I read with particular interest what is going on in Indonesia. There, a consortium of people have put together a plan to build the Indonesian version of La Masia. “We don’t just want to train more footballers," said Arif Putra Wicaksono, a member of the consortium, who spoke to the Jakarta Globe newspaper. "We want to create a good generation for this nation; we want to build people with dignity who have good leadership and character. We proposed to Barcelona to build the academy with full residency, and they liked the idea."
What I like about what Mr. Wicaksono said was he and the rest of the leaders in the consortium are not only interested in good players, but also good people. It is one of the reasons why I love FC Barcelona and their training methodology. They want to teach values. They want humble players.
I wonder if a group of Americans, interested in investing in good players and good people, might one day approach FC Barcelona to see about bringing a La Masia-styled academy to this country. To get a sense of the global reach of Barca's training methods, I offer the following links:
To find out more about the camps going on in India next month, go to the following site:
To read more about what's going on in Indonesia, go to the following site:
To learn more about the academy opening in Poland, check out the video below.