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U17 Vietnamese national team embarks on football trip to Germany

By Ngoc Diem   March 19, 2022 | 01:00 am PT
Vietnam's U17 national football team will train and play against four Bundesliga youth teams during a five-week trip in Germany.

The U17 national team has arrived in Germany for the start of the Vietnamese young football talent incubator in Germany project.

The young players, who were born in 2005 or 2006, will spend time with the youth departments at Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach. These four Bundesliga clubs have collaborated on a common training syllabus, with each club focusing on a different aspect of match play.

Clubs will share their knowledge and insights into young development with the attending Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) coaches, in addition to player development. The entire crew will be able to watch Bundesliga matches too.

Following the team’s trip, Bundesliga clubs will select some of the finest players to stay in Germany for an additional week of intensive training.

U17 Vietnamese national team set off Germany for training. Photo by Next Media

The U17 Vietnamese national team set off to Germany for training. Photo by Next Media

On Wednesday, Deutsche Fußball Liga signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with VFF and Vietnam Professional Football League (VPF), vowing to assist the expansion of football in Vietnam.

The MoU focuses on three main areas of collaboration including enhancing technical, sporting competence, strengthening league and club structures, and developing the Vietnamese football fan base and culture.

"We hope this will just be the start of the journey for these players, and they will help propel Vietnamese football to the next level in the coming years," said Robert Klein, CEO Bundesliga International.

"Current U17 players will be the next generation for U23/Olympic teams, as well as the future senior national team. The VFF believes this program will be a great opportunity for players to experience the quality of football in Germany," said Le Hoai Anh, VFF general secretary.

Nguyen Trung Kien, Next Media general director, stressed that since partnering with the Bundesliga, Next Media has devised a long-term strategy with the VFF and Deutsche Fußball Liga to collaborate and elevate the level of Vietnamese football.

Nguyen Trung Kien, Next Media General Director and Robert Klein, CEO of Bundesliga International. Photo by Next Media

Nguyen Trung Kien (L), Next Media General Director, and Robert Klein, CEO of Bundesliga International. Photo by Next Media

The young Vietnamese football talent incubator in Germany project was established with the cooperation of VFF, Next Media, and Bundesliga.

Bundesliga International is a subsidiary of the Deutsche Fußball Liga. Through a global network of 80 partners, the company is marketing audiovisual, sponsorship (partnership) rights, brand, and digital licensing.

The Bundesliga, which was founded in 1963, is made up of 18 teams that compete in a promotion and relegation system with Bundesliga 2. This is the premier professional association football league in Germany.

Next Media is the strategic partner of several broadcast stations, Dailymotion, Facebook, and YouTube. The company has possessed full media rights for Germany’s primary football competition (Bundesliga) for five years, media rights for matches including the Vietnamese national football team during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification process, AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, and national professional football tournaments.

U17 Vietnamese national team embarks on a football trip to Germany. Video by Next Media

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