Nike Academy

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Nike Academy
External images
Official logo
Full name Nike Academy
Nickname(s) The Academy
Founded 2009
Ground St George's Park
Burton upon Trent, England
Ground Capacity 3,100[1]
Chairman England Huw Jennings
Manager England Jimmy Gilligan
League Friendlies
Home colours
Away colours

The Nike Football Academy is an English association football academy run by Nike, Inc. and is made up of unsigned under-20 players to help them find a club. It is currently based at Loughborough University, where they moved to in August 2011,[2] and is sponsored by the Premier League. The squad is made up of released players from professional clubs and winners of The Chance, a football talent search competition organised by Nike and run all over the world. The players live on campus and eat in the Nutritonal Lounge on site at Loughborough. The head coach Jimmy Gilligan played professional football, as well as the fitness coach Jon Goodman. The assistant coach Ryan Garry was also on the books at Arsenal and Bournemouth.

List of The Chance winners[edit]

2010–11[edit]

Pos. Name Current club[3]
GK South Africa Reyaad Pieterse South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
DF South Africa Jonathan King Unknown
MF Australia Tom Rogić Australia Melbourne Victory FC
MF Belgium Fabio Tonini Belgium FC Brussels
MF Ghana David Accam Sweden Helsingborgs IF
MF South Korea Moon Seon-Min Sweden Östersunds FK
FW England Tobi Joseph free agent
FW France Mustapha Taline France Paris Reserves

2011–12[edit]

No. Pos. Name[4][5] Current club
06 MF Belgium Ismail H'Maidat Crystal Palace
07 MF Belgium Dario van den Buijs Club Brugge U21
08 MF Brazil Wallace Camilo Brazil Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube
27 FW France David Fernandes FC Sedan
32 DF Greece Dimitris Komnos Greece Olympiakos Volou 1937 F.C.[6]
39 DF Italy Marco Di Lauro England Nike Football Academy[7]
41 FW Japan Ryosuke Kinoshita Unknown
68 MF Russia Kirill Laptev Jönköpings Södra IF
72 DF Serbia Petar Golubović Italy Novara Calcio (Loan from A.S. Roma)
76 MF South Africa Teboho Charlie Tsotetsi Unknown
77 MF South Africa Melusi Zulu unknown
78 FW Spain Saifeddine Alami Bazza England Nike Football Academy (on trial)[8]
79 DF Spain Gonzalo Balbi Iceland KR Reykjavik
83 FW Sweden Bubakary Sonko Sweden Nyköpings BIS
92 MF England Jose Figura England Nike Football Academy (on trial)[8]
100 MF United States Brian Iloski United States Los Angeles Galaxy U20 Academy[9]

After Jorge Grant signed for Nottingham Forest F.C., Jose Figuera, Kirill Laptev and Saife Alami Bazza were given a trial to replace him.[8]

Wallace Camilo, David Fernandes and Melusi Zulu ended up not going with the team on the Nike "The Chance" tour. To replace them the following three contestants were brought in:[7]

No. Pos. Name Current club
16 MF Colombia Kevin Salazar Chiquiza England Nike Football Academy[7]
24 MF Ecuador Joel Bravo Unknown
61 DF Peru Fernando Canales Unknown

Squads[edit]

2011–12[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Reyaad Pieterse
2 England DF Conor Branson (captain)
3 South Africa DF Jonathan King
4 Ghana MF David Accam
6 England DF Phillip Stevenson
7 Belgium MF Fabio Tonini
8 Australia MF Tom Rogić
9 England MF Karl Clair
10 England FW Tobi Amokeodo
12 England DF Andy Harrison
No. Position Player
13 South Korea MF Moon Seon-Min
16 England FW Tashan Adeyinka
17 England DF Jordan Tillson
18 England MF James Cottingham
19 France FW Mustapha Taline
20 England MF Josh Ekim
21 England GK Brandon Hall
23 England DF Daniel Wilkinson
24 England MF Albert Ansah
25 England DF Lewis Thomas

2012–13[edit]

As of 6 November 2012.[10]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Joe Martin
2 England DF Brandon Honer
3 England DF Conor O'Sullivan
4 Scotland DF Dominic Kennedy
5 England DF Jordan Tunnicliffe
6 South Africa MF Michael Koopowitz
7 England MF Jorge Grant
8 England MF Alex Parsons
9 England FW Billy Ions
No. Position Player
10 England MF David Goldsmith
11 England MF Michael Kalu
12 England GK Alastair Worby
13 England DF Lewis Tallack
14 Australia MF Cameron Edwards
15 England MF Ryan Tinsley
16 England FW Tom Foltyn-Brown
19 England MF Jamie Edge

2013–14[edit]

As of 27 July 2013.[11]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Christian Baffour
France GK Ritchie Steinmann
France DF Darren Johnstone
Germany DF Max Kallensee
Italy DF Alessandro Massella
Italy DF Lorenzo Negro
England DF Jordan Odofin
France DF Darren Johnstone
England MF Ashley Artwell
France MF Hicham Manaa
No. Position Player
France MF Minthou Dobassi
France MF Abou Boune
Netherlands MF Alvin Fortes
Germany MF Jeremy Franke
England MF Joseph Holland
Netherlands MF Jaydee Nicholson
France MF Brahim Sabaouni
Germany FW Ibrahim Akache
Spain FW Eric Gómez
England FW Josh Oyinsan
Italy FW Alberto Torresan

Current technical staff[edit]

Name Role[12]
England Jimmy Gilligan Head Coach
England Ryan Garry Assistant Coach
Republic of Ireland Jon Goodman Fitness Coach
England Mark Goodlad Goalkeeping Coach
England Glyn Davys Physiotherapist
England Chris Thorpe SPARQ Sports Scientist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium launch: Loughborough University FC v Tottenham Hotspur U18s". Loughborough Football on Facebook. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nike Football Academy starts the new season at a new home". Loughborough University. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nike Football: The Chance: Undiscovered". Nike, Inc. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Nike Academy - Meet the Team". Nike Football on Facebook. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Winners of The Chance 2012 Announced in Barcelona". Nike, Inc. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greece - D. Komnos". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Nike Football's The Chance announces its three winners". Nike Football. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "The Nike Academy on Facebook". Nike Football on Facebook. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pro Prospects: Iloski enjoys his chance". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Nike Academy - Meet the Team". The Nike Academy on Soccer. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nike Academy 2013-14". The Nike Academy on Facebook. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  12. ^ NikeAcademy.com

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