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As a young football talent, venture capital is

Transfers of young footballers are a booming business. For the top clubs like Manchester City is trading with talents, a way to financial gain.

As a young football talent, venture capital is

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Transfers of young footballers are a booming business. For the top clubs like Manchester City is trading with talents, a way to financial gain.

As a young football talent, venture capital is

Clubs from 1B to fight dubious license from Mouscron to

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BrusselVincent Kompany blasts the ball into the goal. The stadium explodes. Cut. The Manchester City captain is in a studio and looks straight in the camera. He asks: ‘Who could you become?’– Who would you be? Cut.

David Silva pulls out with his left leg. The ball of the Spaniard is not for the defense of the opponents. Goal for Manchester City. Silva jumps a meter in the air. Cut. ‘¿Quién te gustaría ser?’, asking the midfielder the viewer. Who would you be?

The webfilmpje of the City Football Schools, the youth programs of the Manchester City, do young people dream of. A summer camp in a football academy of the English club, of a future as a professional footballer, of victories on the field of the Etihadstadion, the home of the football club.

Football clubs earn a lot of money if they are players at a young age, to bind and later resell

The reality turns out otherwise. Harder and rougher. ‘As a player of Manchester City, I have the most difficult moments of my lifetime, ” says Divine Naah. The attacking midfielder, who today in our land resembled Tubize plays, was trained by the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana. Who has close ties with Manchester City.

The football academy is one of the ‘ontwikkelingsplatformen’ of Manchester City.

At the age of eighteen was Naah one of the chosen Right-to-Dream graduates who have a contract with the Northern English club in the wait could drag on. But he has never been in the Etihadstadion allowed to play. In four years, between 18 and 22 years of age, he was known to five different clubs in five different European countries loaned out, and he had again and again to find his way in unknown places, thousands of kilometers from Obuasi, his hometown in Ghana.

Trade in a boy’s dream

The future value of the players in which it is invested, is estimated at 117.6 million British pounds, and a multiple of the investment

That young people dream to make it at a top club and that they have their fate in the hands trying to explain Manchester City and co., there hitting the clubs currency. They earn a lot of money if they are players at a young age, to bind and later resell.

The Football Leaks-documents which the German weekly Der Spiegel got hold of and shared with the research network, EIC and The Standard, show how clubs behind the scenes sjacheren to young, promising footballers.

From today’s message the editorial staff in a series of articles about how football clubs manage to use the voetbaldromen of guys from all over the world to convert in cash, and about what remains of their dreams.

‘An increasing competitive market’, ‘venture capital style investments’, ‘asset management’. The terms that a club like Manchester City behind closed doors about the development of young talents speaks, come from the bankenwereld. ‘Venture capital’ (‘venture capital’ in English), for example, refers to the financing of promising start-ups which are at high risk connected. The club considers youth as a product, evidenced by the ‘City Football Group Development Plan ” that, from april 2016 dates.

Part of that plan, venture capital style investments in the world’s best 16 – to 20-year-olds’. Another strategic recommendation from the plan is the creation of an ‘asset management team’: a team that is responsible for ‘asset management’ and that is to be responsible for all of the players of the City Football Group, to the development of talents more sophisticated approach.

The purpose of the club is clear: the young people need to have money in the coffers. According to the ‘City Talent Development plan ” in ten years, an investment planned of 48 million pounds in april 2016, corresponding to 60 million euros). This must be an effective rate of 24 percent on the investment be achieved in the same period. Between 130 and 140 players would be ‘traded’ should be.

The strategy for young people to earn money, the club has no money laid. In five seasons, between 2011 and 2016, Manchester City 30.8 million British pounds issued to 53 players. From a calculation of the club show that that investment in the spring of 2016 33.7 million British pounds has yielded, among other things, by the sale of players.

