Wednesday , October 4 2023

Indonesia U17 national team arrives in Germany for Bundesliga Training Camp!

In preparation for the upcoming 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup, two Bundesliga clubs will host the Indonesia U17 National Team as part of a five week-long ‘Bundesliga Training Camp’.

Organised by Bundesliga International and in collaboration with the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), the intensive training programme is scheduled to run from September 18 – October 23, 2023.

Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund will host the team, supporting the accompanying PSSI coaching staff and contributing specialised sessions in the build up to the World Cup, which begins on November 10 in Indonesia. Over the course of the training camp, the youth team will participate in six test matches against various Bundesliga youth sides to enhance their skills and tactical awareness. Former Bundesliga player and coach Frank Wormuth is currently Technical Advisor to the PSSI and will accompany the team, overseeing training throughout the trip.

While the primary focus of the training camp is rigorous preparation for the World Cup, the players will also have the opportunity to experience the unrivalled Bundesliga matchday atmosphere as part of their stay in Germany.

Bundesliga International Chief Marketing Officer Peer Naubert said: “For many years, the Bundesliga’s youth academies have produced some of football’s biggest names, from homegrown German talents to international stars.

“Working in close cooperation with our clubs, with the PSSI and stakeholders throughout Indonesian football, this initiative aligns perfectly with our commitment to developing global football talent and sharing the best practices from German football.”

Important part of the national team’s preparation

PSSI President Mr. Erick Thohir said: “The national training programme in Germany will be an important part of the national team’s preparation for high competition at the FIFA U-17 level where there are strong countries in football with talented players. We thank the Bundesliga, as well as two great Bundesliga clubs Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund, for their involvement in this high-level preparation for the national team. This is another form of positive collaboration in strengthening relations between the German Football League (DFL) and PSSI. We need support and guidance from German football so that Indonesian football can follow Germany’s success and progress in this very popular sport.

“We are happy because the Indonesian U17 national team will not only receive technical, tactical and strategic training, but will also experience the atmosphere of the tight Bundesliga competition. I hope this program will leave a strong legacy for young Indonesian players because they have become part of an academy program that has produced world-class football players.”

Various training camps around the globe

The Bundesliga Training Camp follows in the footsteps of previous coaching camps with national youth teams from India, Thailand and Vietnam, and underscores the DFL’s commitment to nurturing football talent within Indonesia. In June 2023, the DFL and PSSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding, further strengthening ties between Indonesian and German football. A few months earlier, in February 2023, the DFL’s ‘Bundesliga Common Ground’ project arrived in Southeast Asia, renovating a community football pitch in Jakarta to offer more young people the opportunity to play and enjoy football.

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