Football Academies abroad arent working well for our youngsters, perhaps because young footballers go there while being mentally unprepared.
Until recently we had youngsters in Academies of Southampton, Birmingham, Nuremberg, Manchester City, Brescia, Derby County, Eindhoven, Dynamo Kiev, Thonon, Middlesborough, Dresden, Legia Warsaw, Bröndby, Austria Vienna, FC Twente, ETO Györ, Slavia, Sparta, Ceske Budejovice , Ostrava, Slovakia, Liberec - 33 Slovakian youngsters of age 15-19, born between 1986-1991. Not going to mention names.
Now, they all play in weak leagues or lower divisions. They only seems to get one advantage though - they have learnt language. Aside of that, noone made his living out of football and they probably end up having career to forget, wandering from club to club. After retirement, these boys will have problems because they do not know anything except football, as they lack education. This is a serious warning to parents to coaches really changed their minds whether to send their son to a foreign academy, or to provide him with more options in life.
Last edited by Kajoo; October 11th, 2012 at 15:43.