Barcelona open new academy for youth players

Updated: 06 August 2011 16:55 IST

Barcelona have risen to the top of European soccer on the strength of their highly productive academy.

Barcelona open new academy for youth players
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Barcelona:

Barcelona have risen to the top of European soccer on the strength of their highly productive academy.

Now, they are looking to expand their stock of homegrown talent through a new school to develop even more young players.

The new facility was presented to the media on Friday and has the name of the Catalan club's emblematic old residence, La Masia. But by increasing its capacity from 60 to 83 players, Barca hope to produce more stars such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Jordi Moix, Barcelona's economic and strategy director, told The Associated Press that "we have visited several facilities of our competitors, and we can say this is one of the best facilities now in the market."

Topics : Football Real Madrid Barcelona
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