Learn from German football academies

World Cup champion Germany is practically guaranteed a spot in next year's tournament in Russia, after its eight straight wins in the qualifiers.

It is intent on defending its crown and proving once again that it has the best team on the planet.

The German team is, perhaps, the most scientifically-trained team there is.

It has always been about team effort, passing unselfishly, never looking for individual glory and being proud to wear the badge.

Many teams have tried to follow their example, but have not succeeded.

It is in the way Germany set up the sport. Its football academies are well-organised to groom the best there is, not so much for the Bundesliga but, rather, for the national squad, which is the first priority.

As a result, there is never any shortage of young talent coming through the ranks from the earliest age. These players are equipped with the necessary skill set and attitude to progress in the game and lead the country towards greater glory.

It is time Singapore took a leaf from Germany's book.

Perhaps, our best Singapore coaches and players can be sent on attachment to Germany, where they can learn from the best - not just the technical skills of the sport but also the culture. They can then bring this back to Singapore and share it.

It is now all about getting the organisation right so that football in Singapore can flourish again.

Manoraj Rajathurai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Learn from German football academies'. Print Edition | Subscribe