Konoplyov football academy

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Yu. Konoplyov football academy (Russian: Академия футбола имени Юрия Коноплева) is a Russian youth football academy based in Togliatti.

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History[edit]

The academy was founded in 2003 as SDYuShOR Krylia Sovetov. In 2007 the name was changed in honor of its founder Yuri Konoplyov, a local businessman who died in 2006 aged 39.[1] Since then it is sponsored mainly by Abramovich's National Academy of Football.

Present[edit]

The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-8's up to Under-18's. Team of Under-18's plays in the Amateur Football League, 4th level of Russian football, under the name of Togliatti-dubl. Russian Second Division's FC Akademiya Togliatti is also fed on the academy players, as was FC Togliatti, now defunct.

Alumni[edit]

The best known alumni of the Konoplyov academy are Russian international midfielder Alan Dzagoev[2] and 2006 UEFA U-17 Championship winners Anton Vlasov, Yevgeni Korotayev, Denis Shcherbak, Igor Gorbatenko, Dmitri Ryzhov and Roman Savenkov.[3]

The list of alumni also includes: Artur Yusupov (who signed for Dinamo Moscow), Yevgeni Pesegov (Krylia Sovetov Samara), Aleksandr Stolyarenko (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Drukovskiy (Krylia Sovetov Samara), Maksim Fyodorov (CSKA Moscow), Ivan Stain (FC Nizhny Novgorod) and Sergei Borodin (FC Nizhny Novgorod).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the founder of the Academy". Yu. Konoplyov football academy official site. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Our stars: Alan Dzagoev". Yu. Konoplyov football academy official site. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  3. ^ "2006 European champions". Yu. Konoplyov football academy official site. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ "Our stars". Yu. Konoplyov football academy official site. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 

External links[edit]

Yu. Konoplyov football academy official site