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Pacific Announces Inter-Club Partnership with Bundesliga’s VfL Bochum

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Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC has just announced an inter-club partnership with German top division side VfL Bochum that will see the clubs work together to compile resources and expertise when it comes to player development.

The two clubs will consult regularly regarding player development strategies, scouting, coaching techniques, and technology innovations that can impact player performance.

“This partnership breaks new ground and will further close the gap from Canada to the one of the best footballing nations in the world,” said PFC President Josh Simpson, who had spent several sides in Germany with FC Kaiserslautern back in his playing days.

“We are proud to build this bridge to VfL Bochum for our players as well as our operating staff to learn and further their sporting careers. The Bundesliga is without question one of the best leagues in the world and we are excited for this step.”

It’s no secret that the badge of VfL Bochum boasts plenty of history behind it: established in 1848, it is a team that is just about thirty times Pacific’s own age.

It also speaks to PFC owner SixFive Sports’ international focus, with the owners still eyeing a multi-club ownership model that extends beyond the CPL. The group also owns Pacific’s mainland rivals, Vancouver FC.

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Pacific CEO Rob Friend also has deep ties to Germany, where he played professional for a number of years between Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha BSC, and Eintracht Frankfurt, and 1860 Munich.

Starting goalkeeper Emil Gazdov had also undergone a two-year loan stint with FC Nurnberg before establishing himself as a starter for the Tridents.

The two sides will also seek to create joint football events which will include camp and academy partnerships, with the Vancouver Isle Wave program players being linked to opportunities to play abroad, while German athletes from Bochum could in turn come to the Isle.

The teams will also co-operate on best practices in marketing, matchday experience, and building fan culture. That culture will continue to be built at Langford’s Starlight Stadium for the time being, though negotiations for a long-term lease beyond 2024 are still being sorted.

“We are delighted to enter into this comprehensive club partnership with Pacific FC in both the sporting, men’s and women’s, and commercial areas,” adds VfL Bochum CEO Ilja Kaenzig. “Pacific FC will play an important role in our internationalization strategy in the coming years. We see great potential in this joint approach, from which the entire Bundesliga can benefit.”

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