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FCB launches scouting operation in India

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:20 am

Bayern have been watching the entire Asian football scene for a number of years now, finally bringing in Takashi Usami, the club's first Japanese player, a few weeks ago. The 19-year-old Usami, named best young player of 2010 in the J-League, rates as one of Japan's most promising starlets, and the Munich giants believe he is fully capable of making the breakthrough in the Bundesliga.

And talented youths from another Asian country could soon be following in Usami's footsteps. Together with partners adidas and Audi, FCB are implementing a major new project in India. The second most populous country in the world with its 1.2 billion inhabitants, India has already received a number of visits from Bayern teams in recent years.

Boom time for Indian football

"Players from all over the world are in Europe nowadays, so why wouldn't we see Indians among their number in the next 5 or 6 years?" Paul Breitner commented on Monday. The former FCB midfielder was addressing a news conference at the Säbener Strasse to launch the FC Bayern Youth Cup, a series of international mini-pitch tournaments for 14 to 16-year-olds to be staged in a number of countries.

"India is growing incredibly fast, and that goes for its football too," FC Bayern acting board director commented Andreas Jung. "We're convinced India can become a very important market for this club. We can't guarantee uncovering a player capable of joining us as a professional, but it's well worth a try," Jung continued.

From India to Bavaria

"However, the very first task is to lay down the foundations, and then we'll see how things develop," Jung advised. The FC Bayern Youth Cup represents the first step. In October, a pilot tournament will be staged in Indian capital New Delhi, with some 600 youths taking part. The very best will be invited to Munich in May 2012 for training and trial matches.

They would be following in the footsteps of six youths who were picked out during an FCB All Stars tour of India in November 2010, and who are currently spending two weeks at the Säbener Strasse. And who knows, perhaps a skilled starlet from India might be the next lucky player to make the leap from the Asian continent to Germany's biggest club.
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