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Boost your football potential in our Easter courses!

The holidays are an ideal time to improve by establishing clear and personalised objectives. SIGN UP HERE! In football, much like in life, you have to set goals. Progress without setting clear objectives is a dead end. Similarly dangerous to 'standardised goals', because each aspiring player is unique and has their own particular starting point. [...]

Compete with the best this Easter

More than 20 of Marcet’s teams will be taking part in eight international championships this Easter. Here at Marcet, Easter is synonymous with tournaments. Where there is competition, there is potential for quality rivals, especially considering some of last Easter’s opponents: Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Deportivo La Coruña, Valladolid, Levante, Alavés, Rayo Vallecano, Real Zaragoza… […]

What’s next in Marcet?

These are the next events and courses of Marcet Football. Write them down! (September-July 2019) High Technification Annual Course (aged 6 to 13) and Forja (aged 3 to 5) in Barcelona (September-July 2019) Annual Course in Madrid (aged 6 to 14) (25th-29th, March) Marcet Soccer Camp in Tenerife (Spain) (aged 8 to 17) (25th-29th, March) Marcet Soccer Camp in Kyev […]

Marcet pedagogical model

Talent is not a gift through genetics, but a conquest through effort. In Marcet we make sure our players reach their maximum potential motivating them to understand the game of football in all of its aspects and to know how to play intelligently, with the ability to see, understand, decide and execute effectively and quickly. […]

The only academy with a tailor-made education

Football training should adapt to every trainee’s unique traits by way of courses specially designed for their progress in specific areas. What would we make of doctors that prescribe before reaching a diagnosis? What would we think of architects that place the foundations of their building before studying the very last they build on? How […]

For competitive sports preparation based on scientific evidence

Marcet carries out an investigation in 100 different countries to pinpoint the real state of grassroots football and improve its educational practice. Intuition has traditionally been a key tool in a coach's arsenal for grassroots football training. There are still a considerable amount of technicians who still make decisions concerning their practice sessions without the [...]

‘Europe was crucial for me’

Cristhian Abastoflor makes the Bolivian National Team and signs for a First Division club. Cristhian Abastoflor couldn’t say exactly when he started to take an interest in football because his memory simply doesn’t go that far back. “I have videos of me kicking the ball around at the age of two,” says the Bolivian athlete. […]

Train in Barcelona, keep studying in your country

Marcet’s students can be trained academically without compromising their usual educational system. Fathy lives in Barcelona but studies through a Parisian school. The French midfielder moved to Spain last year to train at the Marcet Academy. Once he had made that decision, his family was concerned about how his academic life would be affected by […]

Opportunities, seized

Didier Ovono makes appearances in Portugal, France and Belgium’s first divisions after training at Marcet with Tommy N’Kono. At age 20, Didier Ovono had reached the top of what Gabon had to offer in terms of football. After settling as a goalkeeper in the lower categories of his national team, he signed for Mangasport – […]

‘The tougher the rivals, the more you learn’

Santiago Hoyos shows his appreciation for Spain’s combinational approach to football and his latest opportunities to face great teams. Santiago discovered a completely different type of football in Barcelona, an approach to the sport he was anything but familiar to. He was aware that the “Spanish way” means quick passing and one-touch plays over head-on […]

Resting is training

Getting a decent night’s sleep is as important as giving it your all out on the football pitch. Success is usually associated with effort, sacrifice and hard work. To say that without sweat there can be no self-improvement is undeniably true. But it can also lead to misunderstanding the very concept of progress. When a […]

Football DNA

Omar Ocampos is the centre-back for the Tigres, the very team that saw his own grandfather to a championship title in Mexico. Omar Ocampos has a passion for football which is practically engraved in his DNA. “My grandfather was a professional player and became Mexican league champion with Cruz Azul and Tigres. When I was […]

An A+ Footballer

Ferran Ruiz had the best grades at Marcet. Today, he takes his talent to Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team. When Ferran Ruiz Martí signed for Real Madrid, alarms went off over at Barça. Not only because the former defender for Girona had practically closed a deal with Barcelona., but also because being the […]

‘I learned to open my mind’

Sofía Fernández goes through the difficulties she encountered at the beginning of her footballing journey and the satisfaction of making progress. The ability to adapt is key for any player, but may be especially important for women athletes. Women’s football still hasn’t been standardized around the world and in many countries, women who practice it […]

Global sports consulting

Marcet offers its ‘know how’ to professionals who want to specialize in football management. Visiting a football academy firsthand is the best way to see everything that goes towards the management of a training centre like Marcet‘s: a particularly interesting opportunity for industry professionals based in places without a thriving footballing community or access to […]

Football by objectives

To improve football skills you have to set personal goals and test yourself against big rivals. Osasuna, Leganés, Sporting de Gijón and Oviedo are some of the rivals that Marcet‘s teams have faced on their December tour. Games that have presented High Performance Academy‘s athletes with a unique opportunity to evaluate their personal objectives against […]

Competition for training

Matches are an invaluable educational tool for the personal evolution of Marcet’s players. Training is Marcet’s reason for being. Our Academy’s end game is discovering the true potential of each player, determining what skills need to be honed to then develop and design a clear road maps that allows our trainees to reach success. The […]

Your tutor at your disposal

Each and every student has a personal advisor ready to solve problems and supervises all sporting, academic and personal progress. Absolute dedication to football comes with sacrifices. For most players, training at a High-Performance Academy means movement and having to leave the nest that was once home. Therefore, sports development must always be accompanied by […]

Why do I play well in training but bad in matches?

Performance in training is not always proportional and equitable to performance during a game. “The fittest player will be the one playing”. How many times have we heard this come from the coach? Halfway between a timeless saying and a motivational slogan, this expression means that performance in training is used to measure a player’s […]

‘Marcet was a key stage’

Christian Sanchez couples football and academic studies in the US thanks to sporting scholarships. The combining of sports and academic studies is one of the fundamental pillars and, hence, objectives here at Marcet. Christian Sánchez is a living example of this. The Venezuelan centre-back arrived in Barcelona in time for the 2015-16 season, and three […]

Football nomad

After hanging up his boots as a goalkeeper, Rubén Martínez joined the coaching staff of teams such as Watford, Saint-Étienne and Olympiacos. Rubén Martínez has put a fulfilling career behind him as a professional goalkeeper. He played in the Second Division with Barcelona and has accumulated experiences in teams such as Cultural, Zamora and Hércules. […]

Excelling and patience

Franco Zanelatto joins USMP’s main team after passing through Marcet’s High-Performance Academy. Franco Zanelatto has spent his entire sporting life in amongst the ranks of San Martin de Porres University (USMP). He began in the lower categories of the Peruvian club, climbed his way up to the main team, and has settled in the highest […]

Much more than just football

Three parents explain why our intensive courses go above and beyond sporting development. “Football”, “languages”, “values”, “friendships”, “fun” … These are the words most used by the parents of Marcet‘s students when telling us why they bring their children to our intensive High Technification courses. The video above reflects the experiences of three of them.. […]

Smart Football R&D

Marcet collaborates with Hannover 96 and the German company Exerlights in the implementation of new training models. Encouraging smart football and helping players to finding solutions to the problems they face in the field, by themselves. That is the mantra shared by Marcet and Hannover 96‘s methos, two football schools that have intensified their relationships […]

Forever a teacher

Despite training First Divison players, Emilio López doesn’t want to forget the pedagogical side of football he spent so much time with. Emilio López was always very clear on the fact that he wanted to be a coach. He prepared for it during his long career as a professional Second Division goalkeeper. After defending the goalposts […]

‘I needed a more competitive environment’

American right wing back, Mia Soma reaches “another dimension of football” in her second Barcelona experience. “I’m here because I want to improve as a footballer and for that, I simply need a more competitive environment.” Mia Soma references her stay in Barcelona. A getaway from her everyday routine, with her family by her side, […]

‘I’ve learned to think faster’

