp."