Marconi Stallions and Borussia Dortmund form partnership

Pathway: Sunesh Letchmanan, Karl Heinz Riedle and Julia Farr from Borussia Dortmund with Club Marconi president Vince Foti and players Tristan Arrarte, Max Anastasia, Gerardo Cavasinni and Antonio Arena. Picture: Chris Lane
Pathway: Sunesh Letchmanan, Karl Heinz Riedle and Julia Farr from Borussia Dortmund with Club Marconi president Vince Foti and players Tristan Arrarte, Max Anastasia, Gerardo Cavasinni and Antonio Arena. Picture: Chris Lane

Borussia Dortmund's Asia Pacific's Managing Director Suresh Letchmanan said Club Marconi's "youth philosophy" was the driven force behind their partnership which will provide a pathway for young players to play in Europe.

Club Marconi are the fifth team that the eight-time Bundesliga champions had partnered alongside current teams from China, Singapore and Thailand.

"Marconi has had a long-standing history with football in terms of success with development of top youth players with the likes of Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka in the past and we saw a similar structure in terms of youth philosophy with Marconi," Mr Letchmanan said. "And Dortmond has always been that. You can see from players like Christian Pulisic; we have a huge inclination towards the development of youth.

"This partnership will give the talent coming out of Marconi the chance to play playing on a bigger stage in Europe.

"We believe there's a lot of footballing talent brewing in Australia and we are making a sustainable commitment to working with Club Marconi in using all our technical experiences and know-how and also cultivating a presence within the community."

The partnership will see the German giants send coaches to Australia for regular clinics with three players selected each year to trial at the BVB academy. It is anticipated that the first coaching clinic will be in the July school holidays.

Mr Letchmanan was joined by BVB's Manager International and New Business Julie Farr and former German international Karl Riedle for a visit to Club Marconi at the weekend. 

On Saturday they saw Youth league teams in action and on Sunday they conducted a coaching clinic with boys and girls from the club's Skill Acquisition Program.

The announcement was officially made at dinner on Sunday night.

Club Marconi football chairman Robert Carniato said Dortmund is a perfect fit with their "club philosophy." 

"They are a club that develop their own players, they focus very much on producing their own, that fits perfectly with what we are doing at Club Marconi," he said.

"Like Borussia Dortmund, our purpose is to provide a career path for our young players and this partnership will enable us to offer that internationally.

"Our coaches will benefit greatly, learning from Borussia Dortmund this can only benefit our players in the future as the knowledge is passed down.

"Our emphasis at Club Marconi is community involvement and this partnership will only expand our presence."

Dortmund's chief operating officer Carsten Cramer welcomed Club Marocni into the "black and yellow BVB family."

"This is a milestone and marks a new chapter in the growth of our international story and most importantly into the history books of our club to have a partnership in Australia."

Club Marconi president Vince Foti said the winners of the partnership were the kids and coaches at the club.

"During the coaching clinic the kids were in awe and they were saying they have never trained this way. Our coaches will now become used to this world-scene training," he said.