Derick Keizer didn’t think twice about grasping the opportunity to train in Spain after winning a sports scholarship at Marcet’s Soccer Camp in Mexico. Derick Keizer is no doubt a skilful player, with good technique and real confidence in his abilities. Virtues that showed during the Marcet Soccer Camp (MSC) that was held last autumn […]

Explosivity and power

Mikhail Shakhkalamov signs for Spartak Moscow after attending several intensive courses in Barcelona. While playing in Lokomotiv Moscow, a teammate mentioned Marcet. It didn’t take Mikhail long to get on the internet and start looking into the academy. Before long, he was on a plane to Barcelona for the Easter Holidays Intensive Course. That first […]

A test to be enjoyed

Marcet’s U-16s team faces Valencia a few weeks before starting a tour through northern Spain. Challenging big teams is a necessary step on the road to football excellence. Playing against distinguished clubs is essential for testing young players technically, tactically and psychologically. Sooner or later, those who aspire to professional football have to learn how […]

‘In Spain I can Improve’

Rudolfs Zengis is a regular on the lower categories of the Latvian National Team. When he learned that Marcet was organizing a Draft in his country, Rudolfs Zengis didn’t think twice about getting involved. “My coach told me it was a good opportunity to show what I’m worth,” recalls the Latvian midfielder, who ended up […]

Confidence and potential

Youssouf Koita always dreamed of playing in Europe. Today defends Girona’s goal. “The situation in Mali is not easy for those who aspire to become professional footballers, all young people dream of one day playing in Europe and seek to fulfil this dream.” This is how Youssouf Koita describes the environment in which he grew […]

The Eclecticism of football

Player, referee, analyst, coach… Abdenour Zrini has lived football from many a perspective. Speaking of Abdenour Zrini is considering football in all its declensions. Player, referee, analyst, coach… At 25, the former Moroccan right-back has racked up countless experiences that have made him all too familiar with every nuance there is to the world’s favourite […]

Football and books

Miguel Martín earns himself a scholarship to study in the USA, where he’ll combine a sports career with academia. Miguel Martín lleva una vida de trotamundos. Nació en Venezuela, pero pronto tuvo que mudarse a México, donde empezó a enamorarse del fútbol. Después fue el turno de Brasil, Arabia Saudí y España. En Barcelona Miguel […]

What you eat is how you play

Proper nutrition education is key to improving performance on the playing field. In football, nothing can be left to chance, let alone food. The intensity and physical exertion that matches and training require involve high energy expenditure that an athlete must know how to support. Proper nutrition education is key to improving performance on the […]

When football meets mathematics

Statistics are becoming a more prominent tool for experts. Both concerning signings of top players and evaluating humbler, aspiring prospects. When Esteban Cambiasso left Leicester at the end of the 2014-15 season, the Foxes were forced to sign a midfielder to replace him. The managers of the team then decided to rely on stats. The […]

The Inevitable Number 10

Like his opposite number in the tv series Captain Tsubasa, Óliver Torres has found his place in professional football thanks to his great talent and dedication. His fate was sealed with his name. Even before his breakthrough, the name Óliver Torres & football already went hand-in-hand. His first name was chosen by his older brother […]

‘Now, I’m a footballer’

Numancia’s signing is all but a milestone in Jordi Sánchez’s sporting career. “My signing day reception at Numancia was one of the happiest days of my life, a dream come true and my family by my side. Having them feel proud of me is something I can’t even begin to describe with words. A very […]

The midfielder of the future

The success of Spanish football has made midfielders take on a crucial role that was practically non-existent, not so long ago. “Tell me what your midfielder is like and I’ll tell you what your team is like.” Juanma Lillo’s words explain the importance that midfielders have in contemporary football. More so, even, in recent years […]

The value of persistence

After coming close to an early retirement, David Soria makes a place for himself in Seville’s starting eleven and won an Europa League. David Soria’s sporting career is reminiscent of a film. The ending is a happy one, but the path leading up to the positive payoff is plagued with testing and difficult moments, bringing […]

‘I feel mentally stronger’

Jorge García, feeling ‘uplifted’ and ‘motivated’ after having signed for Real Valladolid. As a child, Jorge Garcia went through what most kids go through. “I’d started watching football matches on TV, liked it and wanted to start playing. Only thing is, I was the worst on the pitch at school so I ended up just […]

A Serie A Record

Han Kwang-Song, signed by Cagliari, became the first North Korean to score a goal in Italy’s highest division. When Han Kwang-song scored with his head against Torino FC, it was a historical goal. It was the first time ever that a player from North Korea had scored in Italy’s Serie A. A milestone for the […]

‘Humility and improvement’

A place at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa comes with a price and for Vladimir Osipov it was understanding that he still had a lot to learn. Five years ago Vladimir and his family decided to leave their country and move to Spain. His destination was Barcelona, and the reason was football. At 12 years of […]

Marcet’s goalkeepers are playing for the best Spanish teams

Being at the forefront of researching intelligent players preparation bears fruit. These keepers show you why…. Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, Villarreal, Espanyol, Rayo Vallecano, Real Valladolid… More and more First Division teams are taking on Marcet’s trainees and placing them under their goalposts. Our High-Performance Academy, developed in collaboration with professionals such as Luis […]

Footballer by chance

When he signed up for his first campus, football was but a pass-time. Today, Adrián Dalmau plays in the Eredivisie. Adrián Dalmau started playing football by chance. When he was seven years old, he opened his mailbox one morning to find a brochure for a football course and decided to give it a go out […]

Multipurpose power

Álvaro Aguirre, striker for Rayo Vallecano’s Juvenil A team, has every forward position under control. “The truth is I’m happy to be where I am, for now; I’m spending time on the pitch and I can’t complain at all.” Álvaro Aguirre, striker for Rayo Vallecano‘s Juvenil A, describes himself as a versatile player, capable of occupying […]

A residence for footballers

Caring for the environment in which players spend their day to day is a priority for their sporting development. The life of a football player is a constant series of changes. New teams, new countries, new partners… Adapting quickly and efficiently is essential to performing at the highest level. A swift and successful acclimatization happens […]

‘Now I trust myself’

Ilya Mikheev arrives at the Krylya Sovetov Samara youth academy after debuting in the Russian Second Division with Lada Togliatti. “I still remember my first second-division game, making the starting eleven wasn’t an easy hustle. When my coach came around to trusting me with a place on the pitch for kick-off, we had a really tough game […]

Collective training, individual progress

Talent may require constant hard work and progress, but it’s impossible to move forward without amassing hours of group training. Football has always been a team sport, but more so today than it has ever has been. In recent decades, strategy has taken on an increasingly important role. Trainers like Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola […]

Soccer Camp in South Carolina

New Technologies and the Matrix system will be the protagonists of the December event in North Myrtle Beach. The US is hungry for football. And it is clear that, when it comes to training, you have to bet on quality. That’s why there are more and more North American students in Marcet. And that’s why […]

Confidence, revived

Nam wasn’t enjoying football in South Korea. It was in Barcelona where his enthusiasm would take him to play against some of Spain’s best teams. Football was his life passion. Only, in South Korea he couldn’t do it justice. “When I was a Cadete (U-16s), I’d get a lot of injuries and was having a […]

No progress without adaptation

Shoma knew that in order to progress he had to get out of his comfort zone. That’s why he left Tokyo and traveled to Barcelona. It was Edmilson who told Shoma about Marcet. The Brazilian world champion advised him to move to Barcelona and join the High Performance Academy to achieve his football goals. The […]

‘I learned to think faster’

Sergey Mikhailov signed for Anzhi after two years at Marcet, where he was looking to ‘learn to play like a European footballer’. In June of this year Sergey Mikhailov finished his career at Marcet’s High-Performance Academy. After his second year in Barcelona, FK Anzhí Majachkalá came knocking on his door. The Russian Premier League club […]

