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Konoplyov football academy

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Yu. Konoplyov football academy (Russian: Академия футбола имени Юрия Коноплева) is a Russian youth football academy based in Togliatti.



The academy was founded in 2003 as SDYuShOR Krylia Sovetov. In 2007 the name was changed in honor of its founder Yuri Konoplyov, a local businessman who died in 2006 aged 39. Since then it is sponsored mainly by Abramovich's National Academy of Football.


The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-8's up to Under-18's. Team of Under-18's plays in the Amateur Football League, 4th level of Russian football, under the name of Togliatti-dubl. Russian Second Division's FC Akademiya Togliatti was also fed on the academy players, as was FC Togliatti, now defunct. As of 2015–16 season, the academy is feeding FC Lada-Togliatti.


The best known alumni of the Konoplyov academy are Russian international midfielder Alan Dzagoev and 2006 UEFA U-17 Championship winners Anton Vlasov, Yevgeni Korotayev, Denis Shcherbak, Igor Gorbatenko, Dmitri Ryzhov and Roman Savenkov. Another player was Ilya Kutepov who is a Spartak defender.

The list of alumni also includes: Artur Yusupov (who signed for Dinamo Moscow), Yevgeni Pesegov (Krylia Sovetov Samara), Aleksandr Stolyarenko (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Drukovskiy (Krylia Sovetov Samara), Maksim Fyodorov (CSKA Moscow), Ivan Stain (FC Nizhny Novgorod) and Sergei Borodin (FC Nizhny Novgorod).

Three more academy alumni made their Russia national football team debut in 2015: Roman Zobnin, Dmitri Yefremov and Artur Yusupov. Stanislav Kritsyuk and Ilya Kutepov made their national team debut in 2016.


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