Global Premier Soccer Announces Partnership with FC Bayern Munich
Bayern selects GPS as its exclusive North American Youth Partner
November 12th, 2014, New York and Boston: FC Bayern Munich, one of the most prestigious soccer clubs in the world and which also recently opened an office in New York City to expand its footprint in the U.S., has today announced an extensive partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS), one of the largest and most successful soccer clubs in the U.S.. The exclusive partnership will bring FC Bayern Munich’s Youth Academy, including its coaches, curriculum, official uniforms and importantly its principles and culture to more than 55,000 kids and 5000 coaches organized into over 75 soccer clubs supported by GPS across 11 states.
FC Bayern Munich has developed the talents of a number of current world champions via its Youth Academy such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller and are currently coached by one of the highest profiles coaches in the world, Pep Guardiola.
This partnership solidifies FC Bayern Munich’s commitment to engaging the U.S. soccer community. FC Bayern Munich’s Youth Academy coaches will be in the U.S. on a regular basis to facilitate a real know-how transfer to GPS coaches as well as providing ongoing access to Bayern curriculum via twice-monthly distributions coupled with a monthly conference call for GPS Technical Staff. FC Bayern will also establish Player Identification Programs throughout the US to identify players to go on trial in Germany every summer and work with GPS to establish GPS Bayern National Teams who will compete in National and International events.
Phillip Lahm, captain of FC Bayern Munich and the winning German National team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, stated: “I arrived at FC Bayern’s academy at 11 and everything was set up very professionally. Without the youth team I couldn’t have achieved everything I’ve achieved so far.”
Wolfgang Dremmler, Head of FC Bayern Munich Youth Academy, noted: “The soccer education of a world champion player starts at a very young age, which is why it is important to provide kids with exceptional training early in their development, as we have done at FC Bayern Munich’s Youth Academy for decades.”
Rudolf Vidal, Managing Director of FC Bayern Munich U.S., commented: “We are excited to partner with GPS, a leader in the youth soccer space, on this first of many initiatives we will be undertaking to foster a deeper connection with our millions of fans living in the States, and all soccer fans in the U.S.”
Joe Bradley, CEO of GPS Massachusetts, added: “The fact that 5 players in the starting 11 for Germany at the World Cup came through the Bayern Academy speaks for itself. It is important to note that FC Bayern also has a professional women’s team and we look forward to the impact of this partnership on both our male and female players.”
About FC Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich is one of the biggest clubs in world soccer and has a proven track record of developing world-class players and competing in the highest echelons of world football. With over 400 million supporters worldwide, and according to Forbes a brand value of $1.85 billion, the reigning FIFA Club World Cup Champion is one of the strongest brands in international soccer.
In July 2014, FC Bayern Munich opened a U.S. office in New York City to engage with the millions of FC Bayern Munich fans living in the States as well as to internationalize the brand and better promote the club’s valuable assets in the American market. FC Bayern Munich LLC serves as the club’s U.S. entity, and also includes the management of a U.S.-specific website, e-commerce store and Facebook page.
U.S. website: http://www.fcbayernmunich.com/us/
U.S. online store: http://www.bayernmunichstoreusa.com
U.S. Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/FCBayernUS
GPS is one of the largest and most successful soccer organizations in the United States providing player development programming in eleven States across the USA. GPS was founded in 2001 with a mission to establish a new and unique player development model in the US and produce players who can compete at the highest level.
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/gpsmassachusetts