French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will inaugurate its first Academy in Germany in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of an exclusive partnership with Football Academy Dusseldorf GmbH.
From the end of June 2019, two days of discovery will be organized by the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Germany, respectively on June 22 in Düsseldorf and June 29 in Oberhausen. Supervised by Benjamin Houri, Head Coach of Paris Saint-Germain Academy and Guido Contrino, National Technical Director of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, these discovery days will allow young participants to benefit from training and tactical sessions imbued with the philosophy of game and values of Paris Saint-Germain.
As of July 13, 2019, nearly 600 young Germans aged 6 to 16 are expected to participate in the courses organized by the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in the cities of Düsseldorf and Oberhausen.
Beginning in September 2019, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy will permanently establish itself in Düsseldorf and Oberhausen and will receive year-round youths at its football schools. Children will benefit from high-end infrastructures but also the expertise and know-how of its Sports Director Guido Contrino, specially trained by Paris Saint-Germain.
In Düsseldorf a cooperation with Bezirksliga (seventh division) side DSV 04 Lierenfeld will see their youth teams play as SG Lierenfeld/PSG in kits of the French champions.
Fabien Allègre, Director of Merchandising and Brand Diversification at Paris Saint-Germain, said: “The launch of this Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Germany will bring us closer to our fans in the country by offering them to practice the football according to a methodology specific to Paris Saint-Germain. Germany is one of the countries where we have strong ties thanks to Thomas Tuchel, Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer, who are the proud representatives and who attract supporters for the last few years. We thank our partner Football Academy Dusseldorf GmbH with whom we work to transmit the expertise and values of our Club beyond the borders.”
Paris Saint-Germain’s first team coach Thomas Tuchel added: “It’s a particular pleasure for me to see Paris Saint-Germain develop in Germany. This Academy will share Paris Saint-Germain’s vision of football with young Germans and offer them quality coaching.”
But not everyone is happy with this development. There has been a lot of criticism by the German Bundesliga clubs and also smaller local sides, who fear a drain of talented players to the PSG Academy in Paris once the children have been scouted.