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For academy manager Michael Hamilton, AFC Wimbledon is the perfect place to develop as a young footballer thanks to the foundation built within the club.
The path from the academy to the first team at Wimbledon is proving to be a well-trodden one.
Hamilton said: “When Glyn Hodges was appointed manager, the first thing he said to us was ‘I want to be the first Wimbledon manager to put out an academy XI in a first team fixture’ – that’s a carrot from the academy’s point of view.
The construction of a £20 million academy centre in Beckenham, and its new Category 1 academy status demonstrate Crystal Palace are a club which is making strides towards an exciting future.
Investment into a new academy centre, which is set for completion in summer 2021, was spurred by the club’s ambition to reach Category 1 status for youth development, the highest grading in English football.
“Whatever it may be, we make sure they have as much information about that player [as possible].
“If you don’t believe the player has the potential to go on and play in West Ham’s first team, I feel like you’re wasting your time.”
Working six and seven-day weeks, Delroy Ebanks attends hundreds of football matches across the country – and beyond – every season.
Just over two years since he took over as the head of Arsenal’s Academy, Per Mertesacker has labelled the decision to go for the job as the “best decision” he ever made.
It turns out the club’s decision to act bold was, in part, driven by a desire to learn from previous mistakes. Having failed to retain the services of Mikel Arteta, who took up a coaching role at Manchester City when he retired, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis felt they couldn’t risk adding Mertesacker to the brain drain.
Five weeks after he helped Arsenal to victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup final in 2017, Arsenal confirmed that Per Mertesacker would become the club’s Academy manager.
Only 32 at the time, the appointment was a huge show of faith in the German on the part of manager Arsene Wenger and CEO Ivan Gazidis who, to their credit, were both looking to the club’s long-term future. With 12 months left on his playing contract, Mertesacker wouldn’t assume his new role until July 2018.
Sparta Rotterdam Acknowledges Bitcoin’s Potential
Bitcoin has the power to transform the financial aspect of any operation. Sparta Rotterdam, a Dutch soccer team playing in the Eredivisie, inked a sponsorship deal with Knaken. Both parties will commit to setting up a Bitcoin “piggy bank” to fund the soccer team’s youth academy.
Even today, the name Johan Cruyff is famed throughout world football. Not only was he one of the greats, but he literally changed the way football was viewed and played by many across the game.
His take on how football should be played is something to be enjoyed. Winning is the ultimate end goal, but ultimately if isn’t played well, what is the point?
His legendary status is, of course, still known with his name still seen in the modern game of football. From the ‘Cruyff Turn’ to the ‘Johan Cruyff Arena’, there is no doubt that Cruyff’s impact on football is still of great influence on football, even today.
Mario Gotze. Christian Pulisic. Ousmane Dembélé. Jadon Sancho. Erling Haaland. Giovanni Reyna. Jude Bellingham.
With their transformation into the Bundesliga’s swashbuckling title contenders, Borussia Dortmund has made themselves a destination for exciting, young soccer stars. There’s something in the water at Westphalia that turns potential into proven articles. Few teams in top European leagues place so much emphasis on youth talent as the Black and Yellow, and it’s been entirely to the benefit of club and player.
Saturday 10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day, which this year is promoting a message of ‘mental health for all’.
Taking care of your mental wellbeing is important for everyone, including footballers and this year several Manchester City youngsters got together to discuss how they manage the pressure that comes with playing.
Tottenham Hotspur submitted plans to build a very classical looking new feature at their Hotspur Way training ground in Enfield
Tottenham have had plans approved to build an amphitheatre at their Hotspur Way training complex which will help with first team and academy bonding.
Spurs submitted the plans to Enfield Council in August and last month the planning department recommended their approval.
The Premier League club submitted the application to “install an outdoor teaching area/amphitheatre within the club’s training centre estate”.
Jordi Condom, who spotted the future Spain international as a young player, recalls his excitement at seeing the talent and potential on display
Adama Traore was like a “nine-year-old Usain Bolt” when he first emerged at Barcelona‘s La Masia academy, according to his former youth coach, Jordi Condom.
Condom was working with the age-group teams at Barcelona when Traore – who would go on to be a Premier League star and recently won his first cap for Spain in a friendly against Portugal – was starting his journey through the system.
