AFC renew partnership with German Football Association

The newly signed Memorandum of Understanding would see the AFC and DFB continue to work together in developing the technical and management areas

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Football Association (DFB) on Friday to renew the partnership between the two bodies.

The signatures of Acting AFC President Zhang Jilong and DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach would see them specifically work together in the technical and management areas.

Also with the MoU, the DFB will invite coaches appointed by the AFC for the DFB International Coaching Courses for foreign coaches and send experts for courses or seminars organised by the AFC or its Member Associations (MA).

On top of that, the renewed partnership would see both bodies exchange information on football management and development, including coaching and mentoring programmes, grassroots and youth development, marketing, media, and information technology.

Zhang was pleased at signing the official agreement with the DFB and said that the Germans' continuous support would immensely help AFC's MAs.

“Asian football is on the rise but we need the latest knowhow to get where we want to," he said.

"I believe this agreement will help us achieve our goals. It will provide us with technical support, which could bridge any existing gap.”

Niersbach was also pleased with the AFC’s support of German football over the years.

He said: “I must say [signing this MoU] is a continuation of our cooperation as we have been working partners traditionally and we share the same organisational philosophy.”

Also present at the memorandum signing were Ambassador of Germany to Malaysia, His Excellency Dr. Guenter Gruber, AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay and DFB Head of Coach Education and International Relations, Markus Weidner.