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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old October 11th, 2012, 07:55 Thread Starter
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Slovak youngsters in foreign academies - success or fail ?

http://sport.aktuality.sk/c/138475/k...vych-akademii/

found great article from Milan Lešický. Not going to translate it all, jsut the most interesting parts.

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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.

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Now we have abroad several interesting players, mostly of age group 15 to 19 years: Rusnak at Manchester City, Lukac in Teplice, Vozár in Spezia, Satka in Newcastle, Ivan at Sampdoria, Hromada and Varga at Juventus, Zázrivec at Aston Villa, Lesniak in Tottenham, Semanko in Slovácko. With few exceptions they are only slightly better than the players of their age group who remained in Slovakia, and if they dont increase their performances, they can await same destiny as their predecessors.

More interesting group of players appears to be current U21 members : Vojtuš from NK Zagreb (Inter Milan reject), Oršula from Wigan (Manchester City /Twente Enschede reject), Lalkovič from Vitoria Guimaraes (formerly Chelsea and ADO den Haag) Koštrna of Wolverhampton, Ambra from Crotone, Lasik from Brescia.

So many youngsters, and so far only Stoch, Weiss and Mak can live their footballing dreams, making their living out of football.

To sum it up, foreign Academies and Slovak palyers dont work well, mainly due to a fact that youngsters arent yet ready for such a change mentally.

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so the best route, make a name for yourself at your Slovak club, join a Russian or German club in your early 20s?

could Czech clubs like Sparta and Slavia be relevant?
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yes thats the way to go - try to break into senior football asap here in Slovakia, and then leave to abroad (to senior teams) before they reach age of 18-20.

Sparta/Slavia not sure, their best Slovak players arrived there at adult age, not as a products of their academies.
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