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English Premier League giants, Arsenal have signed Munir Sada, a nine-year-old football prodigy from Zaria, in Kaduna State.

The news that the young football sensation has joined Arsenal Football Kid Academy in London has brought so much excitement to Nigerian football fans, particularly the teeming fans of the club.

Special area of La Masia – Centro de Formación Oriol Tort opens this Tuesday, which will be used by nine members of the Barça B women’s team.

La Masia now really is mixed. On August 1, nine members of the Barça B women’s team became its first female residents in 122 years of history.

Alba Caño, Berta Doltrafill, Clàudia Riumalló, Judit Pujols, Laura Coronado, Lucía Corrales, Martina Fernández, Ona Baradad and Meritxell Font will be doing regular studies while also being trained as footballers.

New Academy Director Paul Jenkins feels he has the recipe to build on the success story at Gawthorpe.

For The 46-year-old, a former owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant – was unveiled last Friday, having joined the club earlier this year as Technical Director.  


For footballers up and down the U.K., the start of a new season is filled with hope. But for some, the big kick-off is just another reminder that their own dream is over.

MANCHESTER UNITED have unveiled their new Pre-Academy coaching team, led by Neil Gittins and Connor Hunter.

Gittins, who has worked for the club for 11 years, is now Coaching and Programme Manager (U7s to U11s), and devises a coaching programme that is “suitable and age-appropriate”. Hunter has been promoted to Pre-Academy Manager, having previously been Lead Phase Scout (U6s to U8s).

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S son is set to play in Manchester United’s academy set-up alongside Wayne Rooney’s kid Kai.

Cristiano Jr, 11, has been with Juventus’ academy since 2018, with Ronaldo Sr revealing back then that he hoped his son would become a footballer.

Messi has enrolled his two eldest sons Thiago (8-year-old) and Mateo (5-year-old), at PSG’s academy meaning the two, have now officially left Barca’s academy

Premier League clubs are increasingly concerned about young players’ welfare as they attempt to navigate social media.

Premier League academy footballers are being taught about trolling, sexual communication and online identity to help them deal with the demands and pitfalls of social media, i can reveal.

Sessions tailored for players as young as eight, teenagers and parents tackle how internet culture can have a detrimental impact on a footballer’s mental health.

Will youth get a chance now under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd that Ronaldo is set to be the star of the show?

Manchester United have confirmed the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Some 12 years after the Portuguese talisman left United for Real Madrid, Juventus have agreed to sell Ronaldo for 20m euros plus add-ons. Ronaldo agreed personal terms on Friday afternoon and has now completed his United medical and it’s only a matter of time before he dons the red shirt again.

UEFA is looking at changing the Financial Fair Play rules – Could Chelsea use more youth players than before?

UEFA has announced an overhaul of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, with big money splashed on Romelu Lukaku and the departure of youth player Tammy Abraham the question arises – Will Chelsea be looking to use youth players more, rather than splashing the cash?

Justin Cochrane recently joined Manchester United as an academy coach and has explained that his attacking philosophies match those of the club

Manchester United academy coach Justin Cochrane has explained his coaching philosophies and revealed that they match up with the club’s style and DNA.

Cochrane joined the club this summer from Tottenham and is the new academy head of player development and coaching.

Could the United States finally be catching up to the rest of the world in football?

Bayern Munich campus director Jochen Sauer has seen the progress that the sometimes-flawed soccer system has made in the United States.

The present results blow away, the past…by a long shot per Sauer.

Anna Saghy (12) from Culemborg is such a girl who walks with a ball at her foot all day long. She plays for the local amateur club Focus’07, is a fan of international Daniëlle van de Donk and every year she receives a football uniform for her birthday, the last time from FC Barcelona.

In Culemborg, the midfielder plays in a boys’ team. “Because then you learn the most as a girl,” says her father Michel Saghy. Focus’07 is a great club, with a lot of attention for talent development, but „the holy grail”, he says, is Ajax. So when the Amsterdam club organized a talent day for girls early last year, Anna signed up.

“My first question is always: ‘Can this guy dribble?’ I only want players who have that skill, so that’s always what I look at. I want full-backs and central defenders and midfielders and inside forwards and wingers who can dribble. That’s the key.” Pep Guardiola, The Evolution.

THE ability to beat an opponent 1v1 is arguably more important now than ever, because defences are becoming better organised and spaces harder to find.

With most of the Manchester City squad still on their summer holidays following their international exploits, there will be an opportunity for the club’s academy to showcase its good work to a wider audience this pre-season.

Or rather, there might be. A COVID-19 outbreak at the under-23 and under-18 camp in Loughborough has heavily disrupted preparations, with the academy building closed for 10 days and training postponed until Saturday.

Members of Portsmouth’s U18 side alleged to have shared abusive posts in a private group chat following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy; Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties in the shoot-out and were racially abused online after the game

In Rosario, Argentina, where Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, he is not only famous for his football skills while growing up. He is also known as the boy who suffered a growth deficiency that made him smaller than his contemporaries and almost ruined his professional football

Despite the deficiency, he chose football and started the journey to becoming one of the greatest in football history in 1995 at Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, the largest city in the central Argentina province of Santa Fe. dreams.

Arsenal’s training base is set for a deep clean after members of the Under-18s and Under-23s have been forced to self-isolate due to positive COVID-19 tests at London Colney.

