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Avataan oma ketju aiheelle. Tänne keskustelu siis seuran nuoremmista pelaajista, jotka eivät vielä edustusjoukkueeseen asti ole noussut.

 

Jeps eli eilen saatiin neljä uutta euroopanmestaria PSG:n riveihin. Doucoure, Georgen, Edouard ja Ikone kaikki pelasivat finaalissa ja Edouard siis tähtenä iski hattutempun. Tämä, kuten epäilinkin oli uusi ennätys. Aikaisempaa piti hallussaan niinkin kova nimi kuin Jonathan Soriano, joka vuonna 2002 iski 7 pörsää. Vaikka Edouard vaikuttavat tehot mättikin, niin aina täytyy muistaa, että näin nuorena on vielä mahdoton lähteä ennustamaan upeaa tulevaisuutta, vaikka tietty loistavalta näyttääkin. Melkoisia helmiä on PSG:lla muutenkin käsissään, kun Ikone oli koko turnauksen loistava, maalinteko vähän petti miehen, kun kaksi kertaa pääsi läpiajostakin koittamaan finaalissa, toki propsit Saksan maalivahdille Frommanille, joka oli ainoa saksalainen joka pystyi antamaan finaalin arvoista vastusta. Georgen ja Doucoure jäivät vähän pimentoon, kun ei tarvinnut paljoa puolustaa tässä turnauksessa, molemmat kuitenkin näyttivät olevan kunnon ballereita. 

 

PSG:lla alkaa tänäpäivänä olemaan melkoisen kova juniorimylly, kun pari kesää sitten U19 EM-finaalissa pelasi kolme PSG pelaajaa Rabiot, Ikoko ja Conte ja nyt saatiin 4 euroopanmestaria. Sitten siihen kun ynnätään Coman, joka päästettiin käsistä, Ongenda, Augustin ja tietty U20 maailmanmestarit Areola ja Bahebeck. 

 

Toivottavasti näiden kavereiden kanssa osataan hoitaa asiat oikealla tavalla. 

 

E: Onko Jahnnylla tietoa, onko Nasserin tulon myötä tuohon akatemiaan alettu panostamaan oikein tosissaan? Ei pariisilaisilla mielestäni ennen tällaista junnumyllyä ollut, joka nyt on jo Lensin ja Lyonin vastaavien tasolla.

 

E2: Häpiän päivät, olen koko ajan unohtanut Callegarin, joka on myös PSG:n mies! Eli viisi (5) euroopanmestaria tuli Pariisiin. Puolustuksekseni täytyy sanoa, että Callegari pääsi turnauksessa kentälle vasta finaalin loppuhetkillä, kun Cognat loukkaantui. Yhden kohtalaisen vaparin ehti Callegari antamaan, ei paljoa muuta ehtinyt näyttämään. Callegari nousi kokoonpanoonkin vasta Belgia otteluun, kun Ruiz loukkaantui Italia ottelussa. 

 

Onhan tuohon todella. Kuten myös seuran joukkueihin muissa lajeissa ja naisten puolella, jonka huomasi myös Women's UEFA Champions Leaguen finaalissa.

 

Al-Khelaïfi on muun muassa perustanut aikanaan akatemian toimipisteitä ympäri eri maanosia ja tällä hetkellä PSG:n leimaa kannetaan akatemioissa Ranskan ulkopuolella myös Brasiliassa, Intiassa, Marokossa, Qatarissa ja Yhdysvalloissa. Itseasiassa eilen alkoi maanantaihin asti kestävä turnaus, johon osallistuu kymmenen joukkuetta läpi eri akatemioiden poislukien Marokon, joka ei tähän osallistu. Turnaus pelataan siis Pariisissa ja käydään viiden akatemian joukkueiden välillä. Lisää voi selailla täältä. Tietysti tuon kansainvälisyyden lisäksi tulos näkyy, kun rahaa ollaan alettu seuraan lypsämään ja ollaan saatu osaavampia tekijöitä ympärille.

 

Seuraava on suoraan Wikipediasta lainattua. Voihan tuosta jälkimmäisestä kohdasta sanoa olevansa ylpeä.