The players who if youth are attracted, and in the spring of 2016 is still connected to Manchester City, had put together a market value of 42.2 million pounds. The future value of the players invested in and which are still at Manchester City under contract, is estimated at 117.6 million British pounds, and a multiple of the original investment. “The investment in young players is profitable proven’, it sounds in the ‘City Talent Development Plan’. And the club then wanted to have a higher gear: with the investments had a greater return to be achieved.

Manchester City was not prepared to respond to questions of EIC on youth training and the business approach of young talents.

From Ghana to Tubize

Behind the investment plans of Manchester City, young people that radical choices have made to their voetbaldroom. As Divine Naah, who a few years ago for the national U20 team of Ghana has played.

Until this summer was Naah officially a player of Manchester City. After his transfer to Tubize are all ties with the English club lost.

In april 2016 turns up the name of the young Ghanaian is still on in the ‘City Talent Development plan’. Naah it listed as a ‘investeringstype’, especially that of a young player with perspective. The ‘prospect, (youth) players’ such as Naah, ” top jeugdtalenten’ who trained in another European club or that, such as Divine Naah, a football academy come with a link to Manchester City.

Naah was of are 11 to 18 years are trained in the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana. In 2014, the year in which Manchester City champion played in the Premier League and Naah 18, offered the English club for him a professional contract. ‘All my classmates wanted at Manchester City draw. I was one of the two lucky ones of my years.”

After he joined Manchester City had signed on, polite Naah turbulent years. During uitleenbeurten played Divine Naah in Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium.

‘Uitleenbeurten are the key to getting young players experience, to acquire and to develop’, the ‘City Talent Development Plan’.

In practice, it is hard to get from club to club to attract as loaned player, says Divine Naah. As in 2016, when Manchester City take him to the Danish club FC north zealand has sent. “That was a step backward for me. I didn’t want to go there. But the only other option that I got, was to return to Manchester – where I would not be allowed to play. I had no choice and was pushed. I also barely allowed to play. While that is very important for young players. The time in Denmark was one of the most difficult periods in my life.”

“I was so young. As a player of Manchester City, there were times when I out of my roof, could go: why did I move? By the time you get to the new place knows, you leaving already. But I had and have a dream which I fulfilled wants to let go.’

Read the story about Divine Naah and other young people of the Right to Dream Academy in dS Weekblad

Clubs from 1B to fight dubious license from Mouscron to


The position of ceo Pierre François of the Pro League is struggling. That Mouscron a license received while he admitted that Les Hurlus in the hands of a football agent, caused considerable commotion among the profploegen. The clubs in 1B are even considering legal action after the news about Football Leaks in this newspaper (DS, 9 november).

Since 2015, it is prohibited that a football agent has interests in a club. Those who fail to observe this rule, will not license. But now there is the case-Mouscron: although the Israeli football agent Pini Zahavi is behind the scenes Mouscron ran, thought that the Pro League not proven that Zahavi is actually the owner. Except for Pierre François: in traffic with AS Monaco, two years ago, the candidate-buyer, wrote to the ceo of the Pro League that buyers are to Zahavi to turn.

In the Operation Clean Hands was called for more independents in the voetbalbestel. Let François now independent. Chairman Marc Coucke continues to be ceo defend. “I’ve never had reservations about him. I know the file is not sufficient, but when it comes to one sentence from one email … As I had predicted, there will be a lot hampered the restructuring that we wish to make. One tries to be the credibility to attack those who the case like mucking out.’

Not everyone is satisfied with that explanation. ‘If François is not one hundred percent right in his shoes, he’d better honor to themselves, ” says a board member of the Pro League. “If this turns out to be, I suggest that Marc Coucke, a board of directors convenes where we explain can questions to François,” says Michel Louwagie, director of AA Gent and member of the board of directors of the Pro League.

Also in 1B, the blades gewet, especially with the clubs that degraded. Westerlo-manager Herman Wijnants has an interview with François asked. All the clubs 1B, KV Mechelen, Thursday come together to discuss a joint position to talk.

OHL and Team are considering legal action because Mouscron his license illegally may have acquired. (blah, kvu, lvdw, fbu, jug)

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