Record Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have officially opened their new state-of-the-art youth academy, the FC Bayern Campus, where they will be hoping to nurture the next generation of global superstars.
Spread out over 30 hectares, the new Campus is four times the size of Bayern's senior training ground at Säbener Straße. Boasting eight football pitches, a multi-purpose sports hall and a clubhouse, it will be home to the club's youth academy, as well as its basketball, handball and table tennis teams. The site also includes a 2,500-seater stadium, a gym and an in-house bistro which will be open to the public.
"Bayern Munich is very proud to be able to present the FC Bayern Campus today," said club president Uli Hoeneß during Monday's opening ceremony. "It will give us the opportunity to generate great success in the future."
The project stretches back to 2006, when Bayern acquired a plot of land close to the Allianz Arena. After nearly two years of building work and an investment of around 70 million euros, the Bayern Campus is finally ready to start churning out the next generation of Thomas Müllers, David Alabas and Philipp Lahms.
"The players who will represent Germany at the FIFA 2030 World Cup have already been born," said Rainer Koch, president of the Bavarian Football Association. "Now it's a question of finding and training the top talents."
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The new Campus is a sweeping statement of intent from Bayern, underlining their determination to focus on youth development and maintain their position as one of European football's powerhouses.
The club's U17s had the distinction of playing the first game at the FC Bayern Campus on 12 August, when they swept aside Freiburg (4-1) on the opening day of the U17 Bundesliga campaign.