AC Milan focuses on brain power to develop young players
While Italian football club Internazionale acquired new owners last week, there were also profound changes going on at city rival AC Milan.
The club that has won the Italian league 18 times and the European Champions League seven times is rethinking its youth structure’s organization - in future, Milan officials hope to tap in to the power of the brain.
For cerebral help, they have turned to a couple of Belgians - former Standard Liege coach Jose Riga and pioneering youth coach Michel Bruyninckx - to help influence the way the club develops its young players.
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That attention to detail scuppered the transfer of French left-back Aly Cissokho, who is now at Liverpool, from Porto to AC Milan in 2009 over a dental problem.
Belgium's youth policy has developed a new generation of players now excelling in leagues all over Europe, which may have played a part in Milan's interest in Riga and Bruyninckx.
?The fact our national team selects players that have been trained with our concept and got to the highest European level had some influence,? said Bruyninckx. ?Dries Mertens plays for Napoli, Steve Defour for Porto, Omar El Khadouri at Torino and many others I had in my academy are promising pro players.?
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He recently gave a two-hour presentation of his ideas to a group of Dutch football legends - Leo Beenhakker, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronald de Boer and Wim Kieft - and describes their feedback as ?one big joy.?
Riga and Bruyninckx, who have recently returned to Europe from Qatar where they were working at the Gulf country’s Aspire Academy, were invited to Milan last August for a 10-day training camp working with the club’s Under-17, U-16 and U-15 squads.
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