Berlin - German champions Bayern Munich broke ground on
Friday for a new training centre and youth academy that will cost an estimated
70 million euros ($79.48 million), in order to keep up with the competition
from other top European clubs, officials said.
The Bavarians, one of the world's richest soccer clubs with
a turnover of more than half a billion euros, have not had a home-grown player
make a successful transition to the senior team since Thomas Mueller in 2009.
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"We have a lot of catching up to do compared to the
other big European clubs. That is why we are starting this now," said club
president Karl Hopfner during a ceremony on the plot near their Allianz Arena
stadium in the north of the city.
"I am convinced that this will become another milestone
in Bayern history," he said.
The new facility, to be completed by the start of the
2017/18 season, will have eight football pitches, including one with 2,500-seat
stands, a youth academy, offices and a multi-purpose sports hall.
Bayern youth teams are currently using the Saebener street
facilities which are home to the club headquarters and the senior team as well.For
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