Character and work

Alejandro Fernández’s place is in front of Atlético de Madrid’s defending goal posts. “My role is to provide the team with maximum security”. “I’ve missed a lot of hangouts with my friends, birthday parties, ski trips at Christmas, end-of-year trips… But I’d do just the same all over again if I had to, I’m happy […]

‘I grew as a person’

Juan García was seeking out strength and maturity. “A journey that helped me grow and reach out to Real Valladolid.” One of Juan García‘s fondest memories is a game he played against Barcelona back when he was only 12 years old, where he scored the first goal of the match. At the time, the winger […]

Serenity and game vision

“Football requires patience,” says Faysel Hinojosa, who has recently been signed by Real Valladolid. It’s a good moment in time for Real Valladolid. The spanish club has returned to the first division league after a five-year absence and Ronaldo has just become its top shareholder. Faysel, former Barça and Real Madrid forward, has brought with […]

Accumulator of experiences

After having played for Villarreal and Slavia Praga, Xavi Cano signed for DC United. “I’m absorbing the best of each team in order to create my own philosophy.” “I never try to impose a set style of play, on the contrary, I try to get the best out of each player and from there, together, […]

How to choose a good captain

Through effort, responsibility and communication, the team leader always has to be an example for his teammates. It is said that Tottenham is considering withdrawing Hugo Lloris‘ captaincy after the French goalkeeper was arrested for failing a blood alcohol test. According to the British press, the goalkeeper may have to hand the armband over to […]

An ‘unconventional’ striker

Alan Godoy is selected for his national team the same year he signs to Deportivo Alavés. He defines himself as an “unconventional” striker. Scoring goals simply isn’t enough. He also appreciates the aesthetics of football and likes to show off with “rabonas, backheels and roulettes”. Alan Godoy (Las Palmas, 05/04/2003) has a strong personality, which […]

Midfield globetrotter

After his time at Marcet, Senne Ceulemans dresses for Villarreal, Chelsea and Gent. “When I joined Chelsea I couldn’t believe it, it was a dream come true, the most gratifying moment since I started football.” Senne Ceulemans fondly remembers his arrival in London. He started the 2017-18 season with Southampton, but was signed by the […]

‘It’s another world here’

After passing through Marcet, Edu Frías is now at RCD Espanyol and already training with the first team. Edu Frías is now facing an essential period in his sporting career. He has now joined a top flight club, RCD Espanyol, where he’s defending their goal for their youth academy. He’s got everything to play for […]

Exchange players

Andreas and Shaun have trained at Marcet thanks to the Erasmus+ program, designed to empower the federations that need it most. Andreas was at home when his father called him to break the news. The technical director of Malta’s National Team had just called with the important news. It was time to pack. Andrea and […]

Marcet’s eleventh gala

The most outstanding young players to have passed through our football Academy sum up a value of over 22 million euros. Spain, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Russia… Each year the number of young atheletes passing through our academy grows as they gain a foothold in the world’s most prestigious leagues. The best among them assemble Marcet’s […]

How to earn yourself a spot in the international football scene

The Lebanese Federation works with Marcet in an ambitious program to promote football. Their participation in the Academies’ World Cup 2018 has set a before and after for the Lebanese squad. As a result of this sporting event, the Lebanese Football Federation has started putting together tryouts and training sessions throughout the country with the […]

‘Now I enjoy the pressure’

Javier Cendón, ex scholar at Marcet’s Professional Program, speaks about his day to day with Villarreal CF. If you truly want something and it gets stuck in your head, you fight for it and you get the best out of yourself. It’s daily work, effort… But it’s worth it”. This is how Javier Cendón sums […]

A tournament to forge teams

The U-13s National Team of Malta goes to the World Cup and sees what it really means to be and perform as a true collective. Football is a technical, tactical, competition. But also one about team spirit, coexistence and solidarity. A sport in which not everything revolves exclusively around the ball. Especially when the protagonists […]

A legendary goalkeeper

After hanging up his boots, Tommy N’Kono sought training at Marcet with the aim of coaching a First Division team. It’s one thing to know, and another to teach. A competent football player should have the humility to recognize this difference. Transmitting your own knowledge in the correct and most effective way is anything but […]

A Top Division physio

Carlos Lozano came to Marcet as a coach and his talent took him to RCD Espanyol and then to the Chinese Super League as a physiotherapist. Carlos Lozano knows perfectly well how to take full advantage of the opportunities that life hands to him. This is the only way of becoming one of the most […]

A ‘pearl’ for Espanyol

Former Marcet player Berta Pujadas will play in First Division after completing a brilliant season with the FC Barcelona youth team. “The ‘blaugrana’ pearl is off to Espanyol”. With this headline ‘Mundo Deportivo’ made note of one of the most resounding signings this summer in women’s football. At 17, Marcet’s home-grown talent arrives to the […]

From the streets to Barça

Bryan Ramírez spent most of his time playing footie in the streets, until a coach saw him and asked to join Marcet’s High Performance Academy. Bryan Ramírez is, without a doubt, one of the most talented players to pass through the doors of Marcet. His story is somewhat unique. As Bryan hadn’t realised the amount […]

Keylor Navas’ ‘secret’

Luis Llopis’s innovative methodology has elevated Real Madrid’s keeper and keeps on giving in Marcet. When Luis Llopis made his way to la Foundation Marcet, the International Academy of Goalkeepers didn’t take long to realise that they were in the presence of one of the best and most charismatic trainers in the world. Football’s recent […]

Exceeded expectations

Álvaro Jiménez debuts at Sporting de Gijón, where the team’s passionate following have made him feel right at home. Álvaro Jiménez‘s transfer to Sporting de Gijón has been hot news on the transfer market this past summer. At the beginning of August, the former Marcet trainee seemed like he’d be calling Malaga home. He had […]

How to grow as an individual in football

Teams put the evolution of the whole team before individual progress. How to progress ones self in an environment that’s focused on group progression? In a team it’s not always easy to find personal space to individually progress. Training sessions are usually focused on improving the team, on making the team gel together and preparing […]

A boundless dream

Passion and sacrifice have led Guillermo Macho to Atlético de Madrid’s main U-16s team. He defines himself as a “committed” player “lacking technical deficiencies”. Guillermo Macho can play both attacking and defending midfielder positions, and although he is about to start the season amidst the ranks of Atlético de Madrid‘s Cadete A Team, he knows […]

Investing in progress

Alex Millet decided to postpone signing to a renowned club to continue working on his aptitudes both as a player and as a person. At the age of nine, Alex Millet was close to signing with Valencia. However, that same season he did a test at Marcet and ended up participating in the Academies’ World […]

An awarded ambition

At 18 years of age, Vladimir Moskvichev is already a part of Moscow Dynamo’s main team. One of the books on his bedside table is Andrés Iniesta’s biography. Perhaps there lies the reason Vladimir Moskvichev took to Barcelona to polish his tactical criteria on the pitch. His first visit was back in the summer of […]

An exemplary adaptation

For Oraz Atayev, making the squad of a great team meant overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers. For some players, reaching a top-tier team isn’t only a sporting challenge, but also a social and cultural one. Turning football into a profession is twice as hard when destiny places home far from the world’s footballing hubs. When […]

A continuous and exhaustive evaluation

The Matrix system for the monitoring of the strengths and weaknesses of specific footballers is based on more than 140 detailed measurements. “Soccer is everything to me,” Erik Sánchez admits. A fascination that first sparked in Orlando when he was a young child. “One day, on my way home from school, I saw some older […]

Strength and sacrifice

Getafe defender Eduardo Rossi recalls the ‘unforgettable experiences’ he experienced at Marcet. Eduardo Rossi played for his hometown team, EFMO Boadilla. But his father was convinced that with the right training he could aspire to something greater. So he decided to sign him up for Marcet‘s intensive courses in Madrid, which Eduardo would attended for […]

How do you train a football player on the beach?

The intensive course trainees arrive at Barcelona's beach at 10:30 hours. Here, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday a very different training session to what they're used to awaits them. It's a demanding session. A gentle run for a few minutes on the sand prepares the body both physically and psychologically. Warming up is essential so that [...]

