Paris Saint-Germain is set to open its first academy in Germany, in the North Rhein-Westphalia region, as part of an exclusive partnership with the Football Academy Dusseldorf GmbH.
Paris Saint-Germain Academy Germany will organise two discovery days in late June: in Dusseldorf on 22 June and Oberhausen on 29 June. Supervised by Benjamin Houri, head coach at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, and Guido Contrino, national director of football of Paris Saint-Germain Academy Germany, the two events will see their young participants take part in training and tactics sessions steeped in the playing philosophy and values of Paris Saint-Germain.
Then, on 13 July 2019, nearly 600 German youngsters aged six to 16 will attend Paris Saint-Germain Academy training camps in Dusseldorf and Oberhausen.
And in September 2019, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy will set up on a permanent basis in the two cities, hosting young players all year round at its football training centres and offering them first-rate facilities and the expertise and know-how of its director of football Guido Contrino, who has received special training for his position from Paris Saint-Germain.
“The launch of this Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Germany will take us closer to our fans in the country by offering them the chance to play football through the club’s own methodology, said Fabien Allègre, Paris Saint-Germain’s director of merchandising and brand diversification. We have strong links with Germany thanks to Thomas Tuchel, Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer, who are proud to represent the club and who have been attracting fans from the other side of the Rhine for some time now. We would like to thank our partner, Football Academy Dusseldorf GmbH, with whom we have been working to take the expertise and values of our club to new frontiers.”
“It gives me very special pleasure to see Paris Saint-Germain growing in Germany, added Paris Saint-Germain first team coach Thomas Tuchel. The Academy will provide an opportunity to share Paris Saint-Germain’s vision of football with German youngsters and offer them quality coaching.”