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The Telegraph, Friday, 16th June, 2017:

BEND LIKE BASTIAN, TACKLE LIKE LAHM AND VOLLEY LIKE MUELLER AT THE GERMAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY

The men who've produced the likes of Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm through the Bayern Munich ranks were recently busy training kids in Calcutta. Bayern youth team coaches Matthias Nowak and Peter Wenninger trained boys and girls aged between 6 and 17 for German Football Academy ( GFA), at the iLead Sports Complex in Topsia. The Academy has been co- founded by Matthias and Germinati Sportz, a sports development company run by Krish Roy and Chetan Chavan. While GFA has a full- fledged coaching team, they are looking to get German coaches down here on a quarterly basis. The academy has been functioning in Calcutta and Pune since April. t2 kicked along in one of their training sessions at their Calcutta centre on Monday.

Utsabh Banerjee, 10, was having a ball.

" Matthias taught me some really nice samba skills! It was great fun," smiled the La Martiniere for Boys student, who idolises Lionel Messi.

Aishwarya Krishnan was giving the boys a run for their goals. " I've only been playing for three months and GFA has helped me have fun and improve my game," said the St. Xavier's College student.

" A large part of our plan is women's football. GFA is going to provide women with a proper platform and show them a career path. All of our coaches are licensed and with Matthias Nowak's expertise, we can take this to another level," said Rhea Rao, the only girl in the coaching team at the moment...

https://epaper.telegraphindia.com/detail/263282-17751390.html

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