Barcelona Academy has Dutch Roots

La Masia, aka La Cantera, the FC Barcelona Youth Academy has produced many great players including Xavi, Iniesta and Leo Messi, all three finalists (with Messi winning) for the Ballon d’Or.

Interestingly, the Academy was begun by legendary Dutch Coach Rinus Michels. Frank Rijkaard and Johan Cruyff both improved upon Michels’ foundation and instituted a playing concept that stands to this day.

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