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Sunday, October 16, 2005

The FC Porto youth academy

Web logger Morphy hosts a blog called “Esperança Portista: os jovens do FC Porto” which translated means “Hopes of Porto fans: the youths of FC Porto”. The blog is dedicated to following the club’s different youth sides, the club's youth academy as well as Portugal’s international youth sides. I have yet to see such a blog on the net and am really impressed at Morphy’s dedication in covering something for his fellow Porto fans that they’d normally never hear about.

Curious about the youth academy, I’ve interviewed
Morphy about it.

FC: How does a youngster in Portugal join FC Porto's youth academy?

M: From 5 to around 12, FC Porto makes drafts (captações), at the "Campo da constituição". It’s hosted around June/July.

Pupils go there, play and a few are selected to the youth teams. For older players, the only way is to shine is at some other club.

FC: At what age does the club start accepting players?

M: Around 5/6 at ‘as escolinhas’, meaning ‘the little schools’.

FC: How many different teams are there within the youth academy? Is it done by age or skill? How many players in the academy in total?

M: There are a lot of teams... for the kids; I would say some six teams.

Age is the main criteria, but a skillful player can play with the older boys. In total? Ummm... 500.

FC: Does the youth side get much interaction with the senior team?

M: Not really. Some B team player (u23) and junior (u19) are occasionally called to training.

FC: Does bringing in foreign youngsters, for example from Brazil, damage the prospects for the local players?

M: I think so, yes, particularly if they are not excellent players. In that case, it's just wasting a spot a local player could fill.

FC: How involved are parents in the whole development process within FC Porto's youth academy?

M: It varies. In Portugal, when it comes to parents, it's good if they don't cause trouble (protests with trainers, etc). Some parents are involved by helping with many little things (players transportation, etc).

FC: What about normal (academic) school, how is that worked in?

M: FC Porto pays for a private school or arranges for public school.

FC: Do the youth players get paid?

M: From u17 level yes, a standard u17 receives 100 euros per month. Then it goes up with the age group. But some already have professional contracts and earn more.

FC:Can you name a few players that you think are outstanding, that you think we might see in Porto's senior team soon?

M: Ivanildo, 20, is already on the A team. A great left winger.

On loan are Paulo Machado, midfielder, Vieirinha, right winger and Bruno Vale, goal-keeper. All great prospects.

On the B team, Helder Barbosa, left winger, has been training with the AA's. He’s a very talented left winger.

Others to watch are João Pedro, centre back, Nuno Coelho, midfielder, and Bruno Gama, an allround forward (can play on either wing or on the 10 spot).

On the u19 side, Castro, a midfielder, Rui Pedro, number 10, and Candeias, striker, are some of the many promising players. This team has finished second in 2002 u15 Nike Cup (a sort of youth World Cup) and has played in two high level tournaments (one was the Milk Cup) in the summer, reaching the semi finals in both, and beating Manchester United and Real Madrid along the way.

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Anonymous gabriel said...

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Dear mr/mrs/ms
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I am looking for a career as aprofessional footballer.am 17 year and play for sparke united football academy.
i am able to play on the right midfield,and winger(7) and as a forward.i am strong on the ball and have pace with or without the ball.i love taking on players and i am also a good teamplayer and a great passer of the ball.i have excellent vision which allows me to create and take chances and achieves goals.i am a good long-range passerand have a great first touch.i always give 100%every time;i won't stop running until i drop. playing for sparke united football academy and california football club(academy) show that i am determined to fulfill my dream.i am very committed to training and games and i am willing to travel anywhere for games and training.
personal detail/heath excellent;no injuries or life threatening conditions
height;6-7 feet
date of birth;13/05/1988
position;right midfield,winger,forward
i am asking you to invite me to your next training session for you to see how i play.
Thank you for your help and i hope to hear from you soon.

7/17/2006 1:22 PM  
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31 Mogaji street,
Ijeshatedo,
Surulere Lagos,
Nigeria.
mobile;+2348028308852,
email;gabson20012003@yahoo.com,willyseed4u@yahooo.com
personal profile
Dear mr/mrs/ms
My name is gabriel oluwasheyi samson,i was born in nigeria
I am looking for a career as aprofessional footballer.am 17 year and play for sparke united football academy.
i am able to play on the right midfield,and winger(7) and as a forward.i am strong on the ball and have pace with or without the ball.i love taking on players and i am also a good teamplayer and a great passer of the ball.i have excellent vision which allows me to create and take chances and achieves goals.i am a good long-range passerand have a great first touch.i always give 100%every time;i won't stop running until i drop. playing for sparke united football academy and california football club(academy) show that i am determined to fulfill my dream.i am very committed to training and games and i am willing to travel anywhere for games and training.
personal detail/heath excellent;no injuries or life threatening conditions
height;6-7 feet
date of birth;13/05/1988
position;right midfield,winger,forward
i am asking you to invite me to your next training session for you to see how i play.
Thank you for your help and i hope to hear from you soon.