 

Organization

The PSG Academy recruit its young players on the advice of recruiters and the educators work to offer the young apprentices the chance to integrate the PSG universe in close proximity to the professional players. There are five kind of player contracts in the academy (elite, trainees, apprentices, aspiring and amateur) for a total of 60 players divided into three training squads (CFA, U19 and U17) in five age categories (15 to 19 years). 33 players live at CFA Omnisports and 26 players live in or around Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The students education is assured by CFA Omnisports. The students benefit from their apprentice status that allows them to train as elite level athletes while also preparing their immediate, but also post-competition future. Thierry Morin, a former PSG professional from 1975 to 1986, is the director of CFA Omnisports. The youngsters train and play on both grass and artificial pitches at the Stade Georges Lefèvre in the Camp des Loges.

 

Philosophy
Since its creation, Paris Saint-Germain have had a proud and successful reputation for identifying and developing young talented players. PSG’s professional first team is currently made of several players coming directly from their academy, which has produced several top players over the years. Since 2005, PSG have organized more than 60 camps in Paris for youngsters from all over the world. The PSG Academy symbolizes the capital club’s dedication to youth development and education as part of their overall philosophy, which consists in the application of an attractive, exciting and attacking game. Homegrown players including Nicolas Anelka, Jean-Marc Pilorget, Mamadou Sakho, Lorik Cana, Amara Simba, Jérôme Leroy, Luis Fernández and Clément Chantôme, and others such as Ronaldinho, Pauleta, Dominique Rocheteau, Safet Sušić, Youri Djorkaeff, Raí, George Weah and David Ginola are among the illustrious stars that have typified this philosophy on the field.
 
Tässä vielä akatemian saavutukset.
 
Finalist of the Coupe Gambardella 1977/78
Champion of France Cadets 1987/88
Finalist of the Coupe Gambardella 1988/89
Best Youth Club 1988/89
Winner of the Coupe Gambardella 1990/91
Finalist of the Coupe Gambardella 1997/98
Champion CFA (group A) 2002/03
Champion of France U18 (ex U19) 2005/06
Vice-champion of France U17 2007/08
Vice-champion of France U17 2009/10
Champion of France U19 2009/10
Champion of France U17 2010/11
Champion of France U19 2010/11
Best Youth Club 2010/11
Vice-champion of France U19 2011/12

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Maajoukkueessa esiintyviä pelaajia koskevassa ketjussa PouPou pudotteli muutamia nimiä, mutta nostaisin itse esille vielä muutaman, jotka ovat 21 vuotta tai nuorempia. Ikä on se, mikä vuonna 2015 tulee täyteen.

 

- Romain Habran (21 yo.) – Right Midfielder, Right Winger *

- Jérémy Kimmakon (21 yo.) – Right Winger, Left Winger

- Mike Maignan (20 yo.) – Goalkeeper

- Presnel Kimpembe (19 yo.) – Centre Back *

- Roli Pereira de Sa (19 yo.) – Centre Midfielder, Left Midfielder, Left Winger

 

* Habran on lainasopimuksella FC Souchaxissa, jossa teki myös ammattilaisdebyyttinsa.

* Kimpembe teki PSG:ssa ammattilaisdebyyttinsa viime lokakuussa RC Lensia vastaan, kun tuli vaihdosta 76. minuutilla Thiago Mottan tilalle. Motta pelasi tuolloin muistaakseni keskuspuolustajana.

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Hieno projekti, josta en ollut kuullutkaan aikaisemmin. Tämän valossa tosin Comanin myynti ja Rabiot'n hässäkkä syksyllä/talvella vaikuttaa entistä oudommilta. Mikä järki on sitten kohdella pelaajia tuolla tavalla, kun kuitenkin mittavasti panostetaan juniorityöhön. Noh anyway, odotetaan sitten pari vuotta vielä ja toivottavasti silloin nähdään useampi oma kasvatti edustusjoukkueessa. 

 

Erityisen nice touch on tuo, että PSG:n alla toimivia akatemioita on pitkin maailmaa, jotta ei jouduta sille ikävälle linjalle, että pitäisi hamstrata pelaajia jo nuorella iällä Pariisiin. 

