The Anderlecht Academy Way

This feature is part of The academy Way In the build-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil there was a feverish excitement bubbling around Marc Wilmots’ Belgium squad, with many making a bold prediction that they would reach the latter stages of a tournament that had seen them impress only once; with a fourth-placed finish…

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The Southampton FC Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way INVADING THE PRISTINE ST MARY’S PITCH IN THEIR THOUSANDS, Southampton fans swarmed with a feverish energy towards the visiting Burnley faithful. Smoke grenades, plastic bottles and insults were hurled between the two groups until the slim line of police managed to force the northerners back under the stands.…

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The River Plate Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way On the northern edge of Buenos Aires, on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, resides a giant of Argentine club football: Club Atlético River Plate. The history of the sporting club runs deeper than just football as the club accommodates a variety of sports, but its…

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The Sporting CP Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way Few academies in world football that can boast a history brimming with illustrious names quite like Sporting CP’s. The Academia Sporting, located in the Portuguese municipality of Alcochete, has produced a roll call of superstars throughout the ages. From Luís Figo to Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting’s academy is responsible…

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The Mimosifcom Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way WHAT DEFINES A GOLDEN GENERATION? It ought to be the glorious manifestation of the very peak of youth development; not just a gem or two, but a whole diamond mine, sparkling with medals and trophies as proof of their worth. In reality, it is a term that…

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The Bayern Munich Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way Ascendency comes in many forms. For one club, ascendency includes twenty-four domestic league titles, seventeen DFB-Pokal titles and four German Super Cup titles. But in what form does dominance reveal itself? Five European Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental…

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The Manchester City Academy Way

This feature is part of the Academy Way MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB HAVE MANY REASONS TO BE BOASTFUL. They are the reigning Premier League champions, have assembled a first-team squad brimming with star quality, and play their football inside the Etihad Stadium, one of European football’s most intimidating fortresses. However, another fortress was recently built to…

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The Aspire Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way Qatar don’t do things by half. Ever since its first offshore oil field was discovered in 1960, the tiny Gulf state’s stature has simply exploded on a seemingly unstoppable wave of wealth, harvested from the vast natural reserves of hydrocarbon fuels. According to the US Energy Information Administration,…

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The FC Dallas Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS AN INEXACT SCIENCE AND TEAMS in the United States must task themselves with finding the best talent in a sporting landscape like no other on the planet. The country has unrivalled infrastructure and is home to the most massive sports leagues in the world…

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The Inter Milan Academy Way

This feature is part of the Academy Way Inter Milan is an Italian institution. Although they may be faltering somewhat in the current Serie A landscape as Juventus and Napoli soar, they remain a monumental club in European football. The prestige, tradition and glamour associated with this great club are enduring and undeniable. Throughout their decorated…

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The Santos FC Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way WHEN THE TITANIC HIT AN ICEBERG AND BEGAN ITS DESCENT into the punishingly icy waters off Newfoundland on 14 April, 1912, the world’s most ostentatious symbol of luxury and power was doomed before it had completed its maiden voyage. By rights, it should have gone on to…

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