Security and leadership

Adrián Cova arrived in Barcelona from Venezuela, trained at Marcet for three years and ended up signing to Atlético de Madrid. “Because of his physical condition, his technique and his dedication to hard work, I think he is one of the students that will reach the highest level in football.” Coach Marcos Romero was not […]

GPS sensors to guide your football training

   

‘Now I have my chance’

Alberto Salido signed by Mallorca after the island’s scouts noticed him during a friendly match against Marcet. Alberto Salido met Marcet in Mallorca.  “In the island I did technical training every Sunday until I started going to Barcelona for the summer to participate in the intensive courses. I ended up staying all year as a […]

A different way of learning football

A new found wave of interest in New Technologies in sports education is finding its way to more and more clubs. The ways one can go about learning football are many. Ways of learning intelligent football, however, aren’t. One of these ways exists, without a doubt, within the realms of applied New Technologies, a fundamental […]

Marcet, protagonist to the catalan sport festival

The director of the Professional Programme (MPEP) rewards the centennial clubs before the crowded auditorium of CaixaForum. Every year, the elite of Catalan sport have been summoned to Barcelona to celebrate a great day for them, in which awards are given to the most outstanding people and institutions in this field. In its 21st edition, […]

How to stand out in 4 days

Intensive courses are a holiday classic for all ages. So how do you get the most out of such a short amount of time? Para los más pequeños, son la mejor forma de obtener mejoras técnicas a corto plazo. Para los que se acercan a los 20 años, son fundamentales para recuperar el tono antes […]

‘A goalkeeper is not afraid to fail’

Rubén Yegba trained goalkeepers who are now in the First Division. Here he relates his personal and professional experiences in football. Rubén Yegba has a long career in Marcet. As a coach, he trained successful goalkeepers such as David Soria, Edu Frías or Javier Cendón. In this interview, the Cameroonian trainer talks about the importance […]

Lopetegui, reasons and manners

The spanish bench changes the owner just one day before the World Cup starts. Which are the consequences that the players will suffer? First was the unexpected news about the sign of Julen Lopetegui for Real Madrid. Then, the dismissal of the Spanish coach and the designation of the new one: Fernando Hierro. “We had to take this decision”, […]

Recovery against the clock

Three matches in three days in Mulhouse. A demanding program that requires a specific design to reduce pressure and stress. Three matches in three days. A challenge Marcet’s finest under-18s would have to come to terms with in the french city of Mulhouse. A twelve hour coach ride away, Alsace’s unforgiving cold and first-rate rivals […]

Values that change lives

Learning to respect discipline both on and off the pitch was the key component in Ismael Pardo’s signing to Mallorca. His first weeks at Marcet were not easy. Ismael had to adapt to sporting and academic routines that he wasn’t used to. With time, effort and rigour, the Tarraconense forward knew just how to make […]

‘I’m here to secure my place at Lazio’

Alessandro Barone makes the most of Marcet to show his coach that he has all the ingredients to keep playing with the Italian team. One day his uncle and grandfather took him to the Olympic Stadium in Rome to watch Lazio play. That was the moment Alessandro Barone’s passion for football sparked into life and would […]

A precocious talent

Misael Domínguez signs for Cruz Azul after debuting in Mexico’s first division at 17 years of age. “The jewel of Monterrey arrives at Cruz Azul”. Thus the Mexican press made it known to the public that Misael Domínguez had transferred, leaving his hometown club for one of Mexico’s greatest. “The directors of Cruz Azul agreed […]

Talent and hard work

Jonathan Toro has signed for Gil Vicente, a team in the Portuguese First Division. Jonathan Rubio Toro’s dream has turned into a reality. The young Honduran has just signed for Gil Vicente, adding another player to list of those who have made the jump from Fundación Marcet to professional football. Interest in Jonathan had been […]

‘Practice, practice, practice’

After passing through Marcet, Cayetano Gutiérrez is signed to Levante and is called to the Norwegian National Team. Cayetano Gutiérrez Rossvaer came to Marcet to “practice, practice, practice”. At the age of 10, he decided to leave Hércules behind and join the High-Performance Academy. “The first time I came was to try out the intensive […]

Technology that helps players think on the pitch

 

The “Mexican Iniesta”

Pedro Arce has just signed for the most supported side in Mexico after a five year stint in Greece and two and a half year spell at Marcet. “Quick, skilled, creative”. This is how the Mexican press described Pedro Arce Latapi, who has just been signed by América, the most prestigious club in the North […]

Football from a distance

The Leader Program is designed to train players from all over the world without them having to travel to Barcelona. Not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to football. Talent may be one erratic variable somewhat hard to predict, but geographical context also has a huge part in someone’s sporting development. Living far […]

How the keeper became a sweeper

The changes in regulation and tactical model imposed by Spain have led to a new way of understanding the role of the goalkeeper. On July 30, 2014, the Twitter account of Manuel Neuer went from having 600,000 followers to more than one million in just a couple of hours. We were in the Brazilian World […]

First-rate Rivals

The 2017-18 season offered Marcet players a healthy diet of competition, pitching them up against the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Montpellier… Without competition, there would be no football. The football match is the moment that justifies and brings together the week’s blood, sweat and tears. Competing is imperative to distinguished educational platforms […]

How to be Barça’s ’10’

Goals, assists, personality… Alex Ginard hasn’t taken long to show his worth for Barça’s U-16s A team. The ex Marcet player is now a leader on the pitch. Alex Ginard will never forget the 17th of September 2016. The clouds that hid the sky at Sant Joan Despí weren’t able to hide the number 10 […]

Messi’s godfather

A passionate advocate of neuroscience applied to football, Hoyos won the Chilean Championship as a sports technician after his stay at Marcet. Comparing anyone to Maradona is risky for any Argentine. The ‘God of football’ is untouchable and anything that comes close to comparing itself to him could be considered blasphemous. Especially if whoever dares […]

An unstoppable goalkeeper

Álvaro Fernádez is the Spanish U-17s undisputed number 1 and has everything going for him in order to become one of Spanish football’s biggest stars. Like many other goalkeepers from the most prominent clubs in Spain, Álvaro Fernández Calvo wanted to have a first hand experience in Marcet’s Methodology. He knew about the intensive courses […]

Footballers around the world

Today the best opportunities can be thousands of kilometres away and come in completely foreign languages. Football is not only the most popular sport in the world but one of the most globalized profession: thousands of players emigrate every year to develop their sporting careers. For a footballer, moving has ceased to be an option […]

‘Playing simple is difficult’

After being called up by his country’s U-16s squad, the former Marcet player has signed his first professional contract with the club dominating Belgian football. When Vladi started playing for KAA Gante he knew he had an opportunity of a lifetime. Getting into the club that’s dominating Belgian football can open the doors to professional […]

Leader of his national side

After one year of training at Marcet, Choe Song-hyok has won the Asian Cup and signed for Fiorentina. Choe Song-hyok came to Barcelona alongside 17 other kids from North Korea, that found in Marcet the football academy they were looking for. The football association from the Asian country wanted their younger generation to travel to […]

An unconditional vocation

Sebastián Galles might not have made stardom as a defender, but he has just been signed by the Universidad de Chile’s club. His family had never been into football, but Sebastian always knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to his favourite sport. A vocation that he has had since as early as he […]

Goals and speed

Andrés Mata wears the colours common to Necaxa, one of the Mexican league’s most historic clubs. César Andrés Mata Torres was only a small child when he had to move away from his family home to follow his dream of becoming a professional football player. He first left Ciudad Juárez to start his career at […]

‘I learned to play faster’

José Bolívar received a call from the Peruvian Under-20s Team after a few weeks at Marcet. He went to Barcelona to get out of his comfort zone and accustomed to a more agile type of football. José Vidal wanted to improve and take a step forward in his sports career. And in a matter of […]

