Monday, 30 March 2009

Youth: Cooperation agreement with River Plate

Argentinian sports paper Olé claims that Barcelona has signed a cooperation agreement with Argentinian club River Plate last week.

A delegation of Barcelona, headed by Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain and Barcelona board member Albert Perrín, signed the agreement last week.

The deal includes the transfer of FC Barcelona Juniors Luján central defender Sebastián Hernández (14) to River Plate, with his transfer rights from now on being shared by River Plate (60%) and Barcelona (40%), and the chance for the best youth players to come and test in Barcelona. Barcelona would be planning to sign similar agreements with other Argentinian clubs like Boca Juniors, Racing Club, San Lorenzo, Lanús, Vélez Sársfield and Huracán.

Begiristain is quoted by the paper as defending the system the club is setting up in Argentina: "We're in contact with River and other important clubs who are interested in our boys and who want to help them to make progress. That's a good thing beause they stay here, with their family and friends, in their own country. Playing with River is something prestigious and I think that our model is unique. We don't want to compete with the big Argentinian clubs but to work together with them."

read more about FC Barcelona Juniors Luján here

Read more:
Barcelona will open youth academy in Brazil
Youth: Offer for Cadiz talent Suso
FCB Miami: Barcelona plans US youth academy


SJP said...

hey pep, could you explain briefly how this works? is it like a youth academy?

thank you mate

pep said...

As far as I've understood it, SJP, the idea is to have a youth academy that only has players until a certain age limit (16?) and to let the players then go to other Argentinians teams for free but keeping a part of the transfer rights and/or an option to sign them back later.

They chose this formula because they had a lot of trouble with Argentinian clubs and agents when trying to set up a true "Barça Argentinia", that would also have included a senior team.

Ramzi said...

I think this way is better for Barcelona. Instead of creating a Senior team to Rival the rest. You create links with all the clubs and that give you an edge over any European club to buy the best Argentinean players later on.

I was always a fan of that Man Utd-Sporting cooperation, but to do it with multi Argentinean Big clubs (I guess we did some links in Africa and Txiki Visits to Brazil are too many to be normal) thats Unbelievably perfect. IF it happened, I dare to say it will guarantee the long term dominance of the club on the domestic and European competitions.

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