SINGAPORE - Former Bayern Munich hit-man Giovane Elber is in Singapore for the first time and the Brazilian is here to make pre-trial selections for the Allianz Junior Football Asia Camp.
Arriving in the Republic on Sunday (May 29), the Brazilian will travel to Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Thailand and Indonesia to shortlist 50 boys aged 14-16 for the camp in Bali from the July 19-22.
The former striker will also coach the young footballers during the camp, giving them tips on both the skills and temperament required to play the game competitively.
From the Asia leg, 17 teenagers will be selected to represent the continent in the Allianz Junior Football Camp held in Munich from Aug 25-30.
Into its eighth year now,the global camp serves as a platform for teenagers to train with Bayern youth coaches and also meet players like Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa and Mario Goetze.
Elber said: "These youth are given a chance to play football and seeing them do so makes me want to pass on my knowledge to them. I aim to build up their strengths and make them work as a team because what's most important in football is the passion about friendships."
The 43-year-old notably spent seven seasons with the Bavarian club from 1997-2003, netting 92 goals in 169 games to help the club clinch four Bundesliga titles and a Champions League crown.
Elber also appeared 15 times for Brazil and has 7 goals to his name. After his retirement in 2006, Elber has been serving Bayern as an ambassador and also acts as the team's talent scout in South America.