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Sporting C.P. Youth and Academy

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Website  Club home page
Chairman  Bruno de Carvalho
Ground  Alcochete
Full name  Sporting Clube de Portugal Youth and Academy

Sporting Clube de Portugal has a football training facility (Academia Sporting in Alcochete), which accommodated Portugal during the Euro 2004 competition. Famous for its football youth academy system which features a range of well-equipped facilities and is one of the most renowned in the world, Sporting has continuously developed many world class footballers, such as Ballon d'Or recipients Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo. The current squad for the 2015-2016 season has 11 players graduated from their youth ranks, including Rui Patrício, William Carvalho, João Mário, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Rúben Semedo, Carlos Mané, Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo, Gelson Martins and Matheus Pereira.

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Past youth academy players

The long list of players who developed their skills in the youth academy of the club include other noted footballers such as:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) and former Manchester United player
  • Luís Figo (retired), former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Internazionale player
  • Nani (Manchester United)
  • Paulo Futre (retired), former Porto and Atlético Madrid player
  • Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), former Barcelona, Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale player
  • João Moutinho (Monaco), former Porto player
  • Simão (NorthEast United), former Barcelona, Benfica, Atlético Madrid and Espanyol player
  • Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv), former Genoa player
  • José Fonte (Southampton), former Crystal Palace player
  • Cédric Soares (Southampton)
  • Eric Dier (Tottenham)
  • Hugo Viana (Al-Wasl), former Newcastle United, Valencia and Braga player
  • Daniel Carriço (Sevilla)
  • Beto (Sevilla)
  • Bruma (Real Sociedad), former Galatasaray player
  • Yannick Djaló (Ratchaburi), former Benfica, Toulouse, San Jose Earthquakes and Mordovia Saransk player
  • Carlos Martins (Belenenses), former Recreativo, Granada and Benfica player
  • Silvestre Varela (Porto)
  • Bruno Pereirinha (Lazio)
  • Custódio (Akhisar Belediyespor), former Dynamo Moscow and Braga player
  • André Santos (Deportivo La Coruña)
  • Marco Caneira (Videoton), former Internazionale, Bordeaux and Valencia player
  • José Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday), former Cagliari and Charlton Athletic player
  • Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa), former Liverpool, Granada and Bordeaux player
  • João Carlos Teixeira (Liverpool) (only played for the youth squads)
  • Rui Fonte (Benfica B), former Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Espanyol player
  • Nuno Valente (former Porto Champions League winner and former Everton player)
  • Dani (retired), who played for Ajax and Atlético Madrid
  • Luís Boa Morte, former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham United player
  • Paíto (Skoda Xanthi), former Sion, Neuchâtel Xamax and Vaslui player
  • Miguel (unattached, although he only played for the youth squads before moving to Estrela da Amadora and known for playing for Benfica and Valencia)
  • Emílio Peixe (retired), who played for Sevilla
  • Hugo Porfírio (retired), who played for West Ham, Racing Santander and Benfica
  • Jorge Cadete (retired), who played for Celtic
  • Beto (retired) former Bordeaux and Recreativo player
  • Carlos Xavier (retired), who played for Real Sociedad
  • Paulo Torres (retired), who played for Salamanca and Rayo Vallecano
  • Hugo Porfírio (retired), who played for West Ham, Racing Santander and Nottingham Forest
  • Freire (retired), who played for Celta Vigo
  • Houssine Kharja (Al-Arabi), former Roma, Siena, Genoa, Internazionale and Fiorentina player
  • Nenê (Al-Gharafa), (although he only played for the youth squads before moving to Corinthians and known for playing for Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain
  • Sporting U19 team - Juniores

    As of 7 September 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Staff

  • Head Coach: Tiago Fernandes
  • Assistant Coach: Filipe Çelikkaya
  • Fitness Coach: Carlos Bruno
  • GK Coach: Hugo Tecelão
  • Physiotherapist: Carlos Lima
  • Sporting U17 team - Juvenis

    As of 23 August 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Staff

  • Head Coach: João Couto
  • Assistant Coach: João Gonçalves
  • Assistant Coach: João Vargas
  • Fitness Coach: Filipe Antunes
  • GK Coach: Nuno Almeida
  • Sporting U17 B team - Juvenis (Distritais)

    As of 9 September 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Staff

  • Head Coach: Paulo Alexandre Nunes
  • Assistant Coach: João Gonçalves
  • GK Coach: Nuno Almeida
  • Sporting U15 team - Iniciados

    As of 25 August 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Staff

  • Head Coach: Pedro Coelho
  • Assistant Coaches: Paulo Carvalho
  • Assistant Coaches: Francisco Nobre
  • GK Coach: Gonçalo Simões
  • Sporting U15 B team - Iniciados (Distritais)

    As of 9 September 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Staff

  • Head Coach: Tiago Capaz
  • Assistant Coach: Marco Santos
  • Assistant Coach: Gonçalo Cruz
  • GK Coach: João Spínola
  • The Academy

    Sporting's Academy was also the first and only sports academy in Europe to receive the ISO9001:2008 – a quality certification awarded by EIC, a Portuguese anonymous society responsible for this type of reward, which is recognised both locally and internationally. This is a testimony to Sporting's excellence in several different areas, such as: their ability to raise up youngsters not only athletically, but also academically; Sporting responsibility towards ethical and social aspects, as well as their struggle to maintain the club values above everything else; quality of their infrastructures/facilities; their coaching and medical staff skills; scouting area.

    Facilities

    Budgeted around 2000$00 million (2 million contos), the construction of the academy commenced in August 1999 in the council of Alcochete, located on the outskirts of Lisbon on the southern bank of the river Tejo, and the inauguration was on June 21, 2002. The main building of the academy has two different areas, the professional football area and the youth area. In both sides there is medical center equipped with treatment rooms, gym, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and bedrooms. In the youth area, there are also several study rooms. The Academy is equipped with a main field, four grass pitches for training, a synthetic field and a grassed area for goalkeepers training.

    Sporting's youth academy was considered by Luiz Felipe Scolari (former Portugal national coach) and José Pekerman (former Argentina national coach) as one of the best sports academies in the world. It was also the home training ground for the Portugal national football team during Euro 2004. A number of European clubs choose the Sporting's Academia for training in the off-season.

    World-Class Youth Program

    Sporting CP is famous for its renowned youth program. The club created two FIFA World Player of the Year winners (Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo), two Ballon d'Or winners (Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo) and one runner-up (Paulo Futre), and one FIFA Ballon d'Or winner (Cristiano Ronaldo). The academy also produced six UEFA Champions League winners (Paulo Futre, Luís Figo, Nuno Valente, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma) and a large number of players who represented their country at the full international level more than 50 times, including Miguel, João Moutinho, Miguel Veloso and Simão.

    In 2010, the academy was the first and only sports academy in Europe to receive the ISO9001:2008 – a quality certification awarded by EIC, a Portuguese anonymous society responsible for this type of reward, which is recognised both locally and internationally. This is a testimony to Sporting's excellence in several different areas, such as: their ability to raise up youngsters not only athletically, but also academically; Sporting responsibility towards ethical and social aspects, as well as their struggle to maintain the club values above everything else; quality of their infrastructures/facilities; their coaching and medical staff skills; scouting area.

    Notable Academy graduates

    List criteria
  • Player has made 25 appearances or more for his country at full international level
  • Player with notable awards or achievements.
  • References

    Sporting C.P. Youth and Academy Wikipedia


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