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Who Has The Best Youth Team In The World?
Soccerstud5 (Barcelona) 5 years ago
I was playing soccer this past weekend and I met a 14 year old kid who can do amazing things with the ball, he's also a complete player. He was so good that he was actually invited by John Laporta (yes he knows him) to Barcelona's Youth Team to train with them. When I learned this, I began to wonder which Club's youth team has the best youth team in the world? I personally believe it is Barcelona's followed by Manchester United and Arsenal's teams.
Just for Kicks, I think the young players (under 21) to be out on the watch for are Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Pato, and Bojan.

What are your ideas on the youth teams and best young players (Under 21 please) in the world?
Andy (Rangers) 5 years ago
I think Barcelona, Ajax, Boca Juniors and West Ham have the best Youth Academies in the world.

A lot of South American teams have fabulous youth set-ups, I'm not sure of the better ones though, Gremio and Sao Paulo spring to mind?

My favourite youth player in the world right now would probably be Alan Dzaegov for CSKA Moscow, he is going to be one of the best midfielders in the world.

Rumours are that Chelsea have slipped a clause into his contract with CSKA so that he joins Chelsea when he turns 21.
Soccerstud5 (Barcelona) 5 years ago
It always seem to end that way, but don't worry chelsea have their nice transfer ban coming up  
Raf (Atletico Belo Horizonte) 5 years ago
You're right about Gremio and Sao Paulo being top dog in South America, but it's a bit more spread out in Brazil I think. If you look at the big 13 teams of Brazil, there are great youth programs but certain teams tend to focus more on one aspect of youth players. For example, Palmeiras always seem to produce incredible goalkeepers, Internacional have recently produced some of the best forwards of the future like Pato and Nilmar. Atletico Mineiro have always brought good defensive players like Mancini, Cicinho, Gilberto Silva. Cruzeiro seems to reveal great stars as well (Ronaldo anyone? God I hated him when he was 17 and I used to go to the stadium and watch him just tear my team a new one when I was younger and still lived in Brazil.) One that was expressively interesting was the Santos from 2002-2004, where the team was recycled and they were made up of practically a youth team, know at the time as the "boys from the Vila Belmiro", That team won the Brazilian championship in 2002 and 2004 I believe, and it was there where we first saw a 17 year old Diego and Robinho as well as a young Elano and Alex
Alfaz (Manchester United) 5 years ago
Even though I'm a Man. Utd. Fans through and through, I would say Arsenal.... Give them couple of years more and they will reach their peak...
StadeNyonnais (Liverpool) 5 years ago
I think that liverpool have a very good yout setup, if you read Steven Gerrards book, it shows that there is a very good structure there in liverpool. And the coaches care about their players. I also think that Arsenal have quite a good youth setup, even though, I don't think that their academy is very good because they are all playing in the first team. I also think that most of arsenal's young players don't actually come from the academy, arsene wenger just buys them for cheap.
I also know this kid who plays for FC servette u18 and he's only just 16, he plays with me on my scoool team he's amazing.
THe player to wattch though is Jack Wilshere!
Blueskiesahead (Chelsea) 5 years ago
Barcalona has a fantastic set-up right now. Not only do they produce great young players. But they introduce them into their squad and allow them a fair bit of playing time. Arsenal of course has a very good youth team as well. Then you have hannover and west ham who grow great players for great teams (as unfortunate for these clubs as that may be)
Pragathish (AC Milan) 5 years ago
Arsenal all the way!
Yamsy (Liverpool) 5 years ago
Arsenal, Ajax, West Ham, United, Boca Juniors, Gremio, Lyon, Barca, Roma, Bayern...
Rzv36 (Real Madrid) 4 years ago
Barcelona and Ajax have the best youth facilities and teams in the world.... By far! Players like Messi, Iniesta, Bojan, Snjieder came from these two youth teams
Ciankc (Manchester United) 4 years ago
I completely agree. Great players have come form both clubs
Juno (AC Milan) 4 years ago
The good.

Atlethic Bilbao - for a policy that brings in youth players only, and buying only Basque players, they've certainly got a good system running behind the scene to maintain their status in La liga.

Barcelona - for churning out the 'Catalonian style' players.... Players that came out from there - Fabregas, Dos Santos still smell 'Barca'....

Le Harve Ac has produced a number of good players namely Lass Diarra, , Dhorasoo, Alou Diarra, Chimbonda.... And a host of other youngster they couldn't hold on to like Pogba....

Ajax is famous for most of Holland's best ever players.

Arsenal - After Arsene Wenger arrive, everyone else become younger and younger each year....

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The bad.

Chelsea and the big 4- craddle snatching specialist!

Real Madrid - churning fantastic youth players while discarding them for bigger stars

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The utter stupid

Atletico Madrid - for closing 'down Atlético's youth academy in 1992, which at the time featured future superstar Raúl, who would go across town to achieve worldwide fame at rivals Real Madrid. ' (edited from Wiki)
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
I agree.... Bilbao is definitely one of the world's best.... Great young players have been produced there.
I would then say that Ajax and Boca come second in my list. You didn't put Boca in.... Is that for a particular reason? I think they produce some great players...
Juno (AC Milan) 4 years ago
That being said. Boca and River, Sao paulo and a host of other South American teams did produced lots of good players. But countries like them does have something in common - young players playing football to get out of poverty. These youngster train hard for their future. The system put in place to train good youngsters into world class players isn't there though money have indeed been put into youth development. The scouts however, are doing a much better job with so many young talents to spot
Chrisg (Birmingham City) 4 years ago
Arsenal or Barcelona, they have talent in their youth squads that could destroy full teams in their respective leagues. Also their attitude towards youth players is really good. They develop their own young talents into the best players of the future instead of always shelling out millions for the best players of today
Incuteration (Everton) 4 years ago
Everton.

Gotta' mention my own team because it produce really good youngsters like James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jose Baxter, Kieran Agard, Shane Duffy and of course Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell which Rodwell is now targeted by Manchester United and Chelsea. We also produced a very good young star which is Wayne Rooney, that Shrek said he would stayed at Everton, once said he was a True Blue and will never leave. Where's the bastard now? In Manchester. Mercenaries are mercenaries
Kartikhadia (Manchester United) 4 years ago
I am waiting for bojan(barcelona) machaeda(manutd). They are my favourite youth players whom I m seeing on top. I think barca, manutd and arsenal have good youth players
Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Real Madrid have a great academy too the thing is that they don't use it so the rest of spain battle for their players
Zzlatan (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I think that arsenal and barcelona have better youth academy then anyother team has in whole Europe.

Barcelona has quality youth players like
Pedro,
Bojan,
Jafferen,
Jonathan Dos santos[Future Xavi]
And Many more....

There they get proper guidance....
Visca Barca!
Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I think that Dos santos is more like Iniesta
Fingergod (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Arsenal have the best youth squad!
Blueskiesahead (Chelsea) 4 years ago
I think it's pretty close between them and barcelona
ManUK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Nah, Arsenal beats out Barca



   
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