The best footballers in the world don’t just appear out of thin air like magic. Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gareth Bale – these top names in the football world honed their skills and talents at a professional soccer youth academy.
Aspiring football stars can select from a number of sporting schools, but some have shown to be a cut above the rest with their abilities to produce top-tier talents. Here are some of the world’s best football youth academies and the reasons why they’ve set themselves apart from the other sporting schools.
RSC Anderlecht Youth Academy
In recent years, the Belgian sports school of RSC Anderlecht Youth Academy has produced some highly noticeable performers in the football world, and these include Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj, and Vincent Kompany. According to reports, the main objective of the academy is to create and enhance players’ talents in letting them become capable of playing at a Champions League level as soon as they hit the age of 18 to 21. The institution is known for its thorough tactical, technical, and mental training to let athletes surface their latent abilities to show the rest of the world.
President Laudo Natel Athletes Formation Center
The is a Brazilian club found in a 220,000 square meter compound in Sao Paulo. The institution is built and located on a hillside. Rising from the ground in 2005, this football youth academy lets athletes take advantage of two swimming pools, eight playing fields, and health and lodging services. The athletic academy is home to over 100 players, and there are already ten different national teams have fought to utilize the facilities. It’s also the location where Oscar and Lucas Moura learned their tools of the trade. Also, it’s a home base of the famous 2014 World Cup.
Southampton F.C. Academy
The Southampton F.C. Academy just opened in the early 2010’s, and it has already earned a place as one of the best football youth academies in the world. This 30-million pound facility can assist in augmenting the latent skills and talents of athletes, and it has already produced some notable names in the football industry, including Adam Lallana, Gareth Bale, and Theo Walcott. The facility’s programs pride itself in having an extensive scouting network. Another reason for its massive fame is because of its popular “black box” theater found on the site, in which players can use it for looking at training at match analysis.
This list is by no means extensive as there are other football youth academies out there that are truly a cut above the rest. For more information about the world of European football, then don’t forget to download a fußball news app on your mobile device.