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  1. Re: The Manchester City Academy Rumours surfaced in the press that City are looking to add to their youth prospects http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2073954/Manchester-City-want-Chelsea-teenager-Conor-Hunte.html
  2. Re: The Manchester City Academy Thought i'd give an update on my previous post as a tour of the new Etihad Campus has been given, and this is taken from some fellow Blues off another forum. It was reiterated that the Sheikh is here for the long term, 20-30+ years investment programme was mentioned. Our reputation is very important and we have a corporate and social responsibility to uphold standards in everything we do. The improvements that have been made to the Stadium, Carrington and Platt Lane have been necessary in order to bring us up to speed, we now plan to become the world leader with our new infrastructure plans. It is important that the community remains at the heart of everything we do. The environment is important, all energy which is used is now from renewable sources and all waste is recycled, nothing goes to landfill. 80 acres are to be redeveloped to provide amongst other things a 7000 seat mini arena, landmark bridge, 400 new acadamy positions (incorporating 200 scholar places) and 6th form college. All teams will be based here all in the line of sight of the stadium which is unique in world football. Work will start in the third quarter of 2012 200 construction jobs will be created. There are no plans to buy the stadium and this is because the money which was used to build it came from London all revenue received from it's sale would have to go back to London. Our lease ensures that all money generated stays and is used in Manchester. We do however have an agreement with the council to make changes to the stadium should we wish to do so. The metrolink is planned to open in June 2012. Carrington would eventually be sold, however Platt Lane would be kept in some form as it is regarded as a spiritual home. The Etihad campus status only apllies to 3 buildings at the moment (stadium,office and mini coms).This means under the terms of our "umbrella" agreement with Etihad there will be opportunity to ammend the terms of our agreement as we evolve the campus. John Stem did hint at our ability to alter the stadium under the terms of our new lease (Apparantly Stern also had a wry smile on his face when this was mentioned) 'Universal Studios - Football' idea which has been aired. They want 365 days a year usage of the campus and not just 30 as we have at the moment. Also they were initially proposing a Eden Project proposal for the training campus with indoor grass pitches. Also Arsene Wenger has been heavily consulted for the training campus. He basically said his biggest regret with Cobham was that it was perfect for the time with no room to develop in the future. We have designed with this in mind and can continue to evolve when new technologies evolve.
  3. Re: The Manchester City Academy Im going to get involved in this. First off, Stuart, you are way off your mark at the moment though. At City we have a handful of players for the future but the good thing is, in Mancini we have a manager willing to let that youth develop and give them a chance, like last night in the Carling Cup. With about 10 minutes to go, Razak got some more valuable experience coming on as a sub. Others to have featured this season are Suarez and Rekik, see link - http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=98518&highlight=Rekik I will also agree with cheekylad, but only part of his post. If you look how Chelsea have bought their youth, they seem to have gone for players where the selling club has talked up each player, making those young players a little over hyped. Until more recently, Chelsea were very gung ho in their ways of trying to find the next young superstar. City seem to be a little more particular in their scouting and purchasing of youth and are always looking at improving their scouting network. While i have no doubts that the like's of Razak, Bunn, Cole, Meppen Walters etc will make it as footballers, but im not to sure if they will have futures at City. Personally at the moment, the only 3 players worth mentioning are SUAREZ, REKIK and ABU. That doesn't mean your post is wrong though, it just means its a little premature. Sheikh Mansour is said to be a bit of a perfectionist, and never gives up until he has the best of everything, and with City's new acadamy site soon to be developed, then City's youth stock will rise quite quickly. City will be able to offer the best facilities, at what will be, one of the best clubs in the world, with what will be, around a 60,000 modern stadium, with who is, the wealthiest backer in the game at the moment. All that isn't meant to sound smarmy or arrogant, its just the way it is. Those facilities will include, a 7,000-capacity Arena and ancillary Offices and Media Centre, 12 full-size and 2 half-size football training pitches, detached building forming accommodation for Youth Development and First Teams and incorporating two full size football pitches, a grounds maintenance building, Energy centre, pedestrian bridge across Ashton New Road linking to the Etihad Stadium, associated parking, landscaping, boundary treatments and other infrastructure works with all matters to be considered: and, Outline application for an Institute for Sports Medicine (a medical assessment, diagnosis and treatment centre, and research and product development facility in the fields of physiotherapy and sports science) and new Sixth Form College in the South West corner of the site with all matters reserved So as a club we are probably a couple of years off seeing the first off the production line on a regular basis, but we really do have the facilities in the near future to start to take the best talent from around the world and blood them in the way City would like to. It is a very exciting time to be following them.
  4. Re: young talent Karim Rekik - CB - 16 - Rated 75. Has the potential to be world class.
  5. Re: Elton Monteiro- Arsenal Talented CB!! Arsenal and talented CB. I never thought i'd see those words in the same sentence Nice find
  6. Re: Nicolai Brock-Madsen: Can't be stopped. I'll help you out pal . Nice report. Dont know anything about the kid. I think i'll see if i can find a decent stream this weekend and maybe watch him and Randers in action.
