What are the best football academies in Europe at training top level footballers?Europe’s elite football teams include star players from all over the globe. No longer can players expect to spend their whole career at one club. Totti and Terry may be among the last few ‘clubman’.With such high competition for academy graduates, players often need to find first team football at other European clubs. With the inevitable club swapping throughout a player’s career, it’s hard to keep track of where a player’s career started. We wanted to find out which youth academy produced the most top-level footballers in the world.
The Best Football Academies in EuropeFootball observatory has found out which club has the best production line for current players in UEFA’s Top 5 Major leagues.Most online polls predict teams like Barcelona, Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon for bringing through the most elite players. The likes of Ronaldo, Messi and the ‘Class of 92’ may influence people’s judgment here.So how do these clubs – famed for producing talent – fair in today’s transfer crazy world? Where owners expect immediate success and allow less time for bedding in youth players.Let us find out with the list of the best football academies for producing elite football players.
How to Judge The Best Football Academies in EuropeThe research carried out by footballobservaty.com looked at every player playing in UEFA’s top 5 major leagues:
- English Premier League
- Spanish La Liga
- Italian Seria A
- German Bundesliga
- French League 1
The research covers players in domestic squads before October 1st 2016. Looking at each club’s current squad and players who play for other top European clubs.