‘Discipline is fundamental’

Caleb Rubio is signed by Houston Dynamo after four years of training at Marcet’s High Performance Academy. On the 30th of July, Caleb Rubio will be Houston Dynamo’s newest under-18s player. He will be leaving his Honduran homeland to wear the uniform of a Major League Soccer (MSL) team in the USA. By no means […]

‘I put myself to the test’

Rodrigo Arrambide signed for José Gálvez with Peru’s first division in sight. Rodrigo Arrambide came to Marcet to improve his game and find a team to play for. “I spent six months at the High Performance Academy and when I returned to Peru I received a call from José Gálvez“, recalls the striker: “In Barcelona I broadened my […]

A top scorer for Barça

Juan David Fuentes, top scorer in the U14 Preference League, will wear the Barcelona shirt next season after shining in the ranks of Marcet. Marisol still remembers the first time her son kicked a ball. “We were in Bogotá, sitting on the terrace of our house. The boy was a year and a half old. […]

A complete midfielder

Enrique Peña has signed to Atlético de Madrid thanks to his talent and unprecedented dedication to football. It was his first football. A present. Enrique enjoyed it to such a degree that he started a collection of sorts. Whenever he was asked what he wanted, the boy asked for a ball. “We ended up having […]

A dream debut

Former Marcet player Deependra Negi scores a goal in his first Indian Super League match. Two years ago, he was training every day at Marcet. Today, he plays in India’s First Division and shares a locker room with stars like Dimitar Berbatov. At 19 years of age, Deependra Negi is searing through stages and his […]

‘I want to live off football’

Marcos Ortega Lara needed more from his training. He signed up for Marcet’s Annual Course and ended up signing to Real Madrid. The first step to real improvement is being aware of what needs to change. Progress is impossible if we are not willing to recognize that there are things we do not know. Overcoming […]

Man of the house

Sergi Ors plays his ex-colleagues at Marcet after being signed by CD Castellón. Five years is a lifetime, especially in the word of football. Even more so when said lustrum coincides with the most important years of a player’s development. Sergi Ors knows this, having first arrived at Marcet at the age of 10 to […]

María’s American dream

The goalkeeper plays now in the Mexican First Division after having found in the USA the perfect option to combine sports and academic education. María’s American dream started off in the neighbourhood of Horta, Barcelona. A short distance from exit 4 of the Ronda de Dalt, where the grey asphalt finishes and the green of […]

Football, Studies and Values

His family was looking for sporting, academic and humane training. Today, Mario García studies a Marketing degree whilst playing for Girona. 2017 has been a historical year for Girona FC. As it has for Mario García Saiz. At the same time, the Catalan club won itself a promotion to the premier division for the first […]

United Nations works with Marcet to promote youth employment through football

The institutional collaboration aims to promote access to quality training and better opportunities for professional development. Few things mobilize young people the way football does. Its impact isn’t just sporting but also social, reaching tens of millions of people around the world. A potential that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the eyes of the United Nations, […]

A privileged relationship

The meeting between Marcet’s a-team and RCD Mallorca strengthens a bond that is creating more opportunities for personal and professional development for football lovers. The plane departs on-time. At 08:40 it takes off from Barcelona-El Prat Airport and starts its journey to Palma de Mallorca. The players and the technical staff of the Under-18s’ a-team, […]

‘Here, football is faster and more technical’

Two players from South Carolina highlight the differences between football in Spain and in the US. Jason and Carlos share a passion for football and they want, more than anything in the world, to become professional players. Both come from the United States and met at the Marcet Soccer Camp that was held in North […]

Academics through football

Luis Miravitlles went to Marcet to improve his technique and earn himself a sports scholarship for an American university. Football can open many doors. Inside and outside the world of sport. Investing in football training does not necessarily mean putting all of your eggs in one basket, but opening up your field of view to […]

Compete to improve

Three teams from Marcet’s High-Performance Academy meet heavy-hitting rivals at the Oviedo Cup. For Easter, some decide to take a few days off to rest and unwind, whilst others take advantage of their time off to enjoy football. Among them are the footballers that took part in the Oviedo Cup, en event that brought with […]

If it isn’t fun, you aren’t learning

Easter holiday courses are proof that a fun environment isn’t incompatible with demanding high-level sports training. School holidays are a chance for students to put their books down, rest their minds and recharge, and what better way to top it off with some football. In Barcelona and Madrid, hundreds of children made the most of […]

Every cloud has a silver lining

Obstacles in a player’s path are opportunities to further progress. The path to professional football isn’t an easy one. Adaptation problems, unexpected substitutions, serious injuries, administrative restrictions… Each player has a long line of obstacles that they have to overcome if they want to reach the top. Among the 150 students at Marcet’s High Performance […]

Explosive and threatening

As soon as he arrived from the US, Konrad joined Marcet’s intensive. Today he is one of Barça’s most promising junior players. When Konrad de la Fuente signed up for Marcet’s intensive courses he had just set foot in Barcelona. His family, originally from Haiti, had lived in Miami for years, a city that would […]

Pride and clear thinking

Miquel didn’t think twice about hanging up his boots to take on the life of a trainer. Today he leads goalkeeper training at Girona FC. Miquel Colldecarrera Badosa is responsable for Girona FC’s goalkeepers. He is also a prime example of how one can find a gratifying and fulfilling career path by way of passion […]

How to learn to communicate on the pitch

For a team to improve, it’s fundamental that its players say the right thing at the right time. “One cannot not communicate”. Pauls Watzlawick’s axioms are also applicable to what happens on the pitch. Regardless of where and how they play, players are constantly communicating with their teammates. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have […]

Football for social inclusion

The Catalan Federation of Sports for the Mentally Disabled are back to celebrate their annual championship at Marcet. Another year goes by and football has yet again proved its integrative potential at Marcet. The sheer passion for this sport unites millions of people around the globe regardless of skin color, social class or the individual […]

‘Marcet was a prize for me’

Marta Pérez plays for Betis in Spain’s Premiere Division and combines sport with an academic education. Marta doesn’t exactly remember when she started playing football. “All I remember is that ever since my first steps, I always had a ball at my feet”. When she wasn’t at one of her brother’s matches, watching him play, […]

Football Mecca

Barcelona has become the ideal haven for football teams and academies alike that are looking for quality training all year round. Barcelona is a Mecca of sorts for the footballing world and every year that goes by, it seems more so. Not only by means of FC Barcelona’s hard earned reputation and Spain’s love for […]

A project to break through the borders

Marcet Foundation collaborates with countries on the path to footballing development through a scholarship programme for players and trainers. Malta and Lebanon have just jumped on the list of countries whose football federations are officially collaborating with Marcet. Our football academy’s Foundation has been working with national associations in all five continents for the past […]

No enemy to the ball

Álvaro Gil looks back on the football career that has taken him to Deportivo Alavés. He may well be considered an attacking player, but there’s no doubt he is capable of occupying all positions in the middle of the field. He likes to be close to the area, where he can shoot at the goal […]

An example of accomplishment

María Vicente talks to the students at Marcet’s High Performance Academy after winning the Heptathlon Youth World Cup. Some success stories start with defeat and disappointment. “One day, when I was little, my mother and aunt told me we off to the movies. I soon realised that they were actually taking me to an athletics […]

How rituals help footballers

Many players raise the level of their confidence through superstitions and repeated gestures. What do sports psychologists think? From always using the same boots and stepping onto the field with the right foot to not shaving until the winning streak is over would only be touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to […]

‘A good place to grow’

Shirali Ibragimov, summoned by Turkmenistan’s under-21s’ team after adapting to Spanish football. The arrival of Shirali Ibragimov to Barcelona was not an easy one. “At first I thought I couldn’t live in Spain. I was suddenly in a completely different culture, with another kind of food. Everything was different from how it is back in […]

Marcet opened doors for me

Germán Vargas learned by the hand of N’Kono and Llopis to then be signed as a goalkeeper trainer by Costa Rica’s main club. Germán Vargas started training almost by chance. It all started in the city of Alajuela, few kilometres from San José, the capital of Costa Rica. The ex-keeper was at his son’s training […]

New technologies win Peru over

The Marcet Soccer Camp comes to a conclusion with a turn out that triples the previous edition. “We had to close off inscriptions a week before the course was due to start”. Franco Sanchírico sheds light on the success the Marcet Soccer Camp in Lima has had the week of the 12th this february. “Over […]

Defeats that lead to victories

Managing mistakes is vital to a team’s progress.

