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Australian and German federations renew football partnership

Official release from Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the German Football Association - Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) - re-affirmed their partnership in football through the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in Sydney on Wednesday.

The MOU, signed by FFA CEO David Gallop and DFB Head of International Relations Markus Weidner, identifies a number of areas of collaboration between the countries including football development, management and hosting major events.

"Germany is a great football nation with a proud record of success over many years," said Mr Gallop.

"The Bundesliga and Frauen-Bundesliga are top-class, the community of grassroots clubs is the envy of many other aspiring football nations, and Germany continues to produce leading male and female teams and coaches. There is much we can learn from the DFB."

DFB Head of International Relations, Markus Weidner, praised the success of the Hyundai A-League and the great progress being made in Australian football.

"The amazing success of the A-League this year has been noted in Germany and throughout Europe - more and more elite European players are interested in playing here," said Mr Weidner.

"Take this with the continued qualification by both Men's and Women's Australian National Teams for FIFA competitions and there can be no doubt Australia is making great strides - it has the potential to become a true power in world football."

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