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The art of catching them young
Hindustan Times
March 31, 2013
First Published: 23:50 IST(31/3/2013)
Last Updated: 01:34 IST(1/4/2013)

As European clubs prepare for financial fair play to kick in, HT takes a look at academy set-ups in various countries.

*With UEFA introducing a cap on the amount a club can spend on players under their financial fair play policy, most European clubs will have to rely on home-grown players in the future.

*When it comes to producing home-grown players, four-time European champions Ajax lead the way, followed by Partizan Belgrade, Hajduk Split and Barcelona with Sporting Lisbon and MTK Budapest level in fifth place.

*As part of the licensing programme in Germany for the 2011-12 season, the clubs in the top two tiers pumped more than 100 million euros ( Rs. 695.27 crore) into their academies, taking the overall tally since 2001 to more than 713 million euros ( Rs. 4957.3 crore) of direct youth investment.

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