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Burma’s rising stars aim for Bayern Munich tournament

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The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will select five young football players to join a combined Thai-Burmese team which will take part in the upcoming FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup 2014 in Germany.

According to an announcement by the MFF, a trial match will be held on 10 March at the Aung San Stadium in Rangoon to choose five players aged between 14-16 to represent the first ever Southeast Asian team to compete in the prestigious 7-a-side competition.

The five selected youngsters will be sent to Thailand from 12-16 May to train with their five Thai team mates. Together, representing Team Southeast Asia, the 10 will then travel the following week to Europe where they will go head to head with youth teams from Italy, the United States, Austria, Japan, China and India.

Former West German World Cup winner Paul Breitner, who is the brand ambassador of FC Bayern Munchen, said, “The FCB Youth Cup empowers disadvantaged youth by giving them a global platform to showcase their talents. We are thrilled that, with Yingli’s [sponsorship] support, we can welcome three outstanding teams of finalists from across Asia to participate in this year’s Youth Cup finals. FC Bayern Munchen would like to thank all the sponsors and local organizers of the FCB Youth Cup for helping us promote the development of youth football in Southeast Asia for the first time.”