China aims for football glory with academy based on Barcelona’s
China is set to open its own version of one of the worlds celebrated football academies as part of President Xi Jinpings quest for footballing glory.
Xi has championed plans to revolutionise Chinas notoriously weak national game with efforts afoot to create 50,000 football schools by Bicester Village Prada Store Number 2025.
His ultimate goal is to transform China, whose national side currently ranks a dismal 86th in Fifas world rankings, below Armenia and Qatar, into Authentic Prada Handbags Wholesale a world-beating team capable of lifting the World Cup.
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The latest stage of that campaign will see a youth training centre modelled on La Masia C the legendary FC Barcelona academy responsible for players including Lionel Messi and Cesc Fbregas C open its doors on the tropical island of Hainan in the South China Sea.
The China Daily described the $8.5m boarding school, the fruit of a partnership Authentic Prada Handbags Uk between the Spanish giant and a Hong Kong developer, as part of a push for a great Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Online Shopping leap forwards for Chinas not-so-beautiful game. The academy will reportedly feature seven pitches and house Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Official Website 1,000 children aged Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk 6 to 18.
Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu fake, Bergdorf Goodman Prada Mens Shoes told the Hainan Daily he hoped Chinas answer to La Masia would boost its campaign to become a football powerhouse by spawning a new generation of Chinese superstars.
More and more Authentic Prada Wallet For Sale Philippines European players have come to play in the Chinese Super League, Agata Ruiz De La Prada Shop On Line but by improving youth training, hopefully we can have more homegrown talent playing in the Super League and even European leagues, Bartomeu was quoted as saying by the Chinese magazine Caixin.
Im sure we will see a graduate from our [Hainan] academy playing for Barcelona in the future.
La Masia de Can Planes, Barcelonas world-renowned academy, was conceived by former manager Johan Cruyff in the late 1970s and is today one of the worlds most revered youth training centres.
Known in English as the farmhouse, the schools alumnae also include Gerard Pique and Andrs Iniesta. Six members of Spains 2010 World Cup-winning starting side earned their stripes at La Masia.
Cameron Wilson, the founder of a website about the Chinese game called Wild East Football, said top European clubs were now tripping over themselves to build youth academies in China, partly to gain a marketing foothold in Apertura Outlet Prada Montevarchi the potentially gigantic market.
But ultimately academies are judged on the players they produce and of course we wont see that for a while. he said.
Additional reporting by Wang Zhen