ARSENAL were forced to close their academy on Wednesday after a senior member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The Hale End facility, renovated in 2017 and home to the youngsters aged nine to 16, was shut down in the afternoon when the result came back.
A deep clean will take place on the site on Thursday with Arsenal yet to decide when coaches and players will be able to return.
According to The Athletic, the club employee travelled abroad and headed back to Hale End before receiving their coronavirus test result.
The Eindhoven side were once known for their smart transfer business, but have turned their attention to developing future stars themselves
PSV are a club traditionally renowned for their superb scouting network and shrewd transfer policy.
The signings of Brazilian superstars Romario in 1988 and Ronaldo six years later were arguably the perfect example of their ability to not only spot the best talent across the globe, but to also bring them on board.
He played for a year and three months at Sevilla until Barca bought him in 2012 at 10 years old
On Sunday, Ansu Fati will face Sevilla for the first time, the club he played for during a year and a half, from the summer of 2010 to the autumn of 2012. It was a decisive time in his training as a player, but also as a person.
These are some of the stories that shaped Ansu Fati.
Hatters boss Nathan Jones believes that the decision by Luton Borough Council to approve the club’s application to build a sports dome for their academy could help Town potentially keep hold of future talented youngsters like Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis.
It was back in 2009 that the duo were both in the youth ranks at Kenilworth Road, and part of a team including James Justin and Frankie Musonda, who were crowned Aarau Masters U9s champions after beating Bayern Munich in the final of the five-a-side tournament out in Switzerland.
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LIVERPOOL Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe took us inside the club’s Kirkby training centre for the latest edition of the TGG Podcast.
He explained the key principles that underpin one of the most successful youth programmes in English football.
“Being paid for watching up to 10 games a week might be the sort of fantasy which sustains a fourth former during an afternoon of algebra, but the hours are long, and family unfriendly. Scouts eat on the run, live on their nerves, and receive a relative pittance.”
This quote is from the award-winning sports writer Michael Calvin, who perfectly encapsulated the world of football scouting in his excellent book The Nowhere Men.
Calvin described a lonely life out on the road, watching game after game in search of future stars – all with little acknowledgement, let alone financial reward.
Per FIFA guidelines, training compensation is paid to clubs when their academy product signs a first professional contract with a foreign club prior to the end of the season of the player’s 23rd birthday. Solidarity payments are made when that player is subsequently transferred – at any age – between clubs in different countries and a transfer fee is involved.
IT was the conversation every Academy hopeful dreads.
Steve Heighway, the legendary former head of Liverpool’s youth section, had come to Mike Yates’ house to tell him he was being released.
The 18-year-old had been with the club for a decade, playing alongside Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
“I played striker and right side and Steve Heighway came round to the house and just said, ‘Look at what’s in front of you,’” Yates remembered in an excellent interview with The Courier this week, which you can read here.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by former club Sporting CP who have renamed their academy after him.
The Juventus forward, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, joined Sporting in 1997 at the age of 12 and five years later made his senior team debut.
A club statement read: “It’s with great honour that Sporting Clube de Portugal announces that the club’s academy will be renamed Academia Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a kid, Dejan Kulusevski always appeared to have something special about him.
This quality didn’t lend itself to a brash, arrogant personality, rather his self-belief reflected a quiet confidence, a humble attitude.
While the young Swedish winger might have started the 2019-20 season as something of an unknown quantity for many as he began a loan spell with Parma, to those who know him best he has been on the path to excellence for a long time.
There must be magic in the water at Borussia Dortmund.
The Bundesligaclub has gained a reputation of finding and fostering world-class talent; taking young players with potential and developing them into world beaters.
On the ball together: Porsche and Borussia Mönchengladbach New Youth Development Programme partnership
Stuttgart . Porsche AG will partner Borussia Mönchengladbach in the youth development sector from the beginning of the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season. The sports car manufacturer is therefore systematically expanding its commitment in junior football. At Borussia Mönchengladbach, Porsche will sponsor the young footballers and will lend its name to the renowned so-called “Fohlenstall” (“Foal Stables” in allusion to the club’s nickname) academy. Over and above this, the Porsche Youth Development Programme going by the name of “Turbo for Talents” will be displayed on the perimeter boards at the top tier club’s home games