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  • Barcelona charging just $3,000 a year to convert American kids into fans of the club

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago

    European clubs have been attempting to win over fans in the U.S. with summer tours for years now, but Barcelona might have discovered the most effective and profitable way to achieve this mission: youth academies that teach kids to be fans of the club for the low price of $3,000 a year.

    Barca's first permanent youth academy in the U.S. opens in south Florida this month, promising to teach kids lucky enough to be selected and have parents willing to spend thousands of dollars the methodology that has produced some of the best footballers in the world. From the AP:

    Over 600 boys and girls attended tryouts in May, some coming from other states and countries, like Haiti, Venezuela and Canada, to vie for 384 spots. The winners will pay $3,000 annually to attend the academy, which does not include room, board or schooling. Some parents say they will move their family to South Florida if their child is picked.

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  • Bayern Munich had a presentation event for their new bus and it was very silly

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    The kit launch is old news. If football clubs are going to truly capture the imaginations of their fans, they have to find something new. Something big. Something that will inspire a new generation of supporters. And Bayern Munich have found that next big thing: bus unveiling.

    Bayern held a special event outside Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, where they unveiled their new bus to a group of people who have made such terrible life choices that they found themselves at a bus unveiling. And Bayern spared no expense with this presentation. Like your fifth birthday party, they even had a magician who magically made the bus appear from behind a curtain that shrouded the stage for a convenient amount of time. It was the kind of illusion that would fit perfectly in Gob Bluth's highlight reel.

    And what's so special about this bus? Have a look for yourself...

    Most importantly, it has seats. This is where the players will sit. And cup holders. Which will hold the players cups.

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