The best Football Academies in the world

Football was made popular by England and perfected by Brazil. It is played by more than 160 countries in the world. Many players come, but few write their name in the history books. Some are remembered by their mesmerising goals and some by their exquisite set of skills, some by their explosive playing style and some by their acrobatic saves. But before they become huge stars, they all were the same, kids and all of them have perfected their skills at the academies across the globe. Over the years these academies have perfected the art of teaching football and making magicians out of the small kids be it Messi or Zlatan or Iniesta. Some of the best academies across the globe are:

8) The Academy Of Football (West Ham United)

One of the minnows of EPL, can’t afford big name players but has made some very big name players has been know to develop some of the best talents of English Football.West Ham Academy

Notable Alumni – Paul Ince, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick.


7) Gremio

A club from Brazil, a country of geniuses. It has produced many world-class talents over the years. It has been named the No. 1 Brazilian Football Club by CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) and is argubly one of the best academy in South America

ronaldinho Gremio

Notable Alumni – Ronaldinho, Lucas Leiva, Lucio, Eduardo Costa, Anderson.


6) El Semillero (Argentinos Juniors)

A small club based in Buenos Aires made very famous by the players the produced. This one is arguably the best academy in the American Continents.


Notable Alumni – Diego Armando Maradona, Esteban Cambiasso, Juan Riquelme, Fabio Colocinni.


5) Arsenal Football Academy

Arsene Wenger, though for his transfer policies, has been a god father to many young players. Being a top club in the EPL, he has made some awesome players.


Notable Alumni – Tony Adams, Ray Parlour, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Cole, Paul Merson.


4) Sporting Club Alochete (SC Portugal)

Though short on cash, this club from Portugal has been the birth place of some brilliant players.


Notable Alumni – Luis Figo, Nani, Quaresma, Moutinho, Cristiano Ronaldo.

3) Manchester United Academy

Some Legendary soccer players have come through the youth academy of this 20 time EPL champions, from Busby Babes to class of 92

ManU Class of 1992

Notable Alumni – Gary Neville, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton.

2) De Toekomst (Ajax Football Club)

The club from Netherlands has taught the world the style of ‘ Total Football’ and have produced some out of the world Dutch players.


Notable Alumni –Vertonghen, Snjeider, Suarez, Van der sar, Johan Cryuff.


1) La Masia (FC Barcelona)

The Best. The club from Spain who ruled the world by its ‘Tiki-Taka’ style has produced legendary players.

La Masia

Notable Alumni – Lionel Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, Pique, Puyol.

Honorbale Mentions:- Southampton, Santos, Dynamo Zagreb, FC Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Everton FC, Benfica, Boca Juniors , Roma, Manchester City, Standard Leige and River Plate.

Legendary Managers who have won the UCL with it homegrown players:-

  • Sir Alex Ferguson:- The Treble winning Team of Manchester United in the year of 1999
  • Arsene Wenger :- Arsenal has qualified for the UCL for constant 16 years without any great influx of money thanks to their academy.
  • Josep Guardiola :- The 2011 UCL winning Barcelona Team.
  • Louis Van Gaal :- The UCL winning Ajax FC Team of 1994-95.

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