Youth players cherish the chance to compete at National Stadium!
(15 finalists were shortlisted after FC Bayern Youth Cup Singapore event at the National Stadium. Photo Credit : ActiveSG Football Academy / Vnyx Sng)
By Raj Kumar
The $1.3 Billion dollar Singapore Sports Hub, which comprises the National Stadium, is dubbed as the "Home of the Lions". It was opened in 2014 and has witnessed top national teams and clubs in the world, compete at the Kallang venue. They include Brazil, Senegal, Japan, Liverpool FC, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Paris St Germain and others. And playing on the biggest stage (National Stadium) in the Lion City's largest sports venue, is truly a dream and a privilege albeit for a player from a local Singapore Premier League club or from Singapore's national team!
Following the relaxing of the Safe Management Measures (SMMs) 2 months ago, the distinction and enviable experience of running and competing at an iconic venue, was further extended to members of the the public, schools and community. This was done via the hosting of the "FC Bayern Youth Cup Singapore 2022" event on 16-17 July.
Into its 3rd edition of this collaboration with ActiveSG Football Academy (AFA), close to 25 teams from SportCares, Unleash the Roar School FAs, Centres of Excellence Under-15s and AFA Development Centre, competed in 7 v 7 playing formats on the field of the National Stadium!
(Muhammad Farhan Zulkifli, Hougang United FC. Photo Credit : HGFC Facebook)
The main prize for this tournament, is a trip to Germany in October to represent Singapore in the global finals, which will take place at FC Bayern's iconic homeground venue - Allianz Arena! Back in 2018 though, Muhammad Farhan Zulkifli was part of the Singapore team who travelled to Germany to compete at the World finals. And Farhan is testament to 1 of the key objectives of the FC Bayern Youth Cup and ActiveSG FA partnership, as the 20 year old today, is plying his trade professionally with SPL club, Hougang United FC!
(Arsyad Azrain in blue jersey - 15 year old Co-Captain of the ActiveSG Football Academy Development Centre. Photo Credit : ActiveSG Football Academy / Vnyx Sng)