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A Look At The World's Largest Soccer School: Guangzhou Evergrande's Youth Academy

A Look At The World's Largest Soccer School: Guangzhou Evergrande's Youth Academy

Chinese president Xi Jinping hopes the world's largest soccer school will one day win them the World Cup.

With 2,500 students and 50 football pitches, this school is regarded as one of the best in China, if not the world. Here is an incredible look at Guangzhou Evergrande's incredible $185 million academy.

Image: CTV News
Image: CTV News

Its campus is spread over 300 acres and it really is footballing heaven.

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The students train six days a week as 24 Spanish coaches, who have come from a partnership with Real Madrid, look to revolutionise football in this amazing campus.

This school also sits alongside basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a swimming pool and movie theater, as well as a gym, library and several canteens.

We all know the Chinese Super League has been spending huge amounts of money in recent transfer windows, but this ambition is certainly admirable.

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Outside the gates to the school is a 40-foot tall replica FIFA World Cup trophy - a constant reminder of what this academy is trying to achieve.

Image: CTV News
Image: CTV News

Here is just part of the 300 acre grounds. It was built in 2012 and cost an estimated ¥2 billion, including facilities such as a 1,500m² library, 3,000m² stadium and a 1,800m² auditorium.

According to their official website, Guangzhou Evergrande is believed to be the most successful and most influential football club in Asia.

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They clearly have a huge amount of ambition, judging by these stunning images.

Image: CTV news
Image: CTV news

CTV news filmed a documentary on China's football academy: Reaching for World Cup glory.


Topics: Academy, Football News, Football, Chinese Super League, Guangzhou Evergrande

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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