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DFB Gets Green Light for Academy in Frankfurt

The German FA has won a vote to build a new football academy in Frankfurt on land currently used for golf and horse racing. The referendum voted in favor of the 89-million-euro structure. Officials at Frankfurt's city hall announced that the DFB (the German FA) has successfully won the vote to build a new football academy in the city after the opposition initiative failed to secure 25 percent of the vote.

On January 1, 2016, the racetrack area that currently occupies the site of the future academy must be cleared so that the land can be handed over to the German FA. Construction will start at the beginning of 2017. The academy is slated to be the largest building project the DFB has ever undertaken. Plans include a number of buildings all under one roof, as well as football pitches, an indoor hall and a park. Early predictions suggest the academy, which will cost 89 million euros, will be finished at the end of 2018.

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