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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.

Its record speaks for itself.
The likes of Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé have all, at different stages, walked through Dortmund’s halls and gone on to play at the very highest level, making the club a handsome profit in return.


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