News and Announcements

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The Talentprojekt is pleased to introduce its Head Coach ,Josip Jurcevic, who joins the team in January. Coach Josip came through the Werder Bremen development system and played professionally before devoting himself full time to coaching. He is a graduate of the German University for Sport and holds the UEFA B License.

Welcome, Coach Jurcevic! The American Eagles players anticipate the start of this season in Germany.

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In a few short weeks the 2021 Talentprojekt program will resume at Deutsches Fussball Internat (DFI) in Bad Aibling, Bavaria. The move reflects founder Mark Dillon’s commitment to providing an evolved German youth development environment to elite American soccer players.

Nestled at the base of the German Alps 56 kilometers southeast of Munich, DFI is a center of excellence that encompasses housing, schooling, and training within one campus. The American Eagles will train, play, and operate as its own team, and benefit from sharing the environment with other young talented players from Germany and around the world.

“Moving to DFI is a no-brainer“ said Dillon. “You see instantly that this is an environment where the talent potential of young professionals is nurtured to its full potential. Top clubs in both the German and Austrian Bundesligas refer to DFI as a real talent factory, and their network of professional partner clubs is second to none. That’s all we needed to know.”*

At the core of the Talentprojekt’s mission to enhance player opportunity abroad is embracing German culture. Our players are committed to taking German language classes at the on-campus private school Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Bildungscampus + Deutsche Sport Privatschule (DBBC). Anticipating their fluency will enable them to attend the all German speaking school, the goal is for players to complete their high school career at the internationally accredited institution.

SAI Academy will be providing their international academic curriculum to players enrolled in The Talentprojekt program. Their soccer-specific academic structure is perfectly suited for our athletes and will provide them with the resources necessary to excel in both soccer and academics. Their International Academic Coordinators will diligently monitor the athletes progress to ensure that they maintain their NCAA eligibility

We encourage interested 2006 birth year players to send us an email to info@talentprojekt.com for Fall 2021 consideration, as well as rising high school juniors.

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The Talentprojekt is proud to announce our new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in charge of U.S. Operations, Jamie Dillon. Jamie has extensive experience in international business and program management after serving as European Delivery Manager for Porsche Cars North America. She is currently a Project Manager for Pro-Active Performance while completing her Project Management Professional certification.

Jamie is a graduate of Oglethorpe University where she received a Bachelor or Arts in Behavioral Science. She was also a two-sport collegiate athlete, captaining both the Oglethorpe Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams, and earning conference honors in both sports.

Welcome, Jamie!

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Take a listen to Talentprojekt founder, Mark Dillon, chat with host Brendan Griffiths of In the Eleven podcast about developing whispering talent; the importance of teaching youth soccer players professional habits and cultural agility; and what the Talentprojekt looks for in a candidate.

We invite interested players for our January 2021 program as well as Fall 2021 program to contact us at info@talentprojekt.com.

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In November of 2019, while the Talentprojekt team was in Nürnberg for a match against FC Nürnberg, we took the time to visit the Fascination & Terror Exhibition at the site of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The Exhibition was designed as a warning to the world of the catastrophic consequences to a nation and to the world when its people do not speak out or take action against injustice. The following text, which we read together in the Exhibition, is the now famous poetic form of confession made post-war by the Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoeller called “First They Came”. It is an important reminder of what happens when the able don’t use their voice to fight inequality and injustice when they are able.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

The Talentprojekt stands with all Americans who are raising their voices in protest against racism and injustice. With people of all races who are marching together in solidarity; with law enforcement officers who kneel with or march alongside our citizens engaged in peaceful protest, while doing their best to protect the innocent from harm or the destruction of property by a hateful few; with the elected officials across both parties who have the courage to speak out against the inflammatory rhetoric intent on dividing rather than uniting us; and with all those who are speaking out against injustice while taking actions to remind us that we’re all in this together, for only together can we bring healing and justice to our communities, our cities, and to our country.