Summer Reading: Ajax Youth Academy

How a Soccer Star Is Made - NYTimes.com

As we're waiting for the World Cup to get under way and don't have much other than transfer speculation and injury news to contemplate, I give you this (very) long but excellent look at youth academies and the business of producing young talent (mostly at Ajax with some discussion of Fulham, DC United, and the US developmental program as well).  If you have a solid 30 minutes to read, this is really worthwhile.  It doesn't really come to any conclusion, per se, just a great overview of how both the clubs and kids see their time training for a career at the top level of soccer.

Bummer about Drogs and Rio being out for the tournament.

Cheers - Neal