How do sports stars face injuries?

Some physical setbacks can push careers in the right direction instead of finishing them. Many injuries have disastrous consequences for athletes and their professional trajectory. Some, on the other hand, can act as a spring board towards success. This was the case for Sergio Asenjo, who managed to play his part in a series of […]

Training whilst competing: the maieutics of football

If players don’t think, they’re a slave of their own shortcomings. Reaching freedom means learning to find solutions in oneself. Learning doesn’t necessarily mean receiving knowledge from the outside so much as it means waking what lies inside. The Socratic Method, one of the greatest legacies of Greek philosophy, is still very relevant today, both […]

To change or not to change

Alternating goalkeepers for big-name, top-tier clubs has shed its taboo. But is it really worth it? There was a time when the goalkeeping hierarchy was somewhat unquestionable. Main keepers had their spot on the starting eleven guaranteed, whilst their substitutes knew only too well that they would be sat on the bench for the more […]

Better football for a better world

About thirty coaches of the Arandina CF grassroots football will receive an excellence training that will cover both technical and ethical aspects. We believe trainers should be constantly educated and equipped from a scientific standpoint. Arandina CF shares this vision and has made it their objective, dedicating the next few months to developing an ambitious […]

How likely are you to make it to professional football?

The Checking Programme is a diagnosis of a player’s potential established throughout an evaluative personalised course. “Two weeks won’t make anyone the world’s best player, but I wanted Jason to go through this experience to know if he really does have what it takes to reach the footballing elite.” Ernest Addi took his son to […]

Toe-to-toe with one of the best

 

‘I’m an agent. I solve problems’

Agents are starting to play a role that is ever more important. What job do they do? How much do they earn? And why do they get such bad press? These middlemen that are known as agents, haven’t’ seen much change in their job over the years. They take care of advising players with all […]

Marcet Soccer Camp en Perú

El fútbol inteligente llega a Lima en febrero. Próxima etapa, Perú. Tras las recientes expediciones en Panamá, Honduras, Haití, Bolivia, Arabia Saudí o EUUU, el Marcet Soccer Camp (MSC) está listo para aterrizar en Lima. La cita con el fútbol inteligente es del 12 al 17 de febrero 2018 y va dirigida a chicos y […]

Discover your potential in our summer courses!

The holidays are an ideal time to improve by establishing clear and personalised objectives. SIGN UP HERE! In football, much like in life, you have to set goals. Progress without setting clear objectives is a dead end. Similarly dangerous to 'standardised goals', because each aspiring player is unique and has their own particular starting point. [...]

‘Happiness is important’

Miguel Ángel Morro sports Rayo Vallecano’s colours: ‘If football doesn’t make you happy, progress is impossible’. He makes himself known as a goalkeeper with “a lot of character”, that shines “in difficult matches and complicated scenarios”. At 1.93m (6’3”) tall, Miguel Ángel Morro is built to reach the stars. So far, he looks like he’s […]

My Team, my family

Marcet’s scholars explain why individual success comes from fellowship and team spirit. How do you stand out in a team sport? Each and every football player has asked themselves this very question. Even more so when they are young and in the earlier, learning stages of their career. Especially because trainers are constantly asking for […]

Del Bosque approves ‘Marcet philosophy’

The most successful national coach in the History of Spain says that behind Marcet there is “an exquisite way of seeing football”.  “Football as a school of values”. This is the cornerstone of “Marcet philosophy” according to Vicente del Bosque, who sees in the founding spirit of our training centre a principle able to “give […]

‘It’s fantastic to see that Academies like this exist’

Eriksson visits Marcet’s Ciudad Deportiva and gives the Professional Programme scholars advice on their future career. Sven-Göran Eriksson knows a thing to two about success in football. A clear example being his relationship with SS Lazio, a second rate Italian team which rose to the top in the 1999-2000 season, when they celebrated with a […]

24 hours in Marcet

How do the students of the High Performance Academy face the day? What do they do? The football season has just started and the first challenge for the students of the Marcet High Performance Academy is getting used to the new routine. That is to say, to live like a soccer player. The day in […]

You come for football, you leave with so much more

Two Marcet trainee parents explain why they take their children to our intensive courses. Pablo Álvarez Pincay and Alberto Trigo Maestre have been bringing their respective sons to Marcet’s intensive courses for years, but haven’t ever had the chance to meet. So we sat them down in front of our camera and let them exchange […]

Advices from an ‘older brother’

Experience is essential, in life as well as sport. Adapting to the footballer’s life is not easy, but it is within everyone’s reach. Jonah Stekly has started this season in a very different way than he started last year. Today he has more confidence in himself, perfectly at ease in his role as a player […]

Marcet looks for talent in Latvia

Talent can be found everywhere but for now, Marcet has its eyes on Latvia. Many of football’s role models agree: Barcelona is one of the best places to train as a footballer. Therefore, Marcet continues to open its doors to young players from around the world to experience what it means to train in our Professional […]

‘Four unforgettable years’

Erik and Leandro start their Italian ‘Eccellenza’ after a season full of trips, prestigious tournaments and high level opponents. Erik Aguado and Leandro González are still training together, like last year. They are playing in a different category, team and country. But will both continue to wear the same colours as each other. Italian football […]

Guided by his brother

Abdul Knight achieves captaincy for Panama’s national team after taking part in a Marcet Soccer Camp. For every pass, shot, and centre, Abdul’s thoughts are with Axel. Axel was always a powerful core of motivation for Abdul’s path towards professional football. Naturally, after passing away his flame of inspiration burned brighter than ever. Axel sees […]

“A question of intensity”. Why a father took his child to Marcet

“Two weeks can’t turn anyone into the best player in the world, but I want to know whether my son can become a professional footballer”. The first time Ernest took to his son to a professional football match in New York, young Jason decided that football was going to be his future. From there it […]

The World Cup comes to Marcet. Challenge the best!

Training and competition go hand in hand in a tournament in which the football academies of teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Milan have participated. The Academies’ World Cup of Football is the international tournament that has been exciting players from all over the world for more than 30 years. With Europe’s most renowned teams […]

Celebrating university sports

Marcet hosted five-a-side football, football and rugby matches for the Inter-university World Championships 2017. University sports perfectly illustrates how Marcet’s two main philosophies come together: physical activity and academics. Precisely that being the reason our installations hosted the third edition of the Inter-university World Championships this November, in which hundreds of young up-and-comers from all […]

Marcet closes the Calderón with New Technologies

The new technology department introduced it’s latest technological advancements at an event organised by the King of Spain. It’s the last time in football history that a ball will be kicked around inside the Vicente Calderón. We’ve witnessed over half a century of football and glory. What was the home of Altético de Madrid was […]

How to get a footballer’s physique

Optimising muscle development is within everyone’s reach thanks to last generation technology and a meticulous work-plan. Having an athletic build is a necessity when aspiring to professional football. Technology can be an invaluable ally when sculpting a toned and athletic physique. Thanks to a specialized bio-impedance scale designed for high performance sports professionals, Marcet’s physical […]

How is a Marcet trainer?

