At a time when financial matters deeply handicap PSG, the Parisian club is trying to improve its training skills so that it can become more efficient in the future. In France, the Academy of Lyon is a great example for Parisians leaders. Here are the top 8 training clubs based on the quality of the trained players rather than the quantity.
- FC Barcelona
Any soccer fan who respects himself knows the power of La Masia. The academy of Barcelona is highly developed and tries its best to make the young players become central elements of the team. Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta or Messi are the greatest pride of Barcelona. You can see below 11 players that were formed by the club.
- Ajax Amsterdam
To maintain his position at the top, Ajax has rarely spent any money on the transfer market. In Amsterdam, the main idea is to focus on the training of the players in order to be able to sell them at great prices later. Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert, Frank Rijkaard, Edwin Van der Sar, Wesley Sneijder ... Amsterdam’s training has always been extremely productive.
- Sporting Portugal
If FC Porto and Benfica are true references when it comes to finding young treasures, Sporting Lisbon has a special way of training them. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani are now the pride of the Lisboan club.
- Bayern Munich
We tend to forget it, but Bayern Munich has a very successful youth academy. Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller are the perfect example. The Bavarians can also deeply regret the departure of their Munich trained Mats Hummels to Borussia Dortmund.
- Boca Juniors
The European formations are highly developed however there are many players from South America on the Old Continent as well. Among those South American clubs, there is one that does a very good job: Boca Juniors. The Argentinean club has trained no less than 23 players, who currently happen to be professionals in Europe. Carlos Tevez being the most known of them.
- Olympique Lyonnais
During the 2014/2015 season, the Olympic of Lyon managed to make an admirable journey in League 1, relying almost exclusively on the players trained in their own center. If you add Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) or Loic Remy (Chelsea), the team of 11 could have been phenomenal!
In England, the best training club is probably Southampton. If there are currently 36 professional footballers playing in Europe and trained at Manchester United, the players that were trained by Southampton ain’t got nothing to envy to anybody. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Luke Shaw are the most current ones!
Belgian soccer has been at its best lately. This progress is overly due to RSC Anderlecht, the best training club in the country. Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj and others were trained in Anderlecht.
Contrary to popular belief, the French training system is very effective, especially from a quantitative point of view. Special shoutout to Le Havre and Auxerre, that are clubs with limited budgets but very reasonable in their training. However, Athletic Bilbao could also have been included in this list, just like Abidjan’s Asec, which is the best training African club.