In this blog post, we look at how the Spanish soccer academy have performed during March, show you our workout of the month and also hear from one of the academy’s players.
March saw great success for the Academy with some good results, great goals and successful trials.
Although we started the month with a loss, we went on to beat Mutxamel 3-0, the pick of the goals was a fantastic individual effort from Brian running with the ball from his own half and placing it into the bottom corner.
We then ended the month with a hard fought 2-2 draw with professional club Hercules CF U19s, this time Talha with the wonder strike from outside the area into the top corner.
Two of our youngsters Santi and the aforementioned Brian also had successful football trials with Intercity FC & Alicante CF respectively. Both players were training with their U19 squads and both had the opportunity to train with the senior teams, both of which play in the 5th tier of Spanish football, with Brian also playing in a friendly against Tercera side La Nucia. The pair both started out by playing for our soccer academy in Spain and have now progressed to playing in the Spanish football system.
Brian has officially signed a contract with Alicante CF, whilst Santi will be signed for the following season.
Furthermore, this month saw three former players from our soccer academy in Spain play for our partner club Alicante City in a top of the table clash which saw Alicante win 2-1 to go into first place. Over twenty Academy players went to the 4,000 seater stadium to support the boys.
We caught up with academy player Santiago Grandas to see what he’s had to say about his time at the soccer academy in Spain so far.
Soccer Smart: How do you feel you have developed over your time here?
Santiago Grandas: Playing in a different system helps, having to adapt to the styles and different teams, allowed me to develop overall.Having David And Phil’s input helped me understand my game better. Having Hudl and reviewing your game footage have helped me improve my tactical awareness and the Spanish tempo has improved my one and two touch skill
SS: What are your future aspirations as a footballer?
SG: Long term is to become a professional footballer and be able to support myself through football. Just improving day by day is the key for me to reach these goals as it’s a long process in which tremendous sacrifice is required
SS: What opportunities have you had at the academy?
SG: I had the chance to train a short bit Alicante City FC in order to prepare me to trial with Alicante CF’s U-19 squad and after two weeks with them I am trailing with Intercity CF’s u-19 squad and it is going well as I have had opportunities to train with the first team as a youth player. Being able to train with such high quality clubs has allowed me to improve and recognise how hard I need to work to reach the highest level.