‘When you see the kids leaving happy, then you know that the work you’ve done was worth it’. Rubén Martí has been at Marcet for over 20 years. He started when he was finishing his degree in Physical Education and he’s been through almost all of the phases that the football academy has been through. […]

Pro football: a world of possibilities

It is easy to discard football as a viable professional career, but – once you widen your world – you realise it is worth considering Marcet footballers widen their world. It is very important to understand that football – as a global phenomenon – is a global market. In Marcet, young players learn how to turn a […]

‘A game is an opportunity’

Sébastien Lauture, a 17 year old Haitian centre back, has just signed for Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa following a 3 year spell with Marcet. Sébastien Lauture was only 14 when he told his mum that he wanted to leave home, his town and his country. He had just returned from a trip to Barcelona, which […]

Different goals, same course

Alfonso and Antonio have been two of the main characters at the 2017 Barcelona Challenge. They have very different profiles, but the exact same love of football. Alfonso is Spanish, a goalkeeper and plays for a top club. Antonio is from the States, a striker and plays for his academy’s side. Their profiles and goals […]

‘Here we live on football’

Erik and Leandro start their Italian ‘Eccellenza’ after a season full of trips, prestigious tournaments and high level opponents. Leandro González and Erik Aguado are still training together, like last year. They are playing in a different category, team and country. But will both continue to wear the same colours as each other. Italian football […]

There’s always margin for improvement

Even consolidated players in top flight clubs take advantage of the summer to improve and return to their respective clubs stronger and technically ready. “I came to this intensive summer course to work on my technique. My teammates prefer to rest during the summer, but I’m ambitious and I want to become a professional”. Just […]

The freedom of choosing

The freedom of actually choosing a club is a privilege that very few footballers in training get to experience. Even fewer have had offers put on the table by two historical Spanish clubs. In this case, Cádiz CF and Granada CF. Paco Benítez (Huelva, 2002) has worked hard, and always known exactly what to strive […]

Scoring through simmetry

Through structural analysis it’s possible to conduct a diagnostic of the physical asymmetries that have a damaging impact on the biomechanics of a player. What’s Sergio Ramos’ secret to scoring so many headed goals? Why is Cristiano Ronaldo so effective in front of goal? Part of the answer to these questions lay in the perfect […]

Two national teams for Juan David

Double nationalty often means a dilemma for players who want to be international. Juan David Fuentes, this week, is having a week he’ll remember forever and will probably result in a very crucial decision in his promising athletic career. The current FC Barcelona U-15s forward received a call from Spain’s U-15s to go to Madrid […]

Special Autumn Courses

This year there is no need to wait for Christmas to sign up for the an intensive course at Marcet. Autumn is full of changes, one of these is a new footballing encounter aimed at players and goalkeepers between the ages of six and thirteen. The course starts on the 30th of October and finishes […]

In search of 360 degree coaching

Bader al Amri has started to work with Marcet to prove to his fellow countrymen that doing sports and studies are more than compatible. Bader al Amri is developing an ambitious football coaching project in Saudi Arabia. As the director of Artal Sports he travels around the world to get to know first hand which […]

A ‘huge potential’

Marcet youth academy player since 2009, just entered the world of professional football after signing for CD Olímpic de Xàtiva. Arthur Joël Bessong Diam just entered the world of professional football with help from Marcet. He’s been an academy player here at Marcet for many years, the young Cameroonian came to Barcelona thanks to a […]

In search of defenders

Centre backs with attacking attributes are in high demand by clubs. What are football scouts doing to find them? They’re responsible for kids changing teams each year. Grassroots talent depends on them to get into top teams. Armed with a camera, paper and a pen, they travel around grounds in search for the next Messi. […]

A sought-after profile

El Levante UD ficha para cuatro temporadas a Israel González, central zurdo con unas características que le hacen ser diferente a la mayoría de los defensas. It was a typical afternoon at Marcet’s Academy. Israel was training with the U-16s A team and whilst they were having a tactical lesson the “gaffa” received a phone […]

A consequential triangular

FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol and Fundación Marcet pay tribute to Javier Marcet with a triangular that has written one of the happiest pages in the Spanish football community. It was a genuine football gala, as respects were paid to one of the best footballers from 50s. The 1st Javier Marcet Memorial closed with a triumph […]

The Kings Chef

An ex chef of one of the most prestigious restaurants in Barcelona explains the rules he follows to prepare food for the players at Marcet. Contrary to popular beliefs, a footballers diet shouldn’t really differ from anybody else’s. The difference is that athletes follow a strict diet, that’s different from most, simple due to the […]

How to strengthen after an injury

Football is sweat, passion and amusement. Training sessions, matches, goals, saves… But also physical pain and forced breaks. Both in grassroots as well as professional football, it’s strange that a player doesn’t suffer from an injury during the length of their career. Knowing how to heal and recover correctly from these situations is key for […]

Why is advanced technology useful in football?

Thanks to the use of these technologies in training players have the opportunity to eva-luate themselves and find out how to correct their errors in a question of minutes. Advanced technology is a very wide concept. When talking about this subject in football the controversial subject of automated referee decisions comes to mind or the […]

What to do if a footballer passes out?

In football there is always the possibility of passing out after a collision. Not all players are trained in first aid. Second of March 2017. Riazor stadium. There are a few minutes left before the referee blows the full time whistle when Alex Bergantiños and Fernando Torres both jump to get their heads on the […]

Over 30 Marcet students selected for trials

Barça, Valencia or Betis were a few of the destinations in the 16-17 season. Trials are an opening to any football club. These “football exams” – of which we talk about carefully in this article: ‘How can I tryout for a big club?’ – are more intense towards the end of a season, when the […]

Goalkeepers, football rebels

They are isolated from their teammates, they train on their own, they follow different rules. There are very few sports that have extraordinary players like goalkeepers. Being a goalkeeper is not like being any other player. Keepers have the most delicate position in a team. Their errors have huge consequences. In a match they can […]

How can I tryout for a big club?

To be successful in a tryout you need to show more that tactical and technical qualities, it’s also important to show great behaviour off the pitch. A player can get into a club via various routes: by the head coach’s knowledge of the player, by being in demand by a club, or simply due to […]

The match of my life

When Danny got hit with a ball, he could never of imagined that from that hit he would be diagnosed with what nobody wants to hear: testicular cancer. When Danny got hit by a ball during a clash in the Segunda Catalana Division, he never imagined that it was going to be anything more than […]

How to stand out in 4 days

Intensive football courses are a holiday classic for all ages. So how do you get the most out of such a short amount of time? For younger trainees, it’s the best way to improve technical abilities in a short space of time. For those who are closer to 20, they’re vital to get back into […]

The revolution of astroturf

Astroturf is not at a testing phase anymore. After decades of experimentation and technological development, today it is clear that synthetic grass has succeeded and will remain in History as one of the main achievements to democratise football. A simple walk around any city in Spain is enough to realise what astroturf means for football […]

“Marcet opened my mind”

He came to Fundación Marcet to make the jump to professional football and now he’s sharing a changing room with players that have competed in FIFA World Cups. Juan Chang has just signed for Canterbury United FC and isn’t able to hide his happiness: “Thanks to god, I now have the chance to play in […]

“Football is a lot of work and sacrifice”

Toribio knows up close what the highest categories football are about and knows that the reality for professional footballers is all about “blood, sweat and tears”. Dani Toribio knows what football is all about. For the good and the bad. In the past 10 years he’s been through all categories, from the Tercera División with […]

Resolve and Consistency

Juan Ignacio O’Neill stands put as a player that works hard. An attribute that made Recreativo de Huelva take notice of him. Juan Ignacio O’Neill came to Marcet in 2014 taking advantage of the easter holidays to see first hand what Marcet’s High Performance Academy was all about. In September of the same year, the […]

A triumphant return

Nikita left his birthplace at 13. In his home of Yekaterinburg, around 2000km east of Moscow, he couldn’t make his dream come true. He decided that Barcelona and ideology of Spanish football was the best place for him to complete his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Five years and a lot of training sessions […]

A dream come true

Juan Ignacio O’Neill and Mario Oronoz have been called up to Puerto Rico’s national squad after being scholars at Marcet for 2 years. Mario and Juan got to Barcelona in Abril 2014. Their objective was to take advantage of the easter holidays to see what Marcet’s High Performance Academy had to offer. After a few […]

‘Out of my comfort zone’

Canadian goalkeeper Félix Clapin-Girard came to Granada FC ‘pursuing something important’. Félix started playing football age 3. “It worked from the start, I liked it from the beginning”, recalls the Canadian keeper. “I started my career at Dynamo de Hull, I then played for Ottawa Fury and US Colomiers. Afterwards I decided to go to […]

Corpore sano

Before and after an intensive course, it’s essential to prepare beforehand to be able to enjoy each day and avoid injuries.. During the holidays is an ideal time to take part in an intensive summer football course. What’s better than spending the whole day with the ball at your feet and alongside many others who […]

Whether you know how to play football or not… Gift it!

