The story of David Accam and the Nike Academy

The principle of Occam’s Razor states that “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” and is popularly interpreted as suggesting that among competing hypotheses the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. It’s a problem-solving tool for scientists, enabling them to distinguish between different explanatory hypotheses. It has applications across a variety of fields, but…

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Is Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy in decline?

As featured on Guardian Sport IN THE 14TH MINUTE of Barcelona’s game against Levante on November 25, 2012, Martin Montoya replaced Dani Alves completing a significant moment in the history of the club. For the first time in Barça’s history the entire first-team comprised of players who had graduated through the club’s historic La Masia academy.…

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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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