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Atletico de Madrid

Club Academy Directors

The club works every day to make the Academy one of the best comprehensive training centers of footballers and values in the world. Thousands of players place their trust in our program. The Academy is the place where dreams are born. The club has bet on a sporting model based on an internal selection, to create a structure which generates the greatest number of emerging players and home-grown footballers, who have grown up following the values of the entity and who coexist with internationally renowned players.

Jose Ferreirinha Tavares

FC Porto Academy Director

An award recipient at the Portugues Quinas de Oro for winn the UEFA Youth Champions League, Jose Fernando Ferreirinha Tavares is the head of methodology for the FC Porto Academy. The Portuguese Football Federation, the Portuguese Football Coaches Association and top Portuguese clubs are worldwide leaders in coaching development and producing elite coaches.  FC Porto is known for being one of the leaders in player development and their methodology on tactical Periodization.




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Michael Bunel

Le Havre AC Technical Director

Le Havre AC Technical Director Michael Bunel is rightly proud of the club's "famous academy." He attributes their success with nurturing talents like Paul Pogba, Benjamin Mendy, and Dimitri Payet to one thing that separates good players from the top players - football intelligence. 

Natalia Astrain

Spain Women's Youth National Team

Natalia Astrain is Spain's first woman to earn the UEFA PRO License and former FC Barcelona Women First Team Manager. While coaching at FC Barcelona, Astrain's team was promoted to the 1st Division and was crowned champion of the Spanish Professional League. She also worked as an Assistant Coach for Club Atletico de Madrid as well as the U18 Spanish Women's National Team.



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United States of America 

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Tony Annan

Atlanta United FC Academy Director

Annan was appointed the Academy Director in December 2016. Previously he was the club's Academy Manager from April 2016 up to his appointment in December. Annan has 20-years' experience coaching in the Atlanta market, and is founder of the Georgia United DA program. Annan also worked in scouting and coaching with the US Soccer Federation. His focus will be on player development, coaching program development and day to day player management.

Morgan Church

US Soccer Development Academy

As Club Development Manager for US Soccer, Church overseas a 7-state region in the southeast. She works directly with clubs to improve everyday soccer environments for players and to support player development. Previously, she worked as a Technical Advisor with U.S. Soccer in the ongoing effort to develop world-class soccer player and coaches in the southeast.


United States of America 

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United States of America 

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Guillermo Sanchez

Orlando City Soccer Club

A Caracas, Venezuela native and Orlando City Soccer Club First Team Assistant Coach, Guillermo Sanchez Zamora has worked at the different levels of football including youth, college, amateur and professional for the past 13 years. After playing at the professional level he obtained his soccer coaching licenses, currently holding the USSF A License, a master degree in Sports Psychology and a Bachelor degree in Modern Foreign Languages.  He has worked in 6 countries with professional soccer such as Paraguay, India, Venezuela, Greece, and Bolivia. 

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