South American prospects for Old Trafford will get first team action in Holland.
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Manchester United has partnered with FC Twente. The English club is planning for South American talent to mature at the Eredivisie champions from Enschede.
The Mancunian have a football academy in Sao Paulo where players from all over South America develop. Because in England it is difficult for young players from outside the EU to obtain a work permit to be immediately eligible for Man Utd, they will go on loan to FC Twente upon turning eighteen.
The players will spend two to three years in Enschede in order to get first team football, while the English club decides their future. The Manchester club sees FC Twente as a club that is structurally sound and settled in the Dutch top flight, while Twente will receive commercial and logistical advice.
FC Twente will also benefit from Man Utd’s knowledge of the South American market. The Red Devils will also help the Enschede club open a football school in Peru, and hope for something similar in collaboration with Club Olimpia, the holders of a record 38 Paraguayan championships. (Voetball International)
Manchester United already have strong relationships with the likes of Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon and Belgian team Royal Antwerp, and now are looking to branch out into the Netherlands with Dutch champions FC Twente.
Teams in Spain have the advantage that their ‘B’ teams are able to play competitive matches in the second tier of Spanish football. Their prospects receive training from the coaches already at the club, meaning when they are ready to play for the first team, they are ready to play in the team’s style.
This is particularly evident at Barcelona, where the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets excel, and their youth academy continues to prosper. However, the Catalan side invests more than anyone in South American scouting – around double globally each year than that of famed youth developers Arsenal – and every other side in the world is playing catch up.
South American footballers have been at the forefront of the European game for a great many years – winning five of the last ten World Player Of The Year awards – and if Manchester United can acquire some young players able to emulate the great Brazilians Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, or today’s star player Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina, they will only increase their status globally.
Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly planning a legacy for after his retirement, and though that thought remains far from his mind at the moment, when the day does come he will have made sure that Manchester United will continue to prosper.
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