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The Paris Saint-Germain Academy, sometimes referred to as PSG Academy, is the youth system of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.[1] Established in 1975, the academy currently consists of two teams, the Under 19 the Under 17.[1][2] Formerly, the club also had a Reserve men's team, which used to play in the Championnat National 2.[3]

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Full nameParis Saint-Germain Academy
Short namePSG Academy
Founded4 November 1975; 43 years ago (1975-11-04)
GroundStade Municipal Georges Lefèvre
Capacity3,500
OwnerQatar Sports Investments
DirectorJean-François Pien
ManagerStéphane Roche (U19 M)
Stéphane Moreau (U17 M)
LeagueChampionnat National U19
Championnat National U17
2018–19CN U19, 2nd
CN U17, 7th
WebsiteClub website
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Recognized as one of the best in the country, the PSG Academy has been named Best Youth Club by the French Football Federation in four occasions: 1988–89, 2010–11, 2012–13, and 2013–14.[4] Since its inception, the PSG Academy has produced several international stars, including Nicolas Anelka, Mamadou Sakho, Adrien Rabiot, Alphonse Areola and Presnel Kimpembe.[5] Many other graduates have also gone on to sign professional contracts with Paris Saint-Germain or other clubs.[2]

The youth teams train at the Camp des Loges, which also serves as the academy's home facility; while the Stade Municipal Georges Lefèvre is their home ground.[2] The U19 compete in four competitions – the Championnat National U19, Coupe Gambardella, UEFA Youth League and Premier League International Cup;[3] while the U17 play in the Championnat National U17.[6]

Domestically, the U19 have claimed a record four Championnat National U19 titles and one Coupe Gambardella;[7][8] while the U17 have won a record three Championnat National U17 titles and one Championnat National des Cadets.[9][10] In international club football, the U17 have won a record three Al Kass International Cups and one Montaigu Tournament;[11][12] while the U19 side reached the UEFA Youth League final in the 2015–16 edition.[13] Additionally, the now-defunct Reserve team won three Coupe de Paris and one Division d'Honneur de Paris.[3][14]

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HistoryEdit

The French capital club officially established the Paris Saint-Germain Academy on 4 November 1975. On that day, PSG opened the academy's first centre with Pierre Alonzo as its first director. The club's first generation of youth players was led by François Brisson, Jean-Marc Pilorget, Lionel Justier and Thierry Morin. A few weeks after the inauguration, on 21 December 1975, PSG's so-called « four musketeers » made their professional debuts as starters against Stade de Reims in a match at the Parc des Princes.[2]

Brisson made more than 500 league appearances, played for the French national team and became Olympic champion with France in 1984; Pilorget remains to this day PSG's all-time record appearance maker with 435 official matches between 1975 and 1989; Justier became a fan favorite at PSG after an exceptional performance against Saint-Étienne at the Parc des Princes; and Morin played most of his career with PSG before becoming the director of CFA Omnisports, organization responsible for the education of the club's academy players.[2]

Today, academy players are divided into two teams (Under 19 and Under 17) and five age categories (15 to 19 years).[1] The Camp des Loges serves as both the training ground and home facility for the academy, while the youngsters play on both grass and artificial pitches at the Stade Municipal Georges Lefèvre.[15][16] Previously, the PSG academy also had a Reserve men's team, which was the last step before breaking into the club's first squad.[3]

In May 2019, Paris Saint-Germain decided to dissolve its reserve team from the 2019–20 campaign to better optimize their development of young players through to the first team by focusing on the Under 19 squad. The club's reserve side had been competing in Championnat National 2, which serves as the fourth tier of French football, until the decision was made to disband them altogether.[3]

Club officials considered that the environment of its reserve squad no longer offered the desirable conditions in preparing players for the step up to the first team. In fact, many of PSG's promising young players have skipped the reserve team and gone straight into the squad for the first team to use. Recent examples include 17-year-old defender Loïc Mbe Soh and 21-year-old midfielder Christopher Nkunku.[3]

OrganizationEdit

Mission and visionEdit

The objective of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy is to produce elite football players while offering them an adapted and complete scholarly education. Thanks to a series of partnerships with clubs in the Île-de-France region, the academy regularly accepts promising new footballing talents on the advice of recruiters.[1] The students' education is assured by CFA Omnisports. Paris Saint-Germain Academy graduate Thierry Morin, who played for the club's first team from 1975 to 1986, is the director of CFA Omnisports.[2]

SchoolsEdit

In 2005, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy began expanding its network as part of the club's international development strategy. Pauleta, emblematic PSG striker between 2003 and 2008, is currently the official ambassador of the academy, accompanying its development in France and abroad. Open to boys and girls, the PSG Academy welcomes nearly 13,000 children in 75 year-round centers in 17 countries: France, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, China, Turkey, Thailand, Russia and Germany.[1]

More than 5,500 children of all levels attend the year-round football schools and courses of the club's academy across France. They take place at several football centers called UrbanSoccer. During school holidays, the academy organizes courses that include two training sessions per day, matches and a visit to the Parc des Princes (only for the Île-de-France centers). In Île-de-France, the academy is present in 10 UrbanSocccer centers. In the rest of France, 9 UrbanSocccer centers host the Paris Saint-Germain Academy.[17]

