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The takeover of Northern European youngsters

I am aware this post may seem opportunistic with the actual success of German teams, but the Champions League final is not the only indicator of the momentum of Northern European football. Multiple signs are pointing to a transition from the reign of Spanish teams to the advent of German, Danish, or Dutch players. Yes, I'm talking about players, because these aforementionned countries have formed a lot of top notch players these last years. La Macia and Castilla are not dominant anymore in terms of youngsters.

German training centers are particularly in the limelight because of the success of two teams almost entirely composed of players stemmed from their academies. And it's inquestionably the key to success for a team to have an efficient training center, when we look at the Barça and now to the Borussia Dortmund. The Ajax Amsterdam is dominating Euredivisie, with a team composed of house-made players, like Siem De Jong or Toby Alderweireld. And, surprisingly, they are struggling with the PSV Eindoven for the title, an other team renowned for its young players. Moreover, these teams are looking for even more Nordic players, from Sweden or Denmark. A lot of European scouts are actually charmed by the quality of Scandinavian young players, and the recent displays of Victor Fischer or Christian Eriksen with Amsterdam corrobates this statement.

Still, Southern European teams are forming a lot of good players, especially in France and in Spain, but a handover of power is taking shape. The reasons are hard to define, and evokating the different way of thinking between Latin and Northern Europe, observable in economy like in football, is simplistic and not really pertinent. One thing sure, the training of young players is essential, and seminal for every country to become a powerful football nation. This year perfectly illustrates that point, and the most important for forming teams is to keep these talented youngsters, in order to progress. And even more important, give a chance to the young players is essential, and German teams have clearly understood that point, when we look at the average age of the Borrusia Dortmund starting XI.

In brief, the emphasising on forming and the ability of building on that strength is probably the key of the actual success of Northern European football, which makes blossom a lot of youngsters every year.

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