Malaysia’s Johor Football Association (JFA) on Thursday formally partnered with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in a development deal that could see the former UEFA Champions League finalists appear in Malaysia.
As part of the deal, which was first reported in October, the JFA and the defending Bundesliga champions will share technical and tactical development plans and arrange for exchanges of youth players. A mid-year friendly between Dortmund and Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Takzim is also on the table.
“This is a long-term agreement between us,” said JFA President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor State. “I’m serious about the development of football in Johor [and] I want to see it move up to the next level.
“We are looking at players aged between eight and 16 years old for the youth development programmes, and I believe we have many talented youngsters in Johor.”
The deal allows Dortmund to expand their reach in Asia following the 2014 opening of a team office in Singapore. The club is well-known in the region as the home of Japan star Shinji Kagawa and is currently hosting Malaysian star Gary Robbat for a training stint as he serves the remainder of his Malaysian Super League suspension.