Academy talents have gone straight into the first team

Over the years, Valencia CF have achieved a global reputation for their prolific youth academy producing world class talents such as: David Silva Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat Velasco, José Luis Gayà, Paco Alcácer, Raúl Albiol, Miguel Ángel Angulo, Gaizka Mendieta, Javier Farinós, Fernando, Andrés Palop and David Albelda among others.

Valencia CF and the club's academy have always been a leader and a talent factory for both the club's first team and the national team. Actually, on the 8th of September of 2014, the Spanish Νational Τeam fielded five players trained at Valencia CF: Isco, Albiol, Jordi Alba, Silva and Paco Alcacer.

To take an impression of the valuable work which is underway in Valencia's Academy, listen to the first video where Voro, Camarasa, Giner, Curro Torres, Alcácer and David Silva express their appreciation for being part of the long list of internationals to graduate from Paterna.

Of course it isn’t an easy task to play at the top level at a club that asks as much as Valencia CF, but the facts speak for themselves. At the time being, six academy graduates are a part of the first-team squad having made the step straight up from the club’s B team.

Gayà is the example to follow, having played in 146 official games at the mere age of 23, with Jaume Doménech, Carlos Soler, Toni Lato, Nacho Vidal and Ferran Torres having come into the fold too. Javi Jimenez has been knocking on the door lately, but still needs to make an appearance in an official game. Marcelino likes to work with young players and the VCF academy is one of the key pillars of the project moving forward.

From the four Spanish clubs that will be going into next season’s Champions League alongside Valencia CF, none of the other three can beat VCF in terms of players that go straight into the first team from the club’s academy. FC Barcelona currently have three (Messi, Busquets and Sergi Roberto); Atlético have five and Real Madrid have two: Nacho and Achraf. As highlighted by Rubén Uría, “there are a lot of home-grown players that understand what the club colours mean, this is very important.” The VCF Academy is a huge part of the club’s philosophy.

The GPS Southeast Europe Valencia C.F. Soccer Program is moving in this direction and aims to spread the Valencia C.F. image and philosophy all around the world in order to bring the renowned methodology of the club in every part of the planet.

Therefore, the GPS Southeast Europe Valencia CF Soccer Program aims to identify, train and develop the most talented young footballers in the region working as a scouting network for the academy in South East Europe. To achieve this, the most talented kids will have the opportunity to enter the Elite Program and train on dedicated camps in their under the guidance of highly qualified GPS Southeast Europe / Valencia C.F.

The Elite Program aims to best prepare and develop skilled young footballers so they can have the chance, if selected, to compete for a position at the Valencia C.F. Academy once they turn 16 years old. The program involves players and goalkeepers born in the years 2000 to 2007 and is divided in three stages.

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