"Sporting Lisbon - The Academy That Gave Us Ronaldo and Figo" (artigo)

There aren't many academies in the World that can boast a history brimming with illustrious names quite like Sporting Lisbon’s. The Academia Sporting, located in the Portuguese municipality of Alcochete, has produced a roll call of superstars throughout the ages. From Luis Figo to Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting’s academy is responsible not just for providing quality footballers, but genuine national heroes.

The educational methods drilled into the young footballing students at this fabled breeding ground have led players to Champions League winner’s medals, Ballon d’Or trophies and the very summit of the game.

For a club of reasonably modest size in the wider context of European football, Sporting are giants in the production of talent. Nurturing promising young talents is a deeply embedded fabric for the club and their continued dedication to honing the stars of the future has earned them a celebrated reputation in the world of coaching. The conveyor belt of talent has consistently sailed along and it shows no signs of dwindling in the foreseeable future. This is the story of how Sporting Lisbon keeps their academy at the top. (…)

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