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Noniin, eilen tuli sitten kolme uutta "mestaria", kun Ranskan U20 voitti Marokkon U20 joukkueen Toulonin turnauksessa. Joukkueessa oli kolme pariisilaista ja kaikki pelasivat finaalissa. Habran teki maalin ja lensi sitten pihalle kahdella keltaisella. Eka keltainen tuli kyseenalaisesti, kun tuuletti villisti marokkolaisten kannattajien edessä ja sitten all hell broke loose ja pullot lenteli kentälle. Mielestäni tyhmä kortti, kun Habran ei sinänsä ihmeemmin provosoinut, mutta miten vaan. Toinen tuli sitten takaapäin tulleesta taklauksesta, ihan aiheesta. Kimpembe pelasi koko ottelun ja Diakiese tuli vaihdosta kentälle jo suht alussa. Molemmat pelasivat ihan kivat ottelut. 

 

Habran on kyllä mainio kaveri, vauhtia taitoa ja laukaisuvoimaa löytyy. Teki turnauksen toiseksi kauneimman maalinkin

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk5x6zXxzeA

 

Syy siihen, miksi se on vain toiseksi kaunein maali on, että Kaabouni teki tällaisen kaunokaisen Qataria vastaan

 

 

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Kausiketjussa tästä mainitsinkin jo ja pidin huomattavasti merkittävämpänä kuin normaalia harjoitusottelua. Tässä aiheesta hyvää tekstiä.
 
VICTORY AGAINST BENFICA CRUCIAL FOR PSG YOUTH STARS
The youth academy shines against the Portuguese champions
 
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Laurent Blanc raised a few eyebrows with his starting XI against a strong Benfica side in yesterday’s International Champions’ Cup game in Toronto. With only Lucas, Maxwell, and Serge Aurier involved as usual starters, and the latter two out of position, the mostly-untested academy graduates (and Kevin Trapp) went through a trial by fire—and they passed with flying colors, emerging 3-2 victors over the Portuguese.
 
With 5/11 starters (6 if you count Marquinhos) on extended leave from the Copa America, PSG’s European internationals only just in basic training, and Thiago Motta in a…strange state of mind, Blanc put his faith in the academy. Much like PSG’s last friendly, Blanc experimented with the formation, particularly having to use defensively-minded Maxwell in the midfield (which did starve Lucas of the ball). Though friendlies are hardly the apex of formational discipline, it did seem that Maxwell and Adrien Rabiot would sit as a dual pivot while the rest of the team pushed forward; if that’s an intentional observation, then it adds some credit to the theory of a possible change of formation.
 
Where Lucas suffered from lack of the ball and the occasional foul, our untested youth excelled. Again, Christopher Nkunku bossed the midfield, winning the penalty for the equalizer and remaining remarkably composed in midfield. The versatile attacker found a groove behind Jean-Kévin Augustin and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and even played his part in the midfield battle. It must be said—though this time he did win a penalty—that he very much does look his age, and while the talent is absolutely there, league and cup play may prove too physical for Nkunku at this time. Even in this friendly, he wasn’t completely sturdy on the ball.
 
On the subject of Augustin, the 18-year-old, who has recently started on his first professional contract, has been on fire in the preseason. As shown in the opening goal above, the explosive forward has already developed a remarkable touch—with his back to goal, no less, shades of Suárez—and that individual skill came in handy in the buildup to Lucas Digne’s goal. Augustin picked up on a loose touch, left the Benfica defender for dead, and slid it to Lucas Digne to power it into the net. In the form he’s been in this preseason, PSG fans can expect that he may just take Bahebeck’s spot as third-choice forward. He’s now listed amongst the first team on the website.

 

And lastly, that man there—Digne, not quite one of our youngsters, but French and with a point to prove this preseason. You must feel for him, waiting for Maxwell to decline for what seems like an eternity. The Brazilian has remained as consistent as ever, and it’s made the former Lille man’s raw qualities all the more exposed. Losing his spot on the French National team has likely snapped some sense into the guy, and was one of Paris’ few capable defenders in the first half before excelling in the second and scoring the winner. Despite widely reported links to a loan move or even a permanent departure, Digne should look to capitalize on Maxwell’s definitive last season and establish himself as a key member of the squad.
 
Trapp was tested for the first time and made three good saves and an incredible one (which I tragically cannot find footage of). He certainly looks to be living up to the billing. Salvatore Sirigu came on for him early in the second half, the first of our European internationals to return to action, and at that point we’d regained control of the game, save for one awkward moment where the Italian threw himself at a high ball and nearly let it bounce free of his hands. It’s that sort of aerial shakiness that Sirigu is notorious for, and perhaps Trapp’s arrival will spur him onto a higher level (or maybe it will spur him to Rome).
 