  7. Re: Gabriel Barbosa Almeida - Brazil's Next Big Thing Hi JMH, Thanks for the reply. I couldn't care about the repping business to be totally honest. 2 years ago on here there were plenty asking to be repped and as you say, it was frowned upon. Why would you want repped anyway? Its a bit childish is it not? Thanks for Cortes btw. Bid is now in for him I just thought out of 125 views 1 comment wasn't to much to ask for, after all it took me about an hour of my time to do the full post. I'd like people to talk about him, question's etc. Rather than just look and not say anything. Maybe in a year or two time we will be discussing Gabriel alot more. As you say, a great Futsol player, but i believe he has been captured young enough to transform him into a footballer unlike Mythiue (spelling is wrong i know, cant remember his name though).
  8. Re: Gabriel Barbosa Almeida - Brazil's Next Big Thing
  9. Re: Gabriel Barbosa Almeida - Brazil's Next Big Thing 125 views and nothing. Oh well. I'll keep HUGE talents quiet in future. Dont get how Thorgan Hazard got so many replies, yet this kid, who has the ability to be as good as Messi or Ronaldo, and this thread gets nothing. Typical SM. If your name isn't recognised, like Spam or Insider etc you dont get the replies.
  10. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... On todays form, i wouldn't touch Nasri at the moment. Yes he might get better as he gets used to the City team but at the moment he is blowing hot and cold. More often cold.
  11. Gabriel Barbosa Almeida aka Gabigol Nationality: Brazilian Age: 15 Date of birth: 30.08.1996 Club: Santos Position: AM/F Rating: Not On DB Potential meter: 10/10 Gabriel was spotted as a 7 year old playing Futsol for Sao Paulo. In his 2 season's playing this version of the game, Gabriel scored over 100 goals and it was in one of these games where Santos sat up and took notice, after Gabriel had demolished his future employers side by scoring 5 goals against them. Inter Milan have already been monitoring his movements at the young age of 10 years old, but Gabriel wants to learn more at Santos before moving. An old head on young shoulders? More recent Gabriel was given the #10 jersey at the under 15 World Cup, a competition where he was the star player and scored 6 times for his country. In his 6 years with Santos, Gabriel has scored over 400 times in both Futsol and the full game for his current club, and has been a major part in Santos winning youth titles. Santos coach Emerson recently said the following. "We work so that he can become a great player, but the main thing he has is talent. We are trying to show him the importance of learning issues in the game, such as the tactical parts, and the technical. The rest he already has. He knows how to score a few. The big advantage is to not be afraid of making mistakes. He's a boy who knows how to play easy, with simple moves, but he can also leave room for individuality. For positioning, he could be compared to Ganso. But his finishing makes him a little closer to Neymar and Robinho. Ganso is a playmaker, while Gabriel is more of a goalscorer. Ganso comes to the attack a little and creates more. It's a mixture. Of course it is hard to say today that Gabriel may have both characteristics, but Ganso has the positioning and quality that sets him apart from Neymar and Robinho." Gabriel is also a confident person too. When asked who he would compare himself to his fast response was "Messi." http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gabriel+santos&aq=0&oq=gabriel+sant
  12. Re: Top Five Young Brazilian Players? Gabriel Barbosa Almeida aka Gabigol Nationality: Brazilian Age: 15 Date of birth: 30.08.1996 Club: Santos Position: AM/F Rating: Not On DB Potential meter: 10/10 Gabriel was spotted as a 7 year old playing Futsol for Sao Paulo. In his 2 season's playing this version of the game, Gabriel scored over 100 goals and it was in one of these games where Santos sat up and took notice, after Gabriel had demolished his future employers side by scoring 5 goals against them. Inter Milan have already been monitoring his movements at the young age of 10 years old, but Gabriel wants to learn more at Santos before moving. An old head on young shoulders? More recent Gabriel was given the #10 jersey at the under 15 World Cup, a competition where he was the star player and scored 6 times for his country. In his 6 years with Santos, Gabriel has scored over 400 times in both Futsol and the full game for his current club, and has been a major part in Santos winning youth titles. Santos coach Emerson recently said the following. "We work so that he can become a great player, but the main thing he has is talent. We are trying to show him the importance of learning issues in the game, such as the tactical parts, and the technical. The rest he already has. He knows how to score a few. The big advantage is to not be afraid of making mistakes. He's a boy who knows how to play easy, with simple moves, but he can also leave room for individuality. For positioning, he could be compared to Ganso. But his finishing makes him a little closer to Neymar and Robinho. Ganso is a playmaker, while Gabriel is more of a goalscorer. Ganso comes to the attack a little and creates more. It's a mixture. Of course it is hard to say today that Gabriel may have both characteristics, but Ganso has the positioning and quality that sets him apart from Neymar and Robinho." Gabriel is also a confident person too. When asked who he would compare himself to his fast response was "Messi." http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gabriel+santos&aq=0&oq=gabriel+sant
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