Jurgen Klinsmann and Danny Williams defend the Bundesliga Common Ground project
Jurgen Klinsmann and Danny Williams have defended the Bundesliga’s ‘Common Ground’ project and the effect it could have on opportunities for young people in football around the world.
The DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga launched the project earlier this month with the aim of “renovating and revitalizing football pitches around the world to give more young people the opportunity to play and enjoy football”.
Locations have already been unveiled in Lagos (Nigeria), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Other sites are planned in Germany, Argentina, Poland, the United States and Southeast Asia.
Addressed exclusively to 90 minutes On the project, former Germany and USA head coach and legendary striker Klinsmann explained the importance of the project in providing more opportunities for youth football.
“A project like this, Common Ground, and the Bundesliga initiative is remarkable,” Klinsmann said. “And it’s really, really, really important to do this type of project, because you want to catch kids playing their own game, improvising their own game, doing their own stuff, in order to fall lover of the game, and it’s street football, pick up games, whatever.
“That’s the basis of everything. And I think it’s extremely important to have more of these projects all over the city and in every other city. And I think that’s a great starting point. for what the Bundesliga is doing now.”
Former USMNT midfielder Danny Williams – who played for Freiburg, Hoffenheim, Reading and Huddersfield Town throughout his club career – agreed with Klinsmann, but also focused on the benefits “community” and “cultural” to bring people together with football.
“Events like this remind me of when I was a kid when my parents took me to different fields where I would run after football because it brings people together,” Williams said. 90 minutes.
“I think from a cultural point of view you can see that football is for everyone, whatever race, whatever community you belong to. I think events like this… I hope there will be more because it’s super important. It brings people together and really educates people about the culture.”
Klinsmann and Williams spoke for 90 minutes at the ‘Bundesliga Common Ground Project Event’ in New York. For more on Williams and Klinsmann, check out our latest article. here and more of our event video content on our Twitter and instagram.