The annual Allianz Junior Football Camp that took place in Bali this year has come and gone in the blink of an eye but for thirteen players a new journey is set to begin in the coming weeks.
In existence for eight years now, Allianz and FC Bayern München again partnered-up in 2016 to provide aspiring young Asian footballers with the opportunity to travel to Germany in order to train at Bayern’s practice facility and also watch a match at the Allianz Arena.
That prize was to be earned and not given away though.
8314 candidates, aged between 14 and 16 years of age, across Thailand, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Indonesia applied for entry to the four-day camp that took place in Bali.
Only 50 were accepted and from that 50 only 14 were rewarded with the chance to fly to Germany on the 25th of August to experience one of Europe’s most successful football clubs.
Part of the coaching staff at the camp in Bali was former Brazilian international star Giovane Élber. He, and all the other coaches present, were not only coaching football but also educating the young players about life.
The camp was another great success and the legacy it is creating is getting more and more substantial each year.
The players selected to travel to Germany were:
China Life: Zihao Huang, Weihao Li
China P&C: Yu HOU
Indonesia: Haikal Nur Karim, Rifqy Nur Furqon
Malaysia: Ruventhiran Vengadesen, Sharvin Selvakumaran, Shankar P. Ghanais
Taiwan: Chang, Chia Wen, Wu Yen-Shu
Thailand: Teerapat Prangthong, Thanakit Rueanphet, Natthanon Charoensingkeewan, Sunchai Chaolaokhwan