The issue is not widespread, but has meant that the Under-23s games against Bournemouth Under-21s on July 17th, scheduled to be played in Hertfordshire, and the trip to Welling United on July 20 have been cancelled.

City have had to take significant action to stop a Covid outbreak at their training ground ahead of the first team return

Manchester City have closed their academy building for ten days after confirmation of more positive tests among academy players and staff.

A group of around 50 relocated a training camp for the Under-18s and Under-23s back to the training ground at the City Football Academy on Wednesday after numerous positive tests recorded at a pre-season camp in Loughborough were backed up by PCR follow-ups.

The coach at the center of a racism scandal on the FC Bayern Campus has been formally sanctioned by the German federation.

The scandal surrounding a Bayern Munich youth coach, who was immediately dismissed for racist remarks about youth players that were published on social media and potentially for other misconduct, has come to an end. As SZ reports, the sport tribunal of the German federation announced an 18-month ban for the coach in question this past Wednesday.

Manchester City have moved an academy training camp back to the City Football Academy after a number of players tested positive for Covid-19.

The Under-18s and Under-23s were on a pre-season schedule in Loughborough this week ahead of the new campaign, and all players and staff were taking part in regular testing as the club continues to abide cautiously by health precautions. However, despite a full round of negatives before departing a small number of players subsequently recorded positive lateral flow results once the camp was underway.

Foden’s outrageous talent was plain to see even from a young age and his ascent to the top of the game – and his part in England’s summer success – has not come as a surprise.

At 21 years old, Phil Foden stands on the verge of Euros glory with England. Who could have seen this coming? His former youth coach Steve Eyre, for one.

“We’re not surprised,” he told the Manchester Evening News when we caught up with him ahead of England’s biggest game since 1966.

Dear Declan,

I’m so proud of you. You’re a massive role model to all the young kids who will be experiencing their first tournament this summer.

I remember watching the game against Germany and seeing you go down with cramp when Harry Kane scored. Well, of course that would’ve happened because you always give it your all on the pitch.

Ahead of Sunday’s era-defining European Championship final, England’s Manchester-born Euro 2020 stars, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford won’t just have years of football education behind them to call upon.

They’ve also had an exhaustive, top-level academic education, as both have spent time studying at two of the region’s top secondary schools.

Man United have made changes to their academy coaching set-up ahead of the new season.

Manchester United have appointed Travis Binnion as their new Under-18 coach, with Neil Ryan to assist Neil Wood with the Under-23s.

Binnion previously worked with the Under-16s following his arrival from Sheffield United in November 2019. Binnion oversaw the development of Harry Maguire and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Bramall Lane before he was brought to United by the academy head Nick Cox, who was also previously at Sheffield United.

It was lunchtime at St Roberts of Westminster and a group of boys were kicking a football around on the school field. Jim Welch was head of PE then, in 2008, and he was on duty. As was the way, he would stop and have a chat. It was the start of a new year, and he had just been put in charge of the school’s under-14 football team.

Jordan Pickford was one of the group and Welch took him to one side. “I said to him, ‘I know you weren’t allowed to play out of goal last season, but I’m going to, you’re wasted in goal,’ ” he recalls. “How did he react? He was over the moon.

Can Bayern Munich rebuild its feeder system to produce more stars?

One of the glaring issues at Bayern Munich during the 2020/2021 season, was the lack of homegrown products on the roster — and the failures that some others had while on loan assignments.

The Sky Blues boast one of the world’s best academies and a series of Europe’s young starts have all emerged from the Manchester City academy, such as Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has often relayed the club’s ambitions of making their youth set-up a focal part of the club since Sheikh Mansour took over the Manchester outfit in 2008.

As Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future hangs in the balance, his academy coaches look back at where it all began.

AT the end of May, Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee made a decision that could have big implications for Aston Villa and perhaps even the Academy system as a whole.

They approved plans for an Inner City Football Academy that Villa believe will increase opportunities for working-class youngsters in areas like Aston, Witton, Perry Barr, Handsworth and Nechells.

Eintracht Frankfurt and recently relegated Schalke will invite teams made up exclusively of young US players for trials in Germany, the two clubs have confirmed.

Frankfurt have been working in conjunction with the USA’s International Soccer Academy (ISA) since February, offering trials to youngsters with a view to building a team comprising American players born in 2005 and 2006, and furthering their development on German soil with the Eintracht youths.

West Ham have announced the appointment of Nicole Farley as the club’s first female coach.

Farley – who has worked in both men’s and women’s development football at clubs including LA Galaxy, Reading Arsenal and Chelsea – applied for the role in West Ham’s academy through the Premier League’s Coach Inclusion & Diversity Scheme.

Marcus Rashford has revealed Man Utd players have been going out of their way to watch the film about former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

If Marcus Rashford helps England to beat Scotland at Wembley on Friday night then he will be upsetting one of his Manchester United heroes in the process.

The old enemies meet in a crucial European Championship group stage fixture and defeat for Scotland will leave them on the brink of another early exit from a major tournament.

The lack of youth progress at Celtic has been a massive disappointment at the football club for some time now.

The creation of the Lennoxtown training centre in 2008 was supposed to be a big step towards sustained improvement in youth integration. However, since its opening 13 years ago, how many players have truly come through to become key players at Celtic?