Rafiz spent a few weeks at Lim Teong Kim's house in Munich in 1996
So did Akmal in 1997
They each spent about a month at Bayern Munich, Rafiz in 1996 and Akmal a year later. In 2001, Rudie Ramli and Fadzli Saari signed on the dotted lines for SV Wehen, a semi-pro outfit.
Rudie (right) and Fadzli with Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
Soon two more Malaysians will join the elite group. Read the Press release below:
Allianz is in search for young football talents to be part of the Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich, Germany.
This global Company initiative was introduced in Malaysia today through Jens Reisch, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad (AMB) and Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad (Allianz General).
In August 2012, two selected teenagers from Malaysia will be at the centre spot together with other selected teenagers from 21 different countries and four continents.
They will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet stars of FC Bayern Munich, participate in a professional football practice with official coaches of the club, visit the city of Munich and watch a match of FC Bayern Munich live at the Allianz Arena in the fourth international Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich, Germany; all paid-for by Allianz.
“This is the first year that Malaysia will be part of the Allianz Junior Football Camp and we are very excited to take up the initiative of our Group Company; especially in bringing teenagers together to inspire and develop their talent with an exciting five-day football adventure in Munich, Germany,” said Jens Reisch, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
Shahrin Majid and K. Gunalan will get to handpick the two boys
As a kick-off, young Malaysian teenagers between 14 to 16 years of age who have a keen interest and passion for football are invited to start registering online at the Football for Life website: www.football-for-life.com or its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AllianzFootballforlife from now until 6 July 2012.
All they need to do is share their best football moment in their life and upload their favourite football picture of themselves besides. They are also encouraged to upload the picture on the Allianz Football for Life Facebook page as a free kick to increase their chance of winning. After completing the registration process, these teenagers will be called to join in for a trial match on 14 and 15 July 2012 at Padang SUK, Shah Alam, Selangor and will be given their own jerseys to wear at the match, which they can later keep as a souvenir.
They will then be selected by former national football players - Shahrin Majid and K. Gunalan to win a trip to Munich, Germany at the Allianz Junior Football camp which will be held from 22 to 26 August 2012 or 29 August to 3 September 2012.
At the same time, those who are not selected at the trial match have the chance of winning a wildcard when their family and friends vote for their uploaded picture on the Allianz Football for Life Facebook page.
"Through this, two young and teenagers will be selected to represent Malaysia for their trip to Munich in August 2012 The camp will facilitate these teenagers not only to get an insight view of the professional world of football but also to experience the intercultural exchange between the different nationalities. It proves that football is truly an international language.
"In tandem, the Allianz Junior Football Camp also underlines the engagement of Allianz with football: as an official partner of FC Bayern Munich and the naming rights partner of one of the world’s best-known football stadiums, the Allianz Arena where the recent UEFA Champions League was held. I would like to take this opportunity to invite as many teenagers as possible not to miss this opportunity. There will be many things to learn from besides the exposure and fun and Allianz is here to promote this for you," said Reisch.