7/17/2006 1:23 PM  
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ilona nicholas kenechukwu is my name. am 15 years old and plays fo ambassador in sports lagos, nigeria branch.
am an attacking mid fielder that distributes and makes accurate passes, i believe on team game, concentrationn and dedication. according to my coach who has recommend me that i play a more mature football. holds the mid field and controls my players when to move on and when to withdraw.
am looking for a club oversea where i can develop my potential and talent
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2/08/2007 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! My name is Vasilio Stefanov Vladimirov. I live in Plovdiv in Bulgaria.I just want to know what one boy must do to play for Porto f.c. Just that.

8/27/2007 2:14 PM  
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mobile:+27791730405
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To whom it may concern

My name is Ryan Pelser.
Im from South Africa. Im a center midfielder, defensive or attacking.
im currently playing for Wits University. I am 16 years old, and looking for a career in soccer overseas.I am very dedicated and always hard working. I excell in whatever I do and always control the midfield. I believe I have the talent to be part of your team. How would I be able to join a team like Porto? Please email me, any information that would be helpful on r.suga@hotmail.com
Thank you.

10/08/2007 1:02 PM  
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12/02/2007 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Deko said...

hi my name is Dekonte Patrick Donyen i was born on December 12,1992 in Liberia.I live in the United State now with my father Alfonso Donyen.I played for the United State under sixteen national team.I am looking for a career as professional or even in any youth football acedemy as a youngster.I play forward and wide right or left, very fast,strong, and skillful.I am 5-8, right now i play for shattuck st.mary's soccer acedemy in Minnesota.I am asking you to please invite me to any of your training session or tryouts for you to see how i play.My email is pdonyen@s-sm.org thanks for your help and hope to hear from you soon.

12/02/2007 9:44 PM

12/02/2007 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
my name is paul oluwashola,male, am 15 years old and i play for united net breaker football academy as a winger,(Right full forward),and am from Lagos,Nigeria.
I will be happy if you can invite me to your football club because i know what i can do on the field of play. THANKS.
Expenting to read from you.
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1/11/2008 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Nassim Benchekri and I am maroccan but i live in Canada. I play for CS Chomedey U15(Captain).I am born december 8, 1993. I would like if you could invite me to your academy, because i know what i could do on the field and i would like to play have a profesionnal career.

Please contact me soon on my mail maroc_bledi01@hotmail.com
Kinds regards,

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2/03/2008 2:44 AM  
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Get a good club in United Kingdom
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4/22/2009 5:30 AM  
Blogger Gabrielo Mart said...

Get a good club in United Kingdom
to play or coach.
email: recruiterport1@yahoo.com

4/22/2009 5:31 AM  
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my name is kyle moraldo and i play with the canadian national team

height: 5,8

weight: 150

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Date of birth: 6/15/93,

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9/13/2009 1:44 AM  
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4/11/2010 2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pdonyen@s-sm.org
443-985-1327
12/12/92

accomplishments: USA under15 team, Olympics Development under 13,14,15,16 team, Adidas all star team, 2010 Dallas cup finalist

Height:5'8 Weight:145

Favorite Foot: Both

Position: Anywhere

Nationality: Liberian American

Attitude: hard works paid off

Advantages: Speedy, Strong, skillful and vision

Soccer ranking in the USA: 78 out of top 100 kids in the USA

League: Anywhere to develop me as player and person

IF you cant help me please do not email me or call me because i will not buy it. if you are for real come and help me so i can help you. soccer is my life and willing to do anything to make it, all i need is a chance to show what i can do, i do not want to play Division one college soccer in America. please give me a chance.

4/11/2010 2:36 AM  
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my name is raphael olukunle,i will love to play football in europe and i will love you guys to help me out with any means possible,i am 17yrs old and i am a nigeria
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Height:170
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9/20/2010 11:21 AM  
Blogger Aaron Rodrigues said...

6 Massenger street madeley,
Perth, Western Australia
e-mail:pato_rodrigo@live.com
Dear Mr/Ms
My name is Aaron Rodrigues, i currently live in Australia but was born in South Africa. My dad is Portuguese and my mom is South African. I am looking for a career as a professional soccer player.I am 15 years old and play for Wanneroo British soccer club at an under 18 level. I can play left back, left wing back (preferred) and left wing. Soccer is my passion and i believe im good enough for your academy, i kick with both feet and have great ball control. I believe that my potential is good enough for me to one day play in FC Porto's first team. I have got good endurance, i im very good with long range passing with both feet. Im willing to go through everything i need to. I would appreciate it if you could invite me to your academy, because i know what i could do on the field. Soccer is my life, and it has been for the last six years. I will do anything to make it, all i need is a chance from you so i can show you what im capable of, i dont want to play in australia. please, all i need is one chance, just one chance.
Thank you for your help and i hope to hear from you soon.

