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German Football Federation Academy Costs To Increase Again, This Time By 10-20%

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 21 / 16

The price of the German FA's (DFB) new academy in Frankfurt "has once again increased," according to Roman Gerth of SPONSORs. The original price of €89M ($97.4M) was already raised to €109M ($119.3M) in Aug. '15. DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius confirmed in a new interview that the...

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