Santos FC Reserves and Academy
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The Santos Futebol Clube Reserves and Academy is an adjunct division of the club. Its main goal is to discover talented young players to play for Santos’ first team. The town of Peixe has repeatedly presented outstanding players to Brazilian soccer, such as Pelé, Pepe, Coutinho, Clodoaldo, Pita, Juary, Elano, Alex, Diego, Robinho, Léo, Giovanni, Ganso, Neymar and André.
Santos Futebol Clube is responsible for over 100 young athletes in 5 different categories: U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-20. These athletes stay in two modern dormitories, located inside Urbano Caldeira Stadium, with living room, recreation room and cafeteria. The athletes also have medical, dental and psychological assistance. The club’s physical development program is a pioneer within Brazilian soccer.
The club developed the Centro de Desenvolvimento à Performance ao Futebol (Center of Football Performance Development) to set a pattern in physical preparation for all youth teams, including futsal. This project starts with boys over six years old and covers 270 young athletes.
The Youth Division benefits from the experience of outstanding past players including Chico Formiga (soccer supervisor), Abel Verônico (coordinator), Rubens Salles and Urubatão Calvo Nunes (scouts).
The gymnasium used by youth teams is located on the third floor at Vila Belmiro Stadium, and it is equipped with technology similar to that available for Santos’ first team.
Education is valued by the team, leading it to create the Centro de Estudos Luiza Neófiti (Luiza Neófiti Study Center) adjacent to the gym.
The Santista team won the Brazilian Championship in 2002 and 2004. Eight players on the Brazilian Champions of 2004 came from Peixe Youth teams, including Domingos (Under-17 Paulista Champion, 2001), Leonardo (Under-17 World Champion – National Team 2003), Elano (Brazilian Champion, 2002), Robinho (Brazilian Champion, 2002), Deivid (discovered in 2000). Santos’ first team for the 2007-2008 season include players such as Renatinho, Felipe, Marcelo, Adriano, and Carlinhos, all from the youth teams, in which they won the U-17 Campeonato Paulista (state competition) in 2004.
Santos' youth teams are often invited to participate in championships and friendly matches in other countries. One of the most important titles won by Santos’ U-20 team was the Turin Tournament in Italy. Santos’ team became the champion after playing against very strong opponents from Italy and other countries.
- Copa São Paulo de Juniores: 1984
- Porto Seguro Cup: 2008
- Campeonato Paulista sub-20: 1979, 2007, 2008
- Campeonato Paulista sub-17: 2001, 2004
- Campeonato Paulista sub-15: 2008
- Campeonato Paulista sub-13: 2008
- Supercopa Eurofarma de Futebol Júnior: 2010
Youth players with first team experience
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Santos FC's Júnior squad on official website (Portuguese)