Karl Heinz Rummenigge unveils FC Bayern's first overseas academy

Kolkata, Nov 12 (UNI) World cupper and FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge today unveiled Bundesliga giant's first overseas soccer institute - Bengal Techno Bayern Munich Football Academy (BTBMFA) - for promotion of soccer in West Bengal.

'' FC Bayern is here not to make money or profit. Our goal is to build a good long time partnership with the state and share our expertise and resources for promotion of soccer here, '' said Rummenigge, who played for Germany in three World Cups 1978, 82 and 86.

Rummenigge, who flew here this noon only to announce FC Bayern's joint project, BTBMFA, with Techno India, a renowned engineering institute, with logictical support from the state Government, said an agreement was being finalised to start the acadeny at Burdwan, about 120 km away from Kolkata.

Reliable sources of the academy said FC Bayern initially had agreed to have a three-year contact here with Rs five crore annual fees as consultancy and other incidental charges, but finally the details of the agreement might be amended.

All expenditures, besides consultancy charges, building of stadium, hostels, artificial turfs would be borne by the Techno India.

Rummenige said they were very serious about the academy, describing it as a special one than any other in Europe.

He said they have a tie-up with a Japanese club for the past three years, but BTBMFA was a distinct one.

He said Germany's all time greats Oliver Kahn, who played his last match with Bayern at Salt Lake Stadium, was amazed to see huge response from football fans in last May.

'' If we do something for promotion of soccer, it will be greatly satisfying, '' Rummenigge told a news conference.

The football academy, a brain-child of West Bengal's Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen, will come up in a 15 acre of land with all modern facilities, including hostels and educational insitutions, for budding footballers.


Story first published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 20:06 [IST]
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