The biggest talking point, aside from the potential formation change and its implications next season, is the high technical standard that the PSG youngsters are playing to. Benfica played a full starting team and, even if physically overpowered, our inexperienced midfielders and forwards played on a fantastic level technically. You could hardly tell Lucas and Augustin’s first touches apart, and Nkunku coped with the physical difference in midfield with flair and technique. Though a friendly, this really is a massive victory for the youth squad. They went out with great desire and energy and they came back vindicated. More than a Champions’ League victory, the academy is the way to legitimize Paris in Europe, and these lads have done so with the sort of passion that makes you excited for the future.
 
Sure, it’s a friendly, it doesn’t change if Motta’s leaving or if we’ll win it all again, but for the squad that went out there it means a hell of a lot.

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Exclusive: Christopher Nkunku: “Football is a job”


 


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Arriving at PSG after a stint in Fontainebleau, Christopher Nkunku spent his formative years at the INF Clairefontaine where he was training during the week, playing at the weekend with PSG. It was therefore a logical step for him to join the PSG youth academy afterwards. He is seldom outclassed by others in his age group, and quickly follows the standard curriculum at the PSG training centre, two full seasons in the U17 and U19.

 

He played higher up the field when he was younger, as a winger or an attacking midfielder rather than as a defensive midfielder. He always showed a good sense of positional play, technical ability and dribbling quality that was above average, which he also proved this summer during the pre-season training with the first team. His best asset, according to scouts, is his ability to deliver an impressive number of assists, about twenty with the U19s last season.

 

Last year, he played 28 games with the U19 side, 24 league matches and 4 Youth League games, which gradually opened the doors to the professional group for him. Having convened for pre-season training in Austria and the United States this summer, he returns – speaking to Antoine Kornprobst of Get French Football News –  after an  experience that brought him one step closer to signing a professional contract with the capital clubs.

 

Sum up your last season with PSG for us?

To start with, I kicked off the season with coach Laurent Bonadei in the U19s, with whom I had a good pre-season. In the league, I played a lot throughout the season. At the start of the Youth League (U19 Champions League), I was not playing at all. I was in the stands or on the bench but I wasn’t coming on. I began by coming on against APOEL Nicosia, then I came on again against them again and against Ajax in the second round of fixtures. Then I started in the match against Barcelona. 

 

Then the Gambardella came about and I started to play enormous amounts but when we got the quarter finals against Marseille and then the semis against Sochaux, I was no longer playing and we were sadly eliminated by Sochaux at the gates of the final. I was therefore not able to play the entirety of the competition like I did in the league.

 

What do you think it was about last season which earned you a place in PSG’s pre-season training camp in the USA?

How do I explain it? I got the opportunity to train with the pros last year when they were missing some players. I got to make a name for myself. At the end of the season, the Head of the Youth Centre, Bertrand Reuzeau made a list of youngsters that had a chance of restarting the following campaign with the pros. 

 

I was on that list and I was therefore taken to Marcoussis where they were a lot of us. Before the departure to Austria, Laurent Blanc made his selection, there I was also fortunate enough to be in that. In Austria, I also had the opportunity to play and to start my first match for the first team. There was then another selection for the US and I was again fortunate enough to go and to participate in that.

 

You started against a side called Wiener (Austrian 3rd division), what was your self-assessment for that match?

I know that one is never perfect and that you can always do better but for my first match with PSG, I felt good in any case. My teammates and Laurent Blanc were happy with me. I was happy with myself too so I think I had a good performance, even if I made some errors, like everyone though.

 

You are one of very few non-professional youth players who went to the USA. Why did Laurent Blanc call you up?

He must have appreciated the way that I played. I performed well in training during which I made my mark so that allowed me to play and to continue pre-season with the first team. During each training session, I had to show that I had the capacity to go to the US.

 

Even over there, I had to show yet again that I was capable to do other things, to go further. Even today and later on, when I am asked to train with them, I will continue to make my mark because nothing has been achieved yet and I will always work.

 

In the US, you came across marketing events for the first time in Times Square, at Hublot as well as big matches with Chelsea and Manchester United. Did you enjoy the two weeks that you spent on the other side of the Atlantic?

I underwent an experience within the group. I knew that the cameras would be more focused on the pros, so that made my life easier, there was less pressure on me. I let things happen and I did what I was asked. Apart from that, obviously it is quite something to come on against Manchester United or Chelsea.

