Nike Academy

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Nike Academy
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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]
League Friendlies

The Nike Football Academy is an English football academy funded and administered by Nike, Inc.. The academy has a revolving squad of unsigned under-20 players and is run with the intention of helping them find a professional club. The academy is currently based at St George's Park National Football Centre,[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 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]


Pos. Name Current club[3]
GK South Africa Reyaad Pieterse


No. Pos. Name[4][5] Current club
06 MF Belgium Ismail H'Maidat Brescia Calcio
07 MF Belgium Dario van den Buijs Fc Eindhoven
08 MF Brazil Wallace Camilo Brazil Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube
27 FW France David Fernandes CS Sedan Ardennes
32 DF Greece Dimitris Komnos Greece AE Kifisias[6]
39 DF Italy Marco Di Lauro England Nike Football Academy[7]
41 FW Japan Ryosuke Kinoshita Unknown
68 MF Russia Kirill Laptev Sweden Husqvarna FF
72 DF Serbia Petar Golubović Italy AC Pisa 1909 (Loan from A.S. Roma)
76 MF South Africa Teboho Charlie Tsotetsi Unknown
77 MF South Africa Melusi Zulu South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
78 FW Spain Saifeddine Alami Bazza Romania FC Dunarea Calarasi[8]
79 DF Spain Gonzalo Balbi Iceland KR Reykjavik
83 FW Sweden Bubakary Sonko Sweden Nyköpings BIS
92 MF England Jose Figura Iceland BI/Bolungarvík[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



Note: Flags indicate national team as 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


As of 6 November 2012.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as 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


As of 8 September 2014.[11]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Christian Baffour
Norway GK Lars Herlofsen
New Zealand GK Heath King
France DF Darren Johnstone
Germany DF Pasha Eftekharian
Italy DF Hamza Al-Assadi
Italy DF Lorenzo Negro
Peru DF José Guidino
Ecuador DF Ismael Fernando vallejo Barros
France DF Darren Johnstone
England MF Ashleigh Artwell
England MF Sean Clare
France MF Hicham Manaa
No. Position Player
France MF Minthou Dobassi
England MF Dominic McGiveron
Netherlands MF Alvin Fortes
Germany MF Jeremy Franke
England MF Ovi Moghimian
Netherlands MF James Thorpe
France MF Brahim Sabaouni
Germany FW Conner Williams
Spain FW Romero Evans
Zambia FW Chipego O'brien Mbweeda
Spain FW Johnny Castro

Current technical staff[edit]

Name Role[12]
England Jon Goodman Head coach
England Ryan Garry Assistant coach
Republic of Ireland - Fitness coach
England Matt Murray Goalkeeping coach
England Glyn Davys Physiotherapist
England Craig Turner Sports scientist


  1. ^ "Stadium launch: Loughborough University FC v Tottenham Hotspur U18s". Loughborough Football on Facebook. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^
  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 2014-15". The Nike Academy on Facebook. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
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