A good football course is a comprehensive training opportunity to develop skills that go beyond sport. SIGN UP HERE! If football is their passion, it's the perfect gift for them. Practising sports is a healthy and fundamental habit and because a football course is a comprehensive training opportunity, they will be working towards individually set [...]

To the national squad

Giancarlo Coto, along with Zelaya and Barahona, are three of Marcet’s players who have been called up to the Honduran U-17s squad.as. “I’m now only thinking about what’s next”. That’s what Arnold Barahona affirmed a week ago, after a game where Marcet’s academy players lost against Atlético de Madrid. His deception was short-lasting. What came […]

Don’t let football stop you from studying (and vice versa)

Finding a balance between sports education and academic education is key for young footballers. He had to leave his friends, family and country to make his dream come true. And he didn’t doubt for a second. Krishna wanted to become a professional footballer and decided that Barcelona was the best place to do it. Football […]

How to tackle the pressure of a tournament?

Mental strength is a key part for any footballer who wants to maximise their potential. A tournament is always a challenge. Even more so when it comes to one of the best competitions in Spanish grassroots football, which is the Oviedo Cup. “In any learning phase it’s important that our scholars start discovering how they […]

On the path to success

Gustavo Zelaya has been at Marcet for a year and half. Thanks to his talent and devotion he’s received a call up to the Honduran U-17s squad. He went home for Christmas to spend time with his family, have fun with his friends and rest. Santa Claus had other plans installed for Gustavo, he left […]

Redemptive football

Ismael had talent, but wasn’t showing up to training sessions or school, he preferred the streets. Until football gave him the stability he was looking for. Ismael was passionate about football. From a young age he proved it on the streets of Campo Claro, an industrial neighbourhood in the west of Tarragona. Discipline wasn’t his […]

How Marcet changed history in North Korea

Everything started with an amazing trip to Pyongyang and ended with a North Korean win in the U-16s Asian Cup All eyes are on North Korea at the moment. Documentaries, news reports, articles… The mysterious country that is isolated to the rest of the world is attracting more and more people that are interested in […]

Kick stress out of your game

Psychologists explain how to prevent the pressure of an environment or the fear of committing errors that have a negative influence on a performance. Sport helps combat stress. But sometimes it can be the cause of it. Especially in football, where it is not always easy to manage competitive tension properly. These negative emotions run […]

Spanish Derby in Asia

Fundación Marcet’s North Korean youth players win the U-16s Asian Cup in a clash against South Korean side led by Barça’s youth players. The U-16s Asian Championships that have just been held in Thailand were a luxurious shop window for Fundación Marcet’s youth players, they have turned themselves into true stars in the tournament. The […]

Ten ways chess can help you be a better footballer

Marcet has implemented an original and appealing formula to develop and train a footballer’s intelligence through chess. All players are assigned a few hours a week to master the technique of this complete game with the goal of taking all of the skills gained onto the football pitch. We found out some time ago that […]

Lesson number one: learn how to learn

Psychologist Rafael Rodríguez-Soler works with the coaches to encourage the use critical thinking in the football learning process of scholars. When it comes to developing talent in sports not any strategy is valid. Repetition of technical aspects and tactical plans are important to progress, but it’s not enough. If the aim is to learn new […]

How to get a scholarship to study in the U.S.

Success in soccer can be reached through the most unsuspected ways. It is not only about signing for a big club, in a big league. There are many alternatives which can also be considered a triumph. Considering that the life of a soccer player is very short (18 years at most) and the life of […]

A site for football lovers

For 40 years, Marcet is and has been at the cutting edge of football innovation. There is not an organisation that has developed knowledge about this sport at the same length and depth. Our commitment is not only to accumulate it, but also (even more importantly) to pass it on. This new website has been […]

An unstoppable career

Physical preparation coach Alberto Muñoz has just been signed by Marbella FC: ‘It’s an excellent opportunity and I’m happy with this challenge’. When Alberto Muñoz received the call from the Marbella FC, he didn’t doubt for one second. “It’s a team in the Segunda División B, that at the moment is in the playoff positions. […]

Javier Marcet

Although he played for some of the best teams in Spain, ‘El Maestro’ never let his athletic career get in the way of his academic education. Francisco Javier Marcet Mundó (Barcelona, 1928) played for RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF. When was on the pitch he started as a striker then was converted […]

Sign up for our Christmas courses

The holidays are an ideal time to make progress thanks to an intensive football course. Improve your technique, improve yourself, learn to make correct decisions on the field, regain your physique before returning to the competitive period… Each age category has their specific priorities and each scholar has their own personal goals, but no footballer […]

The long-awaited match

Sometimes it seems that you spent your life getting ready for a match that will set your course as a footballer. “In your football careers, there are very important moments, and this is one of those. These are opportunities that won’t come back. You must understand that this is not going for a ramble”. Nicholas […]

Sign up for our Spring Break courses

The holidays are an ideal time to make progress thanks to an intensive football course. Improving technique, surpassing themselves, learning to make the right decisions on the pitch, taking part in international tournaments and facing Europe’s most prominent teams… Different priorities come with different ages and each student has their own personal objectives, but there […]

Another way of living football

A Colombian man, both blind and deaf, develops a language that allows him to understand what happens on the pitch. Football is a constant process of overcoming and growth. Not only for the players but for the fans as well, especially those that aren’t able to follow the team closest to their hearts. Much like […]

Sign up for our Spring Break courses

The holidays are an ideal time to make progress thanks to an intensive football course. SIGN UP! Improving technique, surpassing themselves, learning to make the right decisions on the pitch, taking part in international tournaments and facing Europe’s most prominent teams… Different priorities come with different ages and each student has their own personal objectives, [...]

Get ready for Spring Break tournaments

Each player will be summoned to the championship that best fits their capabilities. This Spring Break Marcet High Performance Courses will take you to the best tournaments in Spain. Each player will have the option to participate in an international championship and face great teams from Europe and the rest of the world. The first […]

A radical transformation

With positive attitude and dedication Alejandro Torres has turned himself into an elite athlete and has been called-up to Bolivia’s U-20s squad. “Hard work has its rewards”. That was the first thing Alejandro Torres Suárez thought when, in June of 2016, he was signed by CE Sabadell. He didn’t realise that shortly after there was […]

A perfect free kick

The Argentine Facundo Cascio scored a fantastic goal from a direct free-kick with Mons Calpe SC From Argentina to Spain, then Spain to the USA and finally from the USA to Gibraltar. In less than two years, Facundo Cascio has lived in four different countries. A pilgrimage that has ended up with him wearing the […]

A complete course

The Talent Cup combines training and competition and is for many the gateway to Marcet’s High-Performance Academy. Training and competition at the highest level. No football course combines these two facets like Marcet Talent Cup, which kicks off every summer with camps for people over 13 years of age. It’s, if anything, a demanding experience […]

A tournament rich easter

Inter, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia, Villarreal… Marcet squads went up against some of the best clubs in Europe in four tournaments. Easter tournaments were held in Milan and various Spanish cities. Over 200 players left Barcelona to take part in high level championships and, above all, taught highly valuable lessons. Of the twelve sides that […]

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