Annual eventsEdit

The PSG Academy also hosts the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Cup and the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Selection, two major annual events organized in Paris that bring together young players from all the club's academies around the world. The Academy Cup lines up teams from each academy during four days in a sporting experience that includes the tournament, visits to Paris and the opportunity to watch a Ligue 1 match at the Parc des Princes. Meanwhile, the Academy Selection is a week-long intensive course for the two best players from each academy, with the aim of supporting them in their development, and raising their awareness of the demands of high level football.[1]

HonoursEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic
Championnat National U19 4 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2015–16
Coupe Gambardella 1 1990–91
Championnat National U17 3 2010–11, 2015–16, 2016–17
Championnat National des Cadets 1 1987–88
Division d'Honneur de Paris 1 1990–91
Coupe de Paris 3 1971–72, 1972–73, 1979–80
Worldwide Al Kass International Cup 3 2012, 2015, 2018
Montaigu Tournament 1 1993
  •   Record

PlayersEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[18][19]

Under 19Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Yanis Saidani
  GK Garissone Innocent
  GK Pierre Ouvry
  DF Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi
  DF Ziyad Larkèche
  DF Richard Makutungu
  DF Timothée Pembélé
  MF Adil Aouchiche
No. Position Player
  MF Bandiougou Fadiga
  MF Maxen Kapo
  MF Massinissa Oufella
  MF Kays Ruiz-Atil
  MF Omar Yaisien
  FW Alexandre Fressange
  FW Arnaud Kalimuendo

Under 17Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Théo Chanu
  GK Mathyas Randriamamy
  GK Romain Sallard
  DF Teddy Alloh
  DF Thierno Baldé
  DF Moussa Cissé
  DF Gaylord Kitenge
  DF Hubert Mbuyi Muamba
  DF Kaïs Najeh
  DF Soumaila Coulibaly
  DF Abdoulaye Kamara
  DF Corentin Louakima
  DF Moutanabi Bodiang
  MF Martin Adeline
No. Position Player
  MF Anfane Ahamada M'Ze
  MF Nathan Bitumazala
  MF Tidjany Chabrol
  MF Chams Eddine Limouri
  MF Edouard Michut
  MF Jonathan Mutombo
  MF Xavi Simons
  MF Dan-Patrice Bikouta
  FW Isaac Karamoko
  FW Kenny Nagera
  FW Hervé Malebe Nkoum
  FW Mergim Ramadani
  FW Samuel Noireau
  FW Daniel Labila

Notable graduatesEdit

Since the academy's inception, 116 graduates have played for the club's first team.[20] Only nine of them have made more than 200 appearances.[21]

Rank Player Position Paris Saint-Germain Appearances Goals Assists Source
1   Jean-Marc Pilorget DF 1975–1989 435 17 20 [22]
2   Éric Renaut DF 1972–1982 290 35 1 [23]
3   Luis Fernández MF 1978–1986 273 39 12 [24]
4   Jean-Claude Lemoult MF 1976–1986 266 11 9 [25]
5   Franck Tanasi DF 1977–1991 254 0 7 [26]
6   Clément Chantôme MF 2006–2015 249 10 10 [27]
7   Francis Llacer DF 1989–1999
2001–2003
248 4 6 [28]
8   Adrien Rabiot MF 2012–2019 227 24 14 [29]
9   Mamadou Sakho DF 2007–2013 201 7 2 [30]

Titi d’OrEdit

The Titi d’Or is an annual award presented by Les Titis du PSG to the most promising male talent at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy.[31] It has been awarded since 2007. Les Titis du PSG is a PSG-affiliated association which covers the news of the club's academy. Elected by the public until 2011, the Titi d’Or has been designated by academy teammates since 2016. Only U17 and U19 players who have not played more than five matches with PSG's first team are eligible.[32] PSG Academy players are usually referred to as « titis », which literally translates to « kid », hence the name of the award.[31][32]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Position
2007   Abdelaziz Barrada MF
2008   Hervin Ongenda FW
2009   Alphonse Areola GK
Not awarded
2011   Hervin Ongenda FW
2012   Kingsley Coman FW
2013   Kingsley Coman FW
2014   Jean-Kévin Augustin FW
2015   Odsonne Édouard FW
2016   Moussa Diaby FW
2017   Yacine Adli MF
2018   Arthur Zagre DF

Wins by playerEdit

Player Awards Years won
  Kingsley Coman 2 2012, 2013
  Hervin Ongenda 2 2008, 2011
  Alphonse Areola 1 2009
  Abdelaziz Barrada 1 2007
  Jean-Kévin Augustin 1 2014
  Odsonne Édouard 1 2015
  Moussa Diaby 1 2016
  Yacine Adli 1 2017
  Arthur Zagre 1 2018

OfficialsEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[33]
Position Name
Academy director Jean-François Pien
Under 19 coach Stéphane Roche
Under 19 assistant coaches Régis Beunardeau
Vincent Guérin
Under 19 goalkeeper coach Benjamin Leborgne
Under 17 coach Stéphane Moreau
Under 17 assistant coach Nicolas Damont
Under 17 goalkeeper coaches Nicolas Cousin
Guillaume Lemire

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