FM of the Year 2007
Aalst - Belgium
Teams: RSC Anderlecht
Johan Boskamp: Talking about youth development in Belgium
Johan Boskamp: « Belgian youth is as good as the Portuguese ... »
In the weekly monday programme of Studio 1 Johan Boskamp talked about the youth development in Belgium. The former coach of Anderlecht & Standard talked with Filip Joos about Anderlecht, Standard and the Belgian youth development.
"Untill the age of 14 years our youth is as good as for example the Portuguese", was one of the remarkable quotes Boskamp said. "The problem is that from the age of 15 we train in another way then other countries. I watched many youth games and trainings. When I compare the youth academy of Mallorca and Belgian youth academies there is a huge difference. They train during 1 or 2 hours just on giving passes. Hard ones, those who are difficult to control and also long passes. Those lads are capable of bringing a difficult ball to death, Belgians aren't."
Boskamp was harsh for the Belgian teams. "I've been to the U17 World Championships in South Corea. Players like Bojan Krkic and Toni Kroos were there for Spain and Germany. If you see that those players already now can taste of first team football in Barcelona and Munchen I just can't understand why we don't see it here. Everyone says Eden Hazard (Lille OSC) is the coming man in Belgian football, but is was that defensive midfielder from Brussels (Sebastien Phiri) who made Hazard play well. And then you see that such a player doesn't get his chance at Brussels. But not only at Brussels, almost nowhere in Belgium youth players get their chance of tasting first team football. The only thing I hear is that Belgium is just a small country, but if we look at the population, where slightly superior to Portugal who has world class players. No, Belgian teams like more to go to a country and open a can of players hoping they will do a good job."
When talking about Standard, a team who gave their own youth the chances recently, Boskamp said their new facilities are belonging on the top of Europe.