Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup January 5 & 6, 2019

Bayern Munich Wants to Know It- Also at The Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup

Nine Out of Twelve Players Are National Players / The Trainer is Sebastian Hoeneß

What is the Relationship status? "It's complicated," that is what people said in modern terms, when in the past years the topic about Bayern Munich and the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup came up. In the first four years of the tournament, Bayern participated three times, and then a long break followed for various reasons. However, after 24 years Bayern will be back on January 5 and 6 to participate in the 28th edition of the tournament.

On Bayern’s last participation at the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in 1994, the soccer legend Gerd Müller was still the teams U19 coach. Nevertheless, the Munich players never came beyond the group stage more specifically the quarterfinals. The Bayern team plays now in the group B of the tournament against the defending champion TSG Hoffenheim 1899, 1. FC Cologne and Panathinaikos Athens.

Bayern Munich takes the youth work seriously. They want to go back to the time where Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, and Thomas Müller made the leap out of the youth team on their own. As a result, they have developed a long-term concept that will bring Bavaria back to the top in the field of young talents.

As usual, whenever Bavaria does something, they do it very intense. Since 1 August 2017, the FC Bayern Campus is the new home for the young talents of the world champions. Overall, eight soccer fields are located on the approximately 30-acre site. Teams from U9 to U19, as well as women
 and girls of the FCB train and play there.

The Bayern’s U17 and U19 Bundesliga home games as well as the U19 home games of the UEFA Youth League are held in the stadium, which has seat availability for 2500 viewers. Well-equipped is the campus also for athletics and rehabilitation training, and has a small fitness park with a fitness hill too.

The heart of the new junior performance center is the Allianz FC Bayern Academy. 35 apartments are available for talents who do not come from the Greater Munich area in addition to the trainer, staff offices, and a 1000 square meter athletic and rehabilitation sector.

"We now have an academy with educators, doctors, sports psychologists, and good trainers which are something to be proud of," says Jochen Sauer, head of the youth performance center.

"We want to work here at full speed, train our youth players as best as possible, and lead them closer to our professional team," says Hermann Gerland, sports manager on the campus. The talents are keeping their sights set on the common goal, which is on the FC Bayern Campus.

The outlines of the Allianz Arena are clearly visible about three kilometers east of the campus.

That motivates.

Bayern has already caught up to the absolute top in the U19 Bundesliga. They remain undefeated in the UEFA Champions Youth League against Paris St. Germain, RSC Anderlecht, and Celtic Glasgow. The team is set as the group winners for the quarterfinal. The Munich team takes the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup seriously and arrives to the Glaspalast with a top team. Sebastian Hoeneß is the trainer; he is the son of VfB legend Dieter Hoeneß. Nine out of twelve players are listed as youth internationals...

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