12 Aprile, 2021

European Youth academy , the forges of talent: LEICESTER CITY

Leicester City Football Club was founded in 1884 but although it is a historic club on the English scene, it has only come to international prominence in the last decade, thanks to the triumph in the Premier League, as unexpected as it is exciting, in the 2015-16 season. Led by Claudio Ranieri, Leicester has fascinated all sportsmen, perfectly embodying the typical values of a non-noble club that has succeeded in a titanic undertaking, demonstrating that with planning, resourcefulness and a pinch of healthy and lucky madness you can aim high . A David against Goliath in English style, where the Goliaths, in truth, were at least 7 between Manchester, Liverpool and London. 

But our journey through academies around Europe does not reach Leicester to praise Sir s epic triumph. Claudio Ranieri and Prince Vardy. If anything, it takes its cue from this fantastic undertaking to understand where this success comes from. From the youth sector of Leicester talents have blossomed such as Peter Shilton, the bomber of the 86 world cup Gary Lineker true idol of the English fans, Emile Heskey, Andy King, Ben Chilwell to name a few.

Falling into a decadent era in the 90s, it was bought by a Thai group, Asian Football Investments (AFI), led by the King Power Group, which took over the club from last place in the Championship (English Serie B). In a few years the climb is the result of a far-sighted project. Facilities for the first team, stadium and academy renovation. The miracle of 2016 therefore sealed a project, which started from the ashes of a historic club. But victory is not the culmination, quite the contrary. From that moment the club participates continuously in the Champions League, increasing the turnover in an important way, as is the project that sees the reinvestment of part of that money. Last year, in fact, the new Leicester City sports center was inaugurated, a facility where the first team and the youth sector can enjoy all the comforts, where every detail has been designed to make everything perform at its best.

King Power has shown how you can design something great even in what we Italians call a province, where ideas and projects can take shape, where immediate gain cannot be the only goal. The best technologies, the best equipment and a continuous study on how to improve every detail are the basis of the new Leicester project.

And for the new stadium… the project has already started

The attached video shows the new sports center, we invite you to see it and reflect, as always, we are waiting for you for the next trip