The 'revolution' at La Masia broken down in 6 one-liners
After several years of struggles, it looks like the Barcelona officials are finally set to do something about the fall of Barca's once-famous academy.
What caused the crisis:
- Back in 2014, FIFA imposed a 14-months ban on Barcelona over breaking regulations regarding transfers of U18 players which caused the academy to lose players like Take Kubo, who recently signed with Real Madrid.
- The last academy product to become a regular on the team is Sergi Roberto, a player who is already 28 while Carles Alena is the latest graduate to be promoted with several other players (Samper, Arnaiz, Munir) failing to impress.
- In recent years, a handful of young, talented players have left the academy to sign with clubs like Manchester City, Juventus, Monaco.
Signs that the situation is changing:
- Vice President Jordi Mestre resigned.
- Victor Valdes has been appointed as Juvenil A's new coach, a figure that is set to inspire the youngsters within the club.
- Barca's president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to give La Masia more autonomy, meaning that the academy will directly report to the club's board.
Source: Ernest Folch @ Diario Sport