11/06/2010 12:52 PM  
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My name is calistus,for about some years i have been waiting for this oppurtunity to come.i am a good footballer with skills i play 7 position.please help me.i promise you will never reglet any bit of it.here is my number is 2348031936051 and my email(calistusy2k@yahoo.com)Thanks i'm waiting...

11/08/2010 11:56 AM  
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11/19/2010 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*HELLO


ARSENAL FOOTBALL YOUTH TEAM RECRUITING



I am keen to contact you regarding your availability In enrolling in an
academy or having a trial in our Academy also a chance to join our Senior
Team


if you know you are very skillful and talented Then i we can assist you in
furthering your career



we have set this program to help people like you who are looking where to
show their talent.



Now you can get back to us with these below information's so we can send you
all the procedure on how to join our Academy or youth Team



If you are interested pls get back to the Head of Youth Development and
Academy Director of Arsenal youth team



Curriculum Vitae



Position Played :






yours faithfully

Liam Brady

arsenalyouthfootball@gmail.com
Head of Youth Development and Academy Director
Arsenal youth football team

Drayton Road North London
London N1 5BU
U.K*

12/10/2010 3:14 PM  
Blogger arsenal said...

HELLO


ARSENAL FOOTBALL YOUTH TEAM RECRUITING



I am keen to contact you regarding your availability In enrolling in an academy or having a trial in our Academy also a chance to join our Senior Team


if you know you are very skillful and talented Then i we can assist you in furthering your career



we have set this program to help people like you who are looking where to show their talent.



Now you can get back to us with these below information's so we can send you
all the procedure on how to join our Academy or youth Team



If you are interested pls get back to the Head of Youth Development and Academy Director of Arsenal youth team



Curriculum Vitae



Position Played :






yours faithfully

Liam Brady

Head of Youth Development and Academy Director
Arsenal youth football team
arsenalyouthfootball@gmail.com
arsenalyouthacademy.webs.com

Drayton Road North London
London N1 5BU
U.K

3/10/2011 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Fabio David Leite. I was born in 05/12/1995 and I am Portuguese. I play Left/Right midfield or winger. My best foot is on the left. I supported FC Porto since I was born. I started playing football since I learned how to kick a ball so my guess 2 years old. I started my first serious team when I was ten called New Hope in London. then moved to a better team called FC KENSINGTON CHELSEA ELITE when I was 13. My future dream is to become the worlds greatest football player. Ive always loved football because when im on the pitch it makes me happy. When ive got the ball I just want to show everyone my talent so that I can be recognised. I train 4 times a week by myself and train with my team FC KENSINGTON only 1s. The reason why i want to play for FC Porto youth team is so that I could play for a portuguese team proffesionaly first if I am good enough but I know i am. My skills on the ball is great and people call me new Cristiano Ronaldo lefty. Ive always worn shirt numer 12/21. I dont want to be a pro football footballer for the money, what I realy want is for people to recognise me and my talent. MONEY IS ALSO IMPORTANT THO.

email; 00leite@live.co.uk

3/31/2011 8:05 PM  
Blogger c.okwu@hotmail.com said...

20 bassey duke st. new heaven enugu nigeria. 2347064521001.born on 24/9/1993.my name is crescendo tochukwu okwu applying for nigerialeague club RANGERS YOUTHTEAM, i love fcporto it is my dream come true playing for fcporto youthteam,i am a left winger also despline player please help me. I wish the team good season amen

6/25/2011 12:50 AM  
Blogger Johnson Puplampu said...

hello my name is Johnson Puplampu.Am an Africa.I come from Ghana.a young soccer player..right winger.Am a boy of 16 years of age...a young talented soccer player..i would be very happy if you admit in into your soccer academy..hope to hear from you soon..

11/01/2011 9:58 PM  
Blogger Johnson Puplampu said...

hello my name is Johnson Puplampu.Am an Africa.I come from Ghana.a young soccer player..right winger.Am a boy of 16 years of age...a young talented soccer player..i would be very happy if you admit in into your soccer academy..hope to hear from you soon..

11/01/2011 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello my name is joseph molina im from new york usa . im a cam and can play as a forward or right or left mid .. my email is josephmjoseph7@aol.com im a team player and i like creating plays

birthday . 11/26/95
height. 170.
weight. 125
thank you
hope to hear soon from you guys.

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