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Twenty coaches and six selected players from GPS and FCB Affiliate clubs travelled to Munich

FC Bayern Technical Visit

By GPS Media, 11/20/17, 6:00AM EST


Twenty coaches and six selected players from GPS and FCB Affiliate clubs travelled to Munich

Waltham, MA, November 20, 2017: Twenty coaches and six selected players from GPS and FC Bayern Affiliate clubs travelled to Munich last week for the annual technical visit to FC Bayern’s home.

The trip, which took place from November 13-19, was another opportunity for the coaches to learn the FC Bayern philosophy and methodology while our players had the fabulous experience to train with FC Bayern Youth Teams.

The list of ID Players selected for the trip this year were:

  • Andrew Mao (2005, California)
  • Jackson Akin (2006, GPS Vermont)
  • Taylor Suarez (2005, GPS Carolina)
  • Olivia Herning (2005, Almaden FC, California)
  • Lucy Harrison-Caldwell (2005, GPS Massachusetts)
  • Aki Yuasa (2002, GPS Vermont)

Coaches and players had the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the FC Bayern Youth program at the brand new FC Bayern Campus.  The facility which opened earlier this fall, covers 30-acres and features eight football pitches for youth teams from the U-9s to the U-19s and Women's Teams, a 2,500-capacity stadium, offices for staff and 35 apartments for talents who don’t live in the Munich Area.

GPS players enjoyed numerous sessions over the week with FC Bayern youth teams FC Bayern coaches have been very pleased with the ID Players performance.

"Once again I am proud of the quality displayed by our programming in US" said Sebastian Dremmler, Head of FCB International Academy.  "I look forward to visiting again GPS in 2018 to identify the next players who will train at the FCB Campus."

In addition to the practices with FC Bayern Teams, our players had the time to visit the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern and the Olympic Stadium, heart of the Olympic Area and home of FC Bayern until 2006. During their 5-day stay, the GPS staff oberved several training session of FC Bayern Youth Teams, while attending a 3-day technical workshop on general soccer education guidelines, FCB Ladies Programming and Goalkeeping in the new FC Bayern offices.

Saturday was a day full of Youth Academy games for our hosts at the FCB Campus, who got the opportunity to see on the field what has been explained during the week in the classroom. Thereafter staff and players went directly to the Allianz Arena to watch the first team game against FC Augsburg, with FC Bayern winning 3-0 in a sold out (as always) stadium.

Finally, on Sunday the group had the chance to attend an open first team training session and meet with Jupp Heynckes, the legendary FCB Coach, who recently achieved his 500th win in Bundesliga (as a player and as a coach). 

“The third technical visit was another huge success.  We were able to witness a truly wonderful week of football with the added bonus of seeing two of our own boys there participating in FCB Junior Team sessions,” said Luke Krawczyk, GPS Carolina General Manager, who lead the group in Munich.

The level of access to FC Bayern facilities and staff displays the uniqueness of the most extensive European Club partnership ever seen in the USA. If you would like more information about GPS & FC Bayern partnership, please contact Tommaso Trevisan at

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