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Football: OM opens school in Tunis
In Tunis, on July 8, 2019, young Tunisian fans watch the Carthage Eagles face the Ghana team in the eighth-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). FETHI BELAID / AFP

Olympique de Marseille announced on Wednesday (July 31st) the opening of a youth football school in Tunis, the first OM to be abroad, which will be followed by others in the Maghreb countries where there are many supporters of the Marseille club.

This school, christened OM School Tunis, is scheduled to open on September 7th.

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"The priority for us is Africa. We are launching the international program here in Tunisia. In a few weeks, it will be in Algeria and after Morocco. ", announced the representatives of the French club.

It will train children from 5 to 16 years, three times a week, physically but also psychologically, with an inscription fixed at 785 dinars (235 euros) per quarter, twice the guaranteed minimum wage in Tunisia .

International success

OM, which joins the list of many international clubs that have opened their academy in Tunisia in recent years, such as Paris-Saint-Germain in 2017, Juventus Turin in 2015 or AC Milan. , hope to distinguish it.

"Our priority is not to create professionals, but to train people"said Alejandro Requena, OM's international development officer, emphasizing the pedagogical and educational aspect of the training. "This school is open to all kids, of all levels. We open the doors to everyone. "he added.

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The center will be located on the outskirts of Tunis, in a sports complex with four courses, including a stadium for 3,000 spectators.

Tunisian football has been marked by several international successes in recent months, including the second successive victory of the Tunis Espoir in the African Champions League, following the a contested match that is still subject to arbitration. In mid-July, the Carthage Eagles, the Tunisian national team, had reached the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup (CAN) for the first time. times since 2006.

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