The construction of the Academy of the German Football Association in Frankfurt has begun.

At the groundbreaking ceremony at the former racecourse in Niederrad next to Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD), the entire DFB leadership was represented by vice-presidents Reinhard Rauball and Rainer Koch. "We will build a great structure. We're all Frankfurt in football, "said Koch. The ground-breaking ceremony for the € 150 million construction project to be completed in 2021 took place at 13:37.

Director Oliver Bierhoff looks forward to the construction, with which "the return to the top of the world" should work, with positive feelings. "The project has been very important to me for more than a decade. But as a gift I would not call it, it is rather the reward for the persistent and good work of all involved under the overall responsibility of Friedrich (Curtius, Secretary General), »said Bierhoff.

A year-long legal dispute between the city and the Frankfurt racing club by several instances had delayed the transfer of the site to the DFB significantly. The club had tried in vain to prevent the enforcement of the eviction action.

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