Santi Mina: The brilliance is striking

Kids in Spain these days don’t really want to be a number nine. They want to be a creative midfielder, or as recent Spanish youth squads have shown, a winger. This trend seems to have past a young man born in 1997 by. Santi Mina is his name, 17-years-old is his age and right now…

Alberto Moreno brings about light but Sevilla remains in the dark

“80% of the work I do, is dedicated to the cantera….” – Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi Alberto Moreno Pérez for the past two months or so has become one of Sevilla’s most reliable players of the current campaign, and while performing impressively he’s also flown the flag for a the cantera at Sevilla. His performances…

Fede Vico: Awaiting the explosion

“When I leave football, I’d like to be a psychologist. If I wasn’t that, then probably an entrepreneur”. At 18 years old, Fede Vico is already looking ahead to his career after football. It’s the one he’ll have in it though that could bring him success – and if early signs are anything to go…

Cantera profile: Athletic Bilbao’s pack of lion cubs prowling Lezama

Recent figures have shown that in Spain three cantera’s lead the way in terms of products coming through their football base, and turning out for the first team. Barcelona’s La Masia, one of the most famous in the world, and the lesser known but equally as essential Zubieta ran by Real Sociedad. Not so far…

Copa de Campeones de Juvenil: Tournament preview

The draw has now been made for one of the most prestigious youth competitions in Spain, the Copa de Campeones de Juvenil. It’s a competition that brings together the 7 winners of their respective División de Honor Juvenil groups, plus the best second placed team. The overall conclusion is to determine who has the best…