Coventry City’s academy has become the club’s factory of hope

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Coventry City’s academy has become the club’s factory of hope

Beitrag von chanoudom » Fr 18. Mai 2018, 13:14

Coventry City’s academy has become the club’s factory of hope

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link sbo Amid the many challenges at Coventry City, the club’s academy has been a shining light. Adam Bate went to visit academy manager Richard Stevens to find out how the club has managed to produce so many first-team players against a backdrop of uncertainty.

Having secured their first top-six finish in 48 years, Coventry City take on Notts County on Friday for a place in the League Two play-off final at Wembley. The statistic is a reminder that the years have not been kind to the Sky Blues. Since losing their Premier League status in 2001, ending a 34-year stay in the top flight, it has been some slide.

As well as dropping three divisions, there have been off-field problems aplenty, council disputes and fury at the club's owners. Even a Checkatrade Trophy win at Wembley last year saw protests. But one aspect of Coventry life unites supporters and staff alike and that is the club's academy - what the Sky Blue Trust has referred to as the factory of hope. link sbo

In the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Notts County, five of the 13 players who featured for Coventry were graduates. That is nothing unusual for this club. There were six on the pitch for the recent 6-1 win over Cheltenham and as many as eight former academy players were in the squad for the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Brighton in February.

One report puts Coventry among the top 10 academies in the country for bringing through players over the past decade. There have been 44 debutants, with Callum Wilson making it all the way to the Premier League and James Maddison set to join him there before long. It is a remarkable record given the constraints under which the club has had to operate. link sbo

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Re: Coventry City’s academy has become the club’s factory of hope

Beitrag von chanoudom » Mo 28. Mai 2018, 11:53

Real Madrid have been crowned European champions for the third year straight... so what do their rivals Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich and others need to do to catch up?

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sbo bz sbobet It's Real Madrid. Again. The old masters of European football competition continue to write their own unique history, becoming the first team to win the Champions League three years in a row. Saturday night's 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev ensured the famous jug-eared trophy will remain under lock and key in the Bernabeu for another 12 months. It was far from a successful domestic season for Zinedine Zidane's side as they finished third, some 17 points behind their rivals Barcelona.

BARCELONA
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Roma in the quarter-finals
Last time they won it: 2014-15

How painful Real Madrid's latest triumph must have been for their eternal rivals Barcelona. They won the league decisively, adding the Copa del Rey for good measure, then saw their achievements totally eclipsed once again. Likewise for Lionel Messi, whose four Champions League triumphs have been overtaken by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese now also likely to scoop another Ballon d'Or in the New Year.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Real Madrid in the last-16
Last time they won it: Never

The Paris Saint-Germain storm in the Champions League has been brewing for several years now. We're seen a few flickers of lightning and some distant thunder, but it's yet to really break. Despite investment on historic levels, smashing the world transfer record to sign Neymar and backing that up with the signing of Kylian Mbappe from domestic rivals Monaco, they don't appear much further on. Their last-16 exit to Real Madrid this season was pretty tame in the end, losing as they did home and away, and underlined that you can be richer than God but not necessarily buy success in Europe.

MANCHESTER CITY
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Liverpool in the quarter-finals
Last time they won it: Never

For PSG, see also Manchester City. An abundance of cash and on the verge, most likely, of years of domestic dominance. The Champions League has become almost a right for City over the past decade but one run to the semi-finals - when they lost to Real Madrid in 2016 - remains their best performance. This season saw them out-run by Liverpool over two legs in the quarter-finals, a fate that happened to a number of other teams in fairness.

MANCHESTER CITY
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Liverpool in the quarter-finals
Last time they won it: Never

For PSG, see also Manchester City. An abundance of cash and on the verge, most likely, of years of domestic dominance. The Champions League has become almost a right for City over the past decade but one run to the semi-finals - when they lost to Real Madrid in 2016 - remains their best performance. This season saw them out-run by Liverpool over two legs in the quarter-finals, a fate that happened to a number of other teams in fairness. Pep Guardiola's side have rewritten the Premier League record books but aren't going to sit still. New recruits in midfield and attack are anticipated this summer, though the vast spending of previous years probably won't be necessary. sbo bz sbobet

BAYERN MUNICH
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Real Madrid in semi-finals
Last time they won it: 2013-14

Bayern Munich last lifted the trophy in 2014. Since then, they have exited at the semi-finals stage in four of five seasons. It really has been so near and yet so far for the Germans. Like others on this list, they dominate domestically, boasting a stranglehold on the Bundesliga that means they can concentrate on European competition more freely than most. They're also wily old European campaigners but, at the moment, are just coming up short. Having lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid, they caused all manner of problems in the Bernabeu before dropping out.

JUVENTUS
Champions League 2017-18: Lost to Real Madrid in quarter-finals
Last time they won it: 1995-96

Juventus almost pulled off the sensation of the season when they wiped out their 3-0 first leg deficit against Real Madrid inside the Bernabeu, only for Cristiano Ronaldo's contentious late penalty to leave them heartbroken. The Italian giants are another example of a team that is invincible domestically but falls agonisingly short in the Champions League. They have been finalists twice in the last four seasons. Their creaking defence was exposed by Real Madrid in the first leg of that quarter-final (and also by Tottenham in the last-16), so reinforcement will be required there to challenge properly again. sbo bz sbobet

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