Last year's FFA Cup Round of 32 outfit Marconi Stallions have pulled off a major coup, forming an official partnership with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The unique partnership was confirmed on Monday with German legend and Dortmund ambassador Karl-Heinz Riedle in town to announce the deal.
As part of the union between the clubs, Dortmund will send coaches to Marconi - who play in the NSW NPL - during school holidays and selecting three junior players to travel to Germany to train with the club.
“Borussia Dortmund is the perfect fit with our club philosophy. They are a club that develop their own players, they focus very much on producing their own, that fits perfectly with what we are doing at Club Marconi," Marconi football chairman Robert Carniato said.
“Like Borussia Dortmund, our purpose is to provide a career path for our young players, this partnership will enable us to offer that internationally.
“Our coaches will benefit greatly, learning from Borussia Dortmund this can only benefit our players in the future as the knowledge is passed down."
While the partnership is the first of its kind in Australia for Dortmund, they do have connections with teams in Asian markets like China, Thailand and Singapore.
Theirs is also an Australian connection to the club with the likes of current Caltex Socceroos duo Mitch Langerak and Mustafa Amini previously playing for them, as well as former international Ned Zelic.