Bayern Munich launches World Squad 2022 initiative
Bayern Munich’s world team is back for the second time. The global project, which received a huge following when it was carried out by the German record champions for the first time last year in cooperation with partner Volkswagen, will restart in 2022.
Once again, talented U19 players around the world will have the chance to take another step towards realizing their dream of becoming professional footballers. Among other things, an international training camp will be organised, and the world team will also be invited to play against Bayern’s U19s this summer.
“The Bayern World Squad project has developed successfully in just its first year,” said club sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “We are looking forward to seeing talented young people from all over the world. In José Mulato from Colombia, whose development we are following closely as part of our cooperation with FC Dallas, one of the players from last year has already obtained a professional contract, and many other players are on the radar of their national youth teams from the world team. It is an excellent springboard.
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Andreas Jung, Bayern Marketing Manager, added: “We are very happy with how the Bayern World Squad project has developed phenomenally. With this initiative, Bayern and Volkswagen want to promote talented young players from all over the world, give people from sometimes structurally weak regions a chance and generally contribute to a cultural exchange. Talent from different nations with different cultural backgrounds, united in FC Bayern – this international flagship project is another example of our club’s core values: diversity, tolerance and cohesion.
Talented players born in 2004 or 2005 who wish to become a member of the world team must send Bayern an application video of no more than 90 seconds in length, in which they demonstrate their individual skills. The application form, conditions of participation and further information on the evaluation criteria are available at the following link: fcbayern.com/worldsquad
In 2021, a total of 654 players from 64 countries submitted over 1,200 videos to apply for a spot on the team. The only entry qualification this year is again year of birth: 2004 or 2005. The scouting and selection process is handled by a team of professional coaches including the former Bayern captain and European Cup winner world Klaus Augenthaler, as well as Bayern international youth coach Christopher Loch. They will also animate the training sessions within the framework of the project, with a particular emphasis on team building and cultural exchange, in addition to the sporting aspects.
Former Bayern and German great Klaus Augenthaler will lead the project. -Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
One of last year’s World Team players, José Mulato, signed his first professional contract this season. As part of Bayern’s talent development partnership with FC Dallas, the Colombia U19 international has joined Dallas feeder club North Texas SC on loan for the remainder of the year.
The full journey of the youngsters, from training through the selection process to the game against Bayern’s youth team in Munich, will be documented again in a multi-part series in late autumn this year. so fans can see the dream of becoming a professional footballer take shape.