La Masia…

For the first time in 25 / 11 by 2012, and the 11 players in the 'Blaugrana', in the Barcelona match with Levante, for LaLiga were Masia's 'On the 20 April' products, against Real Sociedad, 'Barça' left 2018ada without a member of the academy for the first time in 11 years.

Masia is the Barcelona academy that has been the operating model for most today - with Ajax the exception. Masia hasn't been a player for years.

Operating template

The first Masia ('farmhouse') was on a daily basis reminding children of the target: next to the Camp Nou. After the invitations were given to the boys by the 15 team 'spies' throughout Spain, plus the 10s that exist in the rest of the world, the trials were done. Those who stood out won from one position. Pep Guardiola came in third.

The first students found 1979, the small, brick-built, traditional Catalonian-style home that was originally designed to accommodate those who designed the Camp Nou. It then had the club's headquarters and 1979 became the host of the new players, who were staying outside Barcelona. Jaume Amat was the one who gave the idea of ​​becoming an academy to teach the DNA of the historical organization first (for years Johan Cruyff had made the proposal). Masia's rooms are sleeping and dreaming of their future with 'bluegrass' players such as Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Roberto, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Ernesteth, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas, Luisquez, Luis. Some were classmates, except teammates. Companions. They became 'brothers'.

At 2010 Masia became the first academy to have three finalists in the 'Golden Ball' that same year (Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Xavi). In June, 2011 had to be moved to a larger space at the agency's training center.

The last eight years at Masia live 60 players - the season. Ten in the 'farmhouse' and the rest in the training facility. There are 300 children and 24 coaches in total, and there are other 56 staff (from cooks to psychologists). To reduce costs, the organization has partnered with 15 local clubs to train players who have not passed the exams. Barca gives you money and advice on training and technique. He has also invested in a program with schools in Mexico (five) and Egypt (one), where entrants receive academic training, in addition to their work in football.

Qualifying Test

The youngest age one can get into academia is 6 years. Every season more than 1000 children, aged 6 to 8 years pass the qualifying test. 200 is the best choice. Until the boys close the 16 they only do ball training. Then the 16 deal with their fitness as they try to move from one category to another in the interim.

Obviously, the objective was always to get players out of Masia for the first team.

What happened? You know all is well, some time. In this case, there was a downpour, with experts saying the team's inability to get rid of the talents, lend them somewhere well, and then get them ready. According to the plan, 10% goes to the first team every year, 40% goes out on loan and the rest stay free to create room for new talent.

Tito Football

While Ajax kept all players, in small teams, at 18 - let's all have time and development opportunities - Barcelona had 26 at Juvenil B (U18), 22 at Juvenil A (U19) and 24 at second . So he 'canceled' too much talent - he didn't trust it. Also, the priority (we must 'make' players) has been replaced ('we must win').

Tito Football's 'What went wrong' pointed out that the 'tiki-taka' generation was happy to emerge in a club era with 'poor' results and thus with less demands and competitors - in the first team - that were not very strong , because the teams weren't very good. When you have a good team, you will find it difficult to experiment and even harder to take risks with new players.

He added that seasons have changed and so many new talents have left because they are getting more money elsewhere, and that Masia is not playing alone. Many large organizations have built their academies to their standards. Its people are behind what Manchester City opened, 2014 (worth 220 million), as they entered the 'picture' and the agendas control who goes where - against the right supply they guarantee that an academy student will stay in the club. when she grows up. One team has refused to take it for granted. It's Ajax.

Newly led by Patrick Clifford with the administrators finding that he also served the need for a symbol that had to be held accountable.