 

Ever since I was little, I would see players on TV in the Champions League. When you see Wayne Rooney or José Mourinho, you know that you are facing a great team. To come on the pitch, to play against them, it is something that I am proud of.

 

What does it feel like to be a youngster playing for the reserves and then all of a sudden to be rubbing shoulders with players at the highest level?

By living on a daily basis alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva or David Luiz, I saw the way that they work and how they prepare for each match. That is where you see that they really are professionals, so I am taking their example. They have a career behind them whereas we are just starting out.

 

We are enchanted, happy and excited to be with them whilst they are simply doing their job. And we see that their job, it is really something else. Football is a job. It is a sport but it is above all, a job. 

 

Which pre-season match had the biggest impact on you?

Already the game against Wiener because it was my first one, but also the one against Benfica because the game was played with a very high intensity. I saw what exactly the top level was thanks to that match. We were playing as if we were against Manchester United or any other club but because we were missing players, there were lots of youngsters on the pitch.

 

What was it like to be integrated into a group that was so popular, having been received by hundreds of fans upon your arrivals in Chicago, Charlotte and New York?

That is where you realise how much weight PSG now carries in the world! And it was during those moments where I told myself that I was in a great club and that I was luck to be playing, to have entered into this group and to be training with these players. Above all I wanted to make my mark. The players put me at ease very quickly by talking to me a lot.

 

That made me feel confident and during each training session I tried to give the best of myself to show Laurent Blanc that I was capable of doing lots of things and that I could put myself in contention to have some playing time as well in Ligue 1, because that is my aim.

 

What sort of advice have you received from teammates playing in your position?

I have received a lot of pieces of advice, in my position Thiago Motta speaks to me a lot. He has encouraged me a lot, he told me that what I was doing was good, that I needed to continue to play, continue with my passing, continue to position myself well. Maxwell and Serge Aurier also help me a lot, even though they don’t play in central midfield.

 

Serge’s help came above all at the beginning, he welcomed me and spoke to me a lot, he asked me how things were going, and explained a lot of things. Blaise Matuidi also spoke to me a lot as soon as he arrived. I listen to their advice and I try to apply it because it can only be beneficial for me.

 

How does it feel to be playing in the position that you play in with all these first team players around you?

I am proud because being able to play with great players is a privilege which is not given to everyone. Just by playing with them, it gives you the desire to reach another level so that they are happy with you at the end of the match.

 

You have previously said that you wanted to take inspiration from Marco Verratti. In which respects do you think you are similar to him?

I am similar to him because I am pint-sized. I love to play football and it is when I have the ball at my feet that one can see my qualities, like Marco Verratti.

 

What do you still need to accomplish in order to reach a professional level and to seriously be able to enter the first team?

There is still much to be done. I am still very far away from being able to integrate myself definitively into the first team. Therefore, my aim is to gain playing time with the CFA side (reserve team), to impress and to put in great performances, to become a key player in the CFA side and then to train with the pros. Only then is when Laurent Blanc will see that I have progress sufficiently and that I can play in Ligue 1.

 

From your side of things, is it your mission to slowly but surely integrate yourself within the first team this season?

I need to continue to work on my game, I must always be working, I must produce great performances with the CFA side and then why not if the coach thinks that I am ready. To be in the group, to have playing time, we will see. It is up to Laurent Blanc to decide, I am ready but we have not yet spoken to each other.

 

What is your outlook on the forthcoming season?

First, I want to play matches for the CFA side. I do not know if I will part of the Champions League squad, the coach has not yet confirmed his squad list. We will see if I am in that.

 

Have PSG already approached you about the possibility of signing a professional contract?

No, it has not yet been a topic that we have discussed, the club and I, but if it is supposed to happen, it will happen. I do not worry about it because all I am thinking about is working hard.

 

Do you think that your future is with PSG with all the great players here? For example, Coman made the decision to leave in order to increase his playing time…

I am at PSG. This is the club whereby I developed. I am going to do everything I can to sign a professional contract here.

 

Is winning the Youth League an aim of yours this season?

It is a realistic aim because any team can win it. With the group that we have this year, I think that we can do wonderful things. We will have to see how we deal with the pressure. The 98 generation will be able to deal with the pressure slight better because some of them have won the European Championships this summer.

 

For us, the 97 generation, it is true that we had the chance to participate in the competition last year, so we know what to expect. We know that we can do something.

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