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YPT brings you the latest news from the worlds best academies

Manchester United were lucky to have a bunch of players together in 1992.

It was early 1992. Manchester United had gone 25 years without winning the League title. Their youth team had won the FA Cup that year and those group of footballers, popularly known as Class of ’92, were being compared to Sir Matt Busby’s ‘1950 Busby Babe Youth’.

The ex-football player, Àlex Delmàs, analyses the importance of teaching, transmitting and maintaining the seal of Barça football

“I kept seeing my friends get released. They had the ability to play in the lower leagues, but they didn’t have an agent, weren’t really connected and they’d fall out of love with football. That’s where the energy to create the app came from.”

Bluebirds want to see more Welsh youngsters given an opportunity in the first team, a more sustainable business model for the club which would also benefit Wales

​One of the greatest legends in ​FC Barcelona‘s history, midfield maestro ​Xavi Hernandez was something special. 

And now, a scouting report on the midfielder from when he was just 14 gives proof of how highly he was rated by Barcelona coaches.

 

Arsenal’s head of development has discussed how the club is looking at sides like AFC Ajax in its attempt to develop the next generation of players.

It looks as if Arsenal’s academy is currently going through an excellent spell with an impressive crop of young players.

The likes of Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, and Bukayo Saka have all come through Hale End at the same time.

Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy was founded on 20 October 1979, and we have seen some outstanding talents emerge from the system in the 40 years since.

 

Sunderland’s academy director Paul Reid insists productivity, rather than results, must remain the focus of the Black Cats’ academy.

The Black Cats have come under some criticism recently for the poor results of their under-23s and under-18s sides.

EXCLUSIVE: Rooney is heading back to the UK after ending his spell with DC United in the MLS – and nine-year-old Kai is set for Man City

The Premier League might boast seemingly never-ending riches and superstar players, but it is in Germany where the real action is happening on the field.

The Bundesliga could be in for a massive shake-up this season after seven years of Bayern Munich dominance, with just two points dividing the top nine clubs.

Head of the Manchester United academy Nick Cox has revealed the holistic approach to youth development at Old Trafford.

Butt reports directly to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and works closely with Nick Cox, who was promoted to head of academy in July having spent three successful years at the club following roles at Watford and Sheffield United.

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea are a long way from matching the long-term success of Ajax’s academy and has said that he is not getting carried away with his young side’s performances this season.

George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham – four of the greatest names in the game, all reared within Manchester United’s fabled youth set-up and now helping to inspire the next generation coming off this prolific production line.

Manchester United’s under-23s team – which is full of 17-year-olds – have won seven, drawn one and lost one of their nine games so far this season. Granted they’re playing in the second tier after relegation last season (and results can be misleading at this level), but it is obvious the recent investment in the youth system is starting to pay dividends. 

European Cup (today’s UEFA Champions League) final 1992. Sampdoria and Barcelona were fighting for the silverware. If you judge that final with today’s situation then you’ll ask, Barcelona won by how big margin? But an attentive reader of football history knows it very well that 1992’s Barcelona wasn’t like it is today. That match was equally important for both of the clubs.

Bayern Munich have announced that they will install a ‘Skills.Lab’ football simulator at their youth training centre, the FC Bayern Campus, in order to help the club’s budding young stars hone their abilities and technique.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen used to tell Jesse Lingard to try to emulate Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

Lingard has had been on a terrible run of form, without a goal or an assist in this calendar year.

Meulensteen, who coached the 26-year-old in the academy for six years, has revealed how he used Iniesta as inspiration for Lingard.

As Goal found out from those who have overseen the forward’s meteoric rise, Old Trafford’s next great hope has always been destined for the top

John O’Shea almost got there during his days as a rampaging left-back.

The British are coming, the British are coming! And so are the Spanish and Germans!

No, this isn’t a historical recreation in Boston’s North End. It’s the evolution of elite-level soccer training for young American athletes. A growing number of elite European clubs are bringing their brand to the United States and attaching it to existing club structures to form a bona fide youth academy or, in one case, building out a full operation itself.

Even now, Chris Richards can hardly believe how quickly his life changed.

In June 2018, he played FC Dallas’ academy team in a development academy showcase in San Diego. Three weeks later, he was sitting in a meeting room in Munich with the likes of Franck Ribéry, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben.

After striking the decisive penalty high and emphatic into the top-left corner of the Manchester City goal, striker Paul Glatzel raced toward the Liverpool supporters packed in impressive number into the south-west corner of City’s purpose-built Academy Stadium.

MEN Sport Manchester United writer Dominic Booth and Football.London writer James Benge discussed the best young players at United and Arsenal and which team has the edge in each position…

Inside Middlesbrough's Academy

The Teessiders have a strong reputation when it comes to bringing players through their Category One academy, yet the work that goes on behind the scenes goes far deeper than what you might expect.