"No other training program like it in the world."
For as far as soccer—the official Sport Of The Future on these shores for decades now—has come in America, we still haven't hit upon a sustainable youth development model to cultivate all levels of professional talent, from squad-fillers to superstars. This leaves interested parties at home and abroad arguing over where, how, and with whom this country's brightest prospects would be best served honing their abilities.
Stuttgart Academy Continues Policy of Youth
Having won three Bundesliga titles and three DFB Cups, the southwest club are not only one of Germany's most successful clubs in terms of silverware. They also boast one of the best records for producing and nurturing home-grown talent, and that is set to continue following the opening of their brand new, state-of-the-art youth academy.
Five Bayern Munich Youth Players that Deserve to Go to Qatar
Due to the league structure in Germany, Bayern Munich have an opportunity that most top European clubs do not have: a long, extended look at their youth players. The fixture list on these trips to Doha, Qatar and other spots in the Middle East might look daft and superfluous, but it has really transformed into a midseason springboard for several youth players.
Ten Barcelona products who failed to live up to their billing ft. Bojan, Cuenca
Barcelona’s La Masia academy is famed for producing some of the finest talents in world football’s recent history.
Lionel Messi, is just one example. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta have all come through the youth ranks in Catalonia as well, with varying degrees of success, along